First of all, it's amazing that you are thinking of starting waxing! Trust me, once you start, you will love it. Get ready for smooth skin and no more shaving!!! Like most, I am sure you are nervous about your first time and knowing what to expect. Here are some tips and tricks to help your wax be less painful and easier for you and your wax specialist.
1. Hair Length
Make sure that your hair is at least a 1/4 - 1/2" (Length of a grain of rice) This will ensure your wax specialist can remove all the hair and that you can have a perfect wax without any hair left behind.
This isn't mandatory, but if you are prone to ingrown hair or having hair get trapped under your skin, this will definitly help your wax specialist remove as much hair as possible.
Make sure that you haven't been exposed to sun through tanning beds, have a sunburn, or recently had any extreme exfoliation (chemical peels, retinols, accutane, etc). You will not be able to be waxed in that area or may need to wait to be off of your prescription.
*If going on a trip, get waxed then get a spray tan 24-48 hours after, the wax will remove your tan.
**For your first time, take ibuprofin or advil about 30 min. before your appointment. This will relieve any added discomfort.
4. What to expect when you arrive....
I will have your fill out a consultation form and answer any questions you have. Then, I will prep the skin with a specialty cleanser that will soften the hair, helping the hair remove easier. Following this, I will apply an oil that will help the wax grab onto the hair, and not the skin. I use a gentle, low temp hard wax that will be applied warm to the skin. The plus side of hard wax is you won't leave sticky, it's less painful than soft wax, and allows for a better overall wax experience in my opinion. I will put a calming serum to end the appointment (and sunscreen if your skin is exposed to the sun in the area we waxed). I do always recommend aftercare options that will prevent ingrown hairs and prepare your skin for your next wax.
Do not workout, go swimming, tanning, or anything that could cause irritation to your skin. Do enjoy your wax to the fullest and plan accordingly a few days before you leave for your vacation!
6. What to Remember
Waxing is an amazing, quick service and is something that you should do every 3-4 weeks to keep the hair from growing back and to diminish any discomfort. Your first time is the worst it will ever be since your hair is the thickest, but by your second time you will be a pro and wondering why you have waited so long!
Book your first wax with me today!