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 is about 2-3 weeks of growing it after shaving.

2. Particularly for women

Your skin is the most sensitive near your period, and waxing can be more painful than normal. For your comfort, we recommend that 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. Please make sure that you have a clean tampon in right before your service.

3. Exfoliate

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. Please make sure your body is clean and free of any lotions on the day of your appointment.

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 ask your esthetician!).

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. Clothing

Wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothing will allow your skin to feel and breathe better. Opt for natural fibers like cotton or silk, especially for your undergarments.

7. Regrowth

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 another cycle that was still under 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 hairs, exfoliate waxed area (starting after 48 hours since treatment) two-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 or Fur products 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.

Waxing Contraindications

Acne medications including, but not limited to:

  • Accutane (at least one year off this medication)
  • Adapalene
  • Alustra (Retin A)
  • Avage
  • Avita (Retin A)
  • Differin
  • Isotretinoin
  • Renova(Retin A)
  • Tazorac
  • Tazarotene
  • Tretinoin(Retin A)

If you use any of the Retin A products, refraining from using it for a full week beforehand usually makes it a safe solution, however we strongly recommend asking your dermatologist.

Please inform your esthetician if you are using any of these products:

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic) in face or body products,
  • After mild chemical peels or microdermabrasion, please wait minimum of 7 days
  • Oral or topical antibiotics
  • Salicilic acid
  • Any bleaching agents for hair (like upper lip) or skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)
  • Other agents like chemical depilatories such as Nair ( used previously) or Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive) can make your skin very sensitive

Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing or if you have had a physician administered peel within the past year.

Avoid over exfoliating before waxing

If you have been tanning within the 48 hours of your appointment, or have any sunburn, wax cannot be performed

Varicose Veins: Doctors consent will be needed due to the vein being so close to the surface of the skin. Slight possibility the vein could rupture and cause bleeding.

Cold Sores (herpes simplex) A highly contagious blister normally found around lips of mouth. Usually clears up in around 2 weeks

Diabetes: The skin is slow to heal and may have poor circulation along with blood sugar levels may need monitoring.

Haemophila Operations/Recent scar tissue– You would need to wait 6 months until you have waxing over scar tissue. This is so the natural healing process takes place as waxing could interfere with the healing process and might be more painful.

Any contagious skin conditions due to cross infection.

Brow microblading– wait at least 2 months