310 Beauty Business Names For Salons (Creative & Unique)

It’s time to name your beauty salon!

Read our list of catchy, creative and unique business names for a beauty salon.

The names have been divided into different sections relating to different types of treatments and branding styles.

Also take note of our step-by-step guide on picking the best name for your eyelash, waxing, tanning, eyebrow, make-up or holistic beauty shop brand. 

How to pick a good business name

Here are 5 helpful suggestions on how to come up with a business booming salon name.

Giving the right impression

A beauty business name should align with your brand’s values and identity.

When choosing a ‘très chich’ salon business name, keep in mind that this will be the first impression of your company.

Considering this, you want your name to convey your brand’s personality. This means that you need to consider what kind of name will give the right feeling and message, not just what’s popular. Are you expressing how trustworthy and professional your brand is, or perhaps how quirky?

Giving the best first impression of what type of business you run is vital to attracting the customers you want, so take a bit of time to think this over.

Is it easy to remember, say or spell?

Don’t make it hard for your customers to remember your business

Consider this, your customer has had a memorable experience at your salon and is so excited to give her friend a recommendation, but wait, she can’t remember the name. Losing sale after sale because your clients can’t remember or spell your business name can be prevented if you take some time to think of an unusual or memorable name that’s easy to spell.

Say your beauty business name ideas out loud or to someone else over the phone. This way you can determine if the words are easy to pronounce and can be understood.

Let your name reflect what you do

“A strong business name stays in people’s minds and is ready for retrieval when needed.”

If your name is catchy, relatable, and memorable, people are more likely to search specifically for your product when they need it.

If possible, pick a name that reflects what your salon does. A name that your potential customers can relate to your services will make advertising a lot easier, after all, you don’t want your business to be a mystery!

Is it timeless?

“Try not to limit yourself by investing in a brand name that will hinder your growth.”

If you are thinking of expanding your business from a spray tan salon to a beauty salon that offers most treatments, consider a name that doesn’t restrict you to just tanning.

Is it already trademarked?

“Check that your business name isn’t trademarked or already in use locally.”

Once you have settled on one or two salon business names, have a check that they aren’t already trademarked. Use this useful tool Company name and trademark checker.

It would be a good idea to check the domain name for your name idea hasn’t been taken as well.

Different Types of Beauty Salon Name Ideas

Here is a list of unique beauty and tanning salon business names for you to scour through. Make sure you take note of the ones you like!

A list of company name ideas for the following salon businesses: 

  • Typical beauty salons
  • Skincare, specialising in facials
  • Eyelash technicians
  • Eyebrow artists
  • Waxing specialists
  • Makeup artists
  • Holistic therapists
  • Masseuses
  • Nail technicians
  • Spray tan artists
  • Sunbed or solarium tanning shop

Spray Tanning Salon Business Names

When we think of tanning, we think of bronzing on the beach on holiday, and that is probably why so many tanning salons incorporate ‘holiday vibes’ in their business names.

  • Bondi Bronze
  • Glow
  • Bali Bronze
  • Bronzed Goddess
  • Glow & Co
  • Beach Bums
  • Glam & Glow
  • Bali Tan
  • Bondi Tanning
  • Tropic Tan
  • LA Spray Tan
  • The Glow Co.
  • Bronze Boss
  • Blush Beauty
  • Time2Tan
  • Blush Tan
  • Coco Glow
  • Good To Glow
  • Honey Bronzed
  • Tan O’Clock
  • Sunless Beauty
  • TLC Tanning
  • Complexion
  • Must-B-Real
  • The Spray Tan Bar
  • Glow Up
  • Sun Spray
  • Luxe Tan
  • Perfect Glow
  • Be Bronze
  • The Tann Studio
  • Sunless Studio
  • Glow Getter
  • Touch of Sun
  • Iconic Bronze
  • Go & Glow
  • Golden Girls
  • A Spray of Sunshine
  • Sun Spa
  • Tan Paradise
  • Tan Fantasy
  • My Tan
  • Go Sunless
  • Glow Getter
  • Sunless Solutions
  • Skin Studio
  • Sugared & Sprayed
  • Kashmir
  • Dream Tan
  • Beyond Bronze
  • Cosmic Tan
  • Taupe Tan
  • Fit Tan
  • Urban Tan
  • Maison De Bronzage
  • Vanity Tan
  • Cocomo Tanning
  • Sun & Spray
  • The Tanning Spot
  • The Tan Stand
  • Spray Tan in Ten
  • Custom Tan
  • Viva La Glow
  • Glow House
  • City Glow
  • Secret Glow
  • Gotta Glow
  • Tan Tonic
  • Be Bronze
  • Bronzing Boutique
  • Velvet Tan
  • Tan Trix
  • Hawaiian Hush

Sunbed & Solarium Tanning UV Business Names

  • Sun Club
  • Future Tan
  • Sundaze
  • Glow 365
  • Oasis Sun Studio
  • Sun Works
  • Sun Worx
  • Total Tan
  • At The Beach
  • Tan 365
  • Solaria

Quirky & Creative Beauty Salon Business Names

  • D’lux
  • Lashes & Lacquer
  • Beauty Lab
  • Beauty Kitchen
  • Beauty Republic
  • Beauty Trap
  • Beauty in the City
  • Trade Secrets
  • Gliss
  • Muse Beauty
  • Vanity Fair
  • Mariposa
  • Fedora
  • Sugarmoon
  • Goddess Salon
  • Ruby Rouge
  • The Doll House
  • Elevate
  • Beauty Village
  • Beauty Barn
  • Injoy Beauty
  • Lavish Look
  • Karma
  • Serendipity
  • Serene
  • Fantasy
  • Spa Inc.
  • Spa in the City
  • City Spa
  • Primadonna
  • Whole Works
  • The Beauty Box
  • Beauty School Dropout
  • Beauty Worx
  • Beauty Bomb
  • Bombshell
  • The Beauty Hive
  • Get Set Glow
  • Erase
  • Get the Glow
  • Face Haus
  • Skin Haus
  • Skyn
  • Skin Spa
  • Skn Spa
  • Skin Laundry
  • Skin Loft
  • Derma
  • Derma Spa
  • Enfuse
  • ReVit
  • Skin Elite

Elegant & Classy Beauty Salon Business Names

  • The Refinery
  • Vanity
  • Clique
  • Obsessed
  • Beauty Escape
  • Urban Escape
  • My Touch
  • Beauty Haven
  • Ritual
  • Peppermint
  • Medispa
  • Make Me Pretty
  • A Touch of Beauty
  • Decorus
  • Serendipity
  • Beauty Temple
  • Blanc
  • Platinum Beauty
  • Bon Bon
  • Femelle
  • Timeless Spa
  • Bliss
  • Belle Beauty
  • Salon Noir
  • Salon Blanche
  • Beauty Lounge
  • Beauty Room
  • Bella Femme
  • Bellisimo
  • Babe Cave
  • Tres Beaux
  • Beauty Boutique
  • Luxura
  • Perfect Touch
  • Golden Touch
  • Belissimo Beauty
  • Herbal Beauty
  • Beauty Within
  • Elixir Lounge
  • Lavender Spa
  • Luxita
  • Red Rose
  • Beauty Haven
  • Belle Femme
  • Rare Beauty
  • Collarium
  • Joli Beauty
  • Belami
  • Bellini
  • Beauty Bar
  • Pink Peony
  • Body Harmony
  • The Art of Beauty
  • Nova Beauty
  • Blossom Beautique
  • Beauty Garden
  • Pretty Please

Holistic Salon Business Names

  • Lemon Balm
  • Holistic Healing
  • The Holistic Hut
  • Well Centred
  • Lavender Love
  • Witch Hazel
  • Healing Herbs
  • Olive & Oil
  • Green Garden
  • Grassroots
  • Green Retreat
  • Bodysense
  • Aspen
  • Botanical Beauty
  • Tranquil
  • The Lotus Room
  • Transense
  • Namaste
  • The Ivy
  • The English Rose
  • Karma
  • Holistic Harmony
  • Shining Light
  • Body & Sole
  • Purely Natural
  • Jasmine
  • Harvest Moon
  • Hopes Garden
  • The Olive Tree
  • Revitalise
  • Stress Less
  • Lemon Lab
  • Eden
  • Naturopathic
  • Vivita
  • Mind & Body
  • Sage Moon
  • Honey & Herb
  • The Lavender Rooms
  • Eucalyptus
  • Anise
  • Cedar & Sage
  • Willow & Sage
  • Botanica
  • Bodhi Spa
  • Hibiscus
  • Zen
  • Honey Lab

Waxing Company Names

legs getting waxed

A list of top beauty salon name ideas for salons that focus on waxing. What’s the best kind of name for a waxing business you ask? Probably a name that cleverly incorporates the context of waxing in it.

