Waxing FAQs For Ladies

How long does the hair have to be before I can get waxed? Let the hair grow for at least seven days after shaving. I know for you shavers this is even more painful than getting the wax itself. If you feel your hair is too long, don’t fret I will trim it to the appropriate length.

Should I trim my hair before I get waxed? Nooo!!!  Even if you think you have your own personal chia pet growing down there, don’t trim or use the clippers. The longer the hair, the better the wax will grab it and the smoother your results will be.  Remember, if it is too long I will trim it for you. So don’t worry, be hairy!

How long does a Brazilian Wax take? It usually takes me anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. The more you’ve waxed, the faster it can be done.

How long before the hair grows back? Okay, this is a tricky one because when it comes to the hair re-growth cycle we are not all created equal. Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, sometimes depending on ethnicity. I have some clients that come in every six weeks and have hardly any hair at all (no fair!) and others who have to come in every three weeks. Don’t worry!! If you need to come in every three weeks or less, I have a Brazilian Maintenance Special. My experience has been that every four weeks is the most popular length of time between waxes.

How often should I get it done? Most of my clients come every three to five weeks, depending on how fast their hair grows back.

Will my hair grow back thicker and darker? No. Waxing pulls the hair from the follicle weakening the root. So, if anything it will grow back weaker, more sparse and easier to remove next time.

Will my hair stop growing back all together? No, but it will become more sparse and have a finer texture if you wax on a regular basis.

Can I shave between my waxing visits? Don’t you dare shave down there!! The hair will be shorter when you come in for your next visit and the wax won’t grab as well. Also, shaving creates ingrown hairs, redness and irritation. If you have an urge to pick up the pink bic, make your appointments every three weeks instead of four or five.

Can I get waxed while I am on my period? Sure, just know you are more sensitive three days before your period and three days after your period.  Women in this line of business usually are not squeamish, myself included. So just simply wear a fresh tampon and pop a couple of Advil to help fight the extra sting during this time.

Am I too old to get a Brazilian wax? I really do get asked this question all the time and the answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT! I have waxed ladies in their early seventies. You are never too old, so wax on!

Can I have a glass of wine or a cocktail before my wax? I am actually going to leave this one up to you.  There are arguments for both sides on this one. Alcohol is a stimulant and can make your skin more sensitive to waxing causing more inflammation. Others say they don’t notice this difference and if you are embarrassed about baring your parts where the sun don’t shine, a glass of wine will surely help you relax.

Can I still get waxed while I am pregnant? Of course!! I do a lot of Momma-Mia Brazilian Waxes.  This is becoming a regular item on many soon-to-be mommies’ to-do lists.  However, make sure you have a waxing technician who is familiar with performing this service and also uses hard wax that does not require a strip. The blood vessels are more dilated during this time and your skin is more sensitive so extra precautions need to be taken.  If you are a waxing virgin or have not waxed in a while, let your esthetician know so your hair can be evaluated to see how coarse it is. I would also get a Basic Bikini Wax first to see how your skin reacts and then go for the full Brazilian. You might be a little more sensitive than usual, but there is no harm in wanting to be as smooth as your soon-to-be-born baby’s bottom.

Can I do my own Brazilian Wax at home? If you’re more flexible than Gumby and can twist yourself into pretzel-like positions to reach those nooks and crannies, go for it. You might also consider joining Cirque de Soleil.  It really is difficult to do safely, so I at least recommend seeing a professional for the first few times to see how it is done. I have heard some truly hair-raising stories involving DIY Brazilian Waxing.

Does my medication affect my waxing? It certainly can!!  Certain medications and products thin out the skin making it more likely for you to peel or burn during your waxing session. If you are unsure if your medication will affect your skin, please call me or the salon before you come in.

Can I go tanning before or after my waxing session? Plan on waiting at least 24 hours after your treatment to tan. And do not come in right after a fresh spray tan because the wax will take it right off.

I have a special occasion coming up and have never been waxed. Are there any special instructions? Whether you want a premarital wax or just a vacation-ready bikini line, I recommend you plan to have at least two waxes before the event. This will ensure you do not have any reactions to the wax before the big day. It also gets the first wax – which is the most uncomfortable – out of the way. The second wax will also provide a much smoother, cleaner result with less post-wax tenderness. If you don’t have time to squeeze in two waxing sessions then go at least three to four days prior to your special occasion.

What is double dipping? Double dipping is when the technician dips the waxing stick back into the wax vat after using it on you or someone else – possibly allowing the spread of bacteria. I dip each stick into the wax only once and then throw it in the trash, so the wax being applied is always sterile. My clients can enjoy their clean, smooth skin without the worries of going to a hairy, scary spa. Make sure when you are getting your wax, there is no re-dippity-do-da!

Can I have sex the same day I get waxed? While you might want to share your new look with a loved one right away,  I always suggest waiting at least 24 hours – especially if you are prone to ingrown hairs or are fairly new to waxing. Friction and perspiration might aggravate the skin. During the first 24 hours, your body is most susceptible to outside bacteria that might cause an infection of the hair follicle known as folicullitis.