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BODY & SOL Frequently Asked Questions
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Please find below three sections of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), spray tanning questions, beauty treatment questions and nails questions. If you have a question that is not listed below, please contact us.
Can I have a set of nails if mine are short and bitten?
More than likely yes but if they are very short and bulbus then it may not be advisable as they will not last for long.
Can I have a set of nails if I have a fungal infection?
This will depend of the severity of the infection.
Can I have a body massage if I am pregnant?
Yes you can. It is not recommended that you have the lower back and around the hips massaged in the first trimester but all other areas are fine. However we do not have a preganancy couch and when you get to a certain stage in your pregnancy it will be very difficult to lie comfortably on you front therefore we would not be able to massage the back.
Is it common to get red spotting after waxing?
Yes this is normal and is called Erythema. It is due to dilated blood vessels and takes up to 24 hours to go down.
In some cases it may take more than 24 hours.
Do I need to tell my therapist if I am pregnant or trying to become pregnant?
Yes. This goes for any Beauty Treatment and is due to products that we use.
Do I need to tell my therapist if I am on any medication, prescribed drugs or have any ilnesses or diseases?
Yes you must tell us. There are many reasons for this, a few being that some of our products may clash with your medication or we may not be able to do your treatment safely in certain circumstances.
Why do I need to have a patch test 24 hours previous before a tinting or perming treatment?
You need to have a patch test for these products as they are used in a very sensitive area and if you have a reaction to them it could be very serious.
Can I have a manicure or pedicure if I have a fungal infection?
That will depend on how serious the infection is, you may need to visit the salon before your treatment to make sure.
Will a coldsore prevent me from having a facial?
Not necessarily, it depends on the stage that it is at but generally it can be covered.
Why is it advisable to not have an eyelash perm or tint in the first three months of pregnancy?
As it is the first trimester we suggest that you dont use any products that could be harmful to your baby and as your hormones are changing we cannot garantee that either will take.
How dark will I get after one application?
We have different strengths of DHA which means results will vary according to your skin type and natural colour.
The darker your skin tans naturally the darker you will tan with a spray tan.
What about streaking and the 'orange' look?
Spray tan technology, quality solutions, equipment and training has virtually eliminated those problems so there is no need to worry.
What is Spray Tanning?
Spray tanning invloves applying an active ingredient, DHA, to the skin using a specialist spray tanning machine. DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is an ingredient derived from sugar cane which reacts with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction/ tan.
Erythrulose is an natural keto-sugar which reacts with primary or secondary amino acid groups to form the polymer, Melanoidin. Erythrulose in combination with DHA may produce a deep uniform and natural skin tan without undisired streaks.
During your spray tan you will be sprayed with a solution containing the above ingredients and also a colour guide. The bronzer in our solution will start to activate approximately 2 hours after application. Full results will develop over the next ten hours. The colour guide will then wash off in the shower leaving you with a natural tan. Your therapist will advise you how long you will need to wait before showering.
How long will my tan last?
Depending on your daily skincare regime and lifestyle anywhere between 7-10 days. Your tan will fade just as just as a tan from the sun does. For best results moisturise, moisturise, moisturise to maximise the life on your tan. Use SUNLESS SOLUTIONS DRENCH 2 QUENCH daily to enhance the colour of your tan.
What should I wear for my tanning application/ Do I have to be naked?
It is your choice if you want to be naked. If you would prefer not to be we would suggest you wear old dark underwear or a swimsuit or bikini that you dont mind staining. For men boxers or swimtrunks/ shorts would be suitable.
What are the benefits of using sunless solutions product range?
Therapists and clients love our solutions because they can have the look of just walking off the beach without the damaging effects of the sun. Not only that, they are assured that they wont get the orange tinge and unsightly streaks commonly associated with other sunless tanners.
Is spray tanning safe?
YES completely. You can still have a great tanned look but without exposing your skin to the sun's harmful rays. DHA has been approved for use within the beauty industryf or the past 30 years. No adverse reactions have been reported other than minor skin irritations on people with sensitive skin. Allergic reasctions are very uncommon but we would recommend a patch test take place 24 hours before you have a tan if you feel you have sensitive skin. There is no risk of sunburn or sun related skin diseases with sunless tanning.
What do I need to do before my tanning appointment?
For best results remove dead skin cells by using SUNLESS SOLUTIONS LOVE 2 SCRUB exfoliating wash at least 8 hours before your treatment. This will give you a longer lasting tan. All shaving and waxing should be done a minimum of 24 hours before. No make-up, moisturizer or deodorants should be applied to your skin before treatment as these will act as a barrier against the solution.
Why is a spray tan by a therapist more beneficial than a tanning booth or a hands on application?
Spray tanning by a trained therapist is the only tan that can deliver a flawless streak free finish. Tanning booths mean you have to contort your body within the booth to cover each area. One wrong move can mean a double application or no spray at all! There is no control over where the solution ends up and how your tan will look.
Hand applications often results in streaky coverage. If its you that is doing the application, it can be very difficult to get the product applied evenly to where you want it, especially where your hands cant reach like your back. You are unable to see where you have already put the product and you will probably end up with stained hands.
Spray tanning with a good quality solution and undertaken by a qualified therapist gives precision to your tan and ensures a smooth and even finish. Special attention can be given to problem areas such as knees, elbows, blemishes and hair.
What will happen during my treatment?
Your therapist will ask you to complete a tanning consultation card and ask you a few questions. You will be asked to remove your clothes and stand in a tanning cubicle. A barrier cream will then be applied carefully to the palms of your hands. This is to prevent the solution clinging to this area. The application of the tan will take approximately 15 minutes. Your qualified therapist will talk you through each stage of the treatment and explain which way to stand for maximum coverage. During your treatment a golden colour will develop on your skin. This is a colour guide for your therapist to see whilst spraying. It will develop over the next few hours into a beautiful natural tan. The colour guide will wash off in your first shower- don't panic!
What should I wear after my treatment?
Loose fitting dark clothes are most suitable and we would suggest you bring some flip flops to wear home as enclosed shoes can make your feet perspire which can affect the final results of your tan. Any colour that may rub off on your clothes can usually be removed on a normal wash cycle.
Who should not get spray tanned?
Spray tanning is not recommended for:
Women in their first trimester
Anyone allergic to self tan
People with breathing difficulties
If in doubt or you have further questions you must speak to a therapist before your treatment.
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