Tips & Tricks
Before Your Wax
You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto, we recommend 1/4 of an inch. That is about 2-3 weeks of growing it after shaving.
Take an Ibuprofen or Advil 30-45 minutes before your appointment if you are worried about pain.
While the skin on the face is generally exfoliated enough in terms of waxing, the body needs a little help. A somewhat gritty body scrub will help rid dead cells around skin pores and hair follicles, providing an easier exit. Shower and lightly exfoliate your entire bikini area the day before your appointment using warm, not hot water. Make sure you are extra clean.
Some people may have a skin allergy to the ingredients of the wax. Ask your Esthetician to perform a skin test if you are highly sensitive.
Ladies: Time of Month
Your skin is the most sensitive the time near your menstrual cycle and waxing can be more painful than normal. Your appointment shouldn't be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period. However you can still wax if you are on your period, just keep in mind it can cause more discomfort.
Smoking and regular caffeine and alcohol consumption creates a lot of acid in the body’s system. You might benefit from taking something like Tums 20 minutes before your service to reduce acidity and therefore reduce skin’s sensitivity.
Don’t drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol. While having wine or beer before getting waxed sounds like a great idea, stimulants in the system can cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing.
Give yourself a couple of hours after drinking coffee or alcohol before getting waxed. Instead, drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and skin.
After Your Wax
Avoid for first 24 Hours
Makeup, if the face is waxed
Deodorant with aluminum.
Salt Glow or stimulating body or facial treatments.
Care in first 48 Hours
Do not use any exfoliating products, especially ones containing acids, since they might further irritate your skin.
Showers are better than bathes. Use only lukewarm water-not hot.
No saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools or other heated sources.
Do not expose treated area to ultra-violet rays indoor or outdoor. For your own protection always wear sunscreen.
Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours.
To avoid ingrown hairs don’t wear tight clothes for the next couple of days.
Resist touching freshly waxed skin, especially on the face, as this may encourage irritation and some breakouts.
Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24-48 hours.
To avoid ingrown hair exfoliate waxed area (starting after 48 hours since treatment) twice-three times a week to get rid of dead skin layer, so your hair can grow above skin surface.
Also applying ingrown hair solution will help maintain smooth skin (our licensed Estheticians can recommend what’s best for your skin type. If you purchase over the counter products make sure they are paraben free).
Avoid any harsh topical creams (Retinol, Retin-A, Differerin)
Because of different hair growth cycles, sometimes the very first wax may already grow some stubble after a couple of days. It’s not the hair waxed already growing, but it’s another cycle that was still in the skin during waxing. Be patient, it takes 3-4 consistent waxes (recommend every 4 weeks) to get all of the hair on the same growth cycle. It gets better and easier every time you wax especially if you don’t shave in between.