waxing

 

What is waxing?

Waxing is a safe and effective method of removing unwanted facial and body hair, using heated wax. The warm wax is applied to the desired area using a wooden applicator, and then the wax is quickly removed, taking the unwanted hair with it.

What about Sanitation?

I am very concerned about hygiene and sanitation. Rather than use a single wooden stick to apply wax to your skin (re-dipping as needed for additional wax), every time a stick comes into contact with your skin, it is discarded. Often I go through dozens of sticks in a single waxing service – an investment I consider well-made because it prevents contamination of the wax from guest to guest.

How much hair growth is required for effective waxing?

At least ¼ inch of growth should be present. This is normally about 10-14 days growth (post-shaving).

How long does it take for the hair to grow back?

Hair typically grows back in two to eight weeks depending on the individual. Due to cycles of hair growth (we have three), you may experience re-growth sooner. This is not the waxed hair growing back – it is the emergence of hair which was not present (or too short) at the time of waxing. With regular waxing early on, you can decrease the frequency with which you’ll need it.

Does waxing increase hair growth?

No, this is a myth. In fact, with regular waxing, re-growth is usually less and hair tends to become finer.

Are there any risks associated with waxing?

Waxing is an exfoliation of the skin – often, when the wax is removed, surface cells are also removed. Exfoliation is healthy for the skin (even encouraged), however, too much can cause redness, irritation, and even rawness (which can lead to scabbing).  Rarely, hyper-pigmentation can result (darkening of the skin which can be long-term or permanent). Some guests get ingrown hairs post-waxing (which can have a bumpy, red appearance), especially in areas where the waxed hair is coarse and/or curly.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

• Waxing should not be performed on any area on which vitamin-A based products such as Retin-A, Renova, and Differin have been used within the last 2 weeks. Please inform your esthetician of any usage of these products within the last 6 months.

• Waxing should not be performed on individuals who have used Accutane within the last year(minimum). Please alert your esthetician if you have ever used Accutane.

• If you are using products containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid or any other preparation designed to peel the skin, it should be discontinued for 3-5 days prior to any waxing.

• Waxing should not be used on areas of skin affected by warts, moles or other skin irritations.

• Do not receive waxing if you are **diabetic** or have any circulatory problems.  Waxing should not be performed on areas with broken blood vessels or varicose veins. **In some cases waxing may be performed with doctor's approval.**

Tips prior to waxing:

• Know the contraindications (see above) and communicate with your esthetician about any procedures you have recently received on the area to be waxed.

• Avoid sun exposure/tanning for at least 5 days prior.

• Avoid heavy exercise/sweating for 8 hours prior.

• Avoid aspirin and other blood thinners. You may take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen one hour prior to waxing.

• Remember – you can follow all of these tips and still have some post-waxing irritation due to hormones, stress, general skin sensitivity or other factors.  Therefore, for special occasions, it is best to schedule your waxing at least 7 days prior.

Tips following waxing:

• Your skin will be much more sensitive to the sun following waxing, so avoid tanning and be sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF 20.

• Avoid use of exfoliants (scrubs), AHAs, glycolics, and other ingredients designed to peel or exfoliate the skin for 72-hours following waxing.

• To soothe any irritation, apply hydrocortisone to the affected area.

• Avoid heavy exercise/sweating for 8 hours following waxing, especially if you are particularly sensitive or irritated.