You’ve set your appointment and you can’t wait for your spa treatment! Time set aside for just you to take care of your skin, hair, nails, and/or body. As the date approaches, you begin to worry about what your need to do before your appointment—do you need to skip shaving before your wax, remove old polish, wash your hair, shave before spray tanning? The preparation questions can be endless, so we are here to address your concerns!
Whether you are coming in for a pedicure or a manicure, there isn’t much you need to prepare for but for a few small tips.
- For either service, please ensure any nail acrylic is removed prior to your appointment.
- We can remove old polish; however, it is recommended to remove the polish prior to your appointment to minimize leftover acetone on your nails. Even if you wash your hands after using acetone at your appointment, some residual acetone may be present and affect your new nail color application.
- When you receive a pedicure, your feet and calves will be massaged with exfoliators and lotions, so if you have sensitive skin, we recommend not shaving right before your appointment to reduce irritation.
The most important thing to keep in mind before arriving for your facial is to ensure you face is clear of products including cleaners, acne treatments, and make-up. Your esthetician will need to review your skin in as close to its natural state in order to make the best recommendations for care and treatment.
During your hair appointment, your hair stylist will need to review your hair in as close to its “natural” state as possible. This means clean of any gels, oils, or hairspray and completely dry and unstyled. By reviewing your hair in its natural state, your stylist can use sight and touch to help make recommendations on products, styling, coloring techniques, and more! Your hair can be washed the night before your appointment to ensure all hair products are removed but it shouldn’t be washed right before your appointment or left wet.
For facial waxing services, we recommend skipping the use of products the day of and arriving with just a clean, fresh face. This will prevent any product interactions, unnecessary irritation, and make sure the wax is able to adhere to your hairs.
As for body waxing services, the same rules apply as listed above—adding in to not to apply deodorant the morning of or allowing time to wash any off if your appointment is late in the day. In addition, since hairs on the rest of the body are often longer than those on our faces, we recommend trimming body hairs to about a quarter of an inch. Longer hairs, when waxed, can be more painful. Short hairs are easiest for waxes to adhere to and remove with minimal irritation.
For body massages, we recommend maintaining your daily general hygiene and preparing for your comfort level for disrobing. If you are not comfortable bearing all—even under a sheet—you are not required to. Guests may disrobe to their comfort, although we recommend removing at least your shirt to allow the massage therapist to provide you with a proper massage.
Our newest service, spray tanning requires a small amount of appointment preparation in order to maximize your results.
- Shower and exfoliate the day beforehand to make sure a fresh layer of skin receives the spray tan application.
- Shave no sooner than 12 hours before your appointment. Shaving too soon before your spray tan can cause the tanning solution to irritate your skin as your cells are most sensitive after shaving. As an added bonus, not only does shaving remove hairs, but it is also a great way to exfoliate.
- Don’t apply your daily application of lotion or moisturizers before your appointment.