  • Peach Perfect
  • Peach Fuss
  • Peach Fuzz
  • Just Peachy
  • Strip Wax
  • Nkd Wax
  • Honeycomb Wax
  • Wax Co.
  • Wax HQ
  • Wax & Go
  • Go Wax
  • City Wax
  • Wax Lab
  • Designer Waxing
  • Peaches
  • Love To Wax
  • Ministry of Wax
  • Strip
  • Just Wax It
  • Adam & Eve Wax

Nail Business Names

Need some unique nail salon business name ideas? Then here it is. A list of cool and unusual company names for your new nail shop. From classy to quirky, we’ve got you covered.

  • Neonails
  • Nail Lab
  • Polish Pod
  • Paint Box
  • Nailed It
  • Notorious Nails
  • Nail & Co.
  • Cured
  • Jade Nails
  • Sakura Nails
  • Nail Drip
  • Candy Nails
  • City Nails
  • Sugar Nails
  • Next Set
  • Notorious Nails
  • Nail Kitchen
  • The Nail Hub
  • Polish Me Pretty
  • Hollywood Nails
  • Tokyo Nails
  • Nail Pro
  • Glazed
  • Perfectly Polished
  • Jewels Not Tools
  • Pampered & Polished
  • Nail Cottage
  • Mint Nails
  • Tip Top Tap
  • Tip Top
  • Tip to Toe
  • Nail Pod
  • Lacquer Lab
  • Gloss & Go
  • Nail Fx
  • Top Coat
  • Get the Gloss

Exciting Eyelash Business Names

In the lash industry, establishing your salon’s identity with style is vital. Try to think about what kind of customers you are trying to attract before you pick eyelash names.

When you think of your potential customers, are they glamorous guys and girls in a rush? Then perhaps a lash name like ‘Lash in a Flash’ or ‘Lashify’ would be appropriate. What about the clients who want to leisurely fall asleep and wake up with a new set of fabulous lashes? Perhaps ‘Revitalash’ or ‘Dream Lash’ might be more suitable for your lash extension business name. The name of your salon could also reflect the decor and atmosphere of your shop. For instance, picking an exotic name for lashes could be descriptive of a salon filled with tropical plants and zen music.

  • Elite Lashes
  • Eyeconic
  • Eyelure
  • Eyes on you
  • Lash Fx
  • Lashed
  • Lash Lass
  • Ciglio (Italian for eyelashes)
  • Lashings
  • Fabulash
  • Exotic Eyes
  • Lavish Lashes
  • Lash Lab
  • Lady Like Lashes
  • Ojo (Spanish for eye)
  • Lash Logic
  • Lash in a Flash
  • Lash HQ
  • Lawless Lashes
  • Loyal to Lashes
  • Lash Loft
  • Lash Life
  • Lives For Lashes
  • Lash in a Flash
  • Revitalash
  • Flutter
  • Occhi (Italian for eyes)
  • Wink
  • Love Those Lashes
  • Little Lash Boutique
  • Lash Affair
  • Lashings of Lashes
  • Dream Lash
  • Lashify
  • Lashtique
  • Lash Essential
  • Lash Inc.

Makeup Artist/Salon business Names

  • The Fine Line

Unisex Salon Names

You’ll notice that this list of unisex salon names is quite short, and the reason for this is that you don’t actually have to mention that your organisation specifically caters to any sex. Hopefully, in this modern world, business names that are considered more masculine or feminine, shouldn’t discourage male, females or intersex individuals from entering your business.

  • Dudes & Divas
  • Guys & Dolls
  • Adam & Eves
  • Her & Him
  • Brothers & Sisters
  • City Salon

Hair Salon Business Names

  • Great Lengths
  • Blonde
  • The Refinery
  • Hair Lab
  • Cut & Care
  • Flare
  • The Dry House
  • Les Beaux et Belles
  • Blanc
  • Hair Spa

Barber Business Names

  • Chaps & co
  • Buzzed
  • Next up
  • Straight 8
  • Good Fellaz
  • Line up
  • Fades

Page updated: 02/01/2022

How to spray tan hands & feet; the right way

Un-even, over-done or ghostly tan hands and feet got your clients in a tizzy? Then this tutorial will tell you where your spray tanning went wrong and how to fix it for next time.

Spray tanning hands and feet are tricky, and that’s why it’s one of the most common complaints you will hear from your clients. To avoid patchy fake tan hands, follow this tutorial and make sure you take note of the tips below.

Now you NEED to read these hand tanning tips

Barrier Cream

Applying fake tan barrier cream is absolutely essential to false tanning hands, and I’m going to give you the top tips that I learned from being a beauty therapist for 7+ years.

Apply the barrier cream for your client. If you apply the barrier cream for your client you will know that it is evenly applied and to the correct places.

Treat this part of the service like you would a mini hand massage. This way you can make sure the barrier cream is applied all over the hands and 2 cm beyond the wrist up towards the arm, in between the fingers and on the palms.

Ask your client to not touch their body in case they transfer the cream onto the rest of their body. It’s best to do this part of the treatment right before you start spraying so you can avoid that error happening.

The Wrists

To achieve a natural tan on your client’s wrists, start halfway up the forearm and spray downwards then flick out when you get to the wrist. This will stop the sunless tan from clinging to the wrists.

“FYI, you should spray tan the wrists and the hands together in one swoop.”

The Hands

Starting 10-20 centimetres away from the skin (depending on your machine) begin spraying from halfway up the forearm, sweeping down towards the hands, and finishing 10cm beyond the fingertips. If you stop spraying at the fingertips, you risk too much tan landing on them.

Some customers are curious if you can tan your palms, however, this is not advised as the skin. The skin of the palm is glabrous (hairless) and unable to tan. The skin is also thicker, approximately 8-14 times thicker than normal skin, therefore it soaks of fake tan like a sponge! Needless to say, this is not a good look.

Circular Method

This is a good method and most people will have been taught to spray hands in a circular fashion. I found my clients fell victim to Mickey Mouse hands, which basically means they didn’t feel their hands were dark enough.

“I would suggest to trial and error with both techniques so you are aware of exactly how evenly the hands develop in the morning.”

With the circular method, do not spray the hands along with the wrists. Carry out the wrist technique mentioned above and spray down and outward, flicking away when the mist hits the wrist.

Once you have completed the wrist section, now you can do the hands. Starting 20 centimetres to the right of the hands with a wide spray pattern setting, press the spray button AND THEN you can mist the hands in a circular motion and repeat if necessary. It would be CATASTROPHIC if you pushed the spray mechanism whilst directing the nozzle on the hands because this would overload the hands with the solution.

When it comes to wrist, hands and ankles, never find yourself directly starting the spray flow in those areas because they will go way too brown.

Spraying hands and wrists directly with tan will cause those areas to go even browner than the rest of the body because those areas almost suck the tan in more than any other part of the body. Also, when your client turns her hand over, there will be a big brown line at the wrist that meets the paleness of the palm, this is a dead giveaway that their tan is fake.

