Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why do you not offer alternative nails?
A. After careful study of the effects of products used for acrylic nails, we came to believe that helping our clients grow their own natural nails is not only better for the environment, but also better for the health of the client and the nail specialist. It is our desire to help you grow and maintain healthy natural nails through better nutrition, regular professional manicures and good home care.

Q. How long does hair have to be in order to wax?
A. Body hair should be ¼ inch long. Facial hair should be long enough to tweeze.

Q. Who is NOT a candidate for waxing?
A. If you are using (or have recently used) Retina-A, or Accutane, or any other prescribed medication that might make your skin extra sensitive , you are not a candidate for hair removal by waxing. If you have had chemical peels or are using any type of medication that causes peeling, you should not undergo a waxing procedure. If you are unsure about whether you may or may not be a candidate for waxing, please consult with your physician before scheduling any waxing procedures.

Q. How often should I have a facial?
A. Most clients find they benefit most from monthly facials.

Q. Will waxing make my hair thick and coarse?
A. No, waxing will actually make the hair a finer consistency and less dense.

Q. Will the hair come in darker?
A. You must realize that facial hair is naturally bleached from the sun and the elements. When you wax, your hair will grow in its natural color.

Q. How long will a basic manicure or pedicure last?
A. A basic manicure will last one to two weeks, depending on your lifestyle and the type of service you’ve had. A pedicure can last up to one month, also depending on circumstances.

Q. Should I wash my hair before coloring it or getting an updo?
A. No. Washing the hair strips away its natural oils, which help protect your scalp from chemicals and when creating an updo the natural oils in the hair give it better holding properties and make it easier to work with.

Q. Will chlorine affect your hair color?
A. Chlorine will definitely strip hair color. Darker shades may get brassy, orange, and yellow…blonde hair can turn green. Chlorine also dries the hair and leaves a gummy residue.

Q. What effects will a perm have on my hair?
A. Permed hair is more fragile and dry. It requires special products and attention. Recently colored hair should not be permed- the combination of bleaching agents and the solution needed to create the curls can be devastating to hair, resulting in severe damage, discoloration, and breakage.
Individuals with extremely sensitive skin or chemical sensitivity may want to avoid perms altogether.

Perm Alternatives:
Start with a precision haircut designed to maximize your own natural texture with styling products and tools. Work with your stylist and tell them you want to enhance your own natural waves and curls without a perm or other chemicals.
If necessary, learn to use hot rollers or curling irons. With a little practice you can easily create new texture without long term damage. Yes, hot tools can damage the hair if used inappropriately or too often, but with the right products and tools you can greatly minimize any potential hair damage.

Q. How often should I come in for a…

A. Every 4-8 weeks. Shorter haircuts require more frequent maintenance. Bang trims prolong the life of a haircut and are free of charge at Americana.

A. Every 3-6 weeks, depending on the amount of contrast between your natural and color-treated hair. More contrast means more frequent visits.

Highlights or Lowlights?
A. Some people can go up to 12 weeks between highlights if they are subtle, most will want them done every 8-10 weeks. Please allow at least 6 weeks between highlight appointments to give your stylist enough growth to work with.