FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Why Should I Wax VS. Shaving, Electrolysis, or Laser?
Waxing consistently slows hair growth, and when the hair grows back it comes in finer and sparse. Shaving cuts your hair, it doesn’t remove your hair—so the quantity and thickness remain the same. Ingrown hairs are more common when shaving and can be painful and long lasting. Other forms of hair removal are Electrolysis and Laser which isn’t always effective for everyone and as a result people are still having to wax. Electrolysis and Laser are also far more expensive making waxing a much better option.
2. How long does the hair have to be to get a wax?
We recommend that your shortest hair is at least ¼ inch. So about the length of a grain of rice. After one has been waxing consistently the hair doesn’t have to be as long because the hair grows back in much finer and is easier to remove. Generally, after shaving it takes approximately two weeks for the shortest hair to be ¼ inch.
3. Is it ok to shave between waxes?
We strongly recommend that you do not shave in between bc the hair will continue to grow in coarse and you are more prone to ingrown hairs. Shaving does not last as long as waxing and can be itchy during the grow out process as well.
4. Is there a difference between waxes?
YES! There are so many different types of hair removal products out there. The most popular are soft wax, hard wax, and sugaring. At The Bare SKin Studio we prefer an all natural soft wax. We believe that using soft wax keeps you smoother the longest and takes half of the time to perform as hard wax. This wax is commonly referred to as strip wax, requiring an application with a disposable stick and removed with a muslin fabric. We are always open to try new products or different types of wax so if you have a recommendation for a product we would be happy to try it out with the possibility of bringing it into the studio.
5. Do you double dip your sticks?
Absolutely not! It is illegal and unsanitary. We pride ourselves in the work that we do and are in compliance with all laws and regulations in the state of Maryland. When you visit The Bare Skin Studio you always know you’re in good hands!
6. How long between each wax do I have to wait?
We recommend that you come in between 3-4 weeks for the best result. However, everyone is different and some results may vary resulting in longer periods in between waxes.
7. Am I allowed to wax on my period?
Yes, sometimes you can’t control when your cycle comes but don't worry you are still able to get your service done. Generally you will be more sensitive during that time and we do ask that you wear a tampon to prevent leakage during your service.
8. Should I trim if my hair gets too long?
No, trimming can result in some of the hairs being too short and preventing all the hairs coming up smoothly. Your esthetician will trim the hair if necessary to prevent sticking or pulling during your wax. The hair can be too short but never too long.
9. Can anyone get a wax?
Absolutely! People of all ethnicities, shapes are welcome unless advised otherwise by your doctor. We mean anyone! We are highly trained professionals and it is our job to make sure everyone is comfortable and has a pleasant experience.
10. How old do you have to be to wax?
You have to be 18 years of age or be accompanied by your legal guardian with a valid ID.
Custom Contour Airbrush Tanning FAQs
1. How long does the tan last?
Typically your tan will last for 5-7 days before it starts to fade.
2. How long do I have to wait to shower after I get my spray tan?
There are so many different tanning products available so it depends on the solution your technician is using. The Bare Skin Studio uses a formula that you can shower as early as 8 hours or wait the full 24 hours to shower. After 24 hours the solution will no longer develop.
3. Will swimming affect my tan?
After you shower off the indicator you can go swimming, but do not rub the skin to dry it because it will remove some of the color. I recommend using a lotion or oil after showering to ensure your tan lasts as long as possible and fades evenly.
4. Do you offer different color options for tanning?
We use a solution that we can layer to control how dark or light you want your tan to be. First time clients we recommend starting with one coat and then gradually applying more if desired.
5. Is tanning a good idea for an event?
Yes, tanning is great for events and for going away on vacation to give you the base that you need.
6. Will the tanning solution ruin my clothing?
No, the solution will wash out and doesn’t stain.
