- Why choose waxing over other hair removal services
- Can I still get WAXED if…
- We do not recommend waxing IF...
- Results last longer than shaving
- Less chance of getting ingrown hairs or rashes
- Lower cost than laser hair removal
- It is suitable for almost all skin and hair types; whereas with laser the color of your hair matters for the effectiveness as well as the type of laser they use
- Waxing has less of a chance of permanently burning the skin like laser hair removal can
- Although sugaring is all natural, it doesn’t remove all of the fine, vellus hairs like waxing can so you are often left with a less than flawless result
- I have a mole?
We avoid waxing over raised mole(s). We trim any hair coming from the area and wax around it, unless requested otherwise by you.
- I have varicose veins?
We recommend not waxing over prominent varicose veins because you risk exposing the vein, which can cause bleeding if it is close to the skin’s surface. We will only wax over varicose veins if you request and understand the risks.
- I have diabetes?
Yes, you can, but please put make us aware and know the risks involved.
- I’m on my period?
Of course; just be aware that hormones can affect skin sensitivity, and may make you more sensitive. We do recommend you wear a tampon during the service. Many clients are treated during their cycle with little effect, but only you know your body, so do what is best for you.
- I have ‘mature’ skin?
Absolutely, If you are taking any medications or using topical cosmetic products that cause skin sensitivity or skin thinning we cannot. These creams contain ingredients that make your skin “lift” which almost looks like a little burn mark. Ingredients in these products are retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids, tretinoin, bleaching agents like hydroquinone.
- I have done laser hair removal before?
We will welcome you back into the world of waxing with open arms! However, you must wait at least 2 – 3 weeks after your last laser hair removal session because the skin can still be quite sensitive from the laser treatment. Please note that waxing will lessen the effectiveness of laser hair removal because the laser needs to target the root of the hair, and waxing removes the hair from the root.
- You have a sunburn
- You have been or plan on being in the sun or tanning bed within 24 hours
- If you’ve recently had treatments such as: chemical peel, Dermabrasion, Microdermabrasion or cosmetic injections
- You are currently taking acne medication such as:
- Accutane (affects all body waxing), Retin-A (affects areas the cream is used on) or any other prescribed acne medication.
- GOOD NEWS… after 6 months of completing your acne medication, your skin will be less sensitive and less prone to scarring and you will be able to wax again!
- Consult your Doctor or Dermatologist about any other concerns.
What do I do before I wax?
- Take ibuprofen at least 20 minutes beforehand may help dull your pain receptors (as long as it’s not contraindicated by your doctor).
- The day of your waxing, limit your caffeine intake as it can stimulate the nervous system which can make you more sensitive and red.
- For females, try to schedule your appointment within the first 2 weeks after you have ended your cycle as this is when you are probably retaining the least amount of fluid, and should probably be the least sensitive. We will still wax our clients if they are on their cycle as long as they wear a tampon and know they will most likely be more sensitive.
- For body waxing treatments, please allow about 2 weeks of growth before your visit. Everyone’s hair grows at a different pace, but 2 weeks is a good rule-of-thumb. The longer the growth (within reason) will mean less tweezing and a cleaner wax. Your hair must be at least half the length of your pinky nail (go ahead… check your pinky!)
- If you do not wax or shave your hair at all, please do not trim. If trimming is needed we will do it for you.
- Do not apply self tanner, moisturizer, or any abrasive body or facial scrubs.
- Do not go sit in the sun or go to the tanning booth prior to your service.
- Discontinuing any product that exfoliates or dries the skin for at least 1 week prevents tears, scabbing or burning.
- Avoid getting spray tanned before any waxing procedure. Wax tends to lift the color off your skin leaving it patchy-looking.
- Some products that conflict with waxing are:
- Accutane, Differin, Retin A/Retinol, Glycolic acid/AHA’s, ProActive, Avita, Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid/ BHA’s Please note; new products come out every day, and these the most common products used. If you are in doubt, don’t use it or don’t wax.
What do I do after I wax?
Be sure to keep the waxed area clean, DON’T TOUCH, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 to 48 hours. This means:
- No hot baths or showers (washing with cool or lukewarm water is fine).
- No saunas, hot tubs or steam rooms.
- No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans).
- No sport, gym work or other exercise.
- Avoid touching the waxed skin with unwashed hands.
- Wear clean, loose fitting clothing.
- Avoid swimming.
- Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other than those recommended by your therapist.
