WAXING TIPS & FACTS
Allow 2 weeks of hair growth (about ¼ inch). The wax needs something to grab onto! If in doubt, always opt for hair being too long and allow your esthetician to trim if necessary.
Prep skin 1 day prior to appointment with gentle exfoliation. Regular exfoliation (2-3x a week) will give maximum results on waxing day.
Shower before waxing. Clean skin prevents bacteria.
Some people find taking an anti-inflammatory, such as Ibuprofen, 30 minutes prior to waxing eases discomfort.
DO NOT book appointment for facial waxing while using RetinA or any other products containing AHA.
DO NOT book appointment for facial waxing within 2 weeks of having a peel or other invasive (aggressive) facial treatment.
DO NOT tan or sunbathe 24 hours before or after waxing. Wait a minimum of 24 hours after waxing to get a spray tan.
DO NOT book an appointment for waxing of any body part that is sunburned.
DO NOT engage in strenuous activities that cause sweating and/or friction 24-48 hours after waxing (this especially applies to bikini/Brazilian area) as this invites bacteria to freshly waxed skin, increasing the chance of bumps, breakouts and ingrown hairs.
DO NOT wear tight clothing around waxed area or use pools, hot tubs or swim in ocean and lakes for 24 hours after waxing. Your skin is more susceptible to bacteria and infection during the first day of freshly waxed skin.
DO NOT shave between waxing services. This makes the hair more resistant for future waxing services.
DO NOT wax a new area for the first time before a big event. You never know how your skin will react or behave and you don’t want to spoil an important day!
3 days after wax, begin exfoliating waxed area with a gentle appropriate scrub. This will prevent ingrown hairs.
Use an after waxing treatment cream that prohibits bacteria and ingrown hairs. We recommend Finipil.
Keep your skin properly hydrated and moisturized. Supple skin allows for a more comfortable waxing service.
Stick to it! Regularly scheduled waxing appointments (every 2-4 weeks depending on hair growth cycle) allow for smooth, soft skin year round.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often do I need to wax?
How often you need to wax depends on how quickly your hair grows. Generally it will be every 3 to 6 weeks, or when the hair is between ¼ and ½ inch long.
Will waxing make the hair grow back thicker, darker or heavier?
No, it will not. Waxing removes the hair by the root, sometimes weakening the root in the process. Therefore, if anything, waxing may make the hair finer and sparser with repeated regular waxing. As time marches on, normal changes in our bodies can bring with them unwelcome or thicker hair in new places and sparser hair in others. Waxing will not change this process.
What is a normal skin reaction to waxing?
It is normal for your skin to show redness after waxing. Some skin is more sensitive than others and reactions may range from no redness at all to very red. The first time you wax an area, or if it has been a while since your last waxing, you will probably experience some redness and sensitivity afterwards. This usually subsides within a few hours, or for very sensitive skin, within 24 hours.
What can I put on my skin after waxing?
To prevent clogged pores, it is best not to put any heavy lotions on the skin after waxing. Witch hazel, aloe vera gel, diluted pure lavender or blue chamomile essential oil may be used to soothe the skin. It is recommended to wait 24 hours before applying antiperspirant to underarms after waxing that area.
Can I wax the day of a special occasion?
We recommend waxing one or two days before a special occasion to avoid any lingering redness.
STAGES OF HAIR GROWTH
All hair has 4 main stages of growth that are important to understand in order to get the best results from your waxing appointment. The stages of growth are the same for all people, regardless of hair type, texture or color.
The four stages of growth are: Anagen, Catagen, Telogen and Exogen. At any one time, different body hairs, even on the same area of the body may be in different stages of growth. For this reason, it may take 2-4 waxing appointments to achieve maximum hair removal and smoothness from your waxing services.
Stage 1: Anagen
This is the growing stage when the hair shaft is at its’ strongest. It can last as short as 4 weeks for brows and as long as 4 months on legs and bikini area. This is the best time to get waxed, as this is the time the follicle will shrink, causing less hair regrowth.
Stage 2: Catagen
During this stage, the hair shaft separates from the papilla (its’ “food source”), stops growing and moves upward out of the skin.
Stage 3: Telogen
This is the final stage of hair growth, lasting 6 weeks to 6 months depending on the area of the body it is growing on. If you wax during the Telogen stage, you will see quicker regrowth because new hairs below are already growing and ready to push out the new hairs beneath.
Stage 4: Exogen
This is when the old hair sheds and new hair continues the cycle.