FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Airbrush Tanning FAQ

What is spray tanning? Spray tanning is the latest thing to hit the tanning industry.  A spray tan technician uses a spray gun to apply a tanning solution (DHA) to the client's body. The spray gun is attached to an air compressor and the solution is applied in the same form as if one were spray painting.                                               

Is it safe? Yes, Sunless tanning is a safe and proven method of obtaining a tan.  As with any personal product, sensitivity can occur but is very rare.  If an individual has ever had any adverse effects utilizing self-tanning products or moisturizers, they might experience similar effects with spray tanning. The active ingredient DHA or dihydroxiacetone is derived from sugar beets and has been FDA approved for topical application and used for tanning creams since the 1960's. DHA has also been used in food and cosmetics for decades. When DHA comes in contact with the amino acids of the skin, it creates a natural chemical reaction that causes the skin to appear tanned.

Does spray tanning protect me from the sun? NO! Spray tanning DOES NOT protect you from the sun.  It is recommended that a sunscreen be used at any time you go out into the sun. 

How long does spray tanning last? Depending on the skin type, a tan will last 8 to 12 days (depending on how well you lotion on a regular basis).  Like a suntan, the sunless tan will fade gradually, as your skin exfoliates. However, you can help to extend your tan by using inexpensive moisturizers daily. Expensive moisturizers tend to exfoliate - you don't want that.

How often can I tan? Tanning can be performed every 3 to 7 days if desired. Spray tanning back to back on the same day, is not advised, as it does not give the DHA time to set between tans.

How many times does a person need to spray tan to achieve the color they want? Everybody's skin type and color is unique.  A person will be tan after one session, but they may want an additional session to achieve a deeper shade of tan. Once they reach the desired color they should be able to maintain it by tanning once a week.  Darker tanning solution is also available for a nominal cost.

How long does it take for a session? Full body sessions take less than 15 minutes.  A facial takes less than 3 minutes.  The solution dries in seconds.

Will spray tan cause freckles? No, in fact, in most cases, freckles and blemishes will become less pronounced because the lighter skin areas are darkened to help skin color evenly.

Will spray tanning work on fair-skinned people? YES, we have very satisfied customers who were formerly lily white and now are completely satisfied with their color after spray tanning.

Do I have to take off all of my clothes for the application? No, this is an individual choice.  You can wear a bikini, swimsuit, thong, bra and panties or be naked; it's entirely up to you.  

What is the cost of spray tanning? Spray tanning is priced competitively with other forms of tanning.  A single spray tan is priced at $35.00, with bulk packages available that lower this price considerably.  One application of spray tan will quickly produce the equivalent color of approximately 8 tanning bed sessions; therefore making it cost effective.

How do I prepare for my spray tan session? Shower or bathe and exfoliate prior to your session.  Since the chemical process affects only the top layer of skin, as your skin sloughs off, your tan can go with it.  Your skin must be smooth, clean and dry to get a smooth, clean tan.  NO LOTIONS PRIOR TO TANNING. NO LOOFAH - Loofah sponges can cause streaking; we recommend pre-tan exfoliating with a rough wash cloth or exfoliating wash.

Wear loose fitting, dark clothing and flip-flop shoes after your spray tan session.  Tight or rough clothes, such as jeans will rub on your skin, and reduce the effect of your tan.  The tanning solution may stain silk, wool and synthetic fabrics, so these should not be worn in the first 24 hours after the spray tan session.

How do I maximize my spray tan? Limit physical activity for 8-12 hours following your tanning session.

Do not shower or get wet for at least 6-12 hours after tanning.  DHA continues to react with the amino acids of your skin for up to 12 hours.

Use a moisturizer on your skin morning and night between spray tans

The time of year will affect your skin, and therefore, your tan.  Stay moisturized.

Long hot baths or long showers are great for pre-tan exfoliation, but can cause a tan to fade prematurely.  The skin soaks and softens with length of time exposed and this can speed up the exfoliation process.  Only use a soft cloth for washing when you are tanned.

Pat dry after showering or bathing.  DO NOT RUB.

Use a sharp, clean razor with a lubricating product, when shaving.  Hair conditioner works well. (Avoid hair removal products...Nair, Neet, wax, sugar, etc.)

Avoid harsh soaps such as deodorant bar soap.

Anti-acne products (including Retin-A type products) and makeup removal products may cause tan to fade.

Avoid exfoliating scrubs, facial masks, and toners containing alcohol as they may cause your tan to fade.

Swimming in a chlorinated pool or hot tub can cause tan to fade prematurely.  The application of thick waterproof sun block, prior to swimming, may help reduce fading.

 
 

SUGARING FAQ

 

What is sugaring? Sugaring hair removal, is an ancient middle-eastern practice that uses an all-natural paste made from food-derived ingredients to remove the hair follicle from the root. The paste, used at body temperature, is applied first in the opposite direction of hair growth using the hands. It's then flicked off in the in the direction of hair growth removing the hair.

Why should I sugar instead of wax?Sugar paste is completely natural, made of only sugar, water, and lemon juice. 

Since sugar dissolves in water, the sugar paste cannot stick to live skin cells. It will only remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin less red and irritated than from waxing. This also means that clients can leave clean without any sticky residue.  

