I don’t know how many times in a run of a week I’ve heard “So how bad is this (insert type of waxing) going to hurt anyway?” and I don’t know how many times I’ve responded by saying… “ohhhh you’ll be fineeeee, its not so bad…..”.Truth is…I lied.
Waxing hurts. Its not as pleasant as a pretty pedicure or a nice, relaxing massage. You are RIPPING your hair from its follicle, from all parts of your body with nice, hot wax. And don’t forget, YOU are volunteering yourself to have this treatment done. If you can’t handle heat, get out of the kitchen or so to speak. There are plenty other hair removal methods out there at your disposal i.e. shaving, laser, tweezing, threading, sugaring, electrolysis and scary chemical depilatories like Nair .( I plan on doing a post in the future about these too)
But this isn’t a rant about all those other things. This is about waxing.
Waxing has been around for ages. It is probably one of the most popular spa services performed and for as how much it sucks to have it done, I loveeeeeee it and believe it is 100% worth it.
You can have your legs waxed, your brows waxed, your underarms waxed…heck, you can have your butt waxed.(don’t laugh, its more popular then you’d think!!)
People constantly want to be hair free. It’s the “In” thing to do. Girls, You don’t have to worry about wasting time shaving your legs to wear a dress and guys; you don’t have to be embarrassed of your thick back hair on the beach. Just wax it.
I do however, have some tips and suggestions to make your waxing experience the best it can possibly be. There are some things to keep in mind to get the smoothest results and also, some things to make it all a little less painful.
PRE WAX PREP
– Hair length has to be a quarter of an inch or passed the stubbly stage for maximum rippage!! I know that’s not a real word, grammar police, but stick with me here ( no pun intended 😉 ). The hair has to be lying flat to the skin so that there is enough for the wax to attach to and prevent breakage of the follicle. This will also prevent the tedious task of me having to tweeze your whole leg. You will hate me if this happens. So let it grow people. Don’t shave three days before and expect to get a “good wax” out of you session.
Now, on the other hand, hair that is too long is not good. If you can braid it, its probably going to hurt a heck of a lot more and greaten the chances of the wax pulling/tangling or possible getting stuck. If you haven’t done any maintenance in a while, especially in the bikini area, trim please or we can do it when you come in. You will be happier if you do.
-No lotions, perfumes or creams prior to waxing. This just makes cleansing of the area faster and also ensures the wax actually sticks.
-It is up to you if you want to take an Advil or something to lessen the pain before hand. I personally don’t find it makes that much of a difference, but its worth a shot.
-Any type of waxing, especially bikini, will hurt more the week before and during your menstrual cycle. Your pain tolerance isn’t its best at this time. So go have a bag of chips or ice cream and book your appointment for after this time of the month. It’ll be much more pleasant if you do.
-If possible, start waxing earlier on in life. The earlier you start the better. Especially with girls. If they start waxing their legs as a teen instead of shaving, there is more of chance they will have less or no hair when they are older. The hair is finer, and weaker at this point in their life and the more you have it done, the better the pain will get later on.
-Avoid Skin thinning medications if you want to have waxing done. Accutane and certain topicals can make you skin super fragile and even the most minor wax can leave you with skin loss or tears. So be honest with your aesthetician, tell them any medications you’re on to avoid possible damage.
-Avoid Sun exposure prior to waxing. Tanning and burns make your skin more fragile and can also cause skin loss during waxing.
-Best times of day to get waxing done are between 3 and 5 pm. Your pain threshold is higher at these points of the day versus 9 am when you’re cranky from lack of caffeine and sleep.
-As hard as it may be at the time, try to relax. Tensing up makes everything more painful. Also, If you aren’t relaxed, we aren’t relaxed. Beyond popular belief, I don’t like hurting people. I just want you have the best possible experience and leave hair free in the desired area.
– As far as decency goes in bikini and leg waxing, you are covered. Leave on your underwear and we will drape you with a towel. Brazilian’s are a little trickier though. You’re getting all the hair removed down there, but there are ways an aesthetician can keep it modest, whether that’s disposable thongs or draping with a small towel. And P.S. Ladies, it’s normal to be apprehensive about the “exposure” level of a Brazilian, but once you have one done and have found someone you are comfortable having it done with, its a walk in the park. I never thought in a million years I’d be so comfortable doing these types of services, but I literally would be happy with a whole day of bikini or Brazilian waxings. You become fast friends with these clients and build a loyal clientele this way. When I was 5 dreaming of what I’d do with my life, I never thought it be this, but I love it!
-There are two types of wax out there. Different spas use different kinds. There is the traditional soft wax. This is applied with a stick to the skin in a thin layer and removed with a cloth strip. This type is great for bigger areas as it is faster to use and you can do larger sections. Hard wax is applied thicker and left to dry or harden. This wax is great for more sensitive skin types and for more sensitive areas such as underarm or bikini. Let your waxer know if you have a preference. I love both types equally, as they are great for different people.
-Avoid tight clothing on area where you have received the waxing. Tight clothing causes friction and irritation and that is the last thing you want in an area you just ripped hair out of.
-Redness and swelling is normal after waxing. It should go disappear in a matter of a few minutes to a few hours. If any pain is present after 24-48 hours, call your aesthetician and/or doctor.
-You can apply cold compresses, ice and aloe to waxed areas afterwards to deal with the redness and sensitivity.
-Avoid Sun exposure, hot tubs, chlorinated pools and strenuous exercise immediately after. All these things can cause irritation, sweating and possible pain of the skin and not allow it to heal properly.
-Book your waxings according to your needs. If you need your lip done every two weeks, you can do that. As long as the hair is long enough to remove. Same goes for the rest of the body. Most people book anywhere from 2 to 4 to 6 weeks in between sessions. It all just depends on your hair growth cycle and how long you can stand to let it go.
-To prevent ingrown hairs, exfoliate waxed areas regularly. BUT please do not exfoliate immediately after waxing, give it a day or two.
-If you do have an ingrown, do not pick it, as tempting as it may be. Use salicylic acid products and warm compresses to help loosen the hair and to exfoliate the skin that’s inflamed. If it persists, get them checked out by your doctor. You do not want them to lead to an infection.
And that’s about it. As many tips I can think of to help anyone through their first or 50th waxing session. Sure it hurts. But its bearable and it will become a time and life saver for people who hate hair (like me)
-Nicole 🙂 xo
***I know people buy their own wax and do waxing at home, but Please do not attempt more difficult waxing in your bathroom. Brazilians are meant to be done by people trained to do them. The last thing you want is to end up in the E.R. trying to explain what the issue is….***