1. What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent brow tattoo performed with a small handheld tool, using a feather stroke technique to produce the appearance of fuller eyebrows or to enhance the natural features of the face. Microblading is a softer/more subtle cosmetic tattoo than some of older methods. Body tattoos use ink while cosmetic tattoo procedures involve pigments. These pigments are designed to gently fade over time. Fading is desired as it allows the artist to make changes to color and shape over the years as the client's natural coloration and facial changes occur.
2. How long is the appointment?
Two hours on average. During your appointment we will consult with you the entire time ensuring we are on the same page. Much of the time is spent measuring and drawing on a symmetrical set of brows and agreeing on your perfect shape and color. The actual procedure itself takes 30min to an hour. The touch-up appointment will take about an hour.
3. Is the follow up appointment included?
In order to ensure that the brows heal perfectly a minimum of two treatments are usually needed 4-6 weeks apart on average. This first touch-up is included as it gives us the ability to correct any areas that possibly faded or allows the client to make suggestions if they want adjustments with the shape or color.
4. How long does Microblading last?
The treatment is considered semi-permanent and will fade over time. Touch-ups are recommended every 1-2 years to maintain shape, color, and detail. How often depends on a number of factors including:
Skin type (oily skin fade faster)
Pigment color used (lighter colors fade faster)
Sun exposure (over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment)
Use of daily anti-aging products e.g.- (Tretinoin (Retin-A) & Alpha Hydroxy) These products increase your cell turnover rate and will shorten the life of your cosmetic tattoo.
5. Does it hurt?
We do all that we can to ensure that the process is as comfortable as possible. Before the Microblading begins, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area to minimize discomfort, followed by a liquid anesthetic during the procedure. Some clients may feel a slight discomfort, but it’s relatively pain free for most. (PLEASE NOTE that if you are a frequent smoker, or have your appointment during your menstrual cycle, the pain level could be intensified.)
6. Can I exercise after Microblading?
You must avoid working out for 7 days following your Microblading appointment. Light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you must clean the tattooed area with lukewarm water as soon as you are done exercising. The salt in sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.
7. Can I get tattooed if I am pregnant?
As a precaution to avoid any complications, we do not perform cosmetic tattooing on pregnant women.
8. Products and equipment
To ensure the highest quality of safety, all of our tools are one time use only. ALL blades, wipes, and any other product used during the procedure are disposed of as biohazardous waste after each appointment, giving each client peace of mind.
9. What should I do before my eyebrow procedure?
If you have an ideal shape and color in mind, bring a few reference photos with you to your appointment.
You may fill in your eyebrows as you normally would so we can take into consideration the shape you desire.
If you regularly get your eyebrows shaped, waxed, threaded or tinted, please do so at least 3 days before your appointment.
If you have been on prescription Accutane in the past, you must wait at least one year before considering this procedure.
You must stop using Retinol 3 weeks prior to your appointment and avoid using it for the 3 weeks following your appointment.
If you get Botox regularly please get that done no later than 2 weeks before your appointment. This is to ensure we can make your brows as symmetrical as possible.
Avoid chemical peels at least 4 weeks prior to your appointment.
Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning for 2 weeks before and after your procedure. Do not come to your appointment with a sunburn. In this case, email us at least 48 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule.
Avoid alcohol, caffeine, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, or any blood thinning medication 24 hours prior to your appointment.
If you plan to go on a vacation, it is recommended to plan your trip a minimum of 10 days after the procedure due to the aftercare maintenance.
10. What should I expect after my appointment?
Swelling and redness is minimal with most clients, and will disappear within 24-48 hours. In some cases, it may last around the eyebrow area for up to 3 days, but will not prevent working or socializing. The treated area may feel a bit like a sunburn afterwards but there should only be minimal discomfort.
The complete healing process takes about 6-8 weeks, at which time the true color of the tattoo is evident. During this process, your tattoo will soften and lighten. Be patient, even if you think too much color has been lost, as your skin is still regenerating and naturally exfoliating. Wait at least 6 weeks to see the true color, as it seems to take on new strength, and it is only after 6 weeks that your touch-up/adjustment can be done. Keep in mind that microbladed brows healed up to 30% softer than the initial color.
