WAX ON

Let’s Be Honest with One Another…

Waxing hurts- mostly (and sometimes only) the first time.  This is because you are pulling out 100% of the hair, your nerves are on edge, and you don’t know what to expect. Thankfully, it is a quick, temporary sting that stops hurting right away. Follow the tips below and you’ll be fine. We promise- the next time is much easier! Hair will grow back- but it will be less dense, less thick and will take much longer. Eventually your body will stop fueling those pesky hair papillae (what feeds the hair bulbs) and exert it’s effort on other body functions.

 

Most importantly, it’s absolutely normal to feel anxious. You are safe in our hands! Waxing has been around for centuries and continues to be updated as new products and techniques are developed. Plus, one of the greatest aspects about waxing is that once the time comes that waxing isn’t your thing anymore, you won’t be hairless forever!

 

 

Q. How long do I have to let my hair grow out?
As long as possible. Seriously, the longer the better… 3-4 weeks or 1/2 inch–whichever is longer. The more follicles/roots that are pulled, the cleaner the wax, the longer it is going to last and the happier you are going to be! You will notice after waxing regularly, you can go longer in-between waxes.

 

Q.How long will it last?
In order to keep the hair coming in at a reduced rate, you should come in about every 4 weeks, especially the first 3 waxes. Everyone is different, of course – a normal range is 3-6 weeks depending on your tolerance of hair & speed of growth. The level of discomfort will go down each time!

 

Q.Are there any topical creams or medications that I should avoid prior to getting waxed?
Yes! Internal Medication such as Accutane and topicals that include Retin-A, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, Renova, Avita, ProActive and Benzoyl Peroxide to name a few. All of the above mentioned can enhance skin sensitivity that could lead to lifting of the skin when removing hair. Please for your safety and well-being, disclose to us if you are using any mediation or going through any medical treatment that can cause topical sensitivities.

 

Q.Are there any age restrictions on waxing?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old or have parental approval to be waxed.

 

Q. Is it OK to shave between wax appointments?
Short answer: No. Long answer: waxing slows down and reduces hair growth. Hair also grows much thinner, making it easier to remove and less painful when waxed. Shaving just one time in between will negate all that is gained from waxing and can further irritate follicles which can cause ingrown hair. Please put down the razor!

 

Q.What can I do about ingrown hair?
Exfoliate in the shower. Try using an exfoliating  glove or towel (we sell them here) everyday or at least every other day to help keep your skin free from cell debris and buildup, which can trap hair. We also carry products which help to prevent and clear the skin of ingrown hair and red bumps – ask about them!

 

Q.What can I expect afterward?
The waxed skin might be tender for a couple of days. We advise taking Ibuprofen to decrease inflammation and skin sensitivity. Skin may break out in tiny bumps, especially when waxed for the first time. This reaction is normal and clears up quickly. We recommend applying Hydrocortisone cream to speed healing. A thin layer of Neosporin or alcohol can sometimes help if the bumps have a white head.

 

Q.  Can I tan before or after I get waxed?
You should wait 3-5 days to get waxed after you have tanned. You should never get waxed if you are sunburned or even if skin is pink. The very top layer of skin could pull off or “lift” which is painful and can result in scabbing. You should wait for 3 days after you have waxed to tan.

Waxed skin is more photosensitive and is more susceptible to burning.