Learning to spray tan hands and feet properly is vital to gain your client’s trust in your abilities as a therapist. Master these techniques and ensure your client’s come back time and time again for perfectly even, bronzed hands and feet.

When can you shave after a spray tan

Shaving is a common way to remove your body hair, but can you do it after a spray tan?

My clients dread the looming ‘stubble’ that would appear a few days after shaving pre-spray tan.

The answer is yes you should shave before tanning, but it depends on a few aspects that I’d like you to read. Have a scroll through this guide to assess whether shaving your legs after you’ve fake tanned will leave you smooth and de-haired, or unfortunately patchy.

Let’s start with describing how fake tan works.

Shaving Guide For After a Spray Tan

  • You can shave 9 hours after a spray tan as it will have fully developed by then (this applies to rapid tans too)
  • Use a new razor, as a blunt one as a dull blade, will remove a fair amount of your skin along with the hair
  • Use an oil-free shaving product as oil removes fake tan
  • Don’t shave too often
  • Don’t press down too hard on the razor, lightly glide the blade over your skin

How does fake tan work

The top few layers of the skin are temporarily stained with fake tan. The DHA (a simple carbohydrate), reacts with the oxygen in the air and the amino acids in the skin, causing a gradual darkening effect. Much like if you bit an apple and left it out!

The skin renewal process

Now we move on to the skin, and how it sheds. The epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin), is constantly renewing itself. The lower layers of the epidermis form new cells, and these surface in roughly 4 weeks, replacing the older cells.

Can I shave after tanning

Using the knowledge that fake tan temporarily stains the top few layers of the skin and that the skin is constantly renewing itself, it can be determined that your fake tan will be temporary, usually lasting around one week.

Yes, you can shave after spray tanning, but be aware that some of your colour may come off, especially if you soak in the bath or shower for long periods of time prior to shaving.

Shaving is less likely to affect your tan if you:

  • have prepped well for your tan (See spray tan preparation)
  • moisturised daily (no oils please)
  • have not dried your body with a towel straight after showering/bathing/swimming as this softens the skin, making you more susceptible to peeling skin

How to prolong your tan

  • Get a spray tan; they are usually more even and better quality than in the bottle false tan
  • Exfoliate in the coming days of your spray/sunless tanning session. This will allow the sunless tanner to stain the newest skin cells, prolonging the life of your tan. I recommend the best product in pre-tan preparation “The Tan Eraser”.
  • Get waxed instead of shaving, but only do so at least a few days before your appointment. If you don’t follow this advice, you risk getting dark spots inside your open pores.
  • Epilate as an alternative to shaving. The same logic applies to epilating as it does to waxing, although it is only for the brave! Epilating allows you to manually pull out your hair at the root with a small rotating machine. I use one every 3 days to keep on top of my hair growth.
  • Top-up your tan using a gradual tanner that you trust. I recommend Vita Liberata gradual tan or Noutvan’s mousse is fabulous!
  • Don’t rub your body with a towel straight after swimming/showering/bathing or going in a sauna/jacuzzi/steam room.
  • Moisturise to keep your skin tone even and hydrated, but don’t use oil

Shave like a pro

Have in-grown hairs or razor bumps ever ruined your vacation? If you’ve suffered from those unsightly red bumps on your legs or bikini line, follow our 6 top tips to shave like a professional pre-tanner.

How and when you should shave before a spray tan

  • Shave 12-24 hours before a spray tan
  • Don’t forget to shave, wax or epilate before your spray tan
  • Always use a new razor as blunt blades are harsh on your skin
  • Soak in warm water before shaving
  • Use shaving gel or cream
  • Shave with the hair, not against
  • Post-shave, use an antiseptic or toner as this will close pores and prevent infection
  • Moisturise your skin and you are done!

How and when you should shave after spray tanning

  • Don’t shave for at least 9 hours after tanning to allow the tan to develop
  • Use a new razor (No blunt blades please)
  • Don’t dry your skin with a towel after washing, try to air dry
  • Don’t use any harsh chemicals
  • Avoid exfoliating
  • moisturise your skin daily or twice daily if you can

COVID Policies & Procedures

COVID Policies & Procedures

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, salons and spas in Glasgow, Scotland have new policies and procedures in place for re-opening.

We want to re-assure you that Tropicoco is prepared with the appropriate PPE such as face masks, visors and glove protection. We have sanitising soap, hand gel, face masks, gloves and all rooms, air extraction and surfaces in the salons will be disinfected after each treatment.

Please help yourself and everyone in the salon stay safe by doing the following:

  • Salons are currently not permitted to perform treatments on the face (lashes, brows, facials, waxing). Please check this list in the future as we will update you on this page ASAP
  • Wash or sanitise your hands at the building door and in the salon (hand gels will be provided at the main building door and inside the salon)
  • Bring a face covering 
  • Please turn up only 5 minutes early for your appointment to avoid over-crowding
  • Please do not be late as the salon will get over-crowded with the next customers
  • Bring a bag for your jacket as we are no longer allowed to hang up coats
  • Please do not bring any guests with you

Thank you for your cooperation, we look forward to your visit!

Beauty Salon Quotes & Sayings

Need a beauty salon quote for your social media and advertising campaigns?

Well, you’ve found it, the list of nearly all the encouraging and quirky quotes needed for an exciting salon promotion!

The following list includes all the ‘positive vibe’ quotes and sayings your spa salon needs to have your client’s rushing to book a much needed pamper session. We have dedicated this page to some customer engaging quotes for beauty, spa, nail, eyelash, eyebrow, holistic wellness and massage therapists.

Business Booming Beauty Therapy Quotes

Encourage your clients into booking your salon with this extensive list of aesthetic quotes. Your clients need to make time to pamper themselves and with the following list of beauty business blossoming quotes, they won’t need any more excuses to do so.

  • “Time to treat the skin your in.”
  • “Filters are great, but great skin is better.”
  • “Great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment.”
  • “It all starts with great skin.”
  • “Great skin is always in.”
  • “Beauty comes from inside, inside the beauty salon.”
  • “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
  • “If it makes you feel beautiful, then do it.”
  • “Make time for yourself.”
  • “A referral is the best gift a salon can receive from a customer.”
  • “Don’t forget to pamper yourself.”
  • “What happens in the salon, stays in the salon.”
  • “How old you are is your business, how young you look is ours.”
  • “Glowing skin is always in.”
  • “Great skin doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment.”
  • “Self-care isn’t vanity, it’s sanity!”

  • “Time to treat the skin your in”
  • “Massage: Relax the mind, renew the body, revive the soul”
  • “Massage is not just a luxury, it’s a way to a happier, healthier life”
  • “Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in”
  • “Dear stress, let’s break up”
  • “Spa days are a necessity, not just a luxury”

Beauty products on display

  • “Just relax and enjoy”
  • “Touch the body. Heal the mind, calm the spirit”
  • “Your only one massage away from a good mood”
  • “Eyebrows speak louder than words”
  • “Do something nice for you, you deserve it”
  • “The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention”
  • “Sometimes all we need is a little pampering to help us feel better”

  • “Be-you-tiful”
  • “Self-care is not selfish”
  • “Reflexologist; someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had, in a way you don’t understand.”
  •  “Trust me, you need me to knead you.”
  • “Ageing is a fact of life, looking your age is not”
  • “Let your skin do the talking”
  • “I like my products like I like my people, non-toxic”
  • “Fall in love with taking care of yourself”
  • “If it makes you feel beautiful then do it”
  • “Self-care isn’t an expense, it’s an investment”
  • “Day off; Spa on”

legs getting waxed

Witty Waxing Quotes

Need a list of funny waxing slogans to entice your client’s in for a Brazilian or Holywood wax?  Pinch one of our trendy captions for advertising, marketing and social media purposes. 

