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Competition Spray Tanning Technicians: How to Choose a Reputable Company

By Marilyn Spatola

It's crucial to have a flawless tan on stage: it's one of the most important elements of a competition. However, with so many rules, regulation and different products to choose from, choosing the best color for you and the spray tanner to apply that color has become a challenge. Spray tanning has entered into the bodybuilding world, however, not all competition spray tans are created equally.

When a spray tanner advertises that they'll be offering 'competition spray tanning' at bodybuilding / figure shows, don't automatically assume that it will be an expert in show tanning. Competition spray tans are different from a regular spray tan you would get at your local tanning or beauty salon.

When trying to choose which tanning product you are going to choose for your next show, here are some questions you may want to ask if you're considering a competition spray tan:

  1. Does the company have a website geared towards competition tanning?
  2. Do they offer skin preparation instructions?
  3. How many coats would you need and do they offer advice on this?
  4. Do they have before and after pictures of their colour?
  5. Will the tan run or come off if you sweat?
  6. Do they offer touch ups and/or pre-stage glazing?
  7. How long do they stay after pre-judging?
  8. How many competition shows have they done?
  9. Do they have testimonies/references?
  10. How does the product hold up on stage?
  11. How private is the spray tan area?
  12. How nearby to the show venue is the spray tan being done?
  13. Do they have male or female spray tan technicians?

Don't assume a less expensive company will be comparable to a more established, experienced one. Competitive bodybuilding is a costly sport, one that takes countless hours of training, diet and discipline. Tanning is one of the most important things when you step out on stage; don't let an inexperienced spray tan company ruin the chances of you being your best!

Understanding the chemistry of how tanning products work and how competition diets affect competitors' body chemistry is the responsibility of the spray tanning technician. Those that are serious about what they do will have this knowledge and training to work with competitors in this very specialist sport.

Most competitors' will agree that the tanning process is one of the most stressful and dreaded parts of their contest prep, yet it's the one aspect of their prep which they can control. It is the job of a reputable tanning company to alleviate that stress, and to make the experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Choose wisely, ask for pictures and don't be afraid to ask questions!

Please check out our reputable spray tanning technicians list