Why wax in the first place?
Waxing is one of the best ways to temporarily remove unwanted hair. It is more effective than shaving because it removes hair from the roots, not just from the skin's surface. Over time, hair in waxed areas regrows lighter and sparser or not at all.
Even fine hair shadows the face, distorting and aging your features. Waxing the brows opens up the eyes, providing a non-surgical facelift. You keep the hair on your head well-maintained, so why not everywhere else?
How long does waxing take?
Depending on the body part and the density of the hair growth, your waxing appointment will take between fifteen minutes and one hour.
Will the hair grow back thicker?
Absolutely not. It might seem so because you will be accustomed to a hairless zone, and new hair will be intolerable. Usually, regrowth will be finer, thinner and slower. Eventually, hair growth may stop altogether.
How long does the hair need to be?
The first time you wax, you'll need to have (at minimum) 10-14 days worth of growth. Don't worry about trimming, if you think it may be too long. Your results will be much smoother, if you let your hair grow out.
What areas of the body can be waxed?
The wax can be used on almost any part of the body as needed. It is wise to test a small area first for sensitivity. Some frequently waxed areas for women are legs, underarms, bikini line, eyebrows and face. For men: chest, leg, arms, and back. The exceptions for waxing are hair on the scalp or beards on men.
Are there any health precautions to keep in mind?
VERY IMPORTANT: Some physicians do not recommend waxing for persons suffering from diabetes or who have varicose veins or poor circulation as they are more susceptible to infection. Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients using Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
Also, please advise your aesthetician if you are allergic to any foods - because if you can't eat it, you shouldn't put the extracts on your skin. Please be completely honest with your Skin Care Therapist about all allergies and medications you are taking - it is for your protection.
What are the possible side effects of waxing and how can they be minimized?
Most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some hairs to grow out faster. Please follow these guidelines to minimize irritation and possible break outs.
- Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and please wear sun block; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.
- Avoid heavy exercise for at least 10 hours after waxing.
- Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofas until at least 24 hours after waxing.
- Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs . I also offer a product to prevent and treat ingrown hairs called Get the Bump Outta Here!
- Regular exfoliation may be helpful especially on leg and arm areas.
Routine waxing helps the skin become accustomed to the procedure and may minimize irritation.
What can you expect from a Standard Bikini Wax versus a Brazilian Bikini Wax?
A standard bikini wax is more conservative and generally involves removing hair to just inside the panty or swimsuit line. Hair removal is limited to the front of your body only and does not include the legs or abdomen.
The Brazilian technique has gained in popularity and involves hair removal around the anus, perineum and labia/scrotum, leaving only a small strip of hair, no hair at all, triangle, or V...whatever you desire. This is a very intimate type of waxing and will only be performed after careful consultation. Another option is to gradually remove more hair after each appointment until a Brazilian look is achieved.
How closely you trim, shave or wax your pubic hair is a personal preference. You should do whatever makes you comfortable, whether it's a bare look or a more natural look.
Want more information about the Brazilian Bikini Wax?
What is a Brazilian bikini wax?
Brazilian waxing refers to hair removal around the anus, perineum and labia/scrotum. To some people it means removing all the hair from the bikini area, and to others it means removing everything but a strip in the front. The Brazilian technique has gained in popularity and involves removal of most hair from the bikini area, leaving only a small strip of hair. This is a very intimate type of waxing and will only be performed after careful consultation. How closely you trim, shave or wax your pubic hair is a personal preference. You should do whatever makes you comfortable, whether it's a bare look, a more natural look, or something in between.
Can a man get a Brazilian bikini wax?
I am no longer accepting new male brazilian clients.
What do I wear during this waxing?
If you are comfortable, the Brazilian wax will be done without any draping. A towel will be available for draping if you prefer.
What is the procedure for Brazilian bikini waxing?
To begin, the hair is snipped with scissors, if necessary, pre-depilatory oil is applied and then wax is applied a little at a time. The hair is removed and the procedure continues. The wax used for this procedure is a no-strip wax, meaning it is applied to the hair to be removed, it "shrink-wraps" around the hairs, and is pulled off after it cools. The wax is made for sensitive skin, so it's great for bikini/Brazilian waxing. Stray hairs may also be tweezed.
After the hairs are removed, a cooling gel is applied to help soothe the area. It is a botanical solution, so please advise your skin care therapist if you are allergic to any foods.
How long does Brazilian bikini waxing take?
Depending on the density of the hair growth, your waxing appointment will take between fifteen and thirty minutes for women, and forty-five minutes to one hour for men.
What sanitary measures are taken?
As an aesthetician, I do not "double-dip". Once the wax and applicator comes into contact with a client, it is thrown away and NEVER gets dipped back into the wax container. I also wear a new pair of vinyl gloves with each client. All of my implements are disinfected using a quaternary ammonium compound, Marvicide II.
How long will the results last?
Results will vary person to person. Hair grows in three phases of a cycle...Anagen, Catagen, & Telogen phase. In Lamens terms this means hair is either attached at the root and growing, detached & resting in the hair follicle, or beginning to fall out. After the first time you've been waxed, you may notice re-growth within the first week. This is normal and is either hair that has broken off during waxing, or hair that was simply in the first phase of growth and hadn't surfaced yet. The benefit of regular waxing at regular intervals (usually every 3-4 weeks), is hair will begin to grow in on the same cycle. So, after being waxed your skin should remain smooth for the first few weeks and begin to grow the last week...just in time to be waxed again!