Do I have to make an appointment, or can I just turn up?
Unfortunately it is very unlikely that we would be able to fit you in, should you just turn up. Please book online, email or call us to make an appointment to avoid disappointment. On the very rare occasion, yes, we have taken in ‘Walk-In’ appointments; but on average this happens only a handful of times a year!
How far in advance should I book my appointment?
To ensure that you get an appointment when it suits you, and with the beauty therapist you want, please book at least 2 or 3 weeks in advance – the earlier the better. For the same reason, we recommend that you schedule your next appointment before you leave. We do have a cancellation list for last minute changes so you can always give us a call and we’ll try our best to fit you in.
I need to change my appointment, what should I do?
Call us asap! Unfortunately bookings cannot be edited online, once they are made. We ask that you give us at least 24 hours notice if you need to change your appointment. Cancellations made after this will incur a charge.
What time should I arrive?
If you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment you will have some time to unwind. If it is your first visit, please allow about 10 minutes to complete your consultation form.
What happens if I’m running late?
If you are running late or cannot keep an appointment, please call or text to let us know as soon as possible. We schedule appointments based on adequate time to complete each service or treatment. If you are running 15 minutes or more late, you may be required to re-schedule. No shows and last minute cancellations may result in a charge. If you are late your appointment will still end on time so that our next client is not delayed. For the time you have remaining, we will prioritize your booked treatments so you are sure to get the most important things done first.
What are my payment options?
We accept EFTPOS for your payments and all major credit cards. Using some credit cards may incur a surcharge. Unfortunately we do not accept cheques. Receipts are available via email, on request. In some situations (such as picking up product orders while therapists are with other clients), you can pay for products downstairs at the pharmacy.
Can I bring my child/children with me to my appointment?
We do not mind if you bring your children with you to your appointments, (and we always love to meet them!) though for your own space and relaxation, and for the relaxation of our other clients, we would prefer you didn’t. Under your responsibility, they may wait in the waiting room or come into the treatment room with you. However, it is your responsibility as parent/guardian to ensure that they are quiet and respectful. Please also ensure there is no touching of any equipment in our treatment rooms. It is tempting to do all sorts of things when mummy’s eyes are closed. A book, or an iPad with headphones can be a good idea. Sitting there quietly can get very boring very quickly.
Please be aware of how long your treatment is expected to take, and think of our other customers who may be enjoying a relaxing facial in the next room! Then decide if your children can cope in a relaxed, quiet environment for this timeframe.
Please also understand this is a quiet space, and is a “Me-Time” or “Time-Out” for many of our clients. If children are disrupting any treatments (your own or not), distracting your therapist, or causing the treatment to run over time, we may need to end your treatment early.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Wear whatever is comfortable for you; we will provide a robe for specific treatments. For a spray tan we advise you to wear loose, dark clothing. Some treatments we require you to remove clothes down to your underwear; make it easy on yourself and wear clothes that are easy to change in and out of. This usually includes jewelry so it is best if you leave most of it at home or you may cut into your treatment time if there is too much to take off! For facial, topless is most common, or a bra and singlet with the straps tucked under your armpits! We always respect a client’s modesty during all treatments.
Do you have treatments for men?
Yes. Almost ANY of our treatments can be catered for men whether its a pampering facial or waxing maintenance. The only treatments we don’t do for men are all forms of bikini waxing or boyzilian/manzilian (male version of a Brazilian). Leg, back & chest waxes are all fine. If unsure, flick us an email.
Which treatments are safe for pregnancy?
Our skin care ranges are safe for you and your baby and our treatments provide some rewarding time out and relief from the stress pregnancy can have on your body. While we can have ladies coming in for all treatments during pregnancy, we don’t recommend first time tinting or frequent spray tanning during pregnancy (especially during the first trimester). The pharmacy and Doctors downstairs will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. It is always best to speak with your own Doctor before booking.
I’m getting married! Which treatments should I have?
Congratulations! We have many treatment options to help you look radiant on your big day. Ask your therapist to design a home and in-salon programme just for you. We can also assist the guys on grooming for your special day.
