The Academy overview: St.Tropez tanning course

As avid tan users, when offered the chance to participate in the St.Tropez spray tanning course we couldn’t refuse.

St.Tropez is the number one premium tanning brand chosen around the world by professionals, celebrities and beauty editors alike. We were extremely keen to learn how to professionally consult, plan and prepare a client ready for a treatment.

The well established Academy offers a wide range of courses to suit every profession and has been up and running for over 20 years. With the warmer season fast approaching, tanning is on everyone’s mind so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to refresh our knowledge.

Firstly, it is important to note that you need to avoid wearing restrictive clothing and preferably black. This is purely from a practical and comfort perspective. Make your clients aware of this prior to their appointment.

Whether you’re a mobile therapist or you work in a salon you will need to know how to pop up and dismantle the tanning tent. This was one of the first things we were taught on the practical part of the course.

We also took a lot of valuable information away with us about all of the retail products on offer to help us upsell to our clients. It is incredibly interesting to find out all about the products, as well as the best way to achieve amazing results. Each product has a USP which makes them extremely easy to upsell to clients. The global award winners have really got it right with their entire range.

There’s a tan for every occasion. St.Tropez cater for this with their collection of different solutions, ranging from classic to dark depending on your client’s preference. For the ultimate results it is important to maintain the cleanliness of your spray tan gun. This is demonstrated by your tutor during the course.

No-one wants a streaky tan, so one of the key factors of the practical was ensuring we can easily achieve an even, natural looking all over tan. It is essential to let your clients know the preparation steps that need to be followed beforehand, including exfoliation, hair removal and moisturising. The tutor is extremely helpful and application is easy to follow. During the course, we saw the tutor perform the spray tan, then had the chance to spray and be sprayed by our peers. This really helped to understand and remember the techniques used.

For this treatment to be as cost-effective as possible it is important to understand the consequence of over-spray and how best to minimise it so you are not wasteful with your tanning solution.

At the end of the course we were awarded our certificates which are widely recognised, including  by the main beauty insurance bodies.

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our day at The Academy. What we found most insightful was learning about the science behind the tan, but the part we enjoyed the most was the practical, as well as showing off our gorgeous glowing tans.

Have you attended the St.Tropez spray tanning course? Let us know what you thought in the comments below. You can find out more about the course here.

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