Does waxing hurt?
Every person reacts differently to waxing, as we all have different sensitivity levels. Different areas of the body will hurt more than others on certain people. While we can’t promise it won’t hurt, we will do our best to make you comfortable and make the waxing as painless as possible.
How can I make waxing less painful?
Be sure to exfoliate 24 hours prior to your waxing appointment. This can be done easily with exfoliating gloves or a bath brush. Also, take a pain reliever with anti-inflammatory components 30 minutes prior to your appointment. The more often you get waxed, the softer the hair will grow back in, making it less painful to remove. To allow for easier removal, try to schedule your waxes on a regular basis before the hair gets too long.
How long does the hair have to be?
It depends on the area being waxed. For body hair, it should be around 1/4″ to 1/2″ for best results. The longer the better, but anything longer than 1/2″ may need to be trimmed, which may result in additional charges. For facial hair, it should be at least 1/8″ long, approximately the length of a grain of rice.
How long does it take the hair to grow back?
This depends on the person, as well as the area being waxed. Typically, facial waxing can be done every two weeks. Body waxing, however, usually takes one to two months to grow to the length where it can be waxed again.
Why is there still some stubble on my legs after being waxed?
Sometimes, especially with first-time waxes, our roots are rather strong and don’t like to come out when we ask them to! This, unfortunately, results in breakage of some of the hairs. If you decide to wax again, however, it is likely that this hair can be caught in a weaker growth stage [see Hair growth video]. This will allow the hair to come out clean and grow back finer, resulting in smoother results.
If you experience breakage after a wax, you can either let it grow out to be waxed again in the future, or you can shave once after waxing to get a smooth surface, and grow it all out again from there. Shaving, however, may affect the regrowth texture and can cause ingrown hairs. Frequent scheduled waxing will almost always bring smoother results.
I just got waxed a few days ago and there’s already hair growing back! I thought waxing lasted longer than shaving…”
This is a very common reaction which frustrates both the client and the esthetician, but we promise, it’s normal and unfortunately just the way our body works. Our hair grows in multiple stages, meaning that there isn’t just one hair growing in each follicle. So even though a hair has been removed from the follicle, there is still hair growing in that follicle which, sadly, may show its head in just a few days.
Here is a video on how the hair Grows. [Hair growth video].
You can see that while the hair is in the follicle, there is often another one growing just below it, pushing out the old hair to make room for the new. So, it is because of this that hair can reappear so quickly. So why not wait until it’s all in the same growth stage to pull it out?
Because it’s physically impossible to determine what growth stage every hair is in. And even if we did catch them all closely together, there is always one coming up behind it. However, it is possible to slow down the growth with frequent waxing.
How? When a hair is pulled out in the Telogen phase, one will appear quite quickly because that hair was already separated from its root and just resting. When we are able to pull out a hair by the root (yes, those painful ones), it will take longer for it to grow back because we have interrupted the growth cycle and not allowed it to complete. When that hair starts to grow back, it will be much finer. If it is pulled out before the roots get a chance to grow too strong, the follicle can eventually become “damaged” and stop growing the hair. The more often you get waxed, the weaker the hair will become, resulting in less painful waxing and eventually less hair growth and less frequent waxing visits!
Will I be red after getting waxed?
This depends on your skin’s sensitivity. Some people will turn red for just a few minutes after waxing, while some people are red for a couple hours or even a day or so. On larger areas such as arms, legs, back, etc. you may see red spots or bumps. This is normal and is caused by the hair being pulled out by the root, and will go away.
Can I tan after being waxed?
We are not an advocate of tanning because we have seen the effects it has on our skin. However, if you tan, you should avoid tanning for 24-48 hours after waxing due to new skin being exposed.
Is there anything special I should do to care for my skin after being waxed?
Avoid direct sunlight to prevent burning, do not use hot water or any type of heat on the waxed area, and be sure to exfoliate and moisturize often to prevent ingrown hairs.
I broke out big time after being waxed. What’s that all about?
Another one of those frustrating things our body does! Yes, waxing can cause breakouts… it even happens to estheticians and they’re the “professionals”! So why does it do this? Well, when we wax, especially when we catch the hair at the root, we’re opening up that hair follicle and allowing for all kinds of dirt, oil, and even dead skin to get in. Thus, we break out into little pustules (“white heads”). Also, some people may be sensitive to the wax that is being used, or may even be allergic to an ingredient in the wax. Always inform the esthetician of all allergies and sensitivities. To prevent and treat breakouts after waxing, cleanse thoroughly and regularly, and use an astringent such as Witch Hazel to further clean the area of unwanted debris and close up the pores. Try to avoid sweating at all costs to prevent bacteria from getting into the follicles. Using an anti-bacterial soap has also shown to help with breakouts after waxing. In severe cases, try using a salicylic gel or make your own “aspirin mask” (it’s the same as a salicylic!) at home. Ask your esthetician or simply search “homemade aspirin mask” on the internet.