Do you offer gift vouchers and do they have an expiry date?
Yes, we do offer gift vouchers and they have an expiry date of 12 months from the date of their issue.
Can I purchase a gift voucher online?
Yes, we can take payments online via PayPal (no account needed). Please visit our online shop page, here, and read all instructions carefully so we know WHO and WHERE to send your voucher once we have it ready. Delivery options include online vouchers, postage (flat fee), or local pick up from our reception. Once your payment and order comes through, we will get your voucher ready.
How often should I wax?
Everyone’s hair growth is different but we recommend you visit us every 4 weeks to maintain smooth skin.
How long should I let my hair grow to get the best results for waxing?
For best results hair should be 0.5cm to 1cm long. If hair is any longer than 2cm it can increase the discomfort of the wax and cause hair breakage so it is advisable to trim before your appointment. Everyone has a different growth cycle but we are generally able to wax areas that have been shaved three to four weeks earlier. However, with larger parts of the body like arms and legs, we suggest leaving at least 4 weeks before waxing.
What is the difference between hot wax and strip wax?
Hot wax is spread thickly onto the skin and allowed to dry slightly before it is gently peeled away. This method is far less painful than most and pulls hair directly from the roots. The benefits include fewer in-grown hairs, less breakage and therefore longer re-growth periods. This wax also promotes skin hydration and is highly recommended for sensitive areas. Strip wax is recommended for thicker/less sensitive skin, like legs, arms, back, chest and shoulders. A thin layer of wax is applied to the skin and is then removed using a paper or fabric strip.
Will waxing hurt?
Every person has different pain thresholds and experience waxing differently. Some people do find it becomes easier with regular waxing as the hairs become thinner, lighter and sparser. Our specialised waxes and expertly trained therapists make the waxing experience as pain free as possible. Many things can influence the discomfort of a wax, including fatigue, menstrual cycle and medication. Your therapist will discuss with you at your appointment. A quick tip if you have a particularly low pain threshold, take a couple of Panadol or Nurofen tablets 30 minutes before your treatment.
I’m pregnant, can I still wax?
Waxing during pregnancy is very popular and our therapists are trained to ensure all parts of the body are waxed comfortably and safely. The Brazilian and extended bikini waxes are very popular treatments up to one week before the due date and cause no problems or issues related to your pregnancy, you may however experience a slight degree more pain than usual.
What is the etiquette for the various types of waxing on offer?
Basic bikini: you will be given the option to wear our paper knickers or your own knickers. Brazilian: is a ‘no underwear’ affair, however the utmost discretion is used and you will be covered with a towel.
Will a Brazilian be uncomfortable afterwards?
Our treatments should leave you with minimal discomfort because we use a very high quality wax and have highly skilled therapists. When the treatment is finished, the therapist will ensure no wax or residue has been left on the skin. Since we use hot wax, skin will not be sticky (which can happen with strip wax). We highly recommend the use of our Bump eRaiser products for aftercare of all waxing treatments.
Whats the different between bikini, extended bikini & brazilian?
A bikini wax is the hair removed outside your knicker line. An extended bikini is slightly narrower than bikini wax A Brazilian is either a strip down the centre and all the hair underneath removed, or every thing off. To have the back done is optional, but part of a brazilian not bikini wax.
Here is an example diagram below of what could be waxed at each treatment. Please note this is a guideline, and it’s best to speak to your therapist.
I suffer from ingrown hairs, what can I do?
Exfoliation and moisturising between waxing treatments helps reduce in growing hairs. We also sell Bump eRaiser after wax home care products which you use daily. It’s brilliant.
Once I start waxing, do I have to continue forever?
Waxing does not stimulate hair growth. So no. We assume you are talking about lip & chin waxing? Still no. We also use (and retail) Janesce Erodair; our favourite hair retardant. Certain factors can cause new future hair growth but waxing is not one of them – hormonal changes, especially during puberty, pregnancy or menopause, as well as use of certain medications.
When should I start waxing my upper lip or chin?
