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Big demand for fake tans as Year 12 formal season in full swing - how to avoid the Oompa Loompa look

September 19, 2022

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By Peter Holmes

If you suddenly see year 12 girls - and maybe the odd boy - wandering around Orange with that Oompa Loompa glow, there is no need to be alarmed, for it is high school formal season.

Formal season is one of the annual periods - along with Christmas and wedding season - when the demand for a spray tan increases.

Stay-at-home mum Aleysha Kelly, who operates her salon Tans by Aleysha from a tent inside her garage, described it as an "influx".

Her clients don't get the orange glow, she said, as she used a violet base in her tanning solutions, which she bought from Brisbane.

“There are different bases - violet, orange, green - and it depends on what brand you’re using. You can definitely see the difference in brands.”

A session took about 10 minutes and cost $25.

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She said there was a marked gap between a tan from a can and a professional spray job, and warned that supermarket sprays kept for too long can “throw a colour”.

A fake tan lasted seven to 10 days.

Kelly said some people - particularly with lighter skin tones - would return fortnightly to have sprays, giving themselves a few days after the previous tan had faded to exfoliate and rest their skin.

She hadn't spray-tanned any year 12 boys ahead of school formals, but said men will sometimes get a spray tan with their partner before heading off on a beach holiday.

The Oompa Loompas go full Trump. Paramount Pictures.

“The more hydrated your body, the more moisture you put into your body, the more it will last," she explained. "You can shower, but don’t scrub your body as that will wash your tan off.

“Quick lukewarm shower, patting yourself dry instead of rubbing yourself.”

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Some of her clients will be fully naked for their spray tan, while others may wear their bra and/or a (supplied) disposable g-string.

Almost all parts of the body are sprayed, including the face, however the palms of hands and the soles of feet are not.

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