Beauty may be more than skin-deep, but we at Throwing Copper Organic Airbrush Tanning understand that loving the skin you’re in inspires self love. Offering a safe alternative to traditional UV tanning, we allow you to embrace the power of the sun without the fear of getting burned. Our eco-friendly approach honors the earth, while our zen space nurtures your spirit. Our unique style awakens your inner sun goddess and honors your desire to glow! We also celebrate diversity in nurturing, protecting and fearlessly standing for the beauty in all of our differences.
Throwing Copper Houston has been featured in Allure, InStyle, ELLE, Dujour, CultureMap Houston, PaperCity Magazine, Houston Press, and Houston Modern Luxury Magazine.
Samantha Buchanan, founder and lead artist of Throwing Copper, began searching for alternatives to UV beds and natural suntanning after losing her grandfather to melanoma in 2007. Unsatisfied with what the spray tan world had to offer, she set out to revolutionize the market through organic airbrush tanning.
A devoted artist, star-gazer, and all around positivity guru, Samantha seeks to honor the divine energy of all who step through her door. Rather than perpetuating modern society’s "one-size-fits-all" approach to beauty, she treats each body as a unique canvas. Her artistry taps into the value of natural, healthy skin. Her calming, intuitive nature makes her the ideal choice for newbies, while her expertise leaves seasoned tanners craving more. Her passion to evoke the flow of positive energy in all that she does is apparent in every aspect of her craft. Samantha loves the skin you’re in, and you will, too. It's magic!
With a long heritage in Parisian salons that spans over three generations, Gabrielle's desire for creating beauty is a strong family tradition. Her passion about continuing that legacy radiates from every aspect of her artistry. Known as the "Triple Threat" at Throwing Copper as well as Blue Mambo Hair Studio, she specializes in hair, airbrush makeup and organic spray tanning. In all that she does, her magic hands and playful nature work together harmoniously to bring out your inner shine. She truly believes that we all deserve to feel at home in our own skin.
Whitney strongly believes that true beauty comes from within. She has traveled all over, spreading her genuine loving nature and positive energy through her many travels and humanitarian work. These experiences have shaped the person she is today and are truly reflected in her work, providing a unique experience and calm environment for each and every client.
With nearly a decade of experience in makeup artistry, Whitney’s creative talents help her clients realize their own inner beauty, allowing it to shine through on the outside as well.
Combining the forces of beauty and nature is Whitney’s specialty, and her knowledge of all natural products is definitely her super power! We are beyond thrilled to have her join the Throwing Copper team and continue to bring our organic magic to you in yet another new way.
WHITNEY IS AVAILABLE FOR IN-HOME SESSIONS ONLY
OUR YUMMY SOLUTION
LEAVING YOU HONEY POT HOT
The active ingredient in our solution dihydroxyacetone, commonly referred to as DHA- which is the only FDA approved sunless tanning ingredient. DHA is a colorless sugar derived from beets. DHA interacts with proteins and amino acids in the outer layers of your skin to produce a golden brown color- this is called the "Maillard Reaction." We use only the finest ingredients and our solution contains the maximum concentration of DHA recommended by top cosmetic formulators. Our solution is a globally approved formulation which means that it contains no ingredient deemed harmful by any country, including the US.
ALOE VERA is an amazing plant with a wide ability to aid in the healing of skin, to protect, moisturize, and even extend life. It was used in ancient times for medicinal purposes, and its relevancy has not diminished today. Aloe Vera is a cellular regenerator and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects.
GLYCERIN has over 1500 known uses including many applications as an ingredient or processing aid in cosmetics. Glycerin is an humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin.
WHITE TEA EXTRACT has been proven to have effectiveness in boosting the immune function of skin cells and protecting them against the damaging effects of the sun. The discovery that white tea extract protects the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage adds another important element in the battle against skin cancer. They also found that the DNA damage that can occur in cells after exposure to sunlight was limited in skin cells protected by the white tea extract. Researchers believe that white tea extract's anti-oxidant properties are the reason the extract was so effective, if so, it also suggest that the agent may provide anti-aging benefits. The same process of oxidative stress in skin cells that leads to immune system damage can also promote skin cancer and photo damage, such as wrinkling or mottled pigmentation.
GRAPE SEED EXTRACT is an extremely effective anti-oxidant, which is up to 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E and 30 times more powerful that Vitamin C when it comes to fighting health threatening "free radicals." Grape Seed Extract also supports tissues containing collagen and elastin, and revitalizes aging skin. Some researchers also believe that grape seed extract helps Vitamin C enter cells, thus strengthening the cell membranes and protecting the cells from oxidative damage.
CITRIC ACID is a common ingredient in cosmetics. Vitamin C in general is thought an antioxidant that can help refresh skin and reduce the look of aging by promoting new skin growth and destroying free radicials. One of the best benefits of citric acid in all applications is that it is natural and poses little to no risk to the environment. Very few people are allergic to citric acid damage.
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
Shower, shave and exfoliate using oil-free products.
Do not apply body or face moisturizer right before your session.
Wear loose-fitting, dark clothing.
Try to make us last on your list! Schedule hair/spa treatments and workouts prior to appointment.
Do your best to remain dry for the first 6-8 hours following your session.
When showering, lightly wash and shave, pat skin dry and moisturize afterwards. Our favorite is coconut oil!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Although you may feel slightly sticky during the hour following your tan, feel free to go about your normal daily routine. Remember to stay dry and avoid touching your skin to ensure that your tan dries flawlessly. Your tan will begin to darken over the next 2-3 hours. You may shower lightly after 8 hours, allowing some of the “cosmetic” tan to wash off, and letting your beautiful dark, golden glow appear. Limit exposure to pools and hot tubs, as this may fade your tan and note that the solution is water soluble and will wash out of clothes and sheets.