Is spray tanning safe?

Spray tanning is the only form of tanning endorsed by: The Skin Cancer Organization, The American Cancer Society, The American Medical Association, and The American Academy of Dermatology. The FDA has also tested and approved the active ingredient in our tanning solutions, DHA (dihydroxyacetone), for use on the skin.

Can I spray tan while pregnant/breast feeding?

The active ingredient in our tanning solutions, DHA (dihydroxyacetone), is approved by the FDA for topical use on the skin. As no studies have been conducted on the effects of inhaling the compound, we recommend that our pregnant clients wear nose filters (that we provide) during their application.

If breastfeeding, we recommend keeping the nipples covered to avoid any transfer to the baby. Although we source the safest ingredients on the market to formulate our products, the tanning solution isn’t meant to be consumed.

Above all else, we recommend pregnant and nursing women speak with their physicians prior to spray tanning to ensure it is right for them.

I’m under 18, can I get a spray tan?

GldnHr™ products are safe for all ages. If you are under 18, you’ll need to have a parent or legal guardian sign our release form and bring it to your appointment with you. Find a printable version of the form here.

Will a spray tan prevent sunburn?

A spray tan will not protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. In fact, the active ingredient in sunless tanning, DHA, actually may increase your sensitivity to the sun. Please take care to wear sunscreen and/or other protection when necessary.

What should I expect during my appointment?

All first-time appointments will begin with a quick consultation to determine your perfect custom solution based on your skin type, skin tone, and personal aesthetic preferences. Then, after your spray tan is applied, you’ll have the option to have a talc-free cornstarch powder sprayed on your skin to prevent any stickiness.

Who applies my spray tan?

Your spray tan will be applied by one of our female sunless tanning experts who’ve been certified in the use of HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) spray equipment and trained in our signature application method. We totally get it – stripping down in front of a complete stranger sounds pretty awkward. Rest assured, every member of the GldnHr™ team strives to create a positive, judgement-free environment for our clients so that they walk away from the experience feeling happy, glowing and confident.

How long will my appointment take?

First-time appointments generally take about 30 minutes, due to the inclusion of the custom color consultation. Once your custom mix is recorded in our system, subsequent appointments run anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes.

How do I prepare my skin for a spray tan?

24 hours before your appointment, shower and exfoliate to remove all dry, dead skin. If you have very dry skin, moisturize with a “sunless-safe” product.

12 hours before your appointment, take care of any shaving or other hair removal.

The day of your appointment, shower and exfoliate lightly (using ONLY a wash cloth, loofah, or mitt) to remove any lingering dry, dead skin, as well as any self-tanner, makeup, perfume, deodorant, lotions or oils. If you have extremely dry skin, moisturize those areas with a “sunless safe” moisturizer.

Can I get a manicure/pedicure with my spray tan?

It’s best to get your nails done pre-tan. Just be sure to remove any lotions and/or oils before you come in for your appointment. If you must get your nails done after your spray tan, wait until after your first shower and ask the nail tech to skip any exfoliants, moisturizing treatments, or anything else that may degrade your spray tan results.

What should I wear to my appointment?

For your spray tan, you will undress to your comfort level, depending on which areas you want tanned. Any clothing you choose to keep on (bathing suit, undergarments, etc.) can be laundered in a normal cycle to remove the tanning solution.

We ask that any anatomically male clients wear something to cover their private parts – thongs acceptable.

After the application, you should wear dark, loose-fitting clothing (no leggings) and flip-flops.

NOTE: If it’s raining or snowing when you come in for your appointment, please bring an umbrella and wear closed-toed shoes as water exposure will deactivate and remove your tan.

What should I avoid while my tan is setting?

While your tan is setting, avoid any water exposure that may deactivate or prematurely wash off the solution. This includes: bathing, swimming, sweating, cleaning, crying, inclement weather, or spills. Be sure to also avoid anything that puts friction on the skin that could cause rub-off. This includes: tight clothing, and skin-on-skin contact (with yours or anyone else’s skin).

Can I sleep in my spray tan while it sets?

If you prefer to let your HappyHr™ original tan set overnight and shower in the morning, be sure to wear long sleeves and long pants to bed to avoid any skin-on-skin friction that could cause the tan to rub off.

How long will my spray tan last?

Your spray tan will last 7-10 days with proper care. Spray tans fade as your skin progresses through its natural exfoliation cycle. Anything you do to speed up that exfoliation will cause your tan to fade more quickly, including contact with harsh chemicals, detergents, chemical or physical exfoliants, and bleaching agents. Keeping your skin moisturized will provide longer-lasting results and more natural, even fading.

I’m going on vacation; can I swim with my spray tan?

We recommend scheduling your spray tan appointment for two days prior to your departure. However, take caution: saltwater and chlorinated pool water will cause your spray tan to fade more quickly, so minimize prolonged exposure or soaking.

Can I shave/wax with a spray tan?

Shaving and waxing are forms of mild exfoliation which will cause your tan to fade more quickly, so do so sparingly and carefully.

What happens if I need to cancel/reschedule my appointment?

We require a 24-hour notice for cancellation of your scheduled appointment in order to avoid a late cancellation fee. Cancelling with less than 24 hours notice of your scheduled appointment will result in a cancellation fee of 50% of the scheduled service. All No-Shows will be charged the full amount of the services reserved of the missed appointment.

I have a nut allergy, can I get a spray tan?

A few of our tanning solutions contain walnut husk, which the majority of people with nut allergies do not react to, as it is not the walnut itself. However, if you have concerns, we recommend coming in for a small patch test prior to your appointment. We also have alternative tanning solutions that do not contain walnut husk that we can recommend if need be.

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Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 391-0242

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