I’m planning on starting a mobile business, should I purchase the Happy Mist?
The Happy Mist is a reliable machine made from a leading US manufacturer of HVLP spray tan equipment, but it is really designed for those who are only ever planning on doing about 4 to 5 spray tans a week. This means that the Happy Mist is generally reserved for salons who have many services and want to add one more, but who aren’t going to be actively promoting spray tanning, or a mobile business owner whose sole spray tan clients are going to be a single spray tan party that meets up every other week.
Tips from the Team; “I started my mobile business with a different company. When I switched to Aviva Labs, I also bought a Happy Mist as a backup in case the other company’s machine failed. When it finally did, I went with the Mini Mist from Aviva Labs as my next machine, and I still have my Happy Mist too!” -Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Spray Tans
What should I look for and avoid when purchasing a Tier One machine?
If you’re looking at a tier one machine to save money on your startup budget then it might end up costing you more than you know if you don’t purchase the right one. Many tier one machines have unreliable spray patterns and are prone to clogging, both of which can hurt your business’s professionalism and the overall client experience. Worse than that, tier one machines are usually made with plastic parts that break easily and often cannot be disassembled, so when they do clog, which they ALWAYS eventually do, you won’t be able to clean it and will have to buy a brand new one. In the end, these machines could end up costing you far more than a Tier Two or Three ever would.
Things to Avoid: Manufactured in China. Cost less than $150. Plastic internal parts. Always ask if it can be cleaned/taken apart!
Things to look for: Steel internal parts in the gun (especially the needle!) and quick connect couplings on the turbine and gun (twist fittings often break or pop loose during spray tan sessions).