Please note that final results can not be guaranteed as each unique skin type will hold pigments differently and break down at different rates. The tattooed hair strokes tend to have a more crisp look once healed on dry skin compared to more blurry strokes on oily skin. We will re-evaluate how your skin has received the pigment at your touch-up appointment and make any changes necessary.
Healed results will vary with each individual client and using a pencil or powder may still be needed. Additional sessions (charged accordingly) may be required to obtain optimal results.
Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the tattooed area.
- Week 1: Keep the tattooed area clean by rinsing with lukewarm water and patting dry with a disposable paper towel 3 times a day, then apply a thin layer of the aftercare ointment provided. Apply using a disposable cotton swab.
- Week 2: Keep cleaning them with lukewarm water twice a day for the second week, no ointment.
- You may shower or bathe normally, but avoid using any soaps or cleansers on the treated area for the first week as they can be detrimental to the bonding process that must take place for the pigment to stabilize in the dermis.
- Do NOT pick or scratch at the dry skin/flakiness; let the skin fall off naturally. Picking can cause scarring and premature loss of pigment. IMPORTANT: Once the flakes have fallen off, a shiny layer of healing skin will completely cover the hair strokes. It will appear as though the eyebrows are gone. Within 1-2 weeks, the hair strokes will slowly reappear at a lighter shade as your skin regenerates.
- You must avoid working out for 1 week following your appointment. Light exercising is allowed (minimal sweating), but you MUST clean the tattooed area with lukewarm water as soon as you are done exercising. The salt in the sweat will fade the pigment very quickly and give poor results.
- Avoid direct sun exposure for the first 14 days. You MUST wear a hat while outside during the healing process.
- Do NOT apply make-up to the tattooed area for the first 2 weeks. Chemicals of any kind may interfere with the healing and color of your tattoo.
- No swimming pools, jacuzzis or other bodies of water for two weeks.
- Do NOT soak your face underwater in a bathtub or allow the shower to spray directly in your face for two weeks.
- Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and discoloration of the pigment. Once completely healed, you may apply sunscreen on the treated area. Wear large sunglasses and a hat for further protection. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly when in contact with chlorine.
- Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, face peels and exfoliation must be kept away from the tattooed area as continued use could lighten the pigment.
- If you are having laser resurfacing or laser hair removal after your tattoo has healed, please inform the laser technician. Laser procedures may darken, lighten, or discolor the tattooed area.
Eyelash Extension FAQs
1. Do I need to prep before my appointment?
Prior to your appointment, try your best to arrive without any eye makeup, do not curl your lashes or wear mascara the day before and the day of your appointment. It will help minimize the cleanup time and more time for lashing.
2. Will it ruin or cause my natural lashes to fall out?
Based on the growth cycle of eyelashes, when applying lashes, lash stylists are trained to look for adult lashes to attach the individual synthetic lashes. Young (baby) lashes are left to allow them to fully develop and when it comes time to re-lash, we have new strong lashes to bond to.Lash extensions will not cause your natural eyelashes to fall out. Remember that your natural lashes have their own life cycle of falling and growing – like the hair found elsewhere on your body. It's hard to notice small lashes falling out, but when attached to a thicker, longer lash they become much more noticeable! Once the extensions are removed, your own eyes may appear smaller, your natural lashes, shorter and sparser because you've been accustomed to a full set of longer, thicker lashes.
3. How long does it take to apply lash extensions?
Lash extensions are applied while you are lying down with your eyes closed on a comfortable spa bed in a serene setting. This usually takes about 2 hours for a full set of lashes, but also depends on the set of lashes you decide to get. After prepping your lashes, your bottom lashes are protected with a gel eye pad, lash extensions are then applied 1-to-1 with medical grade adhesive. It is a really relaxing, non-invasive treatment and most of our clients take the time to catch up on their beauty sleep!
4. How long will my new lashes last?
Your new lashes will last between 2 to 4 weeks depending on your skincare routine and your own natural lash life cycle. To maintain the full look of your lashes, it will require you to maintain refills every 2-4 weeks.
