Waxing 101

Why Wax?
Waxing is a form of hair removal that removes the entire hair from the hair follicle. Warm wax is applied to the skin and enters the hair follicle allowing the hair to be pulled from the root. The wax is either removed with a cloth strip or it hardens and is removed by hand. Because the entire hair is removed, skin is left very smooth.

Waxing vs Shaving?
With consistent waxing hair grows back finer, thinner and slower.  Shaving cuts the hair off at the surface of the skin, causing stubble to be felt in a few days.  Often times shaving causes ingrown hairs, bumps and irritation. Hair quantity and thickness stay the same with shaving.

Will it hurt?
While everyone tolerates pain differently, a short stinging sensation is to be expected when the strip is pulled.   To minimize discomfort taking ibuprofen at least 20 minutes before your treatment may help as long as this doesn't contradict what your doctor has told you.  If you are a female client we recommend scheduling your appointment within two weeks after your cycle.  Pregnancy also increases sensitivity. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can stimulate, making you more sensitive and increases the redness after waxing.  Continuous waxing causes finer and less hair therefore waxing becomes less painful.

How often should I wax?
Generally it depends on the individual and how fast the hair grows on the area being waxed.  For best results hair should be at least 1/4".  On average every four weeks is recommended for body waxing and every 3 weeks for facial hair.

Waxing and Medications.... Is it okay?
We care about your skin and there are medications may cause contradictions.  Some of them are: Accutane, Retin-A, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, Tazorac Avage, Differin, Strivectin, Renova, Proactive, Avita, benzyl peroxide & salicylic acid.  Please let us know immediately if you are on any medications and if you have any doubt it's always a good idea to check with your doctor.  Also be aware that chemical peels, laser, and micro-dermabrasion can also affect skin integrity.

How long will I be red?
Your skin may be sensitive following your wax.  Any red bumps or irritation typically subsides after a few hours.  Avoid sun exposure and tanning, hotbeds & saunas, heavy lotions and exfoliation for 48 hours following your wax.

How do I prevent ingrowns?
Ingrown hairs result from fine hairs that can't push through the skin's surface resulting in inflammation.  The best way to prevent them is to exfoliate using a scrub or mitt between appointments.

What kind of wax do you use?
We use 2 different types of wax. For the face and more sensitive areas of the body, we use a hard wax that shrink wraps and hardens around the hair and lifts from the skin creating a less painful removal. We use a more traditional soft wax for larger body areas such as legs, arms, chest, and back and it is removed by using a cloth strip.

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