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Waxing FAQs &Tips

Before you wax


1. How long should hair be to wax?

You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto, we recommend 1/4 of an inch. That’s about 2-3 weeks of growing it after shaving.


2. What if I'm on my cycle?

Your skin is the most sensitive the time near your period, and waxing can be more painful than normal. So your appointment shouldn’t be any closer than 3-4 days before or after your period. However, you can still wax if you are on your period.


3. Should I shower right before my waxing appointment?

Actually, avoiding that shower will help more than you’d think. Water softens the hair shafts, making them less likely to adhere to the wax. However, while the skin on the face is generally exfoliated enough in terms of waxing, the body needs a little help. A somewhat gritty body scrub will help rid dead cells around skin pores and hair follicles, providing an easier exit. Shower and lightly exfoliate your entire bikini area the day before your appointment using warm, not hot water. Make sure you are extra clean.


4. Is it painful?

If you are worried about mild discomfort, you can take Tylenol or Advil 30-45 minutes before your appointment.  Also, you might benefit from taking an antacid like Tums 20 minutes before your service to reduce acidity and therefore reduce skin sensitivity.

Please refrain from drinking caffeine or alcohol. While having a couple of glasses of wine or beer before getting waxed sounds like a great idea, stimulants in the system can cause the skin to be extra sensitive to waxing. Give yourself a couple of hours after drinking coffee or alcohol before getting waxed. Instead, drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and skin.


5. How fast is my hair going to grow?

Because hair growth has different cycles, sometimes after the very first wax you may already grow some stubble after a couple of days. Be aware that it’s not the hair waxed already growing, but it’s another cycle that was still right beneath the skin during waxing. While it’s usually only a small amount of hair, for smoother results, wax twice before an event or vacation because the second time, cycles are more even and there is less regrowth.


6. Are there some risks?

More common risks include dermatitis, skin irritation, and folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle), particularly in the bikini area, where it tends to be warm and humid, 

Waxing services MAY NOT be performed if you have taken Accutane in the last 12 months, or have used Retin-A or any other form of topical prescription vitamin A or tretinoin for 30 days. Those using blood thinning medications may not be waxed. Please refrain from using products containing AHA’s or BHA’s (glycolic or salicylic acid) for 72 hours before and after service. Those treated with microdermabrasion or chemical peels must wait 10-30 days, depending on skin condition. This is for the safety of your skin.


After you wax


In the first 24-48 hours, you may experience some sensitivity like redness or irritation in the area that was treated. These are normal and usually, there is less reaction the longer you wax.


Here are some tips to follow during the first 48 hours after waxing:

  • Do not use any exfoliating products, especially ones containing acids, since they might further irritate your skin.

  • Showers are better than baths. Use only lukewarm water--not hot.

  • No saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, or other heated sources.

  • Do not expose the treated area to ultraviolet rays indoors or outdoors. For your own protection always wear sunscreen.

  • Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours.

  • To avoid ingrown hairs don’t wear tight clothes for the next couple of days.

  • Resist touching freshly waxed skin, especially on the face, as this may encourage irritation and some breakouts.

  • Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24-48 hours.

  • To avoid ingrown hair exfoliate the waxed area (starting after 48 hours since treatment) 2-3 times a week to get rid of the dead skin layer, so your hair can grow outside the skin surface.

  • Also applying ingrown hair solution like PFB Vanish will help maintain smooth skin.


Avoid for 24 hrs after waxing


  • Makeup, if the face is waxed

  • Deodorant with aluminum.

  • Salt Glow or stimulating body or facial treatments.

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