Use an ingrown hair serum. We recommend Mancine ‘Ingrown Zone’, this is available in our salons.
- Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate! To ensure your next wax is smoother and prevent ingrown hairs, we suggest exfoliating every day in the shower. By doing this, dead skin and oils are removed from the surface of the skin so the hair is able to grow back evenly with minimal irritation.
Does waxing remove hair permanently?
No, it is a semi-permanent form of hair removal. No form of hair removal is permanent. Even with laser hair removal the hair has the potential to grow back. However, one of the greatest benefits of waxing regularly is that the hair starts to grow back thinner and at a slower rate!
How do I exfoliate?
Wet the desired area then using a sponge, loofah, scrub, brush or glove, rub in the opposite direction of hair growth. This ensures you do not confuse the hair but instead slough off dead skin cells and allow for the hair to grow in free of confusion, decreasing the chance of ingrown hairs!
How long do I have to wait to exfoliate after waxing?
We recommend you wait 24 hours before exfoliating because your pores have been opened when the hair was removed and your skin could still be sensitive.
What is an ingrown hair?
An ingrown hair is where the hair spirals, curls or grows different directions under the skin. It normally appears as a red or white bump or sometimes just appears under the skin but sideways. Shaving is typically the leading cause of ingrown hairs as it cuts the hair at the surface of the skin but does not remove the root.
Other causes of ingrowns hairs are:
- When clothing rubs against the skin after a hair removal service
- Clothing is too tight and rubbing against the skin on a normal basis
- Irritation from a product.
How do I get rid of ingrown hairs?
We recommend exfoliating daily and applying our Mancine Ingrown Hair Creams or Spray. Moisturize daily to keep your skin soft for easy hair growth.
When I wax I get red bumps, is this normal?
Yes, red bumps post-waxing are totally normal. When the hair is removed, it is being removed by the root and often times, the follicle can be so deep that it causes an initial shock, resulting in a red bump. The bumps shouldn’t last more than 24 – 48 hours. If you find the bump is more than an initial irritation and continues, appearing more like a rash, contact us.
How long will my skin stay red?
It depends on the person and the skin type. For most people the redness is mostly gone after 30 minutes to an hour. Avoid perfumes, scrubs and other irritants the day of your service. For brides or if you are going to a special occasion, We recommend waxing a month before to see how your skin reacts. If everything is fine, schedule another wax a day or two before your event
I got my eyebrows waxed once and some skin came off, why is that?
If you are using skin care products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) of any kind, these can cause the skin to lift while waxing. Another cause is aggressive exfoliation such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Prescription medication such as antibiotics, accutane, retin-a, renova, strivectin, proactive and avage can cause thinning of the skin which results in lifting during waxing. There are several factors and can be difficult to predict how every skin type will react no matter how many precautions are taken.
How long does the hair have to be in order to wax?
Hair should be about ¼ inch long for all bikini and body services. A good way to test this is to see if your hair covers at least half of your pinky fingernail.
How long will it take for my hair to grow back?
All hair types are different, but a good time range is 3- 4 weeks for most waxing services. The more you wax the thinner and lighter the hair becomes. Regular waxing will give you optimum results
Should I trim my hair before coming in?
Leave the trimming to us. Its better to have the hair too long then too short.
Can I shave in between waxes?
We recommend you do not shave in between waxes because it affects the consistency of your hair growth. Shaving also cuts the hair on the surface causing more of a chance for ingrown hairs.
Does waxing make your hair grow back thicker?
No. Waxing retards the hair follicle, which over time will reduce the hair growth.
“I’m worried it’s going to hurt, is there anything I can do?
There are several steps you can take to help ease the pain of waxing. Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Tylenol approximately 45 minutes prior to your appointment will help ease the discomfort. We also offer a numbing cream that can be applied 15 minutes before waxing to relieve the skin as well. We use high quality hypoallergenic waxes that were created for sensitive skin. We recommend you avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can stimulate, making you more sensitive and increase redness after waxing. Pregnancy also increases sensitivity.
“I’m not sure which Bikini service I want…”
Your Esthetician will help you understand the outcome of each bikini service. They will be able to customize it for you and make certain that you are happy with the results. If you think you may need some time to talk it over, just let us know so that we can block out the time to go over your concerns. You are also welcome to call or email us with any questions you may have. There are also descriptions of our bikini waxes available for your review under our ‘bikini wax menu.’