Buyer Beware: The Sundome
When I opened my Tanup Salon I was using these Sundome type Indoor Tanning equipment (pictured to the right). After six months of tanning with these units, I and all of my clients realized together that these booths did not tan clients below the knee. I trusted a very popular salon sales and equipment company when making my purchase and a commercial leasing company was "suggested" to me.
I call it the Candy Cane Tan as I am very dark in the head area, mostly brown about the upper mid section, cream colored around the waist and absolutely pure white from the knees down. My clients complained of burning in the lower legs and feet while on vacation and I see why. The lamps are staggered around cooling fans placed near the floor. Only two lamps in every panel reach floor level. Unsatisfied with the performance of this type of booth I returned them to the seller.
I now utilize the booths pictured on this website, being the Beamup manufactured by Tanses Technologies and the Tanup manufactured by Sportarredo. Both booths do an excellent job of tanning clients from pink to brown in 7 sessions.
The Sundome Booth
Beauty Over Body Contracts Cancer
The other issue is that the tanning industry is not so much concerned with the healthy indoor lamp exposure to the tanning client as much as making profit from the products, ie: Supre Tan's marketing catalogue and training program whereby it teaches salons and technicians that
"training + lotion = cash"
Not one word about using moisturizers or doing less time for a healthy exposure or even to skip a day to avoid cancer from tanning every day as per the section in Wikipedia under UV Light & Cancer that talks of a 2 day lag phase to avoid an over exposure to these UV rays. LOOK IT UP!
Yes You Can - And All Of You Can Cancer
On the issue of whether you can get cancer from using indoor tanning equipment: if you block one of the uv rays with dirt, sweat, wax, bronzer, oils, dry skin, etc, you will not experience pigment tanning results as desired but can also be setting yourself up for a cancerous exposure if repeated over time and frequency (daily exposures, booth maximum, bronzers on).
Relative to this fact is that sunscreens in the previous decades only blocked UVA and reports of cancers escalated; but have since subsided now that sunscreens block both rays. However, now Vitamin D is not being produced internally and a D deficiency is sweeping the country. Trust the government to back up the medical professions' desire to charge Canadians for something they already got for free - SUNLIGHT! Remember playing outside all day as a kid without sunscreen? Did you develop any cancers along the way? I know ladies that are sunscreening their children to walk across the lawn to get the mail from the box. Really? How bad is sunscare gripping the nation? Welcome to your future ill population as Vitamin D directly supports the immune and nervous system functions.
Another fact is that all cover makeup produced for public sale now contains spf to protect consumers from cancerous overexposures to UV while wearing it on the face. The face is the only body part making vitamin D for the whole body in the winter and if you cover it with makeup - by Valentines Day you will be experiencing a profound Vitamin D deficiency that could lead to divorce or worse if you don't get some sun (Vitamin D) soon! Vitamin D Drops have to be digested in your stomach with very little doing any good for your system but sunshine sends Vitamin D directly into your bloodstream within minutes when UV rays are absorbed by your skin.
This isn't just my theory that you can get cancer from blocking rays with makeup and dyes, the cosmetic makeup industry was the first to discover this and adapted accordingly by adding spf as a consumer safety measure. Perhaps the tanning industry should take a look at this education before denying any cancer causing wrongdoing with their bronzer sales and frequent lamp exposure philosophy and try to protect consumers by advising that moisturizers are for use before tanning with the indoor UV lamps and that the dyes are for after exposures as when using a cosmetic (with an spf). Safety first!
Get a real tan and use moisturizer to make Vitamin D internally and feel better, look better, be better.
How many times has someone told you emphatically not to sign the lease? Did you see the lesson in their eyes?
Trusting big salon equipment companies and commercial leasing companies can lead you right into their hands and lose your business in the end for all your effort if you don't take care with your start up capital. The contracts you sign give all your rights to the lenders if you happen to realize a problem, you are the only one responsible in the end.
Don't you wish you had listened? When trying to secure your salon equipment, a big ticket purchase expense to start your salon - do take the lease to a lawyer and if it doesn't favour you in the deal, don't sign it. Expensive lesson is to pay $20,000.00 for the privilege of signing your rights away and losing your entire business in the end if you don't make your lease payments for whatever reason. The contracts contain clauses that could set you back thousands.
The fact is, as anyone who has had a bad lease deal will tell you - you signed the paper, fool! Judge says the same thing as he tells you how much you are expected to pay and not delay. Lesson learned, if you can't swing the credit, you aren't ready for a lease. Find another way to get the startup capital, at the very least you'll keep what you earned.
Writing off the payments as a business expense? How does that compute when you don't have any product for your efforts and all you are paying is penalties for defaulting on your lease whether it was your fault or not? Nice write off for thin air payments. I highly recommend the Tanses and Tanup units for startup units in a new Salon operation and would definitely buy these types of units again. After six years, I still have yet to experience anything more than a few burned out lamps and a fuse or two. Excellent running units.
The tanning industry prefers to turn a blind eye to the possibility that the bronzers might be harmful to humans when exposing themselves frequently to indoor tanning equipment lamps or when sporting a spray on tan outdoors unprotected by SPF.
"Don't wait until your cancer arrives and you've come to tell me you've proved me right, protect yourself now and get educated about cancerous exposures by reading up on it in the American Journal of Medicine or exerpts as adapted into Wikipedia under UV Light and Cancer. It only took one lady three years to get 18 tumors before her mastectomy. I highly suggest getting a cancer checkup before undertaking any serious indoor or outdoor tanning regimen. Better to know ahead than to worsen an unknown pre-existing conditon.
- Karen Mack, Tanup Salon.
On what to do about advertising:
$30 per 30 second radio spot in primetime am - Nobody heard
$60 weekly per banner ad local newspaper - Nobody read
Putting our website address on the front of our building - one time price is timeless