Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Norvell Spray Tan?
A Norvell spray is a UV Free Sunless Tan.  A certified technician hand sprays each individual with a sunless tanning solution that will compliment their skin tone and tanning preferences.

Is spray tanning safe?
Yes, it’s perfectly safe.  Sunless tans work with the outer layer of the skin only by using a colorless sugar called dihydroxyacetone (or DHA).  DHA reacts with the top layer of your skin to transform it to a golden bronze color.  DHA has been approved by the FDA for use in the cosmetic and sunless tanning industry for years.  Our state-of-the-art spray equipment eliminates most all overspray (overspray is the typical “cloud” you may find in a spray booth).
If you’d like, we have nose filters available for your use. While these are not necessary, we are happy to provide if you’d like.

Do I need to wear sunscreen after a spray tan?
Yes.  A spray tan is only a cosmetic tan. It contains no sunscreens, and will not protect you from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

What if I do not tan in the sun? Can I still be sprayed?
Yes!  A spray tan was made especially for you!  We are able to customize our tanning formula to work with your specific skin tone to ensure you will have a healthy glow, and not an “orange” unnatural looking tan…even on the fairest of skin tones. Don’t believe us? Check out the reviews!

Please tell me more about the color customization?
We offer a wide range of colors to make sure we can complement any skin tone. Call today to discuss which solution would work best for you.

How long will my shade last?
Much like a fingerprint, each person’s skin is unique. Many factors can influence how long your tan will last.  Given the science with how a sunless tan works, ALL sunless tans will usually last an average of 7 days.  For maximum staying power, we recommend you purchase one of our maintenance products. These products will help prolong (usually DOUBLE) the life of your tan, and also give you some color even if you don’t have a spray tan!
To maintain your tan year-round, we recommend our Monthly Airbrush Tanning Membership.

Does it have a bad smell?
Our high-end tanning solutions have a wonderful smell, unlike most other sunless tanning methods.

How long will my appointment last?
Please plan on a total of 30 minutes for your first appointment.  Subsequent appointments will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

What should I wear to my appointment?
During your spray tan, you are welcome to wear a swimsuit, underwear, or any other garments that you wish. If you are spraying in the booth, you have total privacy and can wear as little as you’d like!

For handheld tanning, many of our female clients chose to wear only a small pair of panties to minimize irregularities.  Male clients must wear a dark color swimsuit, shorts or full coverage briefs, unless scheduling with one of our male spray techs.  You may want to consider wearing dark colors, as the initial cosmetic bronzer can rub off on clothing; however, it will easily wash out of most clothing, except nylon, spandex, and silk.

After your appointment, you should wear very loose fitting clothing that does not “rub” or fit tightly on the body.  Please wear flip-flip shoes or similar shoes to minimize rubbing on the feet.

How should I prepare for my tan?
Please see our Tan Prep page for detailed tips on preparing your skin for the best, longest lasting effects.

I am a mom, a wife, and I have a full time career…I do not have time to visit your salon. Do you offer in-home or on-location services?
Absolutely!  We offer the same personalized service in your home or on-location. Please visit our Mobile Spray Tanning page for more details on our celebrity treatment!  Airbrush Tanning is ideal for men and women on the go…One quick session will give you an instant tan!

I would like to book a Tan Party… but how can I be sure that the airbrush tanning spray will not get all over my home?
We have special equipment designed for in-home use.  We will bring a portable airbrush unit, along with a convenient pop-up tent.  The pop-up tent is compact and fits into almost any space.  It has 3 walls, a top, and bottom to ensure the spray does not travel beyond the tent walls into your home.  Or, if you wish, shower enclosures make a great place to tan….just turn on the water and any spray washes right down the drain!