Rachael Talbot gets bronzed for the Ipswich Cup at Zep Hair.
Rachael Talbot gets bronzed for the Ipswich Cup at Zep Hair. Sarah Harvey

Ipswich Cup's golden girls

ORANGE might be tipped as a hot hue for race day fashion but it’s definitely a colour to avoid when getting a spray tan for the Ipswich Cup.

Trackside beauties are expected to embrace a more natural look this year with a bronzed, organic tan.

Spray tans are in hot demand this week as Ipswich women rush in and out of salons for beauty treatments and hair appointments to perfect their look for the Cup.

Spray-tan businesses, make-up artists and hairdressers record their biggest sales of the year this week.

But women need not stress about their tans this year.

In fact, you can leave your tanning until the morning of the Cup if need be, thanks to a new form of spray tan.

Naked Tan sets in two hours, a drastic reduction from most spray tans that require an eight-hour wait before you can shower.

Zep Hair owner Peta Szepanowski said race-goers should opt for a natural-looking spray tan.

“You don’t want to be orange, you want to have a bronzed look for this year’s Cup,” Ms Szepanowski said.

Matching this year’s fashion is a return to vintage hair with the chignon bun, as worn by Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway and Kim Kardashian.

“It’s all about going vintage for your hair,” Ms Szepanowski said.

“Soft flowing curls are in.

"Hairstyles like the chignon bun are trending this year because they are classic.

“It’s about having a natural look for the Cup.”

Ipswich’s beauticians cash in on the Ipswich Cup every year, making more money than the most astute of gamblers.

Women who have not bothered to book an appointment for their hair or make-up will likely have to head out of town to be seen, with salons forced to hire extra staff to cope with the rush.

Salons are opening earlier on the morning of the Cup to help women look their best.

“We open earlier on Saturday, at about 7.30am because the girls want their hair done early so they can get to the races at 10am,” Ms Szepanowski said.

“This is one of our busiest weeks in the year.”

Owner of Riverlink’s Ella Bache store, Kara Lehmann, said she had extended trading hours to cope with demand.

“We are open late for the rest of the week.

"It’s full-on at the moment, very busy,” she said.



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