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An Eastside-based airbrush tanning facility created a proprietary and uniquely blended solution for a customized, natural, flawless, and warm glow year-round. Keep reading for all the sunny details.

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In addition to airbrush tanning services, Lady of Sun retail offerings include beauty products, jewelry, and women’s clothing.

Lady of Sun Airbrush Tanning is focused on helping you “be different and be you.” Determined to help others build confidence and embrace their physical differences, this 2,000-square-foot airbrush tanning facility inside the Eastgate Mall offers custom, hand-applied airbrush tans to a variety of customers.

Lady of Sun has a proprietary and uniquely blended solution that offers a spray tan that is always natural, flawless, and never orange,” says Lady of Sun Owner Erin Neace. “The spray tan customizes itself to each individual. When people ask what color they’ll be, we reply with ‘Color Fabulous.’”

Neace says that the salon sees clients of all kinds: Men, women, African American, Caucasian, Asian, Latino, younger, older, and everyone in between.

While helping clients find the beauty in themselves is important to Neace and the team at Lady of Sun, she also wants to help find people find a safer alternative to traditional tanning.

“As the rise of skin cancer continues, and tanning beds become a thing of the past, we want to offer people a safer alternative in a laid back and non-judgemental atmosphere,” she says.

In addition to spray tans, Neace says Lady of Sun offers multiple types of unique body products including bath bombs, an organic beauty bar where clients can make and take their own body exfoliants, body wash, lotions, and body butters.

The business idea behind Lady of Sun aims not to only add color to people, but to also even out skin tones, variances in skin color (including tan lines), and highlighting and contouring clients to give them the appearance of a slimmer and more toned figure.

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Prices for an airbrush tan from Lady of Sun starts at $40 for a full body custom tan, but there are several different package options available that provide savings. For those who are looking for even more savings, Neace says they recently launched a membership program that allows customers to join the LOS Club and get even more savings on services and retail products, all while earning free stuff.

Neace says that there’s been substantial growth for Lady of Sun, and the trend doesn’t seem to be changing. “We started our company with just one employee and it has grown to five now,” says Neace. “We will soon be expanding to a new 6,000-square-foot space in 2017.”

They are currently located at 4601 Eastgate Blvd. To learn more about Lady of Sun, visit them at www.ladyofsun.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Erin Neace found her confidence and passion through spray tanning. See how that led her on a journey of weight loss, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

 

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Erin Neace (right) at the Lady of Sun’s grand opening event
Spray tanning had been a part of Erin Neace’s life since high school. It gave her a huge confidence boost by neutralizing out the redness in her face and fair skin tone. As the spray tan industry moved away from machine-operated booths, she began airbrushing her spray tan, which gave her a more natural appearance. “When I would get an airbrush tan, it instantly gave me a confidence boost,” says Neace. “It was a sense of freedom and confidence that I had never experienced.”

Neace prior to her weight loss
Neace prior to her weight loss
After becoming pregnant at 16 years old, Neace dropped out of high school but wanted to provide a better life for her daughter. She pursued her GED and college degree with the dream to start her own business one day. That dream came true when she opened the doors to her new business, Lady of Sun Airbrush Tanning. “The beginning struggles of my life definitely created an ambitious attitude inside me that would eventually lead to the creation of my business and opening of our store,” says Neace.

Before Lady of Sun, Neace was working as a strategic sourcing analyst and coordinator at Christ Hospital. “I oversaw a large portfolio focusing on sourcing in supply chain for medical/surgical goods at the hospital,” says Neace. “I loved the job, and the organization, but being an entrepreneur was really something I was starting to think about.” At the time, she had just started her MBA at Northern Kentucky University. Her husband was very supportive of Neace wanting to become an entrepreneur and wanted her to follow her heart and be happy.

Neace preparing to apply an organic spray tan at Lady of Sun
Neace preparing to apply an organic spray tan at Lady of Sun
With years of practice and education about spray tanning and the science behind it, she was asked to join a pro-team for professional spray tanning for the Miss America pageant. She had left her job at Christ Hospital only three months prior in December 2014. Neace and her husband felt as though God was helping them progress in the business. Now, they have a retail location that just opened up on October 1 in the Eastgate Mall.

Neace wanted to focus on organic spray tanning after beginning a lifestyle change. She began reading into the ingredients that are in all of our food and products nowadays and even lost 100 pounds over a course of three years due to everything she learned. Spray tanning was also a safe alternative to UV beds and booth tanning.

Quality service is something she really wanted to focus on, and she began to think of royalty and high-end service for the name of her business. “I thought of myself as the Lady of an extraordinary place, like Lady of Wales,” says Neace. Since the sun is not only a place but also somewhere people want to be, the name, Lady of Sun, was born for her business.

Today, with more than 10 years in the spray tan industry, she uses her education and experience to inform her clients with the best ways to prepare and care for their tan and what not to do. Neace doesn’t only focus on physical beauty, but inner beauty as well. “Seeing the excitement on a first time client’s face when they see their tan- still never gets old,” says Neace. “At the end of the day- we are all the same. We all just want to be loved, be healthy, and feel pretty. No matter who or what you do.”

To learn more about Lady of Sun, check out their website.

Photos by: Anita Johnson

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