The Sjolie Technique

The goal of the Sjolie Technique is to provide clients with the most natural-looking tan, in a quick and comfortable service. To achieve this, we’ve created a 1-coat technique using a combination of vertical spray patterns and sectioned passes proven successful and easy to learn for new sunless professionals. Our one-coat method will provide the most natural tan without overdoing it in areas that don’t naturally get color. Plus, you’ll have more control over the amount of solution used and less waste at the end of each service.

The Sjolie Technique covers a large surface area with minimal product and minimal time spent on one area of the body. Our sectioned passes help to create a visually easier work space which can be less intimidating for both the client and technician. In addition, this relieves stress on our bodies by reducing our passes to only what is necessary. When spraying side to side, you’re exerting more energy in your service and potentially applying too much solution because of the excessive layering with each pass.

It’s important to be clear when instructing a client on the positioning needed during a service; with the Sjolie Technique, little movement by the client is required, so explanation of the standing positions are simple & will make the client will feel very comfortable during the service.

While for most, over-spray can be detrimental to a spray tan, we’ve created the Sjolie Technique to utilize over-spray to benefit. When applying, over-spray will fall on the body, enhancing color (like on the feet and hands) without being too heavy or drastic. This also minimizes wasted product during the service. Ultimately, creating an effortless spray tan experience for both clients and technicians.

Let’s review the positions…

Front of the Leg
Starting with the waistline, begin spraying one pass down the center of the front of the leg. As you approach the bend of the ankle, slowly release the trigger and pull away from the client’s body. Use the same pass again to the right of your initial pass. Dry.

*repeat the process on each leg

Inside of the Leg
Starting at the top of the inside of the inner thigh, begin spraying one pass down the center of the inner leg. As you approach the side of the ankle, slowly release the trigger and pull away from the client’s body. Use the same pass on the left, and again to the right of the initial pass. Dry.

*repeat the process on each leg

Outside of the Leg
Starting at the waistline, begin spraying one pass down the center of the outside of the leg. As you approach the side of the ankle, slowly release the trigger and pull away from the client’s body. Use the same pass on the left, and again to the right of the initial pass. Dry.

*repeat the process on each leg

Back of the Leg
Starting at the waistline, begin spraying one pass down the center of the back of the leg. As you approach the side of the ankle, slowly release the trigger and pull away from the client’s body. Use the same pass on the left, and again to the right of the initial pass. Dry.

*repeat the process on each leg

Side of the Body
Raise the client’s arm up and bend at the elbow, so the arm is extended over the head. Beginning in the air above the shoulder, use the “Y” pattern moving inside towards the breast and in one pass end at the waistline. Dry. 

*repeat the process on each side

Back
Starting at the base of the hairline, at the back of the head, spray one pass down the center of the clients back stopping at the waist. Dry. Next, begin at the shoulder left and adjacent to the previous center pass. Using a “Y” pattern, continue the pass down to the waistline. To  the left of your previous pass, use the “Y” pattern and continue the pass down to the waistline. It’s vital to ensure all parallel lines are in a consistent overlay. Dry. Repeat on the right side. Dry. 

Chest and Torso
Begin at the shoulder, left and adjacent to the neck. Using the “Y” pattern, continue the pass down to the waistline over the belly button. To the left of the previous pass, use the “Y” pattern and continue the pass down to the waistline. It is essential to ensure all parallel lines are in a consistent overlay. Dry. Repeat on the right side. Dry. 

Arms
Top – Make sure the top of the wrist is square to you, the technician. Begin just above the shoulder, in the air, and use one consecutive pass down the arm. Slowly release the trigger and pull away from the client’s arm at the wrist. Dry.
Reposition yourself to repeat these steps on the inside of the arm, and again on the back of the arm.

Front of the Face
Begin just above the center of the forehead and use a faster pace going directly down the middle of the face. Repeat the same technique to the left of the initial pass and again to the right. 

Side of the Face
Use one light pass, beginning at the hairline just above the temple and slowly release the trigger just past the chin. Repeat the same technique on the other side.

Hands
Have the client position the hand to a bear claw position (fingers extended with a slight bend). At a far distance, using a circular motion, begin outside of the client’s hands in the air and lightly mist the hand in the circular pattern. Repeat the process on the other hand

Feet
Use an X pattern and spray across the length of the foot beginning just under the ankle bone and releasing past the toes. Finish the other half of the X pattern beginning at the ankle bone on the opposite side of the foot.