What type of wax do you use?
I utilize both soft (wax removed with paper strips) when appropriate, and hard wax (applied and removed without paper)
Waxing is not a one size fits all situation. While hard wax is more popular because of its ability to be "less painful", it's not always the right fit for certain hair and/or skin types, and vice versa with soft wax. We will discuss the right course of action for your unique hair and skin type at your appointment.
Will my hair grow back darker or thicker?
No. Waxing will actually have the opposite effect! This is due to the fact that everytime we wax we are weakening the root, and that will allow the hair to come back finer and softer. Some people see a remarkable difference after only 1 wax!
How long will my wax last?
Waxing is usually a process, not an instant solution for many of us. If it is your first time getting waxed you may notice that your hair will start to come back within a week to a week and a half. Let me explain...
Most of us are accustomed to shaving. This process knocks our hair into 3 different growth stages, causing our hairs to regenerate at different rates of growth, and at the time of your first wax you may have hairs that are too short to pick up, that are just under your skin. Therefore, it may take 2-3 consistant waxes ( every 4-5 weeks) to get your hair growth on the same pattern, which will then cause your waxes to last longer!
Can I get waxed on my period?
Yes! You are always welcome to get waxed while on your period. But please remember that anytime we are having hormonal fluctuations (period/pregnancy) we are prone to higher sensitivity during these times, and your wax may feel a little more uncomfortable. Just please come with a clean tampon, and you are good to go!
Can I get waxed while pregnant?
Of course! But please be aware that you will be more sensitive during this time. I also do not recommend coming in for your first Brazilian at 9 months pregnant...
A lot of women come in mere days before their due date, and while it's technically ok, it's not advisable -- especially if its your first time, or its been a long time since your last wax. If you are wanting to be smooth for the birth of your baby, please consider starting waxing as early in your pregnancy as you can so you can build a pain tolerance that may be heightened due to hormonal changes.
Do you wax plus-size women?
Yes! I have the ability to wax women of all shapes and sizes, so please do not feel intimidated or uncomfortable! Please just be aware that it may take more time than usual (up to 30 minutes) so we have time to make sure we get all of the hair, while considering your comfort.
Will I get ingrown hairs?
While waxing is definitely a superior option to shaving, the possibility of getting ingrowns is never zero with any hair removal modality. Clients that are prone to ingrowns with shaving usually see a massive improvement with waxing, in conjunction with proper aftercare. Some individuals are just prone to them, and at that point I tend to suggest laser hair removal as a better option. It's also extremely important to remember that it's absolutely crucial to follow aftercare instruction (you can find that here) 80% of your results will come from how you treat your skin following your wax; the other 20% is from your Esthetician (technique, quality of wax used)
How do I treat ingrown hairs?
If you have developed a pesky ingrown or two after you hair removal, rest assured it is normal and it is something that comes along with the territory of hair removal. However, you will want to do the following:
1. Make sure you are follwing the skincare routine of scrubbing 3-4x week with a gentle but effective exfoliator
2. You are moisturizing 2x daily
3. You have followed the 24 - 48 hour rule of post-care
4. Make sure you have Polysporin (or another antibiotic cream) handy - apply that to the affected area(s) and relax until it is fully soaked into the skin
Also, sometimes in the dogs days of summer, ingrowns can flare up from just generally being sweaty, hot and friction. Try to take it easy for a few days post-wax, and make sure you are always washing regulary as well! This is also true for pregnancy!
What should I avoid after my wax?
I know we are all really busy with very little time to cram everything in our schedules. But for the sake of your lovely skin, I advise clients to avoid these activities for
- Hot Tubs
- Any open body of water (rivers, lakes, ocean etc... 24 hours!)
These are all activities that are hot beds of heat and/or bacteria! Your pores will be open and susceptible to lots of icky germs for 36 hours.
Can I shave in between waxes?
NO! Do not shave, pluck, tweeze or epilate between waxes! This upsets the entire process and we will be back to square one with your progress. I know it's difficult in the summer, but I do offer discounted bikini line waxes during the warmer months so we can keep you on the right track. I also suggest starting waxing as the cooler months roll around, so your hair will be minimal by the following summer.
Are there medications I should avoid?
There are a lot of medications out there that can compromise the integrity of your skin while getting waxed. Just a few things to be aware of are as follows:
Benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, prescription scrubs, vitamin A, certain antibiotics, medications for hormones and drugs related to radiation and chemotherapy.
If you are currently on medications for skin conditions, please consult with your physician before starting the waxing process. Usually there are conditions in which you can be waxed provided you stop medication in the determined time frame. Some names to be aware of are as follows:
Adapalene, Avita, Tazorac Avage, Proactiv(e), Differin, Strivectin.
Do you wax mens facial hair?
No, it is against my better judgment as an Esthetician, and here's why: The hair on mens faces is most of the time too coarse and dense, so waxing is not only terribly painful, but incredibly difficult and harsh on the skin; it leaves you wide open for infection, hair growing back uneven and patchy, painful ingrown hairs & sores and possible scarring.
Can I record my wax?
Please understand that you are not allowed to record your wax at all. Plain and simple, it's distracting, and interferes with me doing my job to the best of my ability. It also creates a stressful atmosphere when individuals are trying to create "reaction" content. It's also is an infringement on my personal privacy, and I appreciate cooperation on this.