The hair should be at least ¼ inch to ½ inch long for the best results. This takes about 2-3 weeks after shaving to become this length. It may take up to three to four waxing treatments to achieve smooth skin because the hair grows in different stages and all of your hair is never at the same stage. It is very important to avoid shaving between waxing appointments; this can interrupt the process and stimulate the hair growth again.
How often should I come in for a wax?
Every four weeks. Regular waxing is essential. The skin will be less sensitive as well if waxing is done every four weeks. Over time with regular waxing appointments, 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. You may even experience less hair growth over time, the more frequently you wax.
Is there anything I should be doing before my wax appointment?
YES. Don’t shower or take a bath immediately before the waxing appointment. This can cause the hair to become softened and it is more likely to break off and make the waxing less effective. Make sure that the hair is the correct length for waxing. (See, how long or short should my hair be for waxing?) Make sure that the area(s) to be waxed are clean. If you plan to have a waxing treatment soon, there are certain medications and products that shouldn’t be taken or used. Topical exfoliants used on the area such as Retin-A, Renova and hydroquinone, oral acne medications such as Accutane, blood-thinning medications, and topical/oral cortisone make the skin more sensitive and increase the likelihood of irritation or other complications. If you are unsure whether you should be waxed while using a certain medication, consult your doctor.
What should I expect after my first wax appointment?
You can expect to have hairless skin! But there also may be temporary redness and minor irritation for a day or two; everyone reacts differently. Slight itchiness may be experienced once the hair starts to grow back in. Proper post wax care will alleviate any of these symptoms and fast!
If you are a bride or getting ready for any special occasion, we recommend coming in a few months before your special day to see how your skin reacts to being waxed. If your skin seems to be fine, reschedule another wax a few days prior to your special day!
Will I get ingrown hairs?
Ingrown hairs can happen. Waxing removes the entire hair, including the root all the way from the follicle. Your skin will naturally try to cover that area where the hair was removed from. It is important to keep that area exfoliated. Two to three times a week and wait 24 to 48 hours after being waxed. Wearing loose fitting clothes a few days after being waxed can help decrease the chances of ingrown hairs; let the area breathe! Avoiding excessive sweating for 24-48 hours after being waxed can help prevent ingrown hairs as well.
How can I prevent Ingrown Hairs from happening?
- Make sure that you are exfoliating 2-3 times a week. (alpha-Hydroxy Acid, sugar scrubs, exfoliating gloves etc.) - Avoid direct sun exposure, including tanning beds. - Avoid deodorant for 24 hours. This can cause irritation and can clog the open hair follicles - Avoid excessive heat (Saunas, hot tubs) - Avoid exercising for 24-48 hours after being waxed - Avoid touching the area that just got waxed, this encourages irritation.