  • “There’s a Brazilian reasons to get waxed”
  • “On Wednesdays, we wax”
  • “Shave every day, or wax once a month?”
  • “Hair-free is care-free”
  • “On Wednesdays, we wax”
  • “I wax! No job; Too big, too small, too odd”
  • “Wake. Wax. Hustle. Repeat”
  • “You had me at “never shave again”
  • “Today is a great day to get waxed!”
  • “Life is like a Brazilian wax. . . . There may be discomfort or awkward moments, but if you keep going and don’t give up it’s worth it”
  • “Today is a great day to get waxed”
  • “Eat. Sleep. Wax. Repeat.”
  • “Nobody gets me naked faster than my waxer.”
  • “I’d rather have a Brazilian wax than do laundry.”
  • “Slow the grow.”

Novel Nail Quotes

Enjoy this sassy list of the best nail tech quotes and sayings encompassing gel polish, acrylic extensions and the classic manicure!

  • “It’s all fun and games till someone breaks a nail”
  • “Your nails are jewels, not tools”
  • “Your nails say everything about you”
  • “Your nails speak your style without saying a word”
  • “It’s a mani kind of day”
  • “May your Monday be short, your coffee be strong and your nails get compliments.”
  • “So many nail polishes, not enough fingers!”
  • “Happiness is having your nails done.”
  • “Studies show that women are 99.9% happier with their nails done.”
  • “Good nails speak louder than words”
  • “Stressed, blessed, nail obsessed.”
  • “Nails take any old outfit and make it new.”
  • “If I use my hands when I talk, you know I’ve had my nails done.”
  • “Cute, sassy, bossy, classy; what will your nails say about you this month.”

Sassy Spray Tanning Quotes

Need some catchy spray tan slogans or solarium sunbed sayings for your Instagram or Facebook business page? Then check out this list of quirky, funny beauty salon quotes.

  • “To tan or not to tan, is that even a question?”
  • “You’re never fully dressed without a spray tan”
  • “If you can’t tone it, tan it”
  • “Good vibes and tan lines”
  • “Addicted to the glow”
  • “It’s better to arrive late than pale”
  • “Keep your standards high and your tan flawless”
  • “Tonight’s forecast: 99% chance of tanning”
  • “TANGRY: A state of anger caused by being pale.”
  • “The real walk of shame is the one you do braless from the spray tan room back to your car.”
  • “Too tan to give a damn”
  • “I’m sorry for what I said when I was pale”
  • “Monday – nothing a tan can’t fix”
  • “Look at her glow”
  • “A spray tan is confidence applied directly to the body”
  • “The only BS I need is Bronzed Skin”
  • “To tan or not to tan, is that even a question?”
  • “Spray tan terms & conditions: must leave feeling flawless”
  • “I don’t need a man, I need a bikini and a tan”
  • “Tan me up”

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Powerful Pedicure Quotes

Get Instagram famous with these catchphrases, guaranteed to get your clients in for a luxury pedi after reading the ultimate ‘pamper yourself’ quotes.

  • “Pedicures are the cure for everything. That’s why they’re called pedi-CURES”
  • “A great pedicure can be as soothing to the soul as… well, to the sole!”
  • “Pedicures; the ultimate stress reliever.”
  • “Your feet never take a day off, so take care of them.”
  • “You know it’s time for a pedicure when you can exfoliate one foot with the other.”
  • “All I want is world peace and a pedicure.”
  • “My life is hard, but my feet are soft.”

Effective Eyebrow Quotes

Do your loyal brow-aholics need a push into a shape, wax and tint by their favourite brow artist? If so, post one of these browspirational sayings. Take your pick of the following short and snappy brow quotes. 

  • “Eyebrows, the one thing you can get into shape without exercise”
  • “Friends don’t let friends have bad eyebrows”
  • “You think I’m listening, but I’m really just doing your brows in my head”
  • “Eyebrows speak louder than words”
  • “Relationship status: emotionally dependent on my brow artist”
  •  “HD Brows; It’s more than just a treatment, it’s an art.”
  • “Don’t waste a good brow day”.
  • “New eyebrows, new me”.
  • “It’s funny, I’m broke, but I can always afford my brow appointment.”

Eye-catching Eyelash Quotes

Who doesn’t love long, thick and curly lashes? Grab the most exciting lash extension, tint or lash lift quotes ever to ensure your clients come running back!

  • “Goodbye mascara, hello lash lift!”
  • “Free naps with every lash appointment”
  • “The only drama I enjoy is in my lashes”
  • “Perfect lashes, easy morning”
  • “Keep your lashes long and your standards high”
  • “Life is short, but your lashes don’t need to be “
  • Inviting New Salon & Spa Opening Quotes
  • “Get excited, we are opening soon!”
  • “Make every day a great skin day”
  • “Book a date with us”
  • “When you support a small business, you’re supporting a dream.”
  • “Your total beauty transformation starts here”
  • Good things are coming”
  • “Have a fabu-lash weekend”
  • “Live, love, lash”

Seasonal Holiday Quotes & Sayings

Holiday hair slogans, Christmas quotes for nail artists, festive phrases for beauty salons; we’ve got the lot!


  • “Peace, love and great nails”
  • “Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow”
  • “Let it snow, let it snow, but not on my spray tan”
  • “Tis the season to sparkle”
  • “A little more sparkle and a little less stress. This Christmas, we wish you the best. “
  • “Dear client; ‘Naughty or Nice’, you’re on our list.”
  • “We are like a snowflake, all different in our own beautiful way”
  • “All I want for Christmas is an hour-long facial”
  • “Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is beautiful brows, lashes, nails and skin.”
  • “Whoever said nails don’t buy happiness, hasn’t met my wife”.
  • “Nothing makes my wife more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”

Hairdresser & Barber Quotes & Sayings

Haircare quotes that will have your client’s pre-booking their next 10 hair cuts. Whether you dye, cut, style or apply extensions to hair, we can guarantee you’ll find some good hairdresser quotes to ignite your clientele’s interest.

  • “Rhino horns are made of Keratin, I’ll let you mull that over.”

Beauty Therapy Words

Here is a list of words associated with the beauty salon industry. These words are often used to describe specific treatments, your salon or how your client might feel during treatment.

RejuvenatedRelaxingRed HotA-glowStriking
Fresh-facedDreamyDivineEasy on the eyesFoxy
GleamingLustrousPristineHoneyedFloating on air
VibrantRosyLavishOn cloud nineGorgeous

Top Selling Beauty Salon Products

a salons retail product range display

Overstocked dusty bottles not shifting?

Are there dusty bottles sitting in your beauty salon as you read this article, are the sales of your beauty salon’s retail products few and far between?

If the answer is yes, don’t worry, we all make the mistake of buying a product, and sometimes too much of it. Don’t threat if it’s nearly reached it’s sell by date, here’s some methods on how to find the top selling beauty salon products for YOUR BUSINESS.

Top sellers in our salon

Bear in mind, this is what works best for OUR SALON, because of years of trial and error, our style of salon, the type of customers we get through the door, and what their getting when they pass it.

1. Hempz Moisturiser

Number 1 best selling beauty salon product

We do A LOT of spray tanning in the Tropicoco salon, so clients want to keep their skin hydrated so the tan looks it’s best. It smells so good that the sample bottle runs out rapidly! We can’t resist it and neither can our clients. 

2. Self Tanners 

Number 2 best selling beauty salon product

We stock Nouvatan, it’s a brand that you just can’t get in the shops and there’s no tan like it! Nouvatan lovers absolutely love how dark it can go and how the mousse dries instantly with a powdery feel to it. Compared to other brands, the profit margin is quite high on this one too if you buy in bulk.

