FAQ and Beauty Hints

Frequently Asked Questions and Beauty HintsFAQ, Frequently Asked Questions at Christiaan Salon and Day Spa, Providence. RI

FAQ General Questions
Q. Can you give me directions to the salon?
A. From points North of Providence:95 South to Exit 24 (Branch Ave.). Take a left and go down to the first traffic light (North Main St.). Take a right and follow down to the fourth traffic light. Take a left onto Olney St. and then take your next three consecutive rights. You will be on Benefit St. We are the last house on the left hand side, 4 Benefit St. a purple Victorian house on the corner.From points South of Providence:95 North to Exit 24 (Branch Ave.). Take a right off of the exit and follow down to first traffic light (North Main St.). Take a right and follow to fourth traffic light. Take a left onto Olney St. and then your next three consecutive rights. You will be on Benefit St. We are the last house on the left, 4 Benefit St. It is a purple Victorian house on the corner.    Directions on Yahoo
Q. What are your hours of operation?
A. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 8pm, Friday 9am to 6 pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm.
Q. What is involved in a makeover?
A. Most people who ask for a makeover are looking for a more youthful and polished look. Changing your hair with a new cut and color along with a fresh face of makeup will make the biggest difference. Our stylist and makeup artist would be happy to make suggestions as to what would suit you the best along with showing you the latest fashions. Please call for a complimentary consultation. 401-521-5050

Skin Care
Q. How often should I get a facial?
A. A least once a month for maintenance because the skin cellsreplace themselves every 28 days.
Q. How often should I moisturize?
A. Morning and night.
Q. Should I use an SPF all year round?
A. It’s true, you know… the sun follows you wherever you go, and even on those hazy, lazy days of summer, 80% of UV rays will reach you even when it’s cloudy (Source: American Academy of Dermatology). Luckily, you can reduce your chance of skin-aging caused by casual, year-round UV exposure (like fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and leathery texture) with the right skin care – like Bioelements SPF 50 Face Screen or Sun Diffusing Protector. So, should you wear sunscreen 365 day a year? You betcha!
Q. What causes your skin to break out?
A. This is a very complex question with no definite answers. Hormonal fluctuations, changes in regular habits (i.e. sleep, exercise, diet, etc.), changes in weather, excessive oil and skin build up or bacteria are just a few fairly common causes.
Q. How often should I get my brows or lashes tinted?
A. 4-6 weeks depending on life style
Q. Will I break out after a facial?
A. Most people do not, occasionally flare-ups occur.
Q. Should I get facials during pregnancy?
A. Yes. If you have any concerns consult w/your physician or speak w/your esthetician before your appointment.
Q. Can I have a facial and waxing the same day?
A. Yes, in most cases this will not be an issue. If you have any concerns or exceptionally sensitive skin it is best to wait or consult with your esthetician.
Tips from The American Academy of Dermatology 

Hair Removal/Waxing
Q. Can I go tanning and get a wax the same day?
A. Preferable wax 24 hours before or after tanning.
Q. Can I wax if I’m using “Retin A” or “Retinaol”?
A. You need to discontinue use 2 weeks before waxing.
Q. How can I get rid of or prevent ingrown hairs?
A. Finipil is the product that we recommend. It is antibacterial and antimicrobial lotion that is applied after the shower. It helps protect the hair follicle and shrink pore size.
Q. Can I have a facial and hair removal on the same day?
A. Yes, in most cases this will not be an issue. If you have any concerns or exceptionally sensitive skin it is best to wait or consult your esthetician.
Q How long should hair be before hair removal?
A. For facial hair removal, hair should be 1/8 inch and body hair should be 1/4 inch, to achieve a smooth clean removal. It is best to trim bikini hair prior to your appointment. During the summer months , it is recommended to re-book every two to three weeks for facial hair removal and three to four weeks for body hair removal. It all depends on your hair growth as cycles vary for everyone.
Q. What types of health conditions and medications interfere with hair removal?
A. Prescription acne medications such as Retin-A or Accutane.
Skin care products that contain over eight percent glycolic and alphahydroxy acids.
Blood pressure medication.
Diabetes or phlebitis.
Having had a Botox treatment in the past 72 hours.
Having had a chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment within the past 90 days.
When in doubt, consult with your doctor prior to any hair removal service.
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Q. How can I prevent weak nails?
A. Try using a nail strengthener that will help strengthen and keep nails healthy. We carry Nail Envy by O.P.I. and Nailezee Protein 1-3 therapy program. Also, weekly manicures are a great help.
Q. How can I prevent peeling, breaking, and splitting?
A. Exposure to water is most often the culprit here- surprisingly, the more you soak, the drier the nail becomes, weakening over time. Detergents in soaps, household cleansers, and some nail polish removers can also have adverse effects. Prevent further damage by wearing gloves during chores. After hand-washing, apply a rich moisturizer to nails to replace the natural oils that water washes away. Using a polish or a cuticle oil (such as CND Solar Oil) will provide a protective shield.
Q. What do those tiny white marks mean?
A. It’s a myth that these flecks indicate a vitamin deficiency. More likely, they’re the result of a minor injury and will disappear as the nail grows. But watch out for dark marks. If you recently hurt your hand (say in a car door), don’t worry. But if not, and you see a black, brown, or purple band on your nail, it could be a sign of skin cancer. See a doctor right away.
Q. What do I do if I have Athlete’s feet?
A. Please call a physician.
Q. How often do I need a manicure?
A. I recommend a weekly manicure.
Q. What does paraffin do for your skin and nails?
A. Paraffin has intensive moisture therapy that nourishes skin and cuticles. The penetrating heat increases circulation, soothes aching joints and relaxes stiff muscles.
Q. Do you recommend gel or acrylic nails?
A. We only do gel nails because the protein helps your nails, they look more natural and the process is odorless.
Q. What kind of emery board?
A. Avoid rough emery boards. Those old-fashioned orange emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears. File nails with a smooth, fine file and don’t saw back and forth. Instead, file in one direction only, and do it slowly and evenly to reduce risk of breakage.
Q. What products do you use?
A. O.P.I., Essie, Creative, Cuccio, and Nailezee
Q. Is the staff certified?
A. All Christiaan staff are Rhode Island licensed and certified.
Q. What nail services do you offer?
A. Click here Nails
Q. What do I do if I think I have nail fungus?
A. Please call a physician
Dos & Don’ts
Don’t share your nail file.
Resist the urge to let anyone- even a relative- use your emery board. This tool is a porous germ-trapper. Keep yours to yourself, and replace it often.
Do wear the right shoe size.
Do moisturize Daily.
Nails need to be hydrated, since most problems crop up when they’re parched. Dry nails can crack, peel, and become brittle. Additionally, dehydrated cuticles not only look ragged but also can turn into painful and infected hangnails. The best moisturizers are thick, like Cuccio Milk & Honey Butter Blend.
Don’t go barefoot.

