Q: I've never been waxed before. What should I do to prepare?
A: In order to make your wax as comfortable and flawless as possible, make sure the hair is at least 1/4" long, like a grain of rice, or long enough to pick up with the tips of your fingers - whichever gauge is easiest for you to remember. Other than trimming or growing out your hair, please arrive at your appointment fresh and clean! I won't trim you. It's a sanitation thing - if the A/C kicks on, I don't want your little hairs going flying! Just take care of it when you take your pre-appointment shower.
If you are extremely sensitive, you may wish to take an over the counter pain reliever ahead of time, although this is not usually necessary.
If you use any topical acne medications or other medicines that may thin or irritate your skin (ie: Retinol creams, benzoyl peroxide, etc.) you must STOP using them for a week before and a week after you wax.
DO NOT TAN. Really, ever. But at the very least for 48 hours before a wax. Actual UV tanning can cause inflammation under the skin which makes you a lot more prone to problems with waxing. Fake/spray tanning will come right off with the wax, so no sense in waxing right after a spray-on.
Q: Will getting waxed hurt?
A: This is a little like asking someone if getting a tattoo hurts. Everyone's answer is different, and the people who say "not at all" and act tough are faking it. When you get waxed, I am ripping your hair out from way down at the root. This is great, because it is going to grow back finer, the root will become weaker and hurt less to pull in the future, and some hairs won't grow back at all. For all that benefit, and a sting that lasts for only a second, I'd say it's worth it.
Smaller areas and less sensitive areas of the body hurt less. It's pretty much common sense stuff. Don't worry about it. I'll take great care of you.
Make sure you're hydrated and got a good night's sleep, too. Stress, sleep deprivation, and dehydration can all make you more sensitive.
Q: What do I do after I wax?
A: Immediately after your wax, I will put a soothing serum on your skin. After that, it's really important that you keep the area clean for the rest of the day and ideally that night. Don't go swimming, go straight to the gym, or keep touching your legs to feel how silky they are after a wax -- just leave the depilated area alone. If it's a super hot and sweaty afternoon, as it often is here in Texas, go ahead and rinse off with a cool shower before bed.
DO NOT TAN. Really, ever. But at the very least for 48 hours after a wax. Your dead skin cells come off with the hair, leaving you ever so slightly more prone to burning, and a freshly waxed but sunburned bikini line is not cute.
Q: What are some reasons a person shouldn't wax?
A: Medications that thin your skin or dry you out are bad news for waxing. Ask your doctor if you're not sure. Here's a list of things to be careful of:
WARNING: Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
- Accutane (Acne medication) - You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.
- Adapalene (Acne medication)
- Alustra (Retin A)
- Avage (See Tazorac - Acne medication)
- Avita (See Retin A)
- Differin (Acne medication)
- Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
- Renova (See Retin A)
- Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
- Tazarac (Acne medication)
- Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
- Tretinoin (See Retin A)
CAUTION: If you are currently using any of the following, you must let me know. These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.
- Other Acne medications not listed above
- Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)
- Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)
- Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair
- Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
- Oral Antibiotics
- Topical Antibiotics
- Salicylic Acid
- Other exfoliants
PRECAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS: Please read these valuable guidelines.
- Sunburned, irritated or areas with open skin cannot be waxed.
- Moles cannot be waxed.
- You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or Microdermabrasion.
- Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.
- Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
- Waxing cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years.
- If irritation should occur, recommend you use an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to keep the area continually moist to avoid infection and scabbing.
- No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a waxing treatment. Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators. Wait 2-3 days to wax before/after tanning with accelerators.
- No hot baths for 24 hours following a body waxing treatment.
- No abrasives for 24 hours following a waxing treatment.
- No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm waxing treatment.
- Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their menses.
- Diabetic people should ask their doctor before getting waxed, due to potentially compromised healing and sensation.
Q: Can I get a bikini/Brazilian wax on my period?
A: Yep. I just ask that if you are getting a bikini wax on your cycle, you come in wearing a clean tampon. This can also be a more sensitive time to wax, so take an OTC pain reliever before you head over if you think you need to.
Q: I was shaving but want to try waxing. What do I do?
A: As mentioned above, your hair MUST be at least 1/4" long in order to come up with the wax. If you have been shaving, you should probably wait between 2 and 4 weeks to wax after your last shave, depending on your rate of growth. If you're just switching to waxing, it can take a couple of rounds before we can get all the hair, since each follicle's growth cycle is not synchronized with the rest. That means if you want a perfectly smooth bikini wax for your wedding/honeymoon/spring break/summer vacation, you're going to want to plan 2-3 waxes, 3-4 weeks apart for optimal results!
Q: Will you put a numbing cream on me?
A: Nah. You won't need it. Plus they're messy, you might be allergic to something in them, they can cause reactions, etc. But most importantly, you won't need it.
Q: What if I get ingrown hairs?
A: Don't pick. Never pick. Everyone has different ways of dealing with pesky ingrowns. My favorites are a really great body wash (I'll pick one to carry in the shop soon!) and a shower/loofah glove every few days, exfoliating gently in circles, and following it up with Serious Serum. Did I mention NOT to pick?