3. The Tan Eraser Mitt 

Number 3 best selling beauty salon product

I personally love this product, and I always encourage my clients who get waxing and spray tanning at the salon. This is because it makes my job so much easier. It inhibits ingrown hairs and it is incredible at taking old tan or skin off. Read about it more here: The Tan Eraser 

4. Vinylux 

Number 4 best selling beauty salon product








This product a fantastic range of polishes from the CND brand. We no longer use CND, but I love the product that much it has to stay. It injects some colour into the salon by having it on display, and it dries in about 5 seconds.

5. Cuticle Oils 

Number 5 best selling beauty salon product

It’s probably the item we sell most of. It smells fantastic, it’s organic and it’s so cute and small it can fit into your clients purse so she or he doesn’t forget about it.

6. Package Deal Gift Cards

Number 6 best selling beauty salon product










Gift cards should always be on display, but why not advertise a gift card that has a special deal. We sometimes give away a free treatment or a glass of Prosecco with a gift card. You can advertise your gift card in a frame and change it every month.

VITAL tips on selling salon retail products

  • Use testers when you can, especially if something smells good and label the tester
  • Products should be displayed at waist height and eye level, don’t make your customers bend to get a product
  • Place your retail in a waiting area
  • Put your small, less expensive products in a basket at the till to encourage impulse purchases

3 things you MUST establish before we begin product planning

1)Write down the services your salon business provide

2) Use your own knowledge or salon software to determine your most popular treatments and start focusing on them

3) Determine your salons ethos. For example, do you want to sell organic, vegan, trendy brands for example

Why it’s SO important to get the team on board

Who can sell your salon retail better than someone who uses and genuinely loves a product? If you would use the product yourself, then it’s going to be a million times easier to encourage your customers to buy and love it too.

Why do you think shops give staff members a discount, to encourage everyone in the team to try the products, and make more sales.

Have a meeting to discuss any new product range and make some print outs if necessary. As a salon manager you’ve got many jobs, but the most important one is keeping employ morale and motivation high, and you can join in too!

Give commission per sale or get to see everyone’s competitive side with a prize for who sells the most in a month.

Gel Nails Keep Chipping? Here’s 6 Reasons Why

Why do your gel nails keep chipping?

Gel nails can chip or peel due to the use of low-quality gel products, damage by the client, improper removal or preparation of the nail plate.

peeled gel nails

How annoying is it when 20% of your clients come back into the salon with chipped gel nails, but the other 80% seem to be rock solid!

Sound familiar? it’s pretty frustrating, isn’t it? 

You might have this problem, and if your anything like me when I first started nails, an issue with peeling gel polish might be a much more common occurrence. Read this guide and I’ll explain a few ways in which I improved this problem.

Through much trial and error with different techniques and products, I wanted to share what I found worked best for me.

1. Proper Nailbed Prep

Some of my clients would say, ‘why do my gel nails peel off after one day?’, so I decided to do a bit of research.

“Prep is key”; I saw this phrase pop up often and learning what this meant was the solution to all of my nail tech problems. Although very important, poor prep is not the only reason why gel manicures are popping off, but let’s start here.

There are some techniques that you don’t learn or forget after training that might cause them to just fall off unannounced!

An example of expertly prepped nailbeds

So why is nail prep so important for keeping those gels on? The reason is that gel nails peel off because oily, smooth nails aren’t going to stick to anything but your own finger. If you think about a woodworker, they would scratch the surface of the wood before glueing it to anything else to promote adhesion. This is one of the key aspects of how to make your gel last longer.

First step: Remove cuticles by pushing back with a sharp cuticle pusher (remember the side walls)

Second step: file the free edge and buff nails (See notes below*). If you don’t file the free edge, oils will remain and cause peeling

Third step: Use Isopropyl alcohol nail cleanser and scrub the nail firmly right around the sidewalls and free-edge to rid of oils

Fourth step: Brush on a dehydrating nail prep solution to further rid of oils

Fifth step: Make sure you keep your client from touching anything by placing a towel or object on top of their hand such as a cotton pad. This ensures your client doesn’t touch their face which will transfer oils to their just prepped hands!

Chipped Gel Trouble Shooting *Be aware of the following:

    1. The nail bed needs to be roughed up with a file suitable for natural nails, do not use nail files that are for acrylic shaping as this will be too harsh
    2. Make sure you file the free edge, rough up 100% of the nail, around the sides, near the cuticles and the edges, or the polish will peel off at the most usual points
    3. DON’T rough the nail up too much! Nails just need to be lightly scratched to ensure proper product adhesion. In fact, I have found that too much buffing weakens the clients’ nails, which makes nails more susceptible to bending, eventually tearing the Shellac or gel overtime causing the gel to chip
    4. If you’ve scratched the nails at an angle, don’t go over it again, especially at a different angle as this is just going to smooth out the scratch you’ve just made (Things are getting technical)
    5. Buy a block buffer to remove any ‘frilly’ bits still attached beneath the nails after shaping. This will ensure the nail is not bumpy after polishing.

2. Is removal destroying your client’s nails?

Removal with acetone will save your clients from picking off their gel nail polish and taking layers of the nail bed with it. However, poor removal will destroy the strength of the nails, which will, in turn, affect your service and have your client’s asking “Why does my gel polish peel off?”.

After 2-3 weeks of wear, the best thing you can do is remove gel nails with acetone. This ensures your clients have strong and healthy beds, but sometimes beauty therapists can rush removal due to clients being late.

Why you should book extra time for removal or take steps to ensure clients aren’t late

Rushing the removal process due to late arrivals will result in a weakened nail plate. The reason for this is that you haven’t allowed enough time for the acetone to penetrate the hard polish fully, which ensures it peels off with ease.

You will then have to take further action to get the polish off. Scraping and buffing to achieve a polish-free nail will come at a cost to the strength of the nail surface. This weakens the nails as you will be taking layers of nail plate off when doing so. This results in nails that are more likely to bend and guess what bends with it? The polish. This will eventually tear the gel and the polish will peel.

“Gel polish doesn’t ruin your natural nails. However, poor removal, harsh preparation and clients peeling off their gel manicures will guarantee to ruin natural nails over time.”

Note: Use a remover that is gentle on the nails. I found a considerable difference in the chalkiness (white appearance after removal). A remover that isn’t as harsh on the nails will not dry out the nails as much as pure acetone. Dry nails will become brittle and break off more easily.

Damage to natural nail bed from poor removal of gel polish.

3. Applying The Polish 

I did all the prep correctly, but still had issues with gel staying on the nails and found that this way worked best for me to eradicate chipping nails.

Curing times: I was applying a thin layer of polish and capping the free edge, but that still didn’t stop the gel nails from chipping and peeling. My theory? Even though I shook up the bottles and even resorted to sticking them in-between my thighs to warm them up during prep, I found that the base coat kept getting thicker with every use.

If there’s one thing I remember from Chemistry, solvents will evaporate if open to the air. Eventually, every time you take your brush out, the solvents that thin the polish will evaporate leaving you with a gloopy product.

Gloopy products will not have the same curing times as ‘just bought’, straight out of Sweet Squared polish. Why? Because it’s thicker, and thicker gel products need more time for the UV or LED light to penetrate them. I decided that the recommended 5 second cure time in the CND lamp was not working for me, so I upped it to 60 seconds just to be sure. This really wasn’t ideal for me, so I switched to “Artistic Colour Gloss” and “The Gel Bottle” as I found their products non-gloopy.

Shrinkage: The last thing I want to share with you is shrinkage. Shrinkage is the movement of gel on the nail plate. For example, imagine you started painting the pinky finger, and now you’ve made your way to the thumb. By the time you’ve finished all 5 fingers, you look back at the pinky and the polish doesn’t look the same. It doesn’t look neat anymore, you are miles away from the cuticles and the free edge that you just capped is no longer sealed! That ladies and gentlemen is shrinkage.