Q. Conditioning Treatment Tips
A. Many people think it is most important to do conditioning treatments during the colder seasons. It is actually very important to deep condition your hair all year long. This added hydration provides elasticity, shine, and durability to the hair. The hair’s texture is improved and it becomes more manageable. Conditioning the hair can decrease frizz during the humid weather and make unruly, curly hair more tamed. For hair that is color-treated, the color will last longer and remain more vibrant than dry hair.
Q. What shampoo should I use on my color treated hair to prevent fading?
A. A shampoo that is specially made for color treated hair that is sulfate free. We recommend Goldwell Color Glow shampoo and conditioner.
Q. What’s the difference between a gel and a mousse?
A. Gels are normally used to control and tame the hair with a strong hold. Mousses are used to provide volume with a light hold.
Q. How often should I get my hair cut?
A. 4 to 6 weeks to maintain your style. No more than 12 weeks if you are growing it.
Q. What should I use for the treatment of dry, itchy scalp or dandruff?
A. We recommend and carry “Goldwell Anti Dandruff Shampoo.”
Q. What do you recommend for straightening or smoothing curly/frizzy hair?
A. We use 3 products depending on the type of hair. “DeCurl” is for wavy hair. “Paul Brown” and Bio-Ionic is for very curly hair. For frizzy hair we provide Keratin Complex treatments which last about 3-4 months. We do not take appointments for hair straightening on new clients without first having a free consultation.
Q. Will blow dryers or hot irons damage my hair?
A. No, not if you get frequent trims, condition well, properly use the hot tool, and use a heat protectant product.
Q. How often should I shampoo my hair?
A. This varies client to client. You should have your stylist assess your hair and give their recommendation.
Q. Does just conditioning and not shampooing have benefits?
A. Yes, for very dry hair, rinse hair thoroughly in the shower, apply conditioner on shaft, not the roots, and rinse, again.
Q. How are the hairstylists trained?
A. Since we are well known as a premier salon, we can choose from the best applicants. They train with our entire staff full time for at least six months as well as attend advanced color training with “Goldwell”. The top “TiGi” trainers come to our salon every 6 months for the latest styles and techniques. Staff attend “TiGi” classes in New York and Dallas. We have the latest “TiGi” video and workbooks for our staff. Trainers from various companies demonstrate their latest products. As a team we are always working together discussing the needs of our clients especially if there is a special problem. (“TiGi” is considered to have the finest schools and products in the world)

Hair Coloring
Q. What shampoo should I use on my color treated hair?
A. A shampoo especially made for color treated hair with no sulfates. We recommend Color Glow shampoo and conditioner.
Q. How often should I get a highlight?
A. 2 to 4 months depending on how fast your hair grows.
Q. What’s the difference between a full foil and a partial foil?
A. A full foil is highlighting the whole head. A partial foil is highlighting the top and sides only. If you wear your hair down most of the time, a partial foil is recommended.
Q. How do I chose the proper color shade?
A. Generally as one gets older, the color should get a bit lighter. Also your skin tone and eye color come into play to determine the most flattering shades.
Q. If I get permanent color, how often will I need to come in?
A. Hair grows approximately 1/2 inch per month, we recommend 4-6 weeks to touch up your roots.
Q. Can I cover my gray without using semi permanent color?
A. If you use semi permanent color you will get some coverage, but more of a blending effect.
Q. How long does semi permanent color last?
A. If you wash your hair everyday, it lasts 4-6 weeks. This varies depending on how well the color takes to the hair the first time and how much gray. This is a great way to keep your hair healthy and shiny.

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