Aloha! I’m Wendy Stebbins, Founder, and Owner of Maui Elegant Tan. We are located in the heart of Lahaina town in Maui. HI. One might say “why spray tan in Hawaii?” As spray tan business owners we all know why – to protect our skin from skin cancer risk, to feel beautiful inside & out and for me, it boosts my “spirit” & just makes me happy! I have been spray tanning since February of 2011.
Quickly about Maui Elegant Tan’s history. I had a life changing event in my early forties – yes I am a late bloomer in this industry! One that changed everything in my life, including my friends, where I hung out, how I spent my time, and more. I got honest with myself and stopped drinking alcohol. I felt better than ever, wanted to help people & make a little side money. I had a decent paying government job but knew there was something else I wanted to accomplish in life. With skin cancer scares and listening to a suggestion of my husband I started a small spray tan business.
After about 4 months of using Million Dollar Tan and only a video training, I knew I needed more education. I found a spray tan school on-line with skyping classes and this is when I started to feel more confident about having my own business. I was hooked or “obsessed” and still am!
I spray tanned out of my condo, in my enclosed Lanai was from 2011 to March 2017. I did a lot of mobile tanning and had a very robust small business. I learned so much in the Facebook Groups and somehow met our Kelly C. I have taken 2 of her classes. The Body Building Class and also the Contouring Class. Both were excellent. I used the Body Building training at a Maui event in 2015 and she literally held my hand through the event. Long story but she was there for me every step of the way.
Maximist Pro was my very first HVLP gun and turbine and I have never looked back. I’ve tried about every spray tan solution out there from Norvel, Jamica Me Tan, Aviva, South Seas, Black Magic, there has been so many I can’ remember. Now I’ve realized when you find one that works – stick with it. I carry 3 solutions now – Perfect Glow, Unfiltered and Mine Tan. Mine Tan Dark Ash Onyx is my favorite solution of all time. I’m also in the process of developing my own product.
I learned in Dec. 2016 I was no longer able to run Maui Elegant Tan out of my condo due to association rules. I had a big decision to make – go mobile only or find studio space. I could not let tanning go – it had become my whole life!
I signed a 2-year lease on March 9th, 2017 and talk about a life changing event. After intense renovations, I have my own beautiful space & enjoy tanning much more than out of my home. Now it’s the new marketing hustle I have to endure to pay the rent and all the other expenses we spray tanners have. I’m looking up to Kelly C for her marketing tips and tricks. Currently, I have more competition than ever so I’m motivated to do more marketing.
Three of the best choices I’ve made in my career are hiring an accountant, finding a social media support person and building a great website. I still continue to work for the government full time & run Maui Elegant Tan part time. Finally, I’m adding teeth whitening to my business with Kelly’s recommendation of Bleach Brite.
I’m so blessed to have found spray tanning as a part-time occupation (if I was younger I’d do it, full-time ladies).
Keep up the hustle but don’t take a moment for granted, enjoy the journey.
*Wendy Stebbins owns www.mauieleganttan.com and they can be reached at 808-276-7733.