Hair removal practices date as far back as 20,00 years, when prehistoric men and women used sharpened rocks and shells to remove body and facial hair. Greek and roman women shaved themselves bald. Although generally attributed to beauty and fashion hair removal methods probably originated in religious practices related to hygiene an the prevention of disease. Today cosmetic hair removal procedures continue to be linked to hygiene, wellness, status, fashion and cleanliness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_removal
Caution: For facial waxing, if you are using prescription Retin-A, Gycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Renova, Differin, Avage, Avita, Strivectin, Tazorac, Pro Active, Benzoyl Peroxide, or any other prescription exfoliant for skincare, discontinue use for two weeks prior to your waxing treatment. For both body and facial waxing, any oral or topical antibiotics must be discontinued for two weeks prior to any waxing treatment. No waxing anywhere for those on Accutane – you must discontinue its use for one year prior to a waxing treatment. These medications compromise the integrity of the skin making it much more sensitive and will pull, rip, or burn the skin if used in conjunction with waxing. Very important!
For all facial, underarm, and all styles of bikini waxing, I use a variety of hard waxes depending on skin and hair type. Hard wax is a stripless wax which hardens at room temperature. As it hardens it wraps itself around the hair, not adhering to the skin, which makes for a gentler waxing experience for sensitive areas. For the heartier skin on the legs and arms I use soft strip wax.
With ALL waxing treatments, skin is prepped BEFORE your treatment with a natural tea tree oil antiseptic cleanser to prevent infection, then treated with almond and coconut oils to allow for easier wax removal DURING your treatment. AFTER your wax, a blend of aloe, willow bark, and colloidal oatmeal is applied to soothe and heal the skin. And unless I decide to open an ice cream shoppe, there is no double-dipping
Now on to waxing!
- It’s not as bad as you think it’s going to be! It will hurt more the first time than any other time because you are pulling out 100% of the hair. Your nerves are on edge, and you don’t know what to expect. But it is a quick sting that stops hurting almost immediately after. And it gets easier! The more you do it, the more consistent you are, the more tolerable it becomes. Keep at it!
- Hair grows in 3 stages and it can take up to 4 waxing treatments before all of the hair is on the same growth cycle. Your first wax may last only one week, it may last up to three – it just depends on your own genetics, and how well you do at preparing the skin before the wax and taking care of the skin between your treatments. Don’t be discouraged if your hair doesn’t stay gone too long the first few times. The more you wax the longer it will last. However, if your last hair removal was shaving, your first wax post shaving will not last as long. Please don’t shave in between waxing appointments!
- For your first wax after shaving, let the hair grow out for about 3-4 weeks (1/2 inch, whichever is longer – for best results, longer is better). After your first wax, your hair will be be finer and less obvious than shaving regrowth – much easier to tolerate.
- Before any bikini wax, only trim if hair is excessively long, but leave it at at least 1/2 inch. If you’re unsure, I will trim for you if necessary.
- Your rate of hair growth is unique to you, which can be anywhere from ten days to three weeks. For some lucky folks, it can be longer than that!
- I recommend waxing every four to six weeks. In order to keep the hair coming in at a reduced rate, it’s best not to go past six weeks before your next wax.
- If you follow a recommended schedule, by your second waxing treatment you will be much happier and as close to a pain-free wax as possible!
Before you wax…
- Exfoliate the morning of your wax with a salt or sugar scrub (salt for dry, rough, or acneic skin/sugar for sensitive skin) in gentle circular motions against the direction of hair growth. This helps to lift the hair off the skin making waxing treatment more effective.
- Take a pain reliever (Ibuprofen, Advil, e.g.) one hour before your appointment.
- Avoid caffeine the day of your waxing treatment.
- The best time to wax is the first two weeks after your period. You can still get waxed right before or during, you will just be a tad more sensitive.
- Wear loose clothing to your waxing treatment – putting on tight clothing or non-breathable clothing on after freshly waxed skin can cause chafing and delay the healing process.
- Do not apply moisturizer prior to your waxing treatment.
- If coming in for a body treatment, wear loose clothing to your appointment, if possible. Putting on tight or non-breathable clothing after freshly waxed skin can be irritating to the skin and delay the healing process.
- Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds 48 hours before (and after!) your appointment.
- Hair should be at least 1/2 of an inch long (about two weeks of hair growth) before waxing.
- Please trim the bikini area if you have not shaved/waxed in a while, but make sure the hair is AT LEAST 1/2 an inch. If you trim too short, it will be difficult to come out. If you are unsure, leave it and I will take care of it for you.
After you wax…
- For the first three days after any waxing apply tea tree oil, grapeseed oil or a combination of both to the waxed area. Both of these oils are wonderful natural antispetics which dramatically slow down the risk of infection which newly opened pores can be exposed to. But overuse can cause irritation and inflammation so stop using if one or both of these things occur.
- For 24 hours after any waxing or until ALL redness has subsided:
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure.
- Avoid deodorant for underarm waxing.
- Avoid cosmetics and perfumes for facial waxing.
- Avoid exercise as sweating and oils can clog pores and disrupt the healing process.
- Take only lukewarm baths and showers as heat can cause more irritation to the already sensitive skin.
- For any bikini waxing, no heavy petting until the redness subsides. Friction causes irritation and inflammation – and that isn’t sexy.
Between waxes – skincare maintenance and ingrown hairs…
It is not enough to simply come in once a month for your wax – it is essential that you take proper at-home care of your skin to keep it looking blemish, redness, and ingrown hair -free. And fabulously fancy.
DO NOT SHAVE BETWEEN WAXES. One, this completely defeats the purpose of waxing, and two, you’re allowing your hair the chance to all grow at the same rate. If you allow your hair to get to the same growth rate, all of the hair is able to be waxed, thus all your hair will stay gone longer.
- IN THE SHOWER: Twice to three times a week, exfoliate (after your regular cleanse) with an all-natural salt or sugar scrub (salt for dry, rough, or acneic skin/sugar for sensitive skin) in gentle circular motions around the waxed areas. Rinse away the remaining scrub. Be careful – the oil makes for a slippery shower!This type of exfoliant removes accumulation of dry/ dead skin, and keeps your skin smooth. I provide all natural sugar and salt scrubs for you to purchase here at the Shop.
- EVERY NIGHT, wear a leave-on exfoliant with salicylic acid /2% BHA. Place 4 or 5 drops on a cotton round and sweep in an upward motion around the waxed areas – great for bikinis AND underarms. This actually gets into your pores, cleans them out, and allows the hair and oil to grow out unobstructed. Note: avoid products like TendSkin, which do have salicylic acid, but it also has a VERY high amount of alcohol which can leave the skin dry, flaky, and irritated over time. At the shop, I use and sell Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid as well as Redness Relief for those more prone to sensitivity and redness rather than ingrown hairs and dryness. You can get either or both from me at the shop to take home with you!
**If you DO happen to get an ingrown hair, despite all your good intentions, here is some very helpful info on how to deal with it…http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-an-Ingrown-Hair
If you take care of your skin, it will take care of you, and after all the torture you put your body and skin through, don’t you want to stay as sassy as possible?