…….And I have a Bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Any product, can cause someone, somewhere to turn orange at some point – just because every client, and every situation differs. This would be an impossible guarantee to make unless the product is only used in a controlled lab environment.
With that being said, there are things that can “mask” an orange tint in a developed tan. A very dark color guide bronzer that adds a skin stain effect to the DHA tan can add a layer of alternate translucent color over the orange DHA tan. This can neutralize out or mask the visible orange tint. But this does not mean the skin is not orange, rather you just don’t see it.
This works for about 1-3 days or so, until the tint staining washes away, leaving the DHA tan behind. If a client does not look orange on day one, but does look orange after a few days, this is one possibility of what they are experiencing.
In most cases though, after a few days, the DHA tan has also faded to a lighter shade, so if there was an orange tint, it is now gone. So neither the client, not tech notices that there was ever and orange tone. (if there was one)
Dark tinted items have a valid place in the market, and can be used very successfully. They are often very popular products. They work even better when one correctly pairs the DHA level with the clients skin type. Then you receive the benefit of rich color, and a positive fade off experience.
In the Tampa Bay Tan line, the darker tinted blends are Tan Envy, Veneto, Aussie Bronze, Natural Tan and Rapid Tan.
DHA “Darkness” within the blend vs what the label says
Products that are formulated more dilute then what is listed on the label, for example a 12% product that is really a 10% in DHA concentration, would actually be less likely to produce orange tones. Because of lack of standardization within the Tannin Industry market, a 12% blend in one brand can be completely different color depth than a 12% with another brand.
Or a product with stability or quality issues, which cause the DHA to have less potency, will also tan lighter than expected. Which would be less likely to turn orange, even when used at to high a level.
There are also proprietary ingredients that can be added into a solution blend to help adjust how the DHA absorbs, develops, darkness, and the tone range experienced.
A master blender using these tweaks can better fine-tune a blend, allowing it to appear less golden, brassy, or orangy on clients. But one still should use DHA skin to percentage guidelines when matching up the product for your client.
Ingredients and differences in blends. and blend types can make a solution appear darker or lighter on the skin. Both because of the way product formulation will alter development, and the way an individual clients skin may react uniquely with different ingredients, or different blend types.
Thick blends and thin blends, moisturizing or Quick dry all act differently on the skin.
When a client turns orange, but DHA level is not the issue: