Why wax in the first place?
Waxing is one of the best ways to temporarily remove unwanted body hair. It is more effective than shaving because it removes hair with the roots, instead of cutting it close to the skin’s surface. Your skin will feel smoother and sexier for weeks longer than after a shave. If waxed regularly over time, hair in waxed areas regrows lighter and sparser. This is especially true in facial waxing; removal of unwanted hair from face allows for a more youthful look and improves the application of makeup. Brow shaping can really focus attention on your eyes and dramatically change your appearance.
What areas of the body can be waxed?
Waxing can be done on almost any part of the body. A small area can be tested first for sensitivity. Most popular waxed areas for women are brazilian or bikini, legs, underarms and eyebrows. For men it is chest and back.
How long will the results last?
After a client’s first waxing, the results can last 3 – 6 weeks depending on the individual’s hair growth. In most cases, hair growth is minimal during the first week or two and noticeably increases in the third and fourth week. With regular waxing, the length of time between treatments will increase.
Will the hair grow back thicker?
No. Regular and continued waxing usually results in sparser and finer hair growth.
Are there any health precautions to keep in mind?
Accutane Patients: AVOID all waxing while on Accutane and for a minimum of 6-12 months after coming off the medication. Please consult with your dermatologist before proceeding with waxing treatment. Some physicians do not recommend waxing for persons who are suffering from diabetes, who have varicose veins, or poor circulation as they are more susceptible to infection. Facial waxing is not recommended for clients currently using Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medication. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications or stop using these medications at least a week prior to waxing. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed. Women may experience extra sensitivity up to a week prior to the beginning of their menstrual cycle.
Please be completely honest with your Skin Care Specialist about all allergies and medications you are taking – it is for your protection.
What are the possible side effects of waxing and how can they be minimized?
Although we can not predict or guarantee who may react, most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some hairs to grow out faster. Please follow these guidelines to minimize irritation and possible breakouts.
Treat skin gently afterwards – no sun exposure, abrasives or exfoliation for 48 hrs after your wax. Wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation or permanent darkening of the skin, if exposed to the sun. Sunburned, irritated, or thin skin areas should not be waxed at all. Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools for the first 24 hours. With your pores open from being waxed it becomes easier for bacteria to enter causing infection and irritation.
What is the difference between a Bikini Wax and a Brazilian Wax?
A standard bikini wax is more conservative and generally involves removing hair to just inside the panty or swimsuit line. Hair removal is limited to the top and sides of the bikini line.
The Brazilian technique is getting more and more popular. Brazilian waxing refers to hair removal from the entire pubic region from front to back. An option for apprehensive first-timers is to start with a bikini wax and gradually work your way to a brazilian on future visits.
See below for FAQs on Brazilian Waxing.
What is Brazilian waxing?
This is a very intimate type of waxing and is getting more and more popular to attain clean, smooth and soft skin in the intimate areas. Brazilian waxing refers to hair removal from the entire pubic region from front to back. Most women prefer to take it all off, but some leave a small strip of hair above the vaginal area. Many women request a Brazilian wax because it gives a neat, clean look and the freedom to wear even the most revealing swimwear and lingerie.
What do I wear during Brazilian waxing?
You will be asked to remove all clothing from the waist down and a towel will be provided to drape over you until you are ready to be waxed. Removing your underwear will ensure that you will get the maximum results. Upon request, a disposable bikini thong can be provided, but if you are comfortable and willing to achieve the best result, the waxing will be done without any underwear.
How is Brazilian waxing done?
A combination of SOFT and HARD wax is used depending on the area. For the soft wax, a thin layer of warm wax is applied and a strip is placed over the area covered with wax and pulled off quickly and efficiently. For the hard wax, a thicker layer of warm wax is applied on the area and pulled off only after it is dry. Any stray hairs are removed with tweezing.
How long is the procedure?
It takes approximately 20-30 minutes. If it is your first time or you have not waxed in a long time, it may take a little longer depending on the hair growth.
Why is it better than other hair removal techniques such as shaving?
Brazilian waxing is certainly the best way to remove your hair leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft unlike shaving. It is more effective than shaving because it removes hair from the roots, not just from the skin’s surface. It has longer lasting results than shaving or creams. It reduces ingrown hairs that can often occur from shaving. The hair often grows back finer and sparser with regular waxing.
How often can I have a Brazilian wax?
I recommend every 4 weeks, especially for your Brazilian maintenance. When you wait longer it tends to be more painful.