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Waxing Dos and Don’ts
- Do cancel or re-schedule at least 24 hours before your appointment to allow us to accommodate those on the waiting list.
- Do be more cost effective and to reduce the chance of oil-clogged pores, try a simple exfoliating glove or natural loofah sponge, dry alone or wet with shower gel prior to and after waxing.
- Do keep the area away from constant friction. This may create some irritation and result in ingrown hairs.
- Do use lubricant during heavy make out sessions immediately after treatment to prevent further irritation. The area may be slightly inflamed for 2-24 hours afterwards, so skin on skin friction is best when postponed for the day. If necessary, lubricant provides a barrier and extra sensitivity is made more comfortable.
- Do drink plenty of water. Urine can cause discomfort to open follicles and is best if diluted, especially if you are sensitive.
- Do shower immediately after exercise to keep follicles clear and bacteria free (or use a baby wipe in a pinch).
- Do apply a cold compress to the area if you find your skin is heat sensitive after treatment. Circulation is increased when waxing due to your body’s natural response to heal itself. Cooling will help to constrict blood vessels and relieve discomfort.
- Do book your appointments 2-4 weeks apart. The hair grows in multiple cycles so in order to get ideal results we need to weaken each stage by removing new growth as it comes through. With consistent appointments, each cycle will stay in its softest stage. If you wait longer than 3-6 months the hair grows strong and bulbous again.
- Take two Advil one 1/2 hour before your appointment if your worried about discomfort. Better safe than sorry.
- Do consider a topical numbing cream 35-45 minutes prior to the service. This can be purchased ahead of time from the salon.
- Exfoliate your skin until 3-5 days after your wax.
- Don’t cancel if you get your period. We have fresh wipes and you can wear a tampon. If you’re comfortable being waxed at this time, so are we.
- Don’t pick at ingrown hairs. The bacteria found in an infected follicle combined with inflammation weakens and the pore lining. If you squeeze these ingrowns it could cause for greater inflammation, infect surrounding pores, and slow the healing process. When you book your appointment, mention ingrown concerns to allow more time for extractions.
- Don’t do excessive activity immediately after appointment (hot yoga, bike rides, hot tubs, etc). Uric acid and salt in your perspiration could be mildly irritating to the area and friction could cause an uncomfortable effect on a tender area; maybe resulting in prolonged redness and breakout.
- Don’t apply lotions, gels or creams same day to the area treated. There may be increased sensitivity and irritation due to the follicles being compromised. Especially avoid fragrances or alcohol based products.
- Don’t sunbathe 24 hours before or after treatment (exposing treated area). This may dehydrate the skin prior to treatment and cause skin to lift. After treatment, with increased circulation, sun exposure may increase heat sensitivity and cause discomfort.
- Don’t shave between treatments. The goal of consistent hair removal is to remove the root of the hair so it grows back new making it softer, finer, and fewer in number. Shaving will upset appointment times allowing the root to grow strong and making waxing more painful.
- Don’t exfoliate your skin every day after 3-5 days as this dries up normal healthy oils in your skin, making it harder for hairs to come through the skin.
- Don’t apply any deodorants or perfumes until 24 hours after your wax.
- Don’t wear make-up straight after a facial wax.
When to be cautious
- You’re pregnant, take birth control, hormone replacement or antibiotics. Your skin may be more sensitive to waxing, so it’s best to have a patch test (like a small area on your arm) and see how your skin reacts for 24 hours before getting an entire eyebrow or leg wax.
- Smokers or those with rosacea. Waxing can irritate dilated capillaries (weak or broken blood vessels), which are commonly found on people with rosacea and smokers. If the capillaries are very red, stay away from waxing in that area.
- You take blood thinners, have diabetes, phlebitis or want post- cancer hair growth in side-burn area removed. These all relate to medical conditions, so first get your doctor’s approval before waxing.
- You use powerful exfoliators on your skin.
- You recently drank a lot of caffeine or alcohol. These stimulants in your system can cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing, meaning you could get more red or inflamed than usual. Give yourself a couple hours after drinking coffee or alcohol before getting waxed.han usual. Give yourself a couple hours after drinking coffee or alcohol before.
When not to get waxed
- You currently take accutane, or have stopped taking it less than a year ago.
- You’re taking any prescription acne medication.
- You have lupus or aids.
- You’re in cancer therapy getting chemotherapy or radiation.
- You have been in direct sunlight for a long period of time or tanning bed within the last 24 hours.
- Areas not to wax:
- Irritated, inflamed, cut, or sunburned skin.
- Anywhere you’re using retin-a
- Legs if you have varicose veins
- Any area that has a rash, recent scar tissue, a skin graft, pimples, cold sores, moles or warts.
- Anywhere you’re having dermabrasion services or have gotten them in the past three months.
- Any place you’ve recently gotten botox or collagen injections (about 3 -7 days prior).