Thinking of taking the plunge and trying a new waxing or facial service, but still have more questions? Here are a few FAQs about our waxing services that we are commonly asked. Still have questions? Then give us a call or submit a question through our questions form.
What type of wax do you use and why?
Depending on the area of the body we will either use soft strip wax or synthetic hard wax. Generally, we will use soft wax for large areas of the body, for example back and chest and we will use hard wax for more sensitive areas like the Brazilian or nose waxing.
Our soft wax is made from tree resin and other synthetic materials. In our experience, our clients have had less irritation from this type of wax. We do not use muslin strips for our soft wax, we use a higher quality synthetic fiber fabric that is stronger to allow for cleaner less painful pulls and less irritation.
Our hard wax, also known as stripless wax is made from synthetic materials. Hard wax does not require strips. After wax is applied, the wax cools down, hardens and is pulled directly from the skin. The reason we use hard wax for sensitive areas is because it is less aggressive on the skin. Hard wax attaches to the hair and not the skin. Hard wax can also be used on coarser hair than traditional soft wax. We do not use soft wax on Brazilian waxing.
What is double dipping and why is it bad?
Double dipping is when an esthetician uses the same wax stick more than once. So that means she dips into the wax, uses it to apply the wax on your skin and puts it back into the wax pot contaminating the wax pot with your cooties. What if she pulled a new stick just for you? She probably did the same thing with the last person and their cooties are still in the pot too. Wax pots are generally refilled throughout the day and more than one service can be typically done from one wax pot. The wax heater is not hot enough to kill the bacteria and viruses that wax can be contaminated with. No matter where you go, make sure a new wax stick is pulled for every wax pull.
What parts of the body do you wax? What parts can’t you wax?
We wax the entire body from the neck down to your toes. We can also wax ears, noses and eyebrows. We cannot wax your scalp or hairline. Those areas are too coarse and dense and would have the possibility of tearing skin.
How long does my hair have to be to wax?
We need at minimum an ⅛” of an inch of hair to wax; ideally, a ¼” to ½” of growth. How can you gauge how long that is? Typically, about 2 weeks from the last time you shaved. If it’s longer than that leave it alone. We can weed-whack it once you get here if it’s out of control. If you try to groom the area before coming in, you might make it too short to wax or we’ll have to go over the area repeatedly to pick up the really short stray hairs. This is no fun for you.
How long will the results last?
Generally, the results will last 6 weeks. The first 4 times you come in, we ask that you come in at 6 weeks on the dot (or as close as you can make it). Why? Your hair grows on three different cycles and we are trying to get them all to sync up. The first few times you will have outgrowth in between waxings because the hair is not synced. The goal is to get your hair synced up to where you are clean for 4 weeks and growing out the last 2 weeks to re-wax. The long term goal is to be able to stretch your wax to every 8 weeks. There are cases where the times may be shorter or longer, but this is on a case by case basis. If your hair grows at lightning speed, we would still suggest you wait at least 4 weeks, anything prior to that you are risking having your hair to grow out of sync.
I’m a first time waxer and I have a special event coming up. Should I wax right before my event?
We would suggest you plan ahead. Ideally, we would like to wax you once or twice before your event in case there is any major inflammation and swelling, irritation and ingrown hairs. Not saying that it will happen for sure, but we always want to be safe. Can we wax you right before your event? Of course.
How much time do I need before my event?
If you are trying to to get waxed at least 2 times before your event, you are looking at 6 weeks prior. 3 times – 12 weeks. If you are waxing right before your event we would recommend at least 24-48 hours. Say your event is on a Saturday night we would have you wax Thursday.
What should I do to prepare for my wax service?
- Come in freshly showered.
- Take 2 advil unless your doctor has contraindicated this.
- Anecdotally, we’ve been told by clients that if they come in hungry waxing is more painful.
- Limit your caffeine. Caffeine makes your nervous system more sensitive.
- Do not go tanning immediately before or after your service.
- Exfoliate the areas we are waxing gently for a few days prior to your service.
What should I do after my waxing service?
- Stay away from hot tubs, oceans, pools and sweating. Your skin is wide open to bacteria for 24-48 hours. Also, abstaining from sex if you had your brazilian done is a good idea for at least 24 hours.
- Keep the area as clean as possible. Exfoliation is key to keeping ingrown hairs away. We will recommend products in office to help keep the area clean and help with ingrown hairs.
Is it normal to have irritation, bumps and swelling?
If it is your first time it is. The hair follicle has never been disturbed and the roots are deep, therefore pulling the hair from the root will make your skin not happy. The irritation will normally go away within 24 hours, in some cases it will last longer. Again, keeping the area clean will affect how long this will last. The first time is worst time, as your skin gets used to waxing it will become less severe to non-existent over time.
OMG, I am bleeding!
If the hair in the area we are waxing is coarse/dense it is possible that you will have topical spotty bleeding. This goes away by the time we are done with your wax service. If there is anything beyond that, your esthetician will let you know.
I have a crazy ingrown hair, what should I do?
We have a product in office that we will recommend to help prevent ingrown hairs and and another to help if you do end up with an ingrown hair. Please try not to pick at it.
This information has been gathered from professional experience as a Licensed Esthetician. I am not a doctor or other medical professional. If you have medical questions or concerns about a service or product we provide or recommend that may have adverse reactions with a medical condition or allergies, please consult with a Medical Professional like your Primary Care Physician or Specialist. Take all advice with a grain of salt, humor and common sense. Ingredient lists can be provided upon request for review.