Here is what you should know and a few of our frequently asked questions about waxing. Should you have any unanswered questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 817-680-1462.
Those who should not wax…
Leg waxing is not recommended if you have varicose veins, phlebitis or diabetes. If you have diabetes, we recommend sugaring.
If you have recently undergone excessive exfoliation such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion. This includes the use of glycolic, salicylic and other acid based products.
Botox or collagen injections within the last 72 hours.
Sunburn or exposure to direct sunlight for a long period of time or a tanning booth within the past 48 hours. Your skin is very sensitive after sun exposure and waxing directly after tanning could lift the skin.
Those who are taking or using the following medications: Accutane, Retin-A, Differin, Tazorac, Azelex, Renova, any other peeling agents or Vitamin A topical products. These oral and topical antibiotics can increase the possibility of a skin reaction and/or tear. You must not have taken Accutane within the last 9 months.
Hydroquinone for skin lightening and any blood thinning medications.
If you have a history of fever blisters, cold sores or Herpes simplex 2. It is possible for a person to carry Herpes simplex 2 (genital), never have any symptoms/outbreaks, to have a reaction after waxing.
Prior to your hair removal session…
Please shower and wash prior to your session. If you are receiving a Brazilian/Bikini wax, this includes your pubic area. This will allow you to be more comfortable during the Brazilian wax session. Cleanliness is both helpful to you and your Esthetician as she will become very intimate with your pubic area.
Your hair should be between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch. 1/4 inch is equivalent to a grain of rice. Typically, about three weeks of hair growth is best for your first waxing session. If your hair is too short, the wax will not adhere to it. If your hair is too long we will be happy to trim it for you.
Please refrain from using your facial moisturizer or body lotions at least 24 hours prior to your service.
It is best to wax 4 days to a week AFTER your menstrual cycle as doing so right before will cause you to have much more sensitivity as your pain tolerance is higher during this time.
We recommend exfoliating with spa gloves and/or a salt or sugar scrub up to 48 hours before your session but no sooner.
Should you have a low pain tolerance, feel free to take some pain reliever 2 hours prior to your appointment. Avoiding caffeine the day of your appointment will also help.
After your hair removal session…
Avoid chlorinated swimming pools, tanning booths, strenuous exercise, saunas, steam rooms for 24 hours. Try to avoid hot baths and sexual activity for 12 hours and anything with fragrance for 8 hours. While your pores are open, they are vulnerable to irritation by the extreme temperatures and infection by bacteria.
Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and please wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.
Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs. Wear loose comfortable clothes to your appointment.
We highly recommend exfoliating your skin with the use of spa gloves and a salt/sugar scrub every 3 to 4 days (no sooner than 48 hours after the wax as this would irritate your skin). Exfoliation and hydration will help prevent ingrown hairs. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, you may wish to invest in topical cream designed to target and treat them. We carry PFB. There are others that people favor, but please be careful as some products have quite a bit of alcohol which can be overly drying. Body sugaring is highly recommended for those with sensitive skin and prone to ingrown hairs.
MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WAXING AND HAIR REMOVAL…
Q. Will hair removal really make my hair grow back thick and fast?
A. No, this has always been an “old-wives tale” or a myth. A natural shaped hair is finest at the tip and thicker at the base. If you cut the hair off blunt at the base it will appear thick and feel course to the touch. Think of a bamboo cane. A really long one will be flexible while a very short one will be harder and tougher. In contrast, over time, waxing will weaken the hair follicle stopping it from producing a hair. Hair should grow back softer and more refined at a much slower pace than shaving.
Q. How long does a waxing last?
A. Everyone is different but you can expect to be smooth for 2 weeks before seeing any re-growth. However, it is possible for you to experience stubble during the first 2-3 waxings. This is due to the different growth cycles of hair. Two hairs can grow next to each other and be a different stages of growth. We will assist you in scheduling your appointments according to these cycles. Typically, the average is every 4 weeks.
Q. Is Waxing Painful?
A. No, waxing is not painful, it is uncomfortable. It will only last for a few seconds and it will be less uncomfortable with subsequent visits. Each visit becomes easier as the hair grows back thinner. The experience is not as bad as you anticipate and the end result is superior.
Q. Will I get red or have bumps?
A. Your Body’s ReTreat uses premium quality waxes to minimize redness and irritation. Should you get red or experience bumpiness, it should dissipate within an hour. If you have highly sensitive and reactive skin, we highly recommend Body Sugaring.