Tanning Hell vs Tanning Heaven

Recently I was chatting to one of my lovely nail clients who asked about the other treatments I provide. We got on to the subject of spray tanning and began talking about the experience I offer. She went on to share with me a previous experience of spray tanning she’d had and by the end, I have to admit I was totally shocked!

She had come across a salon, not far from where she lived at the time who was was offering cheaper spray tans so thought she would book an appointment. After arriving, a lady came through and directed her straight to the tanning tent which was covered in old tanning solution.

My client was telling me that at no point did she have a consultation to discuss the desired shade she was looking for or any questions asked about her medical history etc…No sticky feet (self adhesive pads that are worn during tanning to stop the transfer of tan to the bottom of the feet) were issued to her. The barrier cream was “slapped” on and the tanning began.

Not knowing what to expect, she thought this was the norm. She was in and out of the salon in under 10 minutes. Having paid her money, she left with no aftercare or advice on how to look after her tan. I asked her what the results of the tan were, and to be honest, the look on her face said it all. She replied saying “It was patchy, uneven and put me off ever getting another spray tan”.

I couldn’t help but feel saddened by what I was hearing and I asked her if she would like to try another tan with me? At first, she was a little hesitant (which to be honest, if I’d had the experience she’d had, I think I would be to) After talking her through everything including the preparation information, I’m delighted to say, she agreed.

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She is now one of my regular tanning clients and I’m so pleased that I could turn her tanning hell into tanning heaven. Nothing makes my day more than to see my clients wearing their tan with confidence, being the most beautiful versions of themselves.

So what did this story teach me? Well, it’s like my client said after her tan, “It just goes to show, if it’s cheap, it’s not good and if it’s good, it’s not cheap.” 

If I charge more than some spray tanning therapists, perhaps that’s because I invest a lot of time and money in my education, to perfect my skill each year. I strive to offer my clients the very best products within the industry.

This is not just my job, it’s my passion and I believe that each and everyone of my clients deserves the highest level of service as well as…

  • They deserve to know how to prepare for their tan, they deserve to know how to look after it and get the very best from it. 
  • They deserve an in depth consultation and to know that one shade doesn’t fit all. 
  • They deserve to step inside a tanning tent that isn’t caked with solution from the tan before. 
  • They deserve not to feel awkward about being semi naked. 
  • They deserve not to feel rushed but most of all, they deserve to feel beautiful and confident!

Until next time…

Love,

Nina x

 

How To Glow With Confidence On Your Wedding Day

Bridal Tanning Tips

I think every Bride deserves to look and feel beautiful on one of the most special days of her life and I genuinely believe that a subtle glow really does complete a bridal look.

For me, the ultimate bridal tan should be flawless, timeless and beautifully enhance their natural skin tone. It’s such a privilege to create a tan like this and whenever I meet a bride I like to gain as much information as possible, in order for me to create the perfect tan for them. With that in mind, here are my top bridal tanning tips for all of you beautiful Brides-to-be…

Your First Tanning Appointment…

On your first tanning appointment, it’s all about the consultation. I love to hear all about your dress, how much of your skin will be on show and your colour scheme. My most popular tan for brides is the Sienna X 6% Touché De Soleil. It gives a gorgeous light, natural glow and works beautifully on pale skin tones.

I do sometimes opt for a slightly darker shade, but this is only usually if the natural skin tone is darker or I’m choosing to accentuate certain areas such as cheekbones or the décolletage.

After this initial appointment, I advise my brides to take a daily selfie in natural daylight to see which day they prefer the colour on. Most of my brides often prefer day two, this then ensures that when it comes to tanning them for the actual wedding day, they feel at their best… Confidence is key.

Your Second Tanning Appointment…

This is where I focus more on the feedback from your initial tanning appointment . Many brides often like to book their Make-Up trials for after this date, this then gives them a really clear idea of how they will look on their big day. A spray tan is the perfect primer for your Make-up to be applied to, and works particularly well for brides who wear minimal make up day-to-day.