When you see fit. Everybody is different. Facial waxing (excluding brows) in combination with our Janesce Erodair Concentrate is a very effective way to reduce hair growth.
I have weak nails, what can I do?
We can definitely offer some nail rehab treatments to help your nails grow and strengthen. We offer a treatment called IBX for healthier nails prior to a manicure or gel polishes, ask in salon for more details or read about it on our website.
What is gel polish?
Gel polish is applied like a polish set with UV or LED light, is completely dry when you leave, and needs to be soaked off to remove. The product is stronger than regular polish, and can last up to two weeks. We recommend using cuticle oil at home with all nail treatments. We soak the gel polish off with an acetone remover – and although this is a dehydrator, it will not “ruin” your nails, especially if you are using your cuticle oil and taking care of your skin and nails between appointments.
Do you offer acrylics or nail extensions to give them length?
No, sorry. We work with what you’ve given us
I heard that acrylics, gel polish and other nail enhancements ruin your nails?
Sorry, wrong. On a side note, we do not offer acrylic or other nail enhancements. Like any product, if applied or removed incorrectly – then of course some damage can occur. This is why it’s so important to see a nail technician who knows what they are doing.
How clean are your nail files and tools?
Very clean! The New Zealand Association of Registered Beauty Therapists (of which we are members) & the Auckland council have been working together on the rules and regulations of beauty therapy, which must be met in order to obtain a Health & Hygiene licence. As a member of NZARBTh, we are extremely excited to welcome these long awaited Health & Hygiene laws to the beauty industry.
This Health & Hygiene licence will guarantee your therapist is fully trained & qualified not only in your treatments, but also in sterilisation & sanitation. Ours is displayed on site.
Rest assured, we take our health & hygiene procedures very seriously and have strict hygiene practices in place. We use disposable equipment where possible, including the use of our nail files which (like all disposable equipment) we limit to using once per client. For equipment that is not disposable, we use hospital grade disinfectant and autoclave sterilisation. During our pedicure treatments, we do NOT use credo blades or similar.
What is soaking, and why do you talk about it so much?
The Soaking Ritual is a conditioning step to rebalance and awaken your skin, encouraging direct skin hydration and deep absorption of herbal actives.
Both morning and night, soak the skin to directly hydrate, then lock the water in with a mist and concentrated moisturiser. Soak longer if you are new to this soaking step or if your skin is especially dehydrated.
Hydrating your skin is one of the most beneficial steps you can take for your skin health. The top layer of your skin needs to reach its dew point to be completely hydrated. Maintaining the dew point, maintains hydration. This is one of the most anti ageing things you can do for your skin.
If you’re not soaking, you’re not hydrating. If you’re not hydrating, you’re not looking after your skin properly. It’s as simple as that.
Why do you need to know about my diet and lifestyle?
Lifestyle and eating habits are directly reflected in our skin’s health and appearance.
Often we do not consider that the food we choose to eat or the health of our bodies has any influence on the condition of our skin.
Besides caring for our skin from the outside, we can treat our skin as part of our body as it is essentially created and nourished from the inside.
I have sensitive and/or problematic skin. Can you help me?
Yes, absolutely! As qualified professionals, we don’t prescribe via online, as we prefer to see your skin in person and undergo a full skin consultation for a complete and accurate diagnosis. Read about our Skin Programmes on our website. Ideal for treating eczema, acne, and other skin conditions or disorders. Also ideal for anti-aging, energy boosts, beauty boosts (think wedding preparation!), to de-stress or detox, and to improve your skin lifestyle in a clean and healthy way, with long-term results.
Do you offer microdermabrasion or chemical peels?
No, we don’t, nor will we add these treatments to our menu in the future.
We are proud to be a part of the Slow Beauty movement.
The Slow Beauty movement describes a fast growing sub-culture of beauty therapists who have lost faith in the ‘quick-fix’, often invasive products and procedures that abound in the beauty industry and are drawn to a holistic approach to skincare with a focus on dermo-nutrition, wellness and genuine skin health from the inside out.
