Before you wax
1. Hair length
You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto, we recommend 1/4 of an inch. That’s is about 2-3 week of growing it after shaving.
2. Particularly for women
Your skin is the most sensitive the time near your period, and waxing can be more painful than normal. So your appointment shouldn’t be any closer than a couple of days before of after your period. However you can still wax if you are on your period.
While the skin on the face is generally exfoliated enough in terms of waxing, the body needs a little help. A somewhat gritty body scrub will help rid dead cells around skin pores and hair follicles, providing an easier exit. Shower and lightly exfoliate your entire bikini area the day before your appointment using warm, not hot water. Make sure you are extra clean.
4. Pain preventers
Take an Ibuprofen or Advil 30-45 minutes before your appointment if you are worried about pain. Also don’t forget about numbing cream 10 minutes before your waxing( yes, it’s complimentary -just come 10 min. early).
5. Reduce acidity
Smoking and regular caffeine and alcohol consumption creates a lot of acid in the body’s system. You might benefit from taking something like Tums 20 minutes before your service to reduce acidity and therefore reduce skin’s sensitivity.
Don’t drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol. While having a couple glass of wine or beer before getting waxed sounds like a great idea, stimulants in the system can cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing.
Give yourself a couple of hours after drinking coffee or alcohol before getting waxed. Instead, drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and skin.
6. Don’t think waxing at home will be easy
It’s hard to do on yourself, and will really hurt if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Because of hair growth different cycles, sometimes the very first wax may already grow some stubble after couple of days. it’s not the hair waxed already growing, but it’s another cycle that was still in the skin during waxing.
While it’s usually only small amount of hair , for more smooth results wax twice before an event or vacation, because the second time cycles are more even and there is less regrowth.
After you wax
In the first 24-48 hours you may experience some sensitivity like redness or irritation in the area that was treated. These are normal and usually there is less reaction the longer you wax.
Here are some tips to follow during the first 48 hours after waxing
• Do not use any exfoliating products, especially ones containing acids, since they might further irritate your skin.
• Showers are better than bathes. Use only lukewarm water-not hot.
• No saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools or other heated sources.
• Do not expose treated area to ultra-violet rays indoor or outdoor. For your own protection always wear sunscreen.
• Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours.
• To avoid ingrown hairs don’t wear tight clothes for the next couple of days.
• Resist touching freshly waxed skin, especially on the face, as this may encourage irritation and some breakouts.
• Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24-48 hours.
• To avoid ingrown hair exfoliate waxed area (starting after 48 hours since treatment)twice-three times a week to get rid of dead skin layer, so your hair can grow above skin surface.
Also applying ingrown hair solution like PFB vanish will help maintain smooth skin.
Avoid for 24 hrs after waxing
• Makeup, if face is waxed
• Deodorant with aluminum.
• Salt Glow or stimulating body or facial treatments.