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Frequently Asked Questions Series: All About Waxing…

I get asked a lot of the same questions every day regarding various waxing services. Here are my answers to some of the most common questions I get.

Do you use hard wax or strip wax?

I use both. More and more clients are becoming aware of the advantages of hard wax over strip wax when it comes to pain and irritation. Hard wax is indeed less irritating to the skin and most people find it to be less painful.

always use hard wax on the face, the underarms and the labia with brazilian waxes unless otherwise needed. I do use strip wax for larger areas of the body. I offer a choice of having only hard wax used for the bikini/brazilian wax, but there is an increased charge.

Why is waxing better than shaving?

When you wax, the entire hair shaft is removed, root and all, rather than cutting it off at the surface of the skin like you do when you shave. This leaves your skin super smooth with no stubble. Waxing also lasts much longer than shaving, and the hair grows back thinner and finer with repeated treatments.

Does waxing hurt?

In General, Yes! Although all of us have a different pain tolerance, so the level of discomfort will vary according to your threshold for pain. Most clients will experience a decrease in pain when they consistently wax over a period of time without shaving in between.

Is there anything I can do to help with the pain?

Taking a mild pain killer 30-45 minutes prior to waxing will help a little with the pain. There are also topical numbing creams available that you can apply 30 minutes before your appointment. Avoid caffeine before waxing. If you are female, avoiding waxing the week before and of you period will reduce sensitivity. Taking these steps will decrease the amount of pain you experience, but nothing makes waxing completely pain free.

How long will waxing last?

The answer to this question varies from person to person. We all have different rates of hair growth, and some body areas grow back more quickly than others. Your hair has various cycles of growth as well, so you want to make sure all of your hair is grown out prior to waxing, or else the hair that was not long enough to be removed will grow in a matter of days. For most people results will last from 3-7 weeks.

Will I experience irritation from waxing?

Yes. Again, this answer varies from person to person. Clients who have very fine hair will usually experience a slight redness and tingling sensation similar to a sunburn for a few hours after waxing. Those who have very coarse hair can also experience raised bumps around the hair follicle and redness for up to 48 hours. Sometimes waxing coarse hair in very sensitive areas can result in  small blood spots from the hair follicle. Usually, facial waxing results in minimal irritation while areas waxed on the body will have a longer recovery period.

How long should my hair be for waxing?

The best bet is about half an inch. For most people, this means waiting two weeks after shaving before you wax. Again, you want to make sure that all of the hair is long enough, not just some of it.

I am using Retin A/Tretinoin/ Differin/ Obagi/ Tri-Luma/Hydroquinone/ Accutane/Isotretinoin, or one of the many other prescription skin care products. Can I still wax?

If you use a topical prescription cream, you can still wax. However, you will want to discontinue use for a week prior to your appointment and several days after. Even then, you may experience more irritation than you would if you were not using one at all. Clients who are using accutane/isotretinoin cannot, under any circumstances, wax until they have discontinued use for at least six months. Waxing while taking accutane can result in dramatic tearing of the skin because it is so compromised by this medication.

Can I tan if I wax?

You will want to avoid tanning for 48 hours prior to and after waxing. Waxing recently tanned skin can result in peeling and irritation. If you use a sunless tanner or get spray tanned be advised that waxing will remove the tan in those areas because it also removes a thin layer of dead skin cells.

I want to get waxed for my wedding/prom/vacation. Any advice?

When waxing for a special occasion, the most important thing is that you wax at least once well in advance of the big event. Everyone is different, and while reactions are rare, you don’t want to find out that you have a reaction to waxing the day before your wedding! I recommend waxing once six weeks before the big day, and then again 3 days prior. Please remember that you do not want to tan 48 hours before and after waxing services and plan accordingly.

Will I get ingrown hairs from waxing?

Those of us who are prone to ingrown hairs will experience them no matter what hair removal method we use. In My experience, most people get less ingrown hairs from waxing than shaving. To help with ingrown hairs, use a scrub three times a week in the area that is prone to getting them. Also, try a topical salicylic acid solution like Ingrown X-it, Tend Skin, No Bump or Bikini Zone used daily. This should be used as a preventative as well as to treat existing ingrowns. Moisturizing you skin in conjunction to using the above techniques is important as well.

My Child wants to get waxed, what age is acceptable to start?

For facial waxing, anywhere from 10-12 years of age is quite normal. Most pre-teens just need a little waxing in between the brows to clean up stray hairs. Body waxing can be started anytime the child/parents are comfortable with it. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a parent for their appointment, and I do not offer brazilian waxing to those under the age of 18 without parental permission.

What is the difference in bikini/brazilian waxes?

A classic bikini wax only removes the area of hair outside a standard bathing suite. A partial brazilian goes in quite a bit farther, leaving about a 2 inch wide strip on the top, but leaves the hair on all genital areas. A full brazilian removes the hair from all genital areas and the anus. Some people choose to remove all the hair from the top, while others leave a small strip or triangle.

Do you offer Brazilian waxing for men?

I do not offer brazilian waxes for men at this time.

I am overweight/have stretch marks/or am otherwise uncomfortable with my body. Should I still consider body waxing?

Absolutely! As an Esthetician, I work with people from all backgrounds and of all shapes and sizes. I see half dressed bodies all day long, and the last thing I am doing while performing a service is judging you! Try scheduling a smaller service, like a brow wax first, and see if you feel comfortable.

How should I care for freshly waxed skin?

Avoid touching the area that has just been waxed, since bacteria from your fingers can easily be transferred into your hair follicles, causing breakouts. For facial waxing, avoid makeup for several hours. For body waxing, wear loose fitting clothing. Avoid heavy workouts, sun exposure, very hot baths or fragranced lotions for 48 hours. With brazilian waxing, you will want to avoid sexual intercourse for 48 hours as well. Keep the skin clean with a mild soap and water, and apply neosporin if your skin feels irritated.

I want my clients to feel comfortable asking me anything. If I have missed something, please let me know!

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