There is less breakage of the hair. Therefore, there’s less chance of ingrown hairs. Sugar is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth allowing it to melt into the hair follicle and then be flicked off in the direction of growth so that the hair can easily slide out of the follicle. 

Hair only needs to be about 1/8” long to be removed.  This is usually about 1-2 weeks’ worth of growth for most people. Compared to wax which needs to be at least ¼” long before being removed. 

The paste works at body temperature, meaning there is no risk of burning. 

Sugaring is completely sanitary. There is no double dipping in the pot. Sugar also does not breed bacteria like wax does.

Will it hurt? Okay, it's still pulling out hair from the root, but most people find it less painful than waxing. Sugaring doesn't adhere to the skin like wax, which means less irritation. The upper lip, chest, bikini and genital areas rank as the highest pain offenders. The discomfort is less because hair is removed in the natural direction of its growth (as opposed to waxing, which removes hair against hair growth).

When should I avoid sugaring? If you currently have an infectious or contagious disease.

If you are currently taking any type of steroid such as prednisone.

If you are currently or have taken Accutane in the past 6 months.

If you are currently using Retinols such as Retin A, Renova, Differin, Tretinoin, etc. we cannot sugar the area in which you are using such medications but might be able to sugar other areas.

How should I prepare for my treatment?

Do not expose the area to be sugared to sun for 24 hours prior to your appointment.

Ensure that the area to be sugared is clean of any excess oils, lotion, deodorant, perfumes, etc.

Between treatments keep your skin exfoliated and hydrated.  Never use a razor, tweezers, or depilatory creams.

If you are pain sensitive you may take Tylenol or ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to
your appointment.

How often will I need to be sugared?

Typically you can go 4-5 weeks between treatments.  It really does vary on each individuals hair growth patterns and which body part is being treated.  Your esthetician will discuss with you what might be best for your individual needs.

We do offer maintenance prices for several of our treatments if you return within five weeks or less.

Do I need to do anything specific after sugaring?

For 12-24 hours after the service avoid touching, exercising, baths, hot tubs, and tanning. Showering is okay.

After the first 48 hours, exfoliate every 2-3 days to prevent ingrown hairs. 

Moisturize your skin every day.

Do not shave or tweeze between appointments

 
 

Eyelash Extensions

What Are Eyelash Extensions? Lash Extensions are synthetic strands that are made to replicate a natural eyelash. When applied, Eyelash Extensions lengthens and thickens your own natural eyelashes. Single strands are applied to each individual eyelash, one by one. With proper application, lash extensions look and feel completely natural. 

How long will a set of Eyelash Extensions last? When applied by a professional, eyelash extensions will last the length of the natural growth cycle of your eyelashes, usually between 4 and 8 weeks. Depending on your activity and day-to-day routine, fills should only be required every 2 to 4 weeks. 

How often should I get fill? We recommend getting a touch up every 2 to 4 weeks. A refill is needed to fill in any lashes that have fallen due to the natural cycle of your own lashes. Refills average about 60-90 minutes. 

Will lash extensions damage my natural lashes? No. When properly applied eyelash extensions will not damage natural lashes. They are actually kinder to your lashes than a lash curler and regular mascara that can dry out lashes and cause them to break. 

Can I apply mascara to Eyelash Extensions?  Mascara is not really required since the extensions actually give the illusion of wearing mascara. In fact, one of the many benefits of eyelash extensions is that you do not need to use mascara. If you must apply mascara, however, only use water-based mascara. DO NOT USE OIL-BASED OR WATER-PROOF MASCARA as they can dissolve the bonding agent used and they can shorten the life of your eyelash extensions. Use care when washing off the water-based mascara and only use a water based eye makeup remover. 

Can I swim, shower, exercise, or visit a spa while wearing Eyelash Extensions? Yes. The bonding agent used to apply you eyelash extensions is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, exercise etc. How soon can I wash my face after the extensions are applied? We recommend that you do not wash your eye area for about 24- 48 hours after the eyelash application. A special waterproof bonding agent is used. Glue does not contain any fumes or irritants and is long lasting. 

 

How do I take care of my new Eyelash Extensions? Do not get lashes wet for the first 24- 48 hours

Avoid hot steam or sauna, For longer lasting lashes

limit the use of running water directly on your lashes 

Avoid rubbing your eyes excessively 

Use water based eye makeup remover

Do not use an eyelash curler 

Do not pull on your lashes

How long will it take to Apply Eyelash Extensions and how is it done? The application process for lash extensions normally takes anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 hours. You will lay comfortably on a massage table with your eyes closed while the professional technician applies your lash extensions to your upper lashes one at a time. Your lower lashes will be covered. 

How do I choose the look I want? Eyelash extensions are available in a number of lengths and thickness. Your technician will consult with you to understand what type of style you are interested in. The overall look of the lashes is very natural. 

Do I have to do anything to prepare for the service? You should thoroughly clean your lashes with a mild cleanser. Do not use oily makeup remover to clean your lashes prior to the application. Lashes should not be curled and all mascara should be removed. 

I wear contacts. Can I still get lash extensions? Yes! Since lash extensions do not touch your skin, they do not conflict or interfere with your contacts or normal daily activities.