How long should my hair be for waxing? The hair should be at least 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch for best results. If you have coarse hair it should be closer to 1/2-inch for the first few waxes. Once the hair becomes finer it can be waxed at a shorter length. If your hair is longer that 1/2 inch, I recommend shaving the area and booking your waxing appointment for two to three weeks later.
How often should I get my waxing treatment? Every four to six weeks. Regular waxing is essential. The skin will be less sensitive if waxing is done on a routine schedule. 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.
Is there anything I should do before my waxing appointment? Yes. Refrain from taking a shower or bath immediately before the treatment. Soaking the hair will soften it, allowing it to break more easily and making waxing less effective. Make sure the hair is the appropriate length for waxing. Make sure that the area(s) to be waxed are clean and free of any heavy lotions or creams. Always inform your technician if you are using any of the following: topical exfoliants such as Retin-A, Renova, and hydroquinone, oral acne medications such as Accutane, blood-thinning medications, and topical/oral cortisone.
What should I expect after my first waxing treatment? Hairless skin! Everyone's skin reacts differently to waxing treatments, but you can expect to have temporary redness and minor irritation for about 24 hours. If you’re waxing for a special occasion, I recommend receiving waxing a month before your special day to see how your skin reacts. If everything is fine, schedule another wax a few days before your event.
Will I get ingrown hairs? It's possible. 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 PFB or gentle exfoliating gloves in that area two days after waxing and continue to exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week thereafter. Try to wear loose-fitting clothes for a few days after to give your skin a chance to breathe and reduce moisture.
How can I prevent ingrown hairs? For the next 24-48 hours after your wax avoid the following: use of exfoliating products on the waxed areas, direct sun exposure and tanning beds, creams with fragrance or ingredients that may irritate, deodorant, wearing tight clothing, excessive heat, such as that from hot tubs and saunas, and touching the freshly waxed area. After 24-48 hours, regular exfoliation with a shower gel and loofah or exfoliating glove will help keep skin soft and prevent ingrown hairs.
How do I benefit from waxing? While shaving crops the hair at the skin's surface, waxing pulls it out by the root, so it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. Waxing is great for those who are tired of the hassle of shaving several times per week. The more you wax, the less hair grows back.
Can I shave between waxing appointments? No. Please do not shave between waxing appointments. It disrupts the hair growth cycle resulting in more hair at your next appointment.
Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker/stronger/darker? Absolutely not. Waxing does not cause you to grow more hair follicles. In fact, if you become a regular waxer, you will notice that your hair will become quite sparse and not as coarse. A properly waxed hair is removed from the root, and when the hair starts to grow back it is a new hair, very fine at the tip, so no stubble.