Please note that due to the recent health crisis, COVID19, there have been some updates to our usual techniques and process to ensure the safety of our staff and our clients.
Please visit the COVID19 portion of our website to read more in detail about the changes you can expect here at After Dark.
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It takes 8 hours for the solution to absorb into your skin evenly so we recommend scheduling your appointment for a day or two before the day you want to wear your tan to ensure a prime tan color for your event. As we are a mobile service, we ask for appointments to be made in advance so that we can do our best to accommodate you, for example, a week or more in advance. Brides should aim to schedule about anywhere between 3-6 months in advance if possible.
You can book an appointment with us at After Dark by contacting us on our website. From there, we’ll contact you back and give you an estimate of how much your appointment will cost, which includes the airbrush, travel fees, and any sales tax. Once your appointment is booked, you’ll receive an e-mail and/or text message with your appointment information.
You’ll receive e-mail and text reminders prior to your appointment. Due to our reservations being based on travel and the number of people scheduled, if you would like to add someone to your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible as we can not promise accommodation at the time of appointment.
Due to the COVID19 crisis, we’ve changed the way we have our clients fill out their annual waivers. To avoid unnecessary contact with your airbrush artist, starting June 1st, 2020, clients will be sent a Google Form during scheduling via e-mail to fill out, sign, and submit. Forms must be submitted 48 hours before the appointment, at the same time as your invoice. Reminder texts and e-mails from our scheduling system will be sent out to remind you ahead of time. Waivers not signed and submitted 48 hours before, will be canceled.
Our payment method has changed as well since post-COVID. We will now be scheduling invoices to be sent automatically 1 week before your scheduled appointment. On your invoice you will find your appointment information, appointment total to be paid and a reminder to submit your waiver. Invoices are to be paid 48 hours prior to your appointment. Failure to do so will result in appointment cancellation. Again, reminders will be sent prior. We do not accept payment apps.
If an effort to serve others, if you need to cancel or re-schedule at any point we ask that you contact us as soon as possible via e-mail. Appointments canceled before 48 hours of your appointment will not be charged a cancellation fee. Appointments canceled between the 48-24 hour mark will be charged a $45.00 cancellation fee. Appointments canceled after the 24-hour mark will be charged 50% of their appointment total. Appointments no-showed will be charged full price.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!
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Please let us know prior if parking is unusual or difficult. This includes street parking, metered parking, or parking garages. Because of the amount of equipment carried, there is a fee for distance in street parking. To ensure our artists stay on schedule, failure to notify After Dark in regards to difficult or limited parking before the appointment may result in surcharge or appointment cancellation. Your airbrush artist may call the designated phone number on file on arrival to confirm the address before coming to the door.
Please note during the winter months that severe weather may result in lateness or cancellation. Someone from our staff will contact you immediately. Unplowed and unsalted streets, driveways, and walkways can also result in a cancellation on behalf of the After Dark staff. We appreciate your understanding that our artist's safety is of the utmost importance.
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Before your appointment, your nails, hair coloring, shaving, waxing, and work out should be taken care of a minimum of 16-24 hours prior to your tan. Exfoliate yourself with a hot shower first to prepare for your sunless tan. Use a loofah and exfoliating soap to remove dead skin and any dirt from the day. No moisturizers should be applied before your tan, this would leave the tan un-even afterward. Women can choose whatever they feel comfortable to wear while being airbrushed. If you would prefer to have no tan lines our airbrush artists are comfortable with women going nude during the tan. For women who are not comfortable with this, we recommend using an old thong, underwear or bikini bottom for your lower half and a bikini top or strapless bras for your top. All of our solutions wash out of your clothing. Men must wear boxers, bathing suit bottoms or a speedo while being sprayed. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, After Dark no longer carries or provides disposable underwear or bras.
Have dark, loose clothing ready for afterward. Clothing items should include loose, lightweight pants or capris and a t-shirt. Residue may get on the clothing but washes out. These may be the clothes you want to keep on while waiting for the 8 hours for your color to fully absorb through the day or while you sleep.
For groups, make sure each client comes prepared with a change of clothes and weather-resistant protection in case of poor weather while leaving the tanning location.
Please note that clients under the age of 18 years old must have a legal parent or guardian with them at the time of appointment and must also fill out our waiver on behalf of their child.