Your Final Tanning Appointment…

Your final appointment will take place a day or two before your wedding day. At this point, all of your arrangements will be done, allowing you to enjoy your treatment with a glass of Prosecco.

We will also discuss your honeymoon plans, Brides who are going away straight after their wedding often like to take a Gradual Self Tan to prolong the life of their tan, others who are going away at a later date like to use Radiance Body Balm in order to keep their skin nourished and get the most from their colour.

Which ever shade you choose, I hope you have the most amazing wedding day and create memories you will treasure for years to come.

Love,

Nina x

May Blog: Why I LOVE What I Do…

Why I Love What I Do

It’s no secret that I LOVE what I do, therefore I thought I would share exactly why I love my job. Why running my own business is a world away from lie in’s, long lunches and days off and why I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Making People Feel Special…

This is one of the many things I love most, working one to one with my clients and giving them back some well deserved “me-time”. My husband said to me a few weeks ago; “I think it’s pretty special what you do” I was of course very touched by his kind words, but then asked what made him say that? He replied; “You have the ability to change not just how someone looks, but how they feel about themselves. You have the power to change someone’s whole day and I just think that must be an amazing feeling” I of course had never thought about it quite like this, but I can honestly say, that it is the best feeling in the world.

Flexibility…

I really enjoy the fact that to a certain degree, I can work where and when I want to. Now of course, my clients come first and their needs must be met. However, if I choose to finish work on a Saturday at 4.00pm because I am going out for the evening, I can do that. The same way that if I’m doing make-up for a Bride on her Wedding Day, I could potentially be at a venue at 7.00am in the morning and then continue working with other clients that day until 5.00pm.

Variety…

I love the variety that my job brings, no day is ever the same. Some days I can be with clients all day, other days I can be having an office day and writing blogs like this one, creating content for my website or having meetings with suppliers. I also love the fact that my location can change, sometimes I’ll be working from home, the next day I might be pampering employees in a corporate environment. I really enjoy the fact that every day is different!

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Creativity…

I love being creative, whether that’s with my clients hair and nails or writing content for my website. I love to write and have recently been asked to write a feature for a Professional Hair & Beauty magazine! I enjoy helping people by giving them inspiration, tips, tricks and ideas. If you are in need of inspiration regarding your hair or nails, or pretty much anything else, my favourite tool is Pinterest; however I have to warn you, it’s very addictive!

Learning…

From when I first started hairdressing, I have always loved to learn and this is still true of me today. The hair and beauty industry is constantly evolving which always really inspires me. I love nothing more than working hard so that I can afford to attend the very best training courses and seminars available.

More Than Meets The Eye…

I am the first one to say that I’m extremely lucky to be doing a job that I fall in love with each and every day! However, people often say to me “You are so lucky you work for yourself, you can do what you want” It always makes me smile, because there is so much more that people don’t see. All the hours that go into it behind the scenes, when I am not working with my lovely clients, I am working on my business. Nothing in my business is outsourced; I don’t have a copy writer who writes my blogs and creates my content. I don’t have a person who updates my website or who looks after my social media and marketing. I do it all! Now please don’t get me wrong, I’m far from moaning that “little old me” is doing everything, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

A friend of mine recently sent me an article, the title; Confessions of a Hairdresser. I couldn’t help but smile whilst reading it and wanted to share some of my personal favourtites; “Hairdressers rarely, if ever, get to finish a hot cup of coffee”. “The Black Sharpie Marker means something completely different to us and often gets used to remove the orange-bleach stains from our work clothes.” “Hairdressers are very protective over their scissors” I can definately relate to all of these! More often than not, I’ll work six days a week and probably three or four evenings, but would I swap it all to go back to Monday to Friday, 9-5? Never in a millions years and why? Because I am happy and most of all because I LOVE what I do!

Love, Nina x