2.3 The spray tanning process

Now that you have a solid understanding of the history of sunless tans and where the tanning industry is heading, we will finish this module off by taking a look at the spray tan application process from end to end and introduce you to key terminology that you will use in your role as a Spray tanning technician.

When working with your clients, you will begin with the end in mind (the desired look) and will then work backwards to determine what you will need to do to achieve the end goal. Using a similar approach in your learning, it is important for you to understand what the end goal is before you can begin working towards it.  The diagram below provides a simple overview of each phase of the spray tanning service process that you will learn throughout this course:

This course has been strategically designed to ensure that you begin by building your knowledge of all the processes, techniques, tools, products, and safety requirements that are critical for your role as a spray tanning technician. Once you have a solid understanding of all of the theory components, you can then begin practising and refining the broad range of skills you will need to be successful in your role and to ensure your clients leave your treatment area happy and satisfied.

When starting out as a spray tanning technician, it can be a bit confusing because some of the terminologies can sometimes feel like learning a new language! If terms such as stratum corneum, subcutaneous or melanin seem confusing to you now, fear not – by the end of this course, you will have a solid grasp of what these terms mean and how they apply in each phase of the tan application process. As a starting activity, read each of the terms and concepts below. Highlight any terms that you do not know or are unsure of:

  • Acid Mantle
  • Aqua
  • Brow blocking
  • Colour correction
  • Combination skin type
  • Contouring
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Dermis
  • Desquamation
  • Disinfecting
  • Dry heat steriliser
  • Dry skin type
  • Epidermis
  • Ergonomics
  • Erythrulose
  • Flashback
  • Highlighting
  • Hue
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Hypodermis
  • Keratin
  • Melanin
  • Moist heat steriliser
  • Mood board
  • Multivitamins and enriched botanicals
  • Normal skin type
  • Oily skin type
  • Paraben
  • Patch tests
  • pH level
  • Phenethyl Alcohol
  • PSI
  • Safety datasheet
  • Sanitising
  • Saturation
  • Sebum
  • Skin exfoliation
  • Skin tone
  • Sterilisation, sanitisation and sanitation
  • Stratum corneum
  • Stratum germinativum (basal layer)
  • Stratum granulosum
  • Stratum lucidum
  • Stratum spinosum
  • Tightlining
  • Tonal value
  • Undertone
  • UV light steriliser
  • Vitamin D
  • Witch Hazel
  • Work-life balance

We will revisit this list at the end of the course to see how many you have mastered!

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