What Would Prevent Me From Getting Waxed?
Contagious skin conditions will prevent us from waxing the affected area until the condition has completely cleared. If you are using skin care products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acids of any kind, these can cause the skin to lift while waxing.
Another area of caution is aggressive exfoliation of the skin, such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels.
Prescription medications such as antibiotics, Acutane, or topical ointments such as Retin-A or Renova can cause the skin to thin and lift while being waxed. Other products to keep in mind are Strivectin, Proactiv, Avita and Avage. Clients taking Roaccutane must wait 6 months after finishing their medication before receiving a waxing treatment.
We are also unable to remove hair from skin that is sunburned, chafed or broken, or skin that has been treated with steroid cream within the last 3 months. Keep in mind that it’s difficult to predict how skin will react, no matter how many precautions are taken. You should avoid making a waxing appointment after a spray tan, suntan or solarium treatment.
1. Grow out your hair for four weeks
Yes, four. As hard as that may be, we recommend against coming in for a wax unless your hair is a quarter of an inch long. Think about it this way: The shorter the hair, the harder the pull, because short hair is denser.
2. Pop an Advil before your appointment
Or a pain reliever of your choice. Anything that will make the skin less inflamed.
3. Don’t Schedule five days before or five days after your period
Your body will be more sensitive, so it’s best to get your wax done outside of this time frame. We understand that this can be annoying, as it limits your optimal appointment times to about half the month. We understand that sometimes you don't have that scheduling flexibility —but first-timers should make a serious effort to schedule outside of that timeframe.
4. Exfoliate the night or morning before your wax
Using a sugar scrub will help remove dead skin cells and is key to a clean wax and fewer ingrown hairs. If your skin isn’t doing a great job of shedding on its own, it can trap hairs underneath, so the wax procedure won't be as effective. However, we advise you not to exfoliate until two or three weeks after waxing your bikini area, as it can irritate the skin.
5. Work out before your wax, but not after
If you sweat on skin that’s freshly waxed in tight yoga pants, there’s no hair to absorb the sweat and the friction will cause irritation.
6. Get your wax at least three days before you’re slipping into a swimsuit
For seriously sensitive women, it can take this long for redness to go down. Also, salt water and chlorine will get into your open pores and cause more irritation if you get a Brazilian wax the day of your trip. Women who save their waxing for their hotel spa on vacation can attest to this sad fact.
7. It will get better
The more often you recieve a Brazilian wax, the less it will hurt. “The first time is the most intense, afterwards, we’re not working with hard, stubbly hair, so it comes up more easily. That explains why women who’ve been going for years hardly bat an eyelash.
8. How Can I Avoid In-Growing Hairs?
Exfoliate the skin thoroughly to remove dead skin cells weekly. Moisturise the skin daily. If the skin is supple, new growth can break through more easily reducing the risk of in-growing hairs and infection.
9. How Long Will The Results Last?
In most cases, you will see minimal re-growth during the first 3 weeks, with a noticeable increase after that. Continued waxing encourages slower, sparser re-growth.
10. How Often Should I Get Waxed?
We recommend that you come in every 4 -6 weeks.
11. Waxing Aftercare
Do not undertake any other skincare treatments within 48 hours of having a waxing treatment.
Stay away from direct sunlight/sunbeds and heat e.g. hot baths, saunas for 48 hours after having a waxing treatment
Avoid friction from nylon material, lace or tight clothing.
Keep skincare products to a minimum for 24 hours after waxing, then after 24 Hours it is vital that you use a good quality non-scented moisturizer.
Avoid using perfumed body lotions or creams. To minimise any risk of infection always wash your hands before applying the lotion.
Brazilian Wax: Everything You Need to Know