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The tanning industry and the manufacture of UV tanning systems have now been thriving in the U.S. (and in much of the rest of the world) for 45 years, and that is a significant number for some of us who have been here from the beginning. Many tanning bed manufacturers are no longer in business, as well as many lamp manufacturers.
This means that of the thousands of beds still in operation in tanning facilities, many have lamp labels that can no longer depict which product should now be employed in a particular tanning system.
As it has for nearly 25 years, IST Magazine calls on decades of industry expertise – and that of its esteemed contributing writers – to help all salon owners find the best solutions with regard to providing great tanning results, while also following the FDA’s requirements.
We know this is often a confusing subject! We know that so many salon owners – whether new or veteran – are looking for the best options to meet their current lamp needs. For this reason, IST Magazine has created this new column with the goal of helping operators determine which sunlamp product is correct (and most effective)
for use in a specific tanning system. This is not about any specific supplier, just common sense to help you provide your salon guests with the best possible tanning experience on a going-forward basis.
To kick off this effort, we are asking you, salon owners, to submit your lamp questions and concerns to IST. Simply go to istmagazine.com, click on the “Lamp Talk” link and in the next issue, we will print those questions with relevant answers from Yours Truly. You can submit your question either anonymously or include your name – it’s up to you. For your participation, we’ve also created a monthly prize lottery that will give one submitter a $150 gift certificate toward your next lamp purchase from Supra Technologies!
Especially in these challenging times, the old “it is what it is” does not help your peace of mind when it comes to your business. Your tanners need to be pleased with their results and that, in turn, will help your salon flourish. We hope to hear from you soon!
Industry veteran Leif Vasstrom founded Napa, CA-based Supra Brands Group in 2004, and has been at the forefront of sunlamp innovation since 1978. He opened the first tanning salon in NYC on Madison Avenue in 1978. In 1985, his company designed the Breeze Salon Software and business management program, acquired by SunLync in 2003. He launched the Silver Solarium equipment line in 1978, and Dr. Müller systems in 1993. In 1986, he helped start Applied Digital (T-Max). In 2011, Supra acquired industry forum tantoday.com as a means to further the message about the positive aspects of moderate UV exposure.
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