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Meet Donna Hill of Arizona Airbrush Studio in Old Town Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Donna Hill.

Donna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am originally from the Philadelphia area & I moved to Arizona the end of 2001. I am a licensed nail tech and began working in a day spa here in Old Town doing nails, it was there that I was introduced to this new thing called airbrush tanning. I saw how natural it looked and loved making people golden. After a few years, I left the day spa and rented a space of my own doing nails and spray tans and offered mobile tans. Some weeks I would do more spray tans than I would nails. When the economy hit AZ my nail clientele diminished and it was a struggle. In 2011 I began managing a new airbrush tanning salon in Old Town that grew like rapid fire, but about a year in, the owner suddenly decided to close her business. I then knew I had to open my own salon and I had just 2 weeks to put things together. On December 1, 2012 Arizona Airbrush Studio was born! In the past 5 years my business has grown from a two room salon to a larger facility with room for four spray rooms and four employees. I am planning on opening a second location in 2018 and I am looking into developing my own spray tan solution.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It honestly has been a much smoother road than I anticipated. I have been blessed with finding great employees that are reliable and are great team players, which can be so hard when working with all females, especially in the beauty industry!

Arizona Airbrush Studio – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Arizona Airbrush Studio specializes in sunless tanning performed by a trained spray tan artist. Spray tanning is a form of self-tanning where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body. This mist has an ingredient in it called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with your own skin’s chemistry to turn it tan, or bronze. Spray tans generally last a week. I personally have 15 years of hands on experience in spray tanning and have trained my staff how to perfect their technique and tricks for all different body shapes and shades.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
In 2014 I had a new client come in for a tan, and I was tanning her she notified me she worked for Allure magazine and wanted to feature Arizona Airbrush Studio in an upcoming issue. In June 2014 we were named one of the top spray tan businesses in the U.S.

Pricing:

  • Basic spray tan (8 hours+) $30
  • Premium spray tans (Rapid rinse 1-4 hours) $40
  • add on treatments additional $5 each

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Image Credit:

Miss AZ USA organization, Lauren Reid MUA, The Foxy Kat

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