What to Expect
Before the service...
- Do not shave, buzz, or trim for at least 3-4 weeks to ensure your hair is long enough for the wax to be able to grip. For facial waxing, hair should be 1/8-inch long and body hair should be about 1/4-inch long to 1/2-inch long to achieve a smooth, clean removal. It should be about the length of a grain of rice or longer. If you are currently waxing, wait at least 2-4 weeks (from last wax) to book an appointment for facial waxing and 3-6 weeks for body waxing.
- Exfoliate your skin 1-2 days before your appointment. This helps the wax to better grip the hair and helps prevent the wax from sticking and possibly lifting your skin.
- It is recommended that ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medicine be taken 30 minutes prior to your appointment. This could help reduce any inflammation, swelling, or redness that could occur.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before your appointment. Caffeine and alcohol are stimulants and can increase sensitivity.
- No tanning for 24 hours before your appointment. This includes sun and salon tanning. Waxing has an exfoliating effect on the skin and can increase sensitivity and make you more susceptible to sunburn.
- If you have recently had a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, you need to wait 7 days before waxing.
- Any area with sunburn, irritated areas, or open skin will not be waxed.
- Moles will not be waxed over, but they can be waxed around.
- When you come to your appointment, make sure that the area being waxed is clean. If the area is not clean, when the hair is pulled out of the follicle from waxing, bacteria can spread. Also, when the area is clean, it allows for easy removal of the hair.
- It is recommended to wear loose clothing to your appointment.
- Do not be nervous! You are in good hands. We are very experienced with all types of hair and people of every size and ethnicity. We will guide you through the entire process and make sure you leave happy!
During the service...
- Some areas will definitely be exposed! For areas being waxed that are usually covered in clothing, you will be asked to remove clothing.
- Your esthetician will be present in the room at all times. Yes, even when you are undressing. She will turn her back to give you a bit of privacy.
- First, the skin will be prepped with a pre-wax cleanser and oil, as needed.
- Depending on the body part, you may have powder applied to prep you as well to help absorb any excess moisture.
- Both the oil and the powder will act as a barrier between your hair and your skin so the wax only removes the hair.
- Then you will be waxed with a cream wax that is gentle on the skin, yet highly effective for hair removal.
- Lastly, your skin will be pampered with a soothing and healing after-wax balm.
After the service...
- Your skin could stay red and tender anywhere from 30 minutes to 48 hours after your service.
- No sun or tanning for at least 48 hours after your service. Since waxing is a form of exfoliation, it could increase your risk for sunburn.
- No extreme heat for 24 hours; could cause irritation and sensitivity.
- No gym or sex for 24 hours. Sweat and friction make your body more susceptible to outside bacteria that can potentially cause an infection, bumps, or more sensitivity.
- Wear loose clothing for up to 24 hours after.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! This is the step you do not want to miss. Your paying for the area to look good, so let's keep it that way! Exfoliating is going to help prevent unsightly ingrown hairs and bumps. After waxing, dead skin can build up and trap hairs. This prevents the hair from growing out. Instead, they grow back into the skin which results in bumps and redness. Use a chemical or physical exfoliant every day to help eat away at dead skin cells and keep the area smooth. Wait at least two days after waxing to start exfoliating.
- You may experience bumps or pimples. Don't panic! These are temporary and will fade within 72 hours.
- Be sure to moisturize your skin. This helps keep skin healthy and helps the wax remove the hair easier.
- Do not shave between appointments. We will work to get your hair in a good growth pattern and shaving can disrupt that.
- Come back and see us every 2-6 weeks! Waxing consistently makes your hair grow back finer, softer, and not as quickly. Plus, when you miss appointments you will be giving your hair roots time to thicken back up and this is what causes pain when removing the hair. Stay on schedule with your hair removal services and waxing will get very easy and almost painless!