Purchasing high-quality gel polish products will require an initial higher cost outlay, but your nail salon will reap the benefits later by using products designed for professionals. Examples of good quality gel nail products are ‘The Gel Bottle, CND: Shellac, Gelish and Artistic Colour Gloss. Each brand is constantly keeping up to date with the latest trends and technological improvements to enhance your nail bar’s service.

Notice the pieces of glitter on the side walls and be conscious about removing them before sealing with top-coat, as this can cause the gel nail polish to peel.

Shrinkage can occur for numerous reasons:

  • Old gel bottles
  • Poor quality gel products (please we are begging you, ditch Bluesky if you’re going to open a salon)
  • Highly pigmented colours (neons, black etc.)
  • Bottles haven’t been shaken before use (you need to mix the solvents in the bottle)
  • It just happens!

4. How to fix shrinkage & ensure the free edge is sealed

Let’s start with why capping the free edge is so important. With time, the polished free edge will wear away with time, so the stronger those layers are, the less likely they will chip off. Sealing the nails also prevents oils and water from getting underneath the polish and loosening it.

I now paint two nails at a time, capping the edge of both nails just before I put them in the lamp. This gives me peace of mind that my client’s nails are sealed and as close to the cuticle and side walls as possible.
I also have another trick that has helped me seal the edges of clients with shorter nails. Long nails are easy enough to cap with a swish of your brush, but short nail capping can get messy and time-consuming.

Here’s how I do it: Paint the nail and turn your brush the other way to point towards you and let the brush fall backwards onto the edge. Make sure you just use a thin layer of polish for this!

Watch the video above to see how I do this!

5. Seal those babies! 

There’s no point in going to all that effort and forgetting the product that’s going to seal in all your hard work!

Best way to apply topcoat:

  1. Shake your topcoat at the start of the appointment and allow the gel to settle
  2. Paint the topcoat on two nails at a time then cure making sure to paint it the teeniest bit beyond where you started to apply the product around the cuticle and sidewalls to seal it
  3. Cap the edge just before you put the hands in the lamp to ensure no shrinkage has occurred away from the free-edge

6. Your client is misinformed about aftercare

Are you or your client filing after the gel manicure is complete? Your client may think that it’s ok to file after a gel manicure, however, this will break the seal on the free edge. Warn your client that this will happen before they leave the salon.

Is your client a rock climbing enthusiast, does their job require breaking apart boxes, picking off labels or perhaps they are a healthcare worker who has to constantly use hand sanitiser. All of these tasks are going to have some effect on the nails.

Dishwashing, cleaning and gardening without gloves should be avoided at all costs. Hand gel sanitising should also be avoided as the alcohol will eventually wear away the topcoat and the gel will lift up at the edge of the nail.

Recommending cuticle oil to your clients isn’t just for improving the skin around the nails, it can prevent them from chipping too. If you think about what happens when water and oil meet, oil is hydrophobic, which means it repels the water. With this in mind, it’s not a wild theory that applying oil over your nails will protect them from chemicals and water. Also, cuticle oil prevents the gel from drying out, becoming brittle and chipping off.

Do Gel Nails Chip?

Yes, they do if you are not careful with them e.g washing dishes, cleaning or gardening without wearing gloves. They can also chip if they are not properly applied, but much less than normal polish.

Why is the top layer of my gel nails peeling off?

The gel top coat usually peels off if it isn’t cured properly, or has been applied over a colour gel or acrylic nails that have been wiped down with isopropyl alcohol. Each layer of gel is sticky and bonds to the next one, so if the tacky layer is removed, the next layer of polish will not adhere and peel off.

How To Fix Chipped Nails If You’re a Client

Sometimes nails chip just as your jetting off on holiday and there’s no way you can get back to the salon to have them fixed. If taking matters into your own hands (literally), is your only option, then you have a few options.

If your nails are peeling, carefully placing a bit of nail glue under the gel polish will keep it in place.

If they have chipped, it’s best to purchase a matching polish to fill in the missing piece of paint or file it down so the chip isn’t visible. This will break the seal on the topcoat and potentially cause further peeling, so the first option is probably better.

How to remove the sticky layer on gel nails

A possible reason for gel nails coming off too soon could be improper removal of the ‘tacky’ layer after curing the topcoat.

To remove the top film (sticky inhibition layer), use a foil or plastic-backed, lint-free pad soaked with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA). Removing this layer with acetone, for instance, makes gel polish dull and it breaks down the topcoat prematurely and that could be a good reason why gel won’t stick to your nails.

Each brand will have its own type of sticky inhibition layer remover, however, some brands like ‘The Gel Bottle’ will not require the topcoat to be wiped at all after the application is complete.

Spray Tan Business Setup Advice

Setting up a professional spray tan business

My name’s Caroline, and having done over 26,000 spray tans in the 5 years of my beauty career, I am really excited to share the advice I have for you about setting up your own mobile, at home or salon based spray tan company.

I started out my mobile spray tanning business, to then renting a small salon space to set up a salon business in my city centre focusing on being the only spray tan dedicated studio in my city.

So why a spray tanning business and how Profitable is it?

  • Spray Tanning is a tricky business to learn, but once you know how, it will take about 8 minutes to achieve a flawless finish
  • You can fit in 3 people per hour with a profit of £20-£35 per person depending on your location
  • Being beautifully bronzed never goes out of fashion so it’s always a profitable business
  • It’s fun, enjoyable and socially satisfying

How To Become a Spray Tanner

To become a spray tanner, you must be certified by a training centre recognised by insurers. If you are unsure about which insurer to join, BABTAC, ‘The Guild of Beauty Therapists’ or Salon Gold are highly recommended insurance companies for beauty therapists and cosmetologists.

Spray Tan Business Names

When choosing a spray tan business name, have a think about who your customers are. What age are they, are they city workers looking for convenience and style, or are they local people in a town seeking a professional and reliable salon.

I also am of the opinion that you don’t need to have a tan related name, so once you’ve had a think, take a look at the following spray tan business name ideas: Click here 

Choosing a Spray Tan Brand for your business

We stock three spray tans in our salon and we love them all, but they all have different advantages and flaws to them which need to be considered before proceeding with our client’s application.

For example, all our tans come in varying shades, but we have a certain brand that we would never put on someone who likes a deep colour, and we have another brand that we wouldn’t dream of putting on a tan shy customer.

It’s important to;

Pick quality over price – Quality spray tan solutions usually don’t have preservatives, synthetic dyes, are usually organic, non-fragranced with no alcohol. So why is this important? Synthetic dyes are cancerogenic and permanently stain clothing. Fragrance (which requires alcohol to make it) and alcohol are drying to your client’s skin, which means TIGER BREAD scaley skin!

Consider branding that suits your business and area – There is a lot of opinions about certain brands generated since spray tanning was invented. You’ll often hear people say ‘Fake Bake’ looks dirty on me or ‘St. Tropez’ makes me green which is complete NONSENSE.

It may of happened to that particular individual, but it’s usually down to bad spray tan storage or not enough training. I’m sure St. Tropez being one, if not ‘thee’ most well-known tanning brand business in the world, wouldn’t be so popular if they turned customers green!

You can read about why spray tans turn green in this article: Why Your Spray Tan Turned Green

Just one of our top brands

What’s your clientele

Before setting up your business, figure out what kind of people your clients are. Have you got clients seeking a TOWIE transformation, or ladies and gents who want a light, natural glow? I stock tan shades for both of those types of clients and one in-between.

Age – Ladies and gents of all ages ask for anything from a light glow to ‘as dark as you’ve got please’.

Preference – Does your clientele enjoy an organic-only spray tan business, or are they looking for bridal spray tans?

Rapid Spray Tans (Express/1hour tans)

How are we to know what someone’s version of dark, light or medium is – we can’t until they try it. That’s where rapid tans come in to save the day!

Let me explain how to explain this to your client.

