Waxing Frequently Asked Questions
A key component to successful waxing is appropriate education regarding general waxing practices, pre-waxing preparation and post-waxing care. The following FAQs are provided to help answer any questions you may have regarding your waxing experience. If you have questions not addressed on this FAQ listing, please do not hesitate to contact me as I want to ensure that all of your questions are answered accurately.
Does waxing hurt?
It's certainly no massage, but it's not exactly torture either. Every person reacts differently to waxing, as we all have different sensitivity levels. Different areas of the body will hurt more than others on certain people. While I can't promise it won't hurt, I will do my best to make you comfortable and make the waxing as quick and painless as possible.
How long does the hair have to be before I can get waxed?
It depends on the area being waxed. For body hair, it should be around 1/2" for best results, or about 10-14 days of growth. For facial hair, it should be at least 1/4" long, approximately the length of a grain of rice. I know for shavers this can be even more painful than getting the wax itself! If you feel your hair is too long, don’t fret, the longer the hair, the better the wax will grab it and the smoother your results will be.
How can I make waxing less painful?
To make waxing a little less painful, make sure to gently exfoliate 24 hours prior to your waxing appointment. This can be done easily with exfoliating gloves or a bath brush, which can both be found at most retail stores in the cosmetics department. You can also take a pain reliever with anti-inflammatory components 30 minutes prior to your appointment. The more often you get waxed, the softer the hair will grow back in, making it less painful to remove. To allow for easier removal, try to schedule your waxes on a regular basis, usually every 4-6 weeks, before the hair gets too long. No-Scream Cream is a product we recommend that when used properly will help ease discomfort from waxing up to 80%.
Does my medication affect my waxing?
It certainly can!! Certain medications and products thin out the skin making it more likely for you to peel or burn during your waxing session. If you are unsure if your medication will affect your skin, please call me or the salon before you come in.
Can I get waxed while I am on my period?
Sure, just know you are more sensitive just before and during your period. Women in this line of business usually are not squeamish, myself included. So just simply wear a fresh tampon and if you would like, you can take a pain reliever to help fight the extra sting during this time.
I have a special occasion coming up and have never been waxed. Are there any special instructions?
Whether you want a premarital wax or just a vacation-ready bikini line, I recommend you plan to have at least two waxes before the event. This will ensure you do not have any reactions to the wax before the big day. It also gets the first wax – which is the most uncomfortable – out of the way. The second wax will also provide a much smoother, cleaner result with less post-wax tenderness. If you don’t have time to squeeze in two waxing sessions then go at least three to four days prior to your special occasion.
Why does my skin get red, irritated or bumpy after waxing?
This doesn't happen all the time, or to everyone, but slight irritation is completely normal and should disappear within 24-48 hours. If this should happen, do not be alarmed. This is called a histamine reaction. It is an indication that the hairs have been removed from the follicle and it is quite normal after a treatment and will go away within a day or two. An allergy pill or anti-histamine can help decrease a histamine reaction. It's very common the first couple times you wax, but will subside over time.
Can I tan after being waxed?
You should avoid tanning for 24-48 hours after waxing due to new skin being exposed, your susceptibility to burning is much higher. Also, do not come in right after a fresh spray tan because the wax will take it right off.
Is there anything special I should do to care for my skin after being waxed?
Avoid... Hot showers, saunas & Pools (24 hrs)
Avoid… Working out & Excessive sweating (24 hrs)
Avoid… Direct sunlight & Tanning (24 hrs)
Avoid… Sexual contact, after any intimate waxing (24 hrs)
Do Not… Shave or use Nair between appointments
Always… Exfoliate regularly to avoid ingrown hairs
Always… Wear loose fitting clothing and avoid friction in waxed areas
What should I use to exfoliate?
There are two different types of exfoliation, manual exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Manual exfoliation involves using mildy abrasive tools like exfoliating wash gloves or sponges as well as exfoliating products like grainy scrubs. Chemical exfoliation means using acid-rich or enzyme-based products to help gently exfoliate your skin. They work by dissolving the bonds between the skin cells to stimulate the shedding process.
Here are a few products we recommend to use to exfoliate inbetween waxing:
How often should I get waxed?
This is a tricky one because when it comes to the hair re-growth cycle we are not all created equal. Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, sometimes depending on hormones, medications, ethnicity, etc. Typically, facial waxing can be done every 2-3 weeks. Body waxing, however, can usually be done about every 4-6 weeks.
“I just got waxed a few days ago and there’s already hair growing back! I thought waxing lasted longer than shaving…”
This is a very common reaction which frustrates both the client and me, but I promise, it’s normal and unfortunately just the way our body works. Our hair grows in multiple stages, meaning that there isn’t just one hair growing in each follicle. So even though a hair has been removed from the follicle, there is still hair growing in that follicle which, sadly, may show its head in just a few days. While the hair is in the follicle, there is often another one growing just below it, pushing out the old hair to make room for the new. So, it is because of this that hair can reappear so quickly. So why not wait until it’s all in the same growth stage to pull it out? Because it’s physically impossible to determine what growth stage every hair is in. And even if we did catch them all closely together, there is always one coming up behind it. However, it is possible to slow down the growth with frequent waxing. How? When a hair is pulled out in the Telogen phase, one will appear quite quickly because that hair was already separated from its root and just resting. When we are able to pull out a hair by the root (yes, those painful ones), it will take longer for it to grow back because we have interrupted the growth cycle and not allowed it to complete. When that hair starts to grow back, it will be much finer. If it is pulled out before the roots get a chance to grow too strong, the follicle can eventually become “damaged” and stop growing the hair. The more often you get waxed, the weaker the hair will become, resulting in less painful waxing, and eventually less hair growth and less frequent waxing visits!
When can't I wax?
We cannot wax you if you fall under any of the following categories:
You are using any Retinol products i.e. Retin A, Renova etc. on the area being waxed.
You are using Acne medications or Accutane.
You are on antibiotics or have taken antibiotics recently.
You have any kind of sunburn, laser burn, pustules or breakouts on the area to be waxed.
You are diabetic. However, we can wax you if you supply a doctor’s note saying it’s okay for you to wax.
We ask that you discreetly disclose any and all medical conditions you have before we wax you, especially any STDs. Also, please freshen up before your appointment. Although we always prep the skin before we wax, we cannot apply wax to skin if it has debris on it.
What is double dipping?
Double dipping is when the technician dips the waxing stick back into the wax vat after using it on you or someone else – possibly allowing the spread of bacteria. I dip each stick into the wax only once and then throw it in the trash, so the wax being applied is always sterile. My clients can enjoy their clean, smooth skin without the worries of going to a hairy, scary spa. Make sure when you are getting your wax, there is no re-dippity-do-da!
Do you use hard or soft wax?
We use both types of wax for bikini and Brazilian waxing services. Our waxes are designed for use on sensitive skin yet are capable of removing even the most stubborn and coarse hair. We have found using a combination of waxes yields the best results for effective hair removal and maximum client comfort.