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Community Highlights: Meet Amber Hightower of Valley Girl Tan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amber Hightower.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started spray tanning in 2017. When I started my spray tan business, I was working full-time in the Healthcare Industry. I would spray tan my clients when I got off work. There were nights I would be spray tanning until 12am. After two years, I was able to quit my full-time job and devote more time to my business. Being able to leave my full-time job was a huge blessing.

Valley Girl Tan has grown so much in the last five years. Every year gets better. I have built a large client base of influencers & celebrities. I’ve been fortunate to be able to spray tan people for really cool events like the Grammys, Oscars & VMAs. It’s an amazing feeling to see my clients walk the red carpet.

When I first started Valley Girl Tan, the only service we offered was mobile spray tanning now, we offer teeth whitening and hypotonic lip filler. We even have training programs available for people ready to take the next step in their entrepreneurship journey. We have a full line of organic sunless tanning products, as well as spray tan prep products. My clients love our products so much it’s hard to keep them in stock.

Owning a mobile spray tan business has allowed me to achieve a level of work life balance that I was not able to achieve working a 9 to 5 job. The most rewarding part of what I do is boosting my client’s confidence. I love when I get calls from clients about how happy they are with the outcome of their tan or when a client tells me they smile more because their teeth are whiter. I am truly happy that I can be the person to make someone feel better about their appearance.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. There have been many ups and downs. I’m sure other entrepreneurs can agree with me when I say starting a business is not easy, especially in the first year. I’m five years in and there are still times I run into challenges.

My business almost closed during the pandemic! Because of the Covid 19 mandates I had to close my tanning salon. I was scared, depressed, anxious…. My spray tan business was and still is my main source of income. If I’m not booking clients, I can’t pay rent. I knew I needed to do something, but I did not know what to do.

I prayed about it, I cried about it and eventually, I decided to put all my energy into marketing my mobile services. This was the best thing I could have done. My clients still wanted to get their tan, but they couldn’t come to me. So, I decided I would go to them.

Valley Girl Tan has been thriving ever since. Closing my tanning salon was a blessing in disguise. I’m excited for the future and what’s to come.

We’ve been impressed with Valley Girl Tan, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Valley Girl Tan is an elite custom spray tanning service in Los Angeles; we offer mobile and studio appointments. At Valley Girl Tan, client satisfaction and safety are our top priorities. In addition to Spray Tanning, we also offer Teeth Whitening and Hyaluron Lip Filler. ​

Valley Girl Tan takes time to sanitize between each client, ensuring that you have a safe and flawless service. We have been in the beauty industry since 2017, and once you book with us, you will see why our clients keep on coming back.

Before each service, we give each client a one-on-one consultation to ensure you will leave with the desired results you crave. For your convenience, we offer 24/7 online booking. We understand that our clients are very busy, so our online booking service is just one of the many ways we cater to our clients.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
You know what they say, ” the bigger the risk, the greater the reward!” I stand by this 100%. Starting a business was a huge risk. I didn’t know if I was going to be successful and I did not know what I was doing at first. I had many people tell me that I shouldn’t leave my 9 to 5. There were times I doubted myself. I am so glad that I didn’t listen to the naysayers or my insecurities. I took a risk, now I am in control of my life. I don’t have to ask my boss for time off, because I am the boss. The risk I took starting Valley Girl tan was so worth it. This journey has not been easy and I have so much more I want to accomplish. I can see with absolute conviction that even on my worst day, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

In order to get what you want out of life, you have to push yourself. This can be uncomfortable and scary, but it’s definitely worth it. Take a risk and DO NOT be afraid to fail!

Pricing:

  • Mobile Spray Tan -$130
  • Mobile Teeth Whitening-$250
  • Mobile Lip Filler – $175
  • Spray Tan Training – $1500
  • Teeth Whitening Training-$1500

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Image Credits
Head Shot – Julia Schweiss site: juliaschweiss.com

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