Do You Wear a Bra for a Spray Tan? (During & After Covered)


Are you planning to get a spray tan and wondering what to wear, especially a bra? You’re not alone. 

Many people are unsure whether they should wear a bra during a spray tan session and how long they should wait before putting on a bra after the tan has been applied. 

In this article, we’ll answer these questions and provide some helpful tips and tricks for choosing the right clothing for your spray tan. 

Navigating the Bra Dilemma During a Spray Tan

The crucial role of choosing the right attire, particularly a bra, for a spray tan cannot be understated. It significantly impacts the outcome of your tan, affects the coverage and quality, and is key to preventing staining or smudging of the tan. Moreover, your choice of bra can offer skin protection and privacy during the process. 

Here’s a detailed look at the options available and their respective pros and cons:

Salon-provided Disposable Underwear or Bras:

Many salons cater to clients’ needs by offering disposable bras or underwear. The advantage of this option is twofold.

Firstly, it eliminates any concerns about staining your own clothing with the spray tan solution. Secondly, it provides a level of skin protection during the process. However, these disposable options may not offer the comfort or fit of your own bra, which could potentially impact the quality and evenness of your tan. 

Using Your Own Bra or Bikini:

If you’re more comfortable wearing your own bra, ensure it’s one you don’t mind getting stained. Dark colors are preferable as they don’t easily show tan stains. Keep in mind, though, that tighter bras can lead to uneven tan lines and potential smudging of the tan.

As a tip, after the session, wait until the tan is completely dry before putting on your bra to prevent smearing.

Opting for No Bra At All:

For those seeking a completely even upper body tan, going braless is a viable option. This allows the spray tan to cover all areas. However, this choice requires a level of comfort with nudity during the session and clear communication with your spray tan technician. While this option can lead to the most even tan, it may also lead to feelings of exposure or discomfort which not everyone may be comfortable with. 

In summary, your choice of bra or lack thereof during a spray tan can significantly affect the quality and outcome of your tan.

It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each option, taking into consideration comfort, coverage, potential staining, and your personal comfort level with exposure.

How Long After a Spray Tan Can You Wear a Bra?

After a spray tan, it’s essential to wait for the tan to dry and develop before putting on a bra. The length of time you should wait depends on the type and brand of the solution used. Below are our recommendations:

At least 4 to 6 hours for regular solutions.

At least 2 to 4 hours for rapid solutions.

At least 8 to 10 hours for overnight solutions.

Remember that the humidity and temperature of the environment, the amount and type of moisturizer you use, and the sweat and oil production of your skin can also affect the drying and developing time of a spray tan.

What to Wear After a Spray Tan?

Choosing the right clothing after a spray tan is just as important as what you wear during the session. 

Loose and dark clothing that does not cling to your skin: Opt for loose and dark clothing that does not cling to your skin, such as a maxi dress or loose-fitting t-shirt and sweatpants. This will allow the tan to develop and set properly and prevent rubbing and fading of the tan.

A bralette or sports bra that does not have underwire or straps: If you must wear a bra, choose a bralette or sports bra that does not have underwire or straps that can rub against your skin and cause uneven tan lines or fading. 

No bra at all if you can avoid it or if you are comfortable with it: If you’re comfortable going braless, this is an option. Just make sure you’re wearing clothing that provides enough coverage and support. 


Choosing the right clothing for a spray tan session is crucial to achieving a flawless and even tan. Remember to wait for the tan to dry and develop before putting on a bra and choose loose and dark clothing that does not cling to your skin after the session.

With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful and long-lasting spray tan. If you want to learn more about what to wear to a spray tan, check out this article – what to wear to a spray tan.

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