5. How often should I be coming in for lash refills?
We recommend getting refills every 2 to 4 weeks. If you wait too long your extensions will fall out and you will require a full set. Factors such as exposure to humidity, steam or touching your eyes a lot may cause the extensions to fall quicker. Refills can take from 45 - 60 minutes, depending on the state of your remaining lashes. A good sign of when you need a refill is when your extensions are approximately 40% gone.
6. Can I apply mascara to my lash extensions?
At The Bare Skin Studio we recommend that you do not wear mascara with your lashes. We understand that there are mascaras specifically formulated for wearing with extension so feel free to use at your own discretion.
7. Can I swim, shower or exercise while wearing lash extensions?
Yes. The bonding agent we use is waterproof and allows you to shower, swim, exercise. However we recommend that you DO NOT WASH your eye area for at least 24 hours after the initial eyelash extension application. This allows the bonding agent to fully dry and prolong the life of your extensions.
8. How do I take care of my new lash extensions?
Do not get your lashes wet for at least 24 hours after application
Do not go tanning for 24 hours after application
Use an oil-free eye makeup remover
Try not to run water directly on your lashes
Do not rub, pick or pull your eyes
If using mascara, use water based formulas
Avoid using an eyelash curler
Try to avoid exposure to heat, steam, sauna and friction
Receiving chemical treatments, such as eyelash tinting or perming
Receiving irritating eye area treatments, such as strong chemical peels, skin resurfacing procedures, eyebrow waxing or laser treatments
Do not under any circumstance try to remove the extensions yourself. If you have any type of reaction or want them off please give us a call and we will remove them for you or instruct you on the best method of removal that you keep your natural lashes in tact.
9. Can I get extensions if I wear contacts?
Yes, we recommend that you remove your contacts during the application of the lashes but you can wear them normally aside from that.
10. Do you offer different color lashes?
Generally we only carry black lash extensions but upon request with notice we can order different color lashes to suit your needs.
11. How do I know what style will be best for me?
Our lash extensions range in width, length, and style. Our trained professionals will help you decide which style, length, and width, will look best for you specifically
Lip Blush FAQ's
*Please note that you will be more sensitive during your menstrual cycle. Schedule accordingly
Do not work out 24 hours before the procedure.
Absolutely NO alcohol or caffeine especially COFFEE FOR 48 hours before the procedure. Some bleeding is expected but alcohol or caffeine increases amount of bleeding significantly
Avoid sun and tanning three weeks prior to procedure.
Do not take Aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, Niacin, Vitamin E or IBUprofen 48 hours before the procedure.
Please consult with me before taking any medication before the procedure.
Please note- Adderall WILL cause bleeding.
No allergy medicine
No energy drinks
No diet pills or drinks
No lip waxing or shaving one week before.
NO makeup or skincare products on the treated area for two weeks.
Keep your lip area clean by using a gentle fragrance free cleanser.
Avoid direct sun exposure or tanning for 4 weeks after the procedure.
DO NOT rub, pick or scratch the treated area. Let any scabbing or dry skin naturally exfoliate off. Picking can cause scarring and discoloration
Avoid heavy sweating for the first 2 weeks.
Avoid sleeping on your face for the first 3 weeks.
NO facials, chemical treatments and microdermabrasion for 4 weeks.
Please note: lips will appear darker and bolder, due to natural scabbing and healing for the first two weeks. This is very common for all permanent cosmetic procedures. Color will heal about 50% lighter
Permanent makeup is NOT recommended for any clients who are or have:
Pregnant or Nursing
Viral infections and/or diseases
Used Accutane in the past year
A Pacemaker or major heart problems
Had an Organ transplant
Sick (cold, flu, etc.)
Skin irritations such as Psoriasis, Rosacea, dermatitis, or eczema near the treated area (rashes, sunburn, acne, etc.)
Had Botox in the past 3 weeks
It’s very important to follow the instructions to avoid bleeding and swelling and potentially bad outcomes
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