How long does my hair need to be to get waxed?
We use both a hard and soft wax, depending on the area of the body, specifically formulated to only shrink wrap around the hair, and not actually adhere to the skin. Because of this, for optimal results, your hair should be at least 1/4" long, or the length of a grain of rice. This can be achieved by putting the razor down for 3-4 weeks prior to your appointment.
How soon can I resume normal activities?
Because your pores stay open for 24-48 hours post wax, we recommend you take it easy and baby your skin for that window of time. Activities to be avoided include hot baths/showers, exercise, tanning, sex, and anything that can cause friction or perspiration. Tight clothing can cause irritation on freshly waxed skin, so going commando and wearing loose fitting garments can help ease discomfort. Once your skin feels back to normal, all normal activities are safe.
It's my first wax - what should I do to prepare?
While growing out your hair is top priority, to help ease pain and sensitivity, you should exfoliate and moisturize your skin 48 hours prior to your appointment. This can be done by using a manual exfoliation treatment such as a sugar scrub to slough off dead skin that can trap hair, and an unscented body lotion. You can also take a couple ibuprofen to take the edge off. If you don't have a high pain threshold, a numbing agent such as Lidocaine can be applied 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
How do I keep my skin flawless post wax?
While you're shaving, you're cutting your hair shaft down to the base where it is the thickest. When waxing, the entire hair is removed by the root, causing it to grow back thinner and finer. Our skin naturally exfoliates itself every 28-42 days, slowing down as we age. These dead skin cells stay on the surface of our skin. This dead skin can trap thin hair as it tries to grow back. Because of this, either a manual or chemical exfoliation aftercare regimen is recommended to prevent ingrown hairs and irritation. Your waxer can help recommend the method best suited for your needs.
I'm pregnant - can I still get waxed?
Yes! As your body is using it's superpower to grow a tiny human, it gets harder for momma to keep your hair maintained. Waxing is perfectly safe, however due to the extra blood flow and hormones, you may be a bit more sensitive. Because of the nature of delivery however, it is recommended change your service to a Modified Bikini to keep hair on your labia. This aids in friction during delivery. Waxing is safe to resume 6-8 weeks post birth.
Are there any contraindications for waxing if I'm pregnant?
Due to the lack of studies behind this, the only contraindication for pregnant and nursing clients is the use of chemical exfoliating agents such as alpha-hydroxy-acids (AHAs), and beta-hydroxy-acids (BHAs) such as glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids. Manual exfoliating methods are still safe and recommended for use.
Are there any contraindications for waxing regularly?
Several acne medications and anti-aging products can thin your skin. Because waxing is slightly exfoliating in itself, use of these products should stop at least 7 days prior to your appointment, and can be resumed 7 days post wax. Use of Accutane has different rules. Please speak with your waxer for more information. Other contraindications include broken skin, broken capillaries, open wounds, sunburn, recent Botox/filler injections, antibiotics, and certain types of cancer. Please consult with your waxer regarding questions and concerns.