1) In spray tan the liquid that turns you brown is clear

2) They add in the brown for the therapists benefit, so we don’t miss bits

3) When you are finished you will not be that colour

4) We will look in the mirror and judge together as client and therapist what you think of the shade you are

5) When you make that decision, will use our knowledge of the brand to determine when you should wash it off

Here are my best tips for finding the right spray tan solution for your business:

  • Don’t buy for cheapness – buy for quality – it’s good business
  • Get samples and try them out on yourself, friends and family
  • Big brand names attract clients to your spray tanning business, but also consider that one of my best tans is not that well known
  • If you can’t afford loads of bottles, buy express or mix them (easier with tanning brands that use percentages). For example, 50ml of 8% mixed with 50ml 12% will make 10% or 50ml light shade with 50ml dark shade will make medium
  • If it’s cheap, it will be filled with chemicals and preservatives that do not give a good tan
  • If you are still unsure, pick a well-known brand for your business. The brand promotes itself and comes along with pre-made images and posters for easy marketing.

What’s The Best Spray Tanning Machine of 2019

At the Tropicoco Spray Tan Studio, we spray around 15 people per day each and my Maxi Mist machine has never let me down. It’s got a very powerful motor allowing 25+ applications a day.

That’s the thing about spray tan machines, if you buy a cheap machine, the motor will burn out and leave you in the lurch with a week of angry pale customers! Not great for business or bank balance either!


Why do I love it? It’s so powerful it can do a spray tan in 8 minutes and the control you have over each spray is unbeatable.

Your clients are dry by the time you’re finished because the mist is so fine! It can also do up to 25+ clients a day which other cheaper machines just couldn’t achieve.

Best Value Maxi Mist Machine & Tent @ £209.99

Machine Only @ £179.99

Here are the specs:

Powerful 570 Watt Variable Speed 2 Stage Turbine
Rated for 25+ applications a day
11.5ft/3.5m Hose
3 TNT Spray Heads with 6.75oz/200ml Cups
On-Board Spray Gun Storage
Spare Spray Gun Cup Gasket and Pickup Tube
Spare Spray Gun Nozzle Gasket
Spare Turbine Filter
Detailed Instruction Manual
2-year warranty

Good practice

This is important: Clean your filters daily with lukewarm water (too hot will melt the plastic and ruin the airflow) & put a sign on the machine to not cover it as this will block airflow and overheat the spray tan machine.

Set up a Spray Tanning Business From Home

What you’ll need:

  • A dedicated, quiet spot
  • A large spray tan tent
  • Extractor fan – this has the best extraction in my opinion:
  • Waiting chairs
  • Well lit area
  • Privacy

Set up a Mobile Spray Tanning Business

I set up a mobile spray tanning business at first and to be honest it was the easiest part of my career, but you are limited in what you earn, but it is good money all the same.

I usually started at 4 pm and worked till 9.30 pm so that’s roughly 5 clients per night @ £20 equaling £100 per evening. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were the most popular days so you could easily earn at least £1200 a month once you get busy.

In hindsight, I charged too little for mobile spray tanning. You have to put your business head-on and consider the time taken to travel, petrol, wear and tear on your vehicle and providing a professional service plus the cost of solution and disposables! For mobile spray tanning, I would suggest £30 minimum or £25 for two people at the same location.

Quick business tips for mobile spray tanners

  • Organise your clients by region to save petrol and keep your petrol receipts 
  • Don’t buy a tent in any other colour apart from black – it will look very dirty after each person if  you don’t
  • Buy an extra-large black sheet to go under and around the tent in case of spillages
  • Get your client to step out of the tent to dry with your machine so you can start packing away to leave for your next client (“Can I give you this drier while I take down my tent” always drops that hint that you are in a hurry!”)
  • Try to set up while chatting as you can lose track of time and be late for your next client
  • Don’t go to anyone’s house you are uncomfortable with and don’t be afraid to just leave and drive off
  • Encourage spray tan parties but take deposits for these
  • NEVER do the spray tan in a badly lit or carpeted floor (been there, splattered a cream carpet – oh the cringe)  
  • Wash your tent with a hose or wipe
  • Text people on the day before or morning of their appointment to check they are still wanting the appointment

Set up a Spray Tan Salon Business

After setting up a mobile spray tanning business for 1 year, I opened in the city centre and rented for 2 years until moving to a larger location. This made sure at each step of the way I had enough clientele to sustain the business.

Here’s some advice to consider before renting:


Is it near where people work, does it have easy access to subways, car parks or train stations? People do not like to walk far in their baggy tan outfits, especially when they look so brown or it’s raining.


Does it have space to expand for yourself or staff? I had 4 rooms installed in my spray tan business so I could fit 2 people in per half hour and 2 staff members could work in the other rooms. While one person dries, I start the other.


If you’re renting on a busy street then you will pay extra, but it’s worth it because of the footfall. If you don’t have existing clients, an online presence, or aren’t renting a section in a very busy hair salon for example, then don’t tie yourself into a contract before you have achieved any of those things.

Deal Websites

I don’t deal with them anymore apart from one referral booking website that I see as a fair company.

Groupon – in my experience, Groupon did not work for me. They try to get as much money as possible out of you that for a month I was earning £5 per tan after their discount and fees! Let’s just say it wasn’t long before I ended my contract with them and never returned!

Treatwell however, is a fair company. Ok, they take 35% on first bookings but only a 2% fee once the client has been already. They are paying for Adwords, so it’s only to be expected that they would charge so high because AdWords can cost around £1-5 per click!

Spray Tan Customer Service Tips 

Whenever someone joins our team, I always tell them that most of their job is telling people exactly what to do and warning people what not to do!

We laminate the aftercare advice for clients to read while drying and place warnings in the spray tan booth (e.g. don’t touch the walls, don’t go on the floor in your bare feet).

It’s our job to make sure our clients know EXACTLY what to do every time they come into the salon

If someone has a problem with how the tan turned out, then offer to fix it for them for free and don’t make a fuss about it. It’s just good business to be kind and helpful.

Feedback can surprisingly be a good thing to improve your service, but bear in mind that sometimes spray tan just doesn’t work out on certain skin types – either way, it happens to all of us, so it’s best to be light-hearted and do your best to fix it for them.

Spray Tan Storage

So what’s so important about storing your spray tan bottles correctly:

  • Tanning fluid loses its strength if it is exposed to oxygen for too long – so it’s best to keep your bottles closed.
  • Hot conditions can also cause the fake tan to go off
  • In and out of hot and cold conditions can also alter the potency
  • Each spray tan has different use-by dates

Advice for Mobile Spray Tan businesses: When I did mobile spray tanning, I always used a cool bag or box and I placed my bottles in a cool room in my house

Advice for Salon businesses: In our salon, we use a dark cupboard in a room that doesn’t change temperature.

Spray Tan Business Website Set up 

Websites are great for storing information for your clients to read and if you do well on the search engines your basically getting free advertisement. If you come up as one of the top businesses on Google for the term ‘spray tanning’ you basically have free advertisement.

Go Daddy or Heart Internet are easy to use providers for hosting and setting up a WordPress account.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Salon Booking Systems

You might be told that booking systems are the Bees Knee’s, and they are in some ways, but BE WARNED, they have a few flaws in my experience.

When I first purchased my salon booking system for my spray tanning business, I thought it was fantastic. No more replying to clients at 9 o’clock at night or messing up a booking, they just did all the work for me! It saved me loads of time, it meant I got paid upfront and some people really enjoy how easy it is.

So your thinking, why on earth don’t you rely on booking systems for your business?

