- S C H E D U L I N G & P A Y M E N T -
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. Brides should be scheduled out 2-3 days before their wedding, to allow 2 rinses minimum before putting on their white gown.
Because we are a mobile service, we ask for appointments to be made in advance so that we can do our best to accommodate you. Brides should aim to reach out anywhere between 3-12 months in advance if possible to also allow a trial prior.
Our airbrush's prime color is within the first 1-4 days of application, but the tan will last overall a week, to a week and a half if taken care of properly by following our aftercare instructions.
Clients will sunburn or skin damage should let us know during scheduling.
Appointment requests can only be submitted via our website's scheduling form. 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 with your appointment information with your invoice and waiver scheduled to send 1 week prior to your appointment.
You’ll receive e-mail and text reminders leading up 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 guarantee availability. We will not be able to schedule anyone else at the time of the appointment or accept payment.
Again, invoices will be sent automatically 1 week before your scheduled appointment. On your invoice you will find all your appointment information, total, and the link to your annual waiver. Invoices are to be paid and waivers submitted 48 hours prior to your appointment. Failure to submit your waiver and payment will result in appointment cancellation.
In 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.
Group Tan Cancellation Policy: For clients who are splitting the travel fee among a group and/or receiving a group discount will have the travel fee redistributed if any cancellations take place within the group.
If your group no longer meets the minimum to qualify for the group discount, the difference will also be redistributed. If payment has already been made, a new invoice will be sent to the remaining clients with the difference in price. Updated invoices are due the same day to keep your appointment spot.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation!
- T R A V E L -
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 severe weather, road work and traffic may result in lateness. Please allow a 5-10 minute buffer time for your artist's arrival. Artists running over 5-10 minutes late will contact you personally with their ETA or one of our schedulers will reach out to give you an updated time.
Winter months may cause re-schedules/cancellations. We monitor the weather closely and will always reach out in advance if we believe poor weather will impact your appointment or our travels.
Please keep in mind 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.
- P R E P -
Before your appointment, hair coloring, lash extensions, and waxing should be done a minimum of 16-24 hours before your appointment. Nails or shaving should be taken of a minimum of 2 hours before your appointment with a quick rinse/exfoliation afterward to remove any oils or lotions that were applied.
Exfoliate yourself with a 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 after your shower or before your tan. Application of any moisturizers, oils, or toners will stop the tan from absorbing. Women can choose whatever they feel comfortable wearing 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, although topless is preferred if tanning for events and or vacations where you will be wearing dresses or bikinis, to avoid tan lines.
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 with sleeves that cover your armpits. The residue will 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.
Dresses, tank tops, shorts, and tight clothing like leggings or jeans should be avoided.
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. For example, a rain jacket and umbrella.
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 artists when they arrive.
To allow our airbrush artists to do their best work by having enough space, while also staying safe, they have been instructed not to travel [upstairs] bathrooms, bedrooms, or [downstairs] to basements. Basements are also not ideal due to typical low ceilings and we ask that our artists avoid carrying equipment up and downstairs.
In an effort to keep everyone protected, we ask that family, children and pets remain separated while our airbrush artists are on site.
Our artist will come to your location fully equipped with a suitcase, compressor, and tent. Within 5 minutes the tent is ready and you'll begin your session as your airbrush artist will go over a little about us and what to expect. Having a color in mind that you would like to achieve will help our artists customize what is best for you. Your airbrush artist will evaluate your skin tone while taking into consideration the color you'd like to have and will come up with the best mixture, created specifically for you.
We supply you with foot sandals to protect your feet and a hair net to keep your hair off your shoulders and face. Our airbrush solution does not impact your nails or hair. Again, in an effort to cut down on waste, we no longer offer disposable bras or panties.
Since COVID19, each of our airbrush artists will come supplied with a new mask and new gloves for each location/household which will be worn prior to entering the appointment. To avoid cross-contamination new, disinfected towels will be brought into each home. Our equipment is disinfected between each appointment and sterilized nightly.
Clients receiving the airbrush tan do not need to wear a mask, as a mask can not be worn during the airbrush tan, or afterward.
Because of our new disinfection protocols, we remind clients again to contact us as soon as possible if you would like to add someone to your appointment as we must have enough advance notice to ensure we have enough disinfected, clean supplies on hand for the number of people we have scheduled. During our busier seasons, we can not guarantee availability for groups.
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 profile. 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 aimed at a low setting to avoid having any 'dry time' to make it more time-efficient for our clients. After, 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, bras, or spandex.
For 6-8 hours, it is best to avoid any moisture (rain, lotions, dog/baby drool, deodorant, drinks, and foods more prone to spilling). After Dark’s 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. However, white bedding should be avoided. 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. It is best to remove the residue as soon as possible from your skin by rinsing it off immediately. So for example, taking a shower right when you wake up.
Rinsing your entire body at once 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 and clients should avoid any exfoliating rags, loofahs, or sponges during the extent of their airbrush tan.
Afterward, when finishing your shower, take a towel and pat dry to keep from streaking your tan. Hydrate your skin by applying some lotion.
During the next two weeks, try to moisturize 1-2 times a day minimum, wear sunscreen to protect yourself from any skin damage, and drink water regularly to keep yourself hydrated and healthy. The more hydrated and healthy your skin is, the longer it will last. Avoid exfoliating, beauty products that may peel or exfoliate skin and avoid sun burning. Clients can develop natural tans while being airbrushed. You are also cleared to go back to your normal routines of swimming, working out, shaving, etc.
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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