Before your Wax
Soo you’ve booked a wax. Here’s a couple of tips to lessen the pain (and increase the longevity of the hair free feeling).
– If you’re really worried about the pain, and haven’t had waxing before, other clients have reported, that 1 or 2 pain relievers about 60 minutes before the appointment help reduce the surface discomfort.
We offer topical ouchless formula, an analgesic cream, that is applied 30 min prior to appointment. Please let us know prior to appointment if you are interested in this ouchless experience.
– Make sure your hair is long enough to remove completely from the roots – it should be at least 0.5 centimeters. If you’ve shaved the area within the last few weeks, it might take a couple of waxes to get your hair into a cycle of growth that allows the most effective wax finish.
After your Wax…
You’ve just invested time, money and a little discomfort in order to be hair free – so it makes sense to look after it. We don’t just make this stuff up for the sake of it! So, read on…
Immediately after your wax
It’s normal immediately after your wax for a little bit of redness and a prickly heat type rash to appear. This should disappear after a few hours and is normally due to a histamine reaction. Because waxing removes the hair at the root, it’s important that you keep the area clean and bacteria free. This means:
– No sunbathing for at least 12 hours (have your waxing done at least the day BEFORE you go on holiday)
– No swimming in a chlorinated pool for 24 hours
– Same for spa baths or saunas
– Avoid applying any topical lotions for at least 12 hours (fragrances and other lubricants can cause a burning sensation)
– Also avoid touching the waxed area to ensure it remains bacteria free
– Use a tea tree oil-based product to apply to the area for it’s anti-bacterial qualities.
3-10 Days after waxing
As you skin closes over the follicles, the next consideration is to ensure you prevent ingrown hairs. This is when new, often softer hair can get trapped under the skin. A few simple measures can easily avoid this situation. Here’s where the “do’s” come in:
– Use an exfoliation prescribed by your esthetician to roll over the area after showering. Product contains exfoliating acids which helps ensure dead skin cells are buffed away allowing your hair back through the follicle opening.
– Use professional body scrub or exfoliating glove to gently buff the area every 2-3 days – this is particularly important after about day 3 through to about the 10-day mark. It doesn’t need to be hard scrubbing, just a gentle exfoliation.
The added bonus of following the after-care advice (apart from your skin looking hair free and smooth for longer), is that it really will make your next wax a whole lot quicker and less painful.
How long will your wax last?
If you’re a first-time or occasional waxer you will likely notice some new hair growth within 2-3 weeks due to the naturally staggered hair growth cycle. This part of regrowth will be sparse, about one-third of the hair normally present. Soon after the remaining hair will begin growing in.
Regular waxing will leave the area hair free for 3 – 6 weeks. Over time the density of hair in the waxed area may start to decrease as well.
More waxing questions? Please call or email our professional skin therapists will be happy to assist.