Why do people wax?
The reasons are truly personal. An interest in enhancing intimate pleasure, being more hygienic, an improved appearance and feel, sports benefits for athletes, etc. People find that beautifully smooth skin is easier to maintain and more comfortable than shaving every day, not to mention worrying about that unattractive razor stubble.
What areas of the body can be waxed?
The wax can be used on almost any part of the body as needed. Most frequently waxed areas for women are legs, underarms, bikini (Brazilian), eyebrows and face (facial waxing). For men: chest, legs, arms, underarms and back. The exceptions for waxing are the beards.
Will the hair grow back thicker?
Absolutely not. It might seem so because you will be accustomed to a hairless zone and new hair will be intolerable. Usually, regrowth will be finer, thinner and slower. Eventually, hair growth may stop altogether.
Is the process painful?
This is one of the more prevalent questions, and the truth is that it really depends on the esthetician and the quality of the wax. If you have never waxed before, yes this experience will be unpleasant, but the results are well worth it.
Do you recycle your wax?
NEVER EVER. A very good question that you should ask any waxing salon you may frequent. All waxing tools are disposable; spatulas, gloves, wax strips etc.
How is waxing more effective than other hair removal methods?
Waxing is far more effective than typical hair removal methods including shaving, creams and laser procedures. The benefits over shaving are fairly obvious: no more propping up appendages in uncomfortable positions, unsightly marks and the results last for weeks! Creams only remove hair at the surface and not the root, leading to visibility after only a few days. Laser procedures are quite costly, and you can expect to spend anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars!
How long do the results last?
The typical result lasts anywhere from two to four weeks. However, an additional benefit of repeat waxing is that it actually stunts hair growth! Continual waxing damages the hair follicle, thereby curtailing hair growth over time.
How to Prepare for Your Brazilian Bikini Wax
Make sure the area being waxed is CLEAN. Shorter hair makes it difficult for the wax to grab, so the hair needs to be 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length (about 10 to 14 days of growth). Please note this especially applies to first-time clients who have been shaving. The worst possible thing you could do to your bikini is to wax too soon after shaving. Stubble is awful to take up if it is too short, and this is why we ask for the appropriate amount of time for regrowth.
Are there any steps I need to take ahead of my appointment?
There are a few things you can do before your appointment to help lessen the discomfort. One is to avoid caffeine. Caffeine is a skin stimulant. It gets your nerves up and dancing and ready to feel everything. Some people also find taking Advil or Motrin a half hour before their appointment is quite useful. You should also avoid swimming or prolonged sun exposure the day before your appointment, as these activities can heighten skin sensitivity. Come to your appointment relaxed. Being anxious about the Brazilian Bikini Wax can definitely contribute to it being more painful.
What else can I expect after the appointment?
After a few days, it is a good idea to exfoliate with your favorite loofah mitts on a daily basis (do not exfoliate until at least 24 hours after the appointment). Consider your clothing options as well and try to avoid very tight clothing to your wax appointment, or 24 hours after a bikini wax. You should also avoid excessive sun exposure the day after your appointment.
How does the process unfold?
Depending on the region being waxed, you will be asked to place your body in the best position, enabling our esthetician to reach intimate areas. We want you to be as at ease and comfortable as possible, and if you do not wish to have certain areas waxed just let us know and we will avoid the area.
Who should avoid waxing?
Clients using Retin-A, hydroquinone, oral acne medications such as Accutane, blood-thinning medications, and topical/oral cortisone make the skin more sensitive or any antibiotics causing increased skin sensitivity. Clients who have just tanned in a bed or in the sun should also avoid waxing.
How often should I wax?
Every four weeks. Regular waxing is essential. The skin will be less sensitive if waxing is done every 4 weeks. Over time, with regular waxing, the hair follicle will have less and less of a grip on the hair to be pulled and the hairs will come out more easily. Another reason to wax frequently is that you may even experience less hair growth over time.
Will I get Ingrown hairs?
Waxing removes the entire hair, root and all, from the follicle. Your skin naturally hardens and thickens over the area that was waxed so it is important to keep that area gently exfoliated. Use a gentle scrub in that area about 2 days after waxing and continue to exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week thereafter. Remember, I said gentle! Also, use a mixture of tea tree and lavender oil. Both are antimicrobial and antibacterial and will prevent irritation. Try to wear loose-fitting clothes for a few days after to give your skin a chance to breathe and reduce moisture. The bikini, lip and underarms are where we tend to perspire the most. Perspiration and moisture cause bacteria to grow. Once that area has been waxed, the follicle is wide open to this bacteria creeping in. Try to avoid heavy exercise that will increase perspiration and chaffing for about 24-48 hours after waxing.
How Can I prevent Ingrown hairs?
For the next 24-48 hours AVOID on the waxed areas:
use of exfoliating products (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products, loofahs, scrubs, etc.)
direct sun exposure and tanning beds
creams with fragrance or ingredients that may irritate
deodorant: it results in irritation and clogging of open follicles
wearing tight clothing: results in irritation and inflammation
excessive heat, such as that from hot tubs and saunas. Warm showers are okay.
exercise, if it may cause chaffing or sweating
touching the freshly waxed area: this encourages irritation
After 24-48 hours, regular exfoliation with a shower gel and loofah or exfoliating glove will help keep skin soft and prevent ingrown hairs.
Apply an SPF 30 or greater sunscreen to any exposed treatment areas. Since waxing exfoliates as well as removing hair, your skin will be more prone to sunburn in the days following your treatment.
Can I shave in between appointments?
No. Please do not shave between waxing appointments! It disrupts the hair growth cycle resulting in more hair at your next appointment.
What is a Brazilian wax?
A Brazilian wax is the removal of all of the pubic hair, front and back, using wax.
Can I take a hot bath after waxing?
No, waxing exposes your hair follicles making it susceptible to damage. If you expose your freshly waxed skin to heat, then it can get burned. Therefore avoid hot baths and direct sunlight from your skin for at least a day after waxing.