The Slow Beauty movement is following a similar trajectory to the Slow Food movement and reflects a similar shift in values away from short-term convenience towards slower, deeper and truer ideals.
The tides of change are well underway and there is now a new generation of beauty therapists leading the way in holistic, ‘slow’ beauty.
How often should I have a facial?
As often as you can! We usually recommend one every 3-6 weeks.
Can I just pop in whenever for a spray tan?
No, sorry. Appointments are essential for all of our treatments. It’s unlikely we can fit you in if you just pop in.
We also need to ensure you have read through (and are familiar with) all of our preparation procedures. Some of our prep instructions (such as waxing) are required 24 hours before your appointment. We want you to have the best tan! Please call us so we can talk you through, or read through our website.
What is DHA?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective sunless tanning products contain DHA (dihydroxyacetone) as the active ingredient. It is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity. First discovered in Germany in the late 1920s, DHA has been listed with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973. It has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years.
DHA is a colourless chemical (it is derived from glycerin) that interacts with the amino acids in surface skin cells to produce a brown colour change. Since these are constantly being shed, the colour change usually lasts about a week, but can be extended if you moisturise 1-2 times a day, and especially if you use a good moisturiser.
Organic spray tans? There is really no such thing as a completely organic tanning solution. All tanning solutions must have the DHA chemical compound in order to produce a tan. Natural and organic ingredient IN tans yes, but a 100% organic tanning solution, no.
Organic, natural, vegan, paraben-free? ANY NASTIES?
Unfortunately, there is really no such thing as a completely organic tanning solution. All tanning solutions must have the DHA chemical compound in order to produce a tan. Natural and organic ingredient IN tans yes, but a 100% organic tanning solution, no. The tanning solution we use is vegan, paraben free and a cruelty free product.
How does it work?
The DHA sugars react with the proteins in your surface skin cells to create a colour change on the skin. Tanning solutions are generally a blend of DHA and a bronzer to give you a streak-free golden brown tan – no matter what your skin type. Our blend also includes aloe and moisturisers to keep your skin healthy as well. You can look great and feel even better!
Is the tanning process safe?
Yes. All of the components in our tanning solution are officially approved for use on the skin and have been used for several decades.
If you have any serious allergies it is always wise to ask. If you have ever had any adverse effects with self-tanning products or moisturisers, you may experience similar effects with our tanning solution.
What about people with fair skin that have never been able to tan?
No problem. Because no sun is involved, tanning is safe & easy. Colour-wise, you are in control. Our therapist will give you a recommendation of how long to leave the tan to activate before washing it off. This could be anywhere between 2-8 hours.
What about pregnant women?
In your first trimester, we advise against spray tanning of any kind. It is not known to be harmful, but the first trimester is a fragile time – it is always best to be safe! During the second or third trimester, an occasional event spray tan is fine, but also at your own decision. For our regular tanners, we do not recommend you keeping up with your fortnightly tans throughout your pregnancy. If breast feeding we recommend you wear a bra to cover the area that the baby is feeding from or opt for a rapid tan that you can wash off in a matter of hours. Please speak with your Doctor or midwife. The pharmacy downstairs is also available for advice.
What if I am taking medication?
Please let us know before your appointment, if you are taking any medications. Medications and recreational drugs can affect the skin, which in turn affect the results of your spray tan. If not your own Doctor, the best person to speak to in this situation is the pharmacist, Robbie, (downstairs) at the Waimauku Village Pharmacy.
Does it turn the skin orange?
No! In the early days some products produced and orange colour in some people, and often streaked. Todays formulations and application methods avoid this.
Do people with hair on their legs / arms develop a uneven tan where hair is present?
No. People with hair on their bodies will see tiny droplets of mist on their hairs at the end of the tanning process. These droplets are removed by towelling off lightly and the same even, golden brown tan is achieved.
What should I wear when I get sprayed?
Whatever you are comfortable in! Nude, underwear, bikini, topless. A disposable g-string can be supplied, but many people do not wear anything to avoid any tan lines. If a bathing suit, underwear, or anything else is worn, it may be stained. Although the bronzer is water-soluble and should wash out of any clothing, the DHA may cause permanent stains.