Please have a decent-sized room with a three-pronged outlet picked out for our airbrush artist when they arrive. This can be anywhere from a kitchen, dining room or living room, or just a large room for our pop up tent to fit with enough room and light for our artist. Low ceilings like in basements may be too low for our airbrush tent to stand correctly. Standard to high ceiling rooms is ideal. Standard to high ceiling rooms is the most ideal. Please note, since our re-opening post-COVID19, our airbrush artists are instructed not to touch unfamiliar objects on site. This includes hand railings, door, and doorknobs. Please keep this in mind when choosing a room for your tan to take place.
Our artist will come to your location, fully and completely equipped with a suitcase, compressor, and tent. Within 5 minutes the tent is ready. Have a color in mind that you would like to help our artists customize what is best for you. Your airbrush artist will not only help decide on your color to choose but analyze your skin tone will help you decide what would look best for you.
We supply you with foot sandals to protect your feet, a hair net to protect your hair, and barrier cream to stop any residue for getting on your hands.
Since COVID19, each of our airbrush artists will come supplied with a new mask and new gloves for each location/household. No used masks or gloves will enter a location. To avoid cross-contamination, new, disinfected towels will be brought into each home as well in sterilized plastic, zip-locked bags, fully equipped for that specific appointment. (Again, if you would like to add someone to your appointment, contact us as soon as possible so we can make sure we have enough supplies on hand to accommodate, as bags are packed at the beginning of the week.) Our equipment is disinfected between each appointment and sterilized nightly.
What makes us unique? We use our one of a kind solution to create a color for you by mixing an assortment of shades and adding our DHA in separately. This ensures that every tan is specifically created for that client. Also, your airbrush artist will take note of how your color was mixed for you and add it to your After Dark account. This way, the next time we come we know exactly what was mixed for you the last time.
During your airbrush tan, it is important to keep your body spread out: arms outwards and hanging down, neck kept up, legs apart and knuckles/hands closed in. From there, your airbrush artist will talk you through the entire tan.
After your, tan your artist will wipe off your hands and feet. Airbrush artist's guns are set on a low setting to avoid having to take the time to dry the tans when they are finished, to make it more time-efficient for our clients. We remove your foot sandals and hair net. After that, you can get dressed immediately. You will want to stick to dark, loose clothing throughout the day or to sleep in, for example, a t-shirt and sweatpants. You want to avoid anything too tight that will create any type of tan lines after your tan, like jeans or spandex.
For 6-8 hours it is best to avoid any moisture (rain, lotion, dog/baby drool, deodorant, spilling drinks, etc.) No tight clothing like jeans, bras or leggings should be worn after your airbrush tan. After Dark’s organic solution comes out of all clothing and most fabrics but we still recommend covering up while sitting in cars, on furniture or rubbing against anything while the color is soaking into your first layer of skin. Your airbrush artist will also go into depth about what you can and can't do during the setting of your airbrush tan. This will guarantee that the color absorbs correctly.
For evening clients, our airbrush solution is fine to sleep in. Make sure to sleep in a cool space to avoid sweating. Long sleeve or quarter sleeve shirts and capris or long pants are best for sleeping in your spray tan. Your tan may get on your sheets but will wash right out. Leaving your spray tan on for over 8 hours will not make your tan darker or last longer, however rinsing before 8 hours may make the tan lighter than expected.
After 8 hours your tan is ready to be rinsed. If you see any residue on your hands or bottoms of your feet, tricks like spraying Windex into a rag or baby wipe to wipe these areas will take off any unwanted residue. It is completely a myth that the longer you keep your tan on, the darker or longer it will last; it is, therefore, best to remove excess residue from your skin, which you can only do so by washing it off.
When the 8 hours is up, you can take a shower. Rinsing your entire body will ensure the tan completely washes off without any streaking. Using non-exfoliating products will also keep your tan looking its best with no blotching. Gentle cleansers are the best to keep your tan on. Stay away from loofas, exfoliating sponges, gloves, and washcloths. Afterward, take a towel and pat dry, don’t wipe yourself dry to keep from streaking your tan. Once dry, you are good to go with your After Dark Tan. Then you can wear any type of clothing, swim in the ocean, hang in the hot tub, whatever you like!
At After Dark, we want to provide you the best tans that last as long as possible! Moisturizing daily will lock in the color.
And you’re done! We are in and out in less than an hour, with no mess left behind and within the privacy of your own home!
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