  1. Because most people have questions about your service and will not book and pay if they’re unsure about anything. On the phone or by email, you are giving a more personalized booking experience by putting your clients at ease.
  2. Clients will be looking for your name on the booking system and if you are booked and have staff, they will not pick them and go elsewhere unless you persuade them on the phone (YES REALLY!)
  3. It takes away the urgency to book. If your clients can see you have an empty diary in a months time, most people will think ‘Oh I’ll book later in case I don’t need it nearer the time’ or ‘I’ll book when I get paid again as she doesn’t look that busy’ This is BAD for BUSINESS! By the time they get around to booking a space, it will have gone to a new client that statistically costs you 3 times more to obtain than retaining that existing client, and this cycle will repeat itself over and over again for years.
  4. Some people just can’t work with technology 
  5. You’ll never know how much in demand you are. If I have a full diary and 6 people go on to book for that evening but couldn’t find a space, they aren’t going to phone and tell me that. So I should be hiring another member of staff instead of sitting in the dark about my salon’s demand.

What I do now:

I incorporate both in my business, but only advertise the booking app to those that will only book online. I advertise that we take phone calls and emails and I’m very efficient at answering emails (Twice daily).

Spray Tan Hygiene Advice 


Clean your spray tan rooms after every person. This is one of the most common complaints of why they left another salon because the floors and walls were sticky and not only that, you risk tan to skin transfer. Cleaning the walls only takes a couple of minutes and in doing this your client will be more comfortable.

Spray Tan Guns 

At the end of the night, take apart your gun (it should have around 5-6 parts) and wash them out with water until clear. Put lukewarm water in the gun and flush out your gun to stop the needle from eroding or getting clogged with tan. Spray tan crystallizes (hardens) in the needle if left for long periods of time, so flushing it with water stops it from clogging up.

Spray Tan Marketing Advice 

It took me a long time to realise that it’s your job to make sure your clients remember to book in for their spray tans. Frequent social media posts and email campaigns make sure you’re retaining your existing clients.

We tried various promotional ideas in our salon. Some marketing campaigns were really successful, yet a few were a flop.

  1. The “2 tan for £30” promotion was our most successful promotion. Our spray tans were £20 each, but if you brought a friend, you could both get £5 off. This worked well for a few reasons. It encouraged our clients to bring new customers to the salon and they had a fun experience with their friend whilst enjoying a bit of money off. We could do both appointments in 30-40 mins as both clients arrived at the same time and didn’t mind waiting on each other to dry off. Our salon has 4 spray tan booths, however, so the logistics might not be as easy if you only have one room.
  2. Gift your clients some vouchers for joining your mailing list, liking your Instagram or Facebook.
  3. Recommend a friend to get a half-price tan. This was a really successful campaign and brought us loads of lovely new customers on their friend’s recommendation. You will need to note down who recommended them and send them an e-voucher or physical voucher to thank them for their recommendation.


  1. Give your client a physical voucher or e-voucher for their promotions. Your clients most likely feel super awkward about saying they want to use their discount, so presenting a voucher to you at the end of the treatment is preferable.
  2. Don’t make offers permanent unless you have trialled them for a few weeks, some promotions don’t work out logistically.

Spray Tan Business Money Saving Tips

You can check out the best value products I have suggested at the top of this page. I’m going to share one of the best money-saving and environmentally friendly salon tips that save my business over £5000 a year.

So let’s do the calculation

Say we do 1000 spray tans a month in our salon, we will need 1000 sticky feet which will be roughly 50 pence each, costing the salon £500 a month. If we make our own sticky feet, it will cost us 7 pence and 30 seconds to make them individually saving us £437 a month and therefore £5244 a year and if you’re doing a portion of those 1000 spray tans in a month, that’s you sorted for a well deserved 5 grand holiday!

Here’s how I make them:

Step 1: Fold two cardboard sheets in half (must be a thick card such as 220gsm and above)

Step 2: cut the corners off

Step 3: Open the card up again and cut the inner corners and down the centre

Step 4: Put two 2-3 inch tabs of double-sided sticky tape on each foot

Retailing tips for salons

The power of three – statistically, people like products to be displayed in three’s

Music – Research shows that playing spa or classical music increases sales

Display – Display products near the till and in waiting areas

Sales – Give the team commission on sales or do competitions and make sure to mention products during the treatment

Retail psychology – Display low price items in bulk, with no organisation method in a stylish box, bowl or basket. High price items should be displayed with the method in rows of three. The higher the price, the higher it should go on the shelf.

Here’s our display which was a two-tiered breakfast bar I found on Ebay! Most retail units for salons are about £1000, but I got this stylish unit for £100.


Best Spray Tan For Pale Skin

What Is The Best Spray Tan For Pale Skin?

The invite’s in, you’ve got your dress, your makeup booked and now you’re looking at your pale pins next to the colour of your new dress but somethings missing.

You’ve guessed it, you need a spray tan booked pronto!

best tan for light pale skin

What spray tan can do for you

Complete’s an outfit; a tan can lift the colour of your outfit. Some colours just don’t look right without a tan e.g pastels, metallic or white.

Creates an even skin tone: Just like makeup, tan evens out blotchy or patchy reddened skin

Like Makeup for the skin: Even light spray tans help conceal varicose veins, blemishes, bruises and cellulite

Slims and tones the body: Have you ever heard the phrase “If you can’t tone it, tan it!”. Skin that’s darker allows less light to bounce off the body, which allows the body to look less round. Dark skin also defines the muscles by creating the illusion of shadow where the muscle begins.

What is the best spray tan brand for pale skin?

At a salon, you can usually pick from a range of shades which usually include light, medium or dark. However, this doesn’t mean that every brand is going to suit your skin tone. 

For example, in our spray tan studio, we have 3 brands that we use, but there is one particular brand that we would never give to a pale skinned individual as it would be too dark for them.

Gold, caramel or olive-based tans are best for very pale individuals, and it’s best to pick the lighter shade on your first time at any salon. Some pasty customers are concerned that light skin doesn’t tan, that is not true. Certain people who have light or darker skin tones will struggle to get the dark colour that they want from a spray tan. Although this is rare, we suggest trying out a spray tan before a big event to see how dark you are.

Our Top Picks:

St. Tropez Original £20-£30

Vita Liberata Hawaii £20 – £35

Nouvatan Express for 1-hour max £20 – £25

Our advice for very pale spray tan newbies

  1. Pick a gold, caramel or olive-based tan when tanning fair skin
  2. Don’t pick a red-based tan
  3. Book a trial visit and pick the lightest shade and work up from there
  4. * Check out our recommended caramel/olive-based tan*: Click here
  5. * Check out our recommended olive/gold-based tan*: Click here
  6. Check out our tips and advice on preparing: Click here

Why you shouldn’t get too dark a spray tan

If you love being a deep brown but your chalk white, then go for it! However, you need to know the consequences of how it will pan out! It’s a fake tan, so at the end of the day (or should I say a week) it will have faded. So it’s not the end of the world if you’ve picked something too dark.

So Here’s Why:

1: No matter how high quality a false tan brand is, if it’s too dark for your pale complexion, it will fade BADLY. This is called a ‘bad fade off’.

What we mean by ‘fade off’, is when your skin naturally sheds and renews itself, the contrast between your new Casper like skin poking through the extremely dark fake tan will be very noticeable.

This creates what is known as a ‘tiger bread’ like fade off.

2: Good tans ain’t cheap and cheap tans ain’t good! By this, we mean a high-quality fake tan will not be filled with chemicals, alcohol, perfumes and preservatives.

This is a good thing for multiple reasons, but in relation to tanning, these ingredients will also dry out the skin and cause a bad fade off.

Pick a well-known brand that’s fragrance-free.

3: The contrast between the pale you yesterday and the chocolate you this morning can be quite alarming to some spray tan newbies.

Pick a light or medium colour at max is best for tanning light-skinned individuals, and if you want to go dark, just tell your therapist to go easy on your face.

The best dark tan for fair skin in our experience is the luxury brand ‘Vita Liberata’ in the shade ‘Brazil’, or the incredibly natural and long-lasting ‘Nouvatan Olive’ in medium (or dark if you’re brave).