Should you allow minors to tan at your salon? This is very likely going to be an issue that will come up. It is important that you give it some careful consideration. There are more and more teenagers out there turning to tanning salons to help them look great. They may want some color daily or for some occasion that is coming up such as a school dance or a vacation.
It is important to start out by looking into the laws that may pertain to this. They are different in some areas. For example you may be able to allow those 16 and older to tan without the permission of their parents. In other places a person must have permission if they are under 18. As long as you are in compliance with the laws in your area you can also implement your own policies relating to it as well.
It is recommended that you don’t turn those teenagers away that want to tan though as long as you go about it legally. They often have their own money to pay for the services or their parents do it for them. They love to buy new products and many of them have the time and the desire to tan all year long. This can help your business over the slower months too.
Should you decide it is a good idea to allow minors to tan at your salon, you should have the parent or guardian come in to sign a release. This way you can be sure the minor does have their permission to come in. They can be very smart about forging permission slips. It is much harder to get an adult to pretend to be their parent or guardian in person.
If you are worried that the consent form will turn people away, don’t be. Most parents don’t mind at all if their children go to a tanning salon. They may help them to cover the cost of it. They may also want to sign themselves up for the services as well. You can encourage this by offering a discount at the time when they come it to sign the release form.
The release form you offer needs to have some useful information on it. Make sure both the parent and the teenager understand it. In fact, you should have both of them sign it just to make sure that is clear. Offer them information on safety, risks, and what your policies are the tanning salon. This will help you avoid common problems down the road.
Make sure the teenagers are taking responsibility as well though. They need to sign the release form as well. This should only be done once they have read all of the information you provided. You want to make sure you aren’t held liable for any issues that come up so this should be a priority.
Most teenagers that do approach a tanning salon are going to be very responsible with the equipment. If you find this isn’t the case you can talk to them or you can cancel their membership and ask that they don’t come back. One common problem is being late for appointments but they will quickly learn what your policy on that is.