Before & After Wax For Ladies

Before your wax:

1. Let it grow! Let it grow! Let it grow! Nix the clippers or the razor – both create big stubble trouble!  Razors cut the hair off leaving the thickest point and making it harder for the wax to grab. You’ll get the best results with hair that is at least ¼ inches in length or with 7 to 10 days of growth (especially if you have been shaving). So leave the pre-wax trimming to us. We promise we won’t burst out singing “Welcome to the Jungle!”

2. Become one with the loofah or hand mitts and gently exfoliate your skin the few days before your appointment. This will speed up the waxing process and help combat those dreaded ingrown hairs.

3. Inform us of any medications you are taking, including Retin-A, Renova, Accutane, Differin or antibiotics. These all can increase the rate of exfoliation of your skin. If you wax while on one of these medications you could be chancing removing skin as well as hair. OUCH!

4. Take a couple of Advil before your appointment as it can help with some of the discomfort.  If you are really worried and you are a low pain tolerance girl, also avoid caffeine prior to your visit and getting waxed during your menstrual cycle as both can make you more sensitive.  You can also arrive twenty minutes prior to your appointment to apply a product designed to minimize discomfort to the area.

5. If the skin is sunburned wait to get waxed.

What is the Brazilian post-waxing ritual?

Expect the skin to be a little sensitive and red after your first wax. Some experience no redness at all, while others are red for as little as thirty minutes or up to 24 hours post-wax if you have sensitive skin. If you tend to have sensitive skin a little hydrocortisone ointment will help speed up the healing process.

After your wax:

  1. Expect the skin to be a little sensitive and red after your first wax. Some experience no redness at all. Others are red for as little as thirty minutes, while those with sensitive skin can feel the effects up to 24-hours post-wax.
  2. Opt for a warm shower– not a hot one the evening of your wax and gently wash the area with antibacterial soap. Avoid anything too hot like saunas, steam rooms and hot baths for at least 24 hours.
  3. Avoid Exfoliants, scrubs, and loofahs for the first two days after your wax. This includes products that contain acids such as glycolic, salicylic and alpha-hydroxy. You can start your exfoliation routine about three days after your wax or when all the redness subsides. To learn more about the benefits of exfoliation, check out the ingrown hair section on this Web site.
  4. Don’t go running off to the gym immediately after your wax. Take the rest of the day off as the perspiration tends to irritate the skin.
  5. Avoid tight pants or jeans. Opt for loose clothing such as sweats or a dress and cotton panties.
  6. Avoid tanning beds and sunbathing for 48 hours. Don’t forget to use sun protection!
  7. After all the anticipation of your first wax treat yourself!!! You did it, so reward yourself with a cupcake, chocolate, or some retail therapy. You might even share your new look with a loved one!