Q: When should I book my appointments?
A: You should book your tanning, makeup or hair appointments as soon as possible to ensure you are able to book appointment times that are convenient for you. The most organized and prepared competitors begin calling about 12-16 weeks in advance. Our makeup and hair services have limited space and fill extremely quickly. It’s best not to wait!

Q: Why should I book with a spray tanner vs. having a friend help me put on a competition spray tanning product?
A: Your tan is one of the most important aspects of your appearance on stage. Airbrush application of tanning solutions produces a uniform micro spray of product on the skin which is superior to hand application methods for most people. A professional competition spray tanner will have knowledge and experience applying the competition tanning solution for the most even and smooth looking tan. They will also be familiar with common problems that can occur as you wear your tan throughout the day and how to fix them.

Q: Can I just go to any tanning salon and get a few coats of color?
A: No. Competition tanning solution is a specialized product that is much different from the type of tanning solutions that are regularly used in tanning salons. You absolutely must use a tanning solution which is intended for bodybuilding/fitness competitions. Using any other type of solution will not produce a final color that is dark enough under bright stage lighting.

Q: How many coats do I need and how far in advance of the show do I start getting sprayed?
A: The spray tanning process varies from company to company and product to product. Every company has a process they prefer and each product has different application requirements.  Spray tan application usually begins the day before the competition and additional coats are applied the morning of the competition before prejudging. At Hardbody Bronze, you will come to see us once on Friday for your base coat application. You will return on Saturday morning for the final coat of stage color called ‘bronzer’ which is the coat that gives your deep, dark stage color. Touchup and additional coats can be applied as needed backstage.

Q: What is the advantage of booking with the spray tanning sponsor instead of another company?
A: Booking your tan with the tanning sponsor is one of the most convenient options available. As the tanning sponsor, we take all of our appointments at a location that is most convenient for the competitors which is most often the host hotel. The tanning sponsor is also the only spray tanning company allowed at the venue where the show will take place. We set up equipment backstage in the pump room to help competitors with any last minute touchups before going on stage.


Q: I just had my tanning appointment on Friday and my coach says my tan is way too light. Is he right?

A: No. Tanning application is a process and your tan will not be stage ready until you receive your last coat of tan on Saturday morning. Our tanning solution has two parts: the base coat solution and the bronzer (stage color). You do not receive the deep, dark stage color until the morning of the show. Until then, your tan will seem way too light.


Q: Will my spray tan get on my clothes and sheets when I sleep?
A: Yes, your tan can transfer onto clothing, sheets, towels and other surfaces. You should wear loose, dark clothing after your tan has been applied. You should NOT sleep nude. If you are staying at a hotel, it is necessary to bring your own sheets and towels to avoid extra cleaning charges from hotel management.

Q: Do I need to bring posing oil?
A: We will have posing oil available for you backstage at no additional cost.

Q: How do I get the spray tan off after the competition?
A: Once your tan has been applied, you will not be able to shower until after the show. During your first shower after the show, the majority of the color will wash off with water alone. The remaining color will last up to one week and will slowly fade away over time as your skin exfoliates much like a natural tan from the sun.

Q: Do I have to tan naked?
A: For the most even tan with no visible tan lines, it is best to tan nude. At Hardbody Bronze, we take pride in making each client feel comfortable with the process. Male and female competitors are tanned in separate spaces. However, if you are uncomfortable tanning nude, your tan can be applied while wearing undergarments but it is important to know that tan lines will likely be visible on stage from doing so.

Q: Is there anything else I should know about getting spray tanned?
A: It is extremely important to follow the skin prep instructions given to you by your spray tanner. Only you have control over the condition of your skin when you arrive for your tan. If you have not carefully followed your skin prep instructions, there are a number of problems that can arise with your tan. The most common problems that occur as a result of improper skin prep are dark blotches, uneven color, tan turning green, failure to dry (leaving a sticky tan), and sensitivity to runs/streaks/smears on the tan.