You can also wear a disposable hair cap, supplied by us. Remember to keep your ears out!
Do I get better results if I shave my legs before my session?
Yes. Exfoliation is really the key to acquiring a tan which will provide the most natural fade. So shaving, whether on the legs of women or the face of men, is best done prior to the tanning session.
This, in combination with a good hydrating skin care regimen, will ensure your tan will last longer and fade more evenly.
How many times will I need a spray tan to achieve the colour I want?
You will be tanned after one session, but it may take an additional session or two to achieve a darker colour if desired. Once you reach the desired colour you should be able to maintain it by tanning every 1-2 weeks.
Do I need to cover my hair during a spray tan?
This is optional, but you will need to at least tie your hair up off your shoulders. You can choose to wear a disposable shower cap provided by us to keep the solution from getting in your hair. It will not change the colour of your hair if it does get on it, however some hair dyes and hair colours (dyed blondes) may react differently to the solution. Bring something to tie and clip up your own hair.
Will I get sick if I breathe in tanning solution during the session?
We recommend that you turn your face away from the spray gun during the spraying process (aside from when we are doing your face!); your therapist will explain more at your appointment. We recommend this because most would prefer not to breathe in the mist even though it causes no harm if breathed in. We also suggest you close your eyes because it prevents itchy or scratchy eyes, but its not harmful to eyes.
We won’t be spraying your face until the end – so you can breathe as normal.
How soon after the tanning session can I put my clothes back on?
Immediately. We will dry you off before you get changed.
If you pursue any strenuous physical activity after your tanning session, perspiration may cause some of the bronzer to transfer to your clothing. Most of the time, this washes out – but don’t wear your best clothes!
Does this system cause freckles in people who usually freckle when tanning?
No. Freckles are caused by sun damage, or UV damage. There is nothing in the tanning solution that will cause more freckles to break out.
In fact, in most cases, freckles and blemishes will become less pronounced because the lighter skin areas will darken and reduce the colour differentiation between the blemishes and the rest of the skin.
How soon after the tanning session can I shower?
Our therapist will give you a recommendation of how long to leave the tan to activate before washing it off (2-8 hours).
When you do shower, the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off, but the DHA will remain and create a long term tan.
Can I also use a sun or UV-tanning bed?
Yes. There is nothing in the tanning solution that would prevent you from using a tanning bed or lying in the sun. Sorry, we don’t have a tanning bed (or sunbed) here. However, remember that your new tan does not give any protection from the UV rays, either from the sun or UV sunbed. For the purpose of tanning the skin, we would avoid against a sunbed.
Will my palms get stains on them?
Some people’s palms take on more solution than others.
We will avoid the palms of your hands, and go over the back of your hands lightly. Please don’t forget to AVOID touching your tan during the activation process.
Should this happen, a simple way of getting them white is to spread some lemon juice on them, or if all else fails a little bleach on a cotton wool.
My tan looks different than the last time!
The skin is a living thing and it varies with the season, time of the month, foods you eat, weather etc. Hence the tan MAY vary.
The tan wears off quicker on my hands and feet
This is because your hands and feet are more exposed to the elements or are subject to more rubbing in your shoes. Just like you would for maintenance with a manicure, wear gloves when gardening or doing the dishes. If needed, dab a little touch up of tanning solution on the pale bits. Two minutes in the morning, and your tan will look as good as new.
You can purchase tanning products from us, or at the Waimauku Silver Fern pharmacy.
I have some brown patches on my knuckles and elbows
Take some exfoliator, or a wet soapy washer, and very gently rub off the excess. Not too hard so you don’t finish with a white patch. Lemon juice can also help to bleach the tan, or if all else fails a little bleach on a cotton wool.
What should I do before my tanning session?
How can I look after my tan after the session?
When should I book my tanning session for, if I want it to look best for an event?
Approximately two days prior.
Example: for a Saturday wedding/event, book your tan for a Thursday.