Will my spray tan ruin my nails or will my manicure ruin my sunless tan?

Shiny, matte, glittery, bedazzled nails; in sexy red, innocent pink and classic french tip.
When we are getting ready for a special event we are often having our nails professionally done. The mani/pedi relaxing girl moment before we slip into the bridal gown, our bridesmaid frock or prom dress. It’s a girls mini vacation before her BIG performance.

Oh how we LOVE to have our nails done!

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When should I schedule my manicure so I don’t mess up my nails or my spray tan?

I have what I call the “Beauty Timeline” for getting all of your beauty routines organized and in the right order so that you aren’t going to have anything ruined…..you can read more about that here.

When it comes to your nails I prefer that you have your nails done BEFORE your tan.


Yes, before.

The quick answer is I don’t like anyone messing up my work….but the long answer is that all of the soaking, scrubbing, steaming, exfoliating, nail polish remover, drying agents and finally the lotion and oils that you can come into contact with at the nail salon will wreak havoc with your sunless tan.
Simply stated getting your nails done after your tan pretty much guarantees that your tan is going to stripped, faded and removed in areas that probably wont make you a very happy girl.

Messed up tan=Sad girl

Will my spray tan stain my nails?

What if I have a very pale nail color or a french manicure?  Sunless tanning solutions only work with the amino acids in your SKIN. Since your nail polish or gel nails do not contain amino acids and are not alive then the sunless tanning product won’t be able to work on the painted on coating on your nails. If you have a fresh manicure and a light color and you are worried about staining just bring it to my attention and we can make sure that your nails are clean and bronzer free before you leave the shop.

What if I need to get my nails done the same day that I get my spray tan?

No worries, just schedule your nails in the morning and your spray tan in the afternoon!

Ask your nail tech to:

  • skip the lotion and/or oil on your hands and feet
  • or make sure you have enough time to stop home fore a quick wash with some gentle soap before you come to visit me for your tan. (need help choosing a sunless tan friendly soap hop on over to my shopping guide for recommendations)

Enjoy your mani/pedi I will see you after your nails are done.

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Hi, I’m Kathryn! I’m here to help you have the best spray tanning experience possible. When I’m not creating beautiful sunless tans, I am working with my students or writing for my blog sharing everything I know about how to get the perfect spray tan, how to give the perfect spray tan, and how to build a boutique spray tan business.

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