Whether you are a first-time or a well-seasoned client, we all have questions about waxing. Before I started having the hair stripped from my body, I was curious and cautious about what to expect before booking my first appointment. And I am sure regular clients probably would also like to have the best practices for pre and post-maintenance addressed. We hope to deliver the truth accurately and assist in getting rid of the horrid razor – once you wax you will never go back!
The internet is inundated with conflicting dos and don’ts, sifting through them all can be tedious. We have compiled 5 points about waxing to cover everything you need to know but might have been too afraid to ask.
5 things nobody tells you about waxing
- The length of hair is key to a good wax
If you are a first-timer it is good to remember to grow out your hair to at least just under half a centimeter to achieve maximum results and have the best hair removal experience.
If your hair is longer than this, you can consider trimming the hair in the area where you will be waxed the day before. Or shave far enough in advance once you have made your appointment to have your hair ready at the optimum length.
It is important to book your appointments in rhythm with your hair growth once you have started this form of hair removal treatment. Generally, this will be every 3 to 5 weeks.
- Avoid certain ingredients in your beauty routine
A mistake beginner waxer often makes, is not knowing which ingredients in their skin products to avoid a day or two before waxing (for the specific area you are waxing).
Retinol is an amazing product for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and creating an even complexion. But it is potent and can make your skin more sensitive and prone to redness and irritation. It is best to avoid using this ingredient especially when waxing brows, upper lip, or any other facial area. Your skin will be vulnerable to tearing during a waxing session.
- Do not shave between waxes
Shaving stubble between waxes might seem like a quick way to fix hair regrowth. The reality is that it only removes hair at skin level, so it will reappear in a few days’ time. Shaving over time also makes your skin itself coarse.
To reach the full benefit of waxing, you will have to refrain from shaving because shaving actually stimulates hair growth.
Benefits of waxing:
- Finer hair
- Hair grows slower
- Increases time between waxes
- Reduces appearance of hair
Shaving causes your hair to:
- Grow back faster
- Grow back thicker and fuller
- Multiply per pore
Further shaving increases the risk of:
- Nicks and cuts
- Razor Burn
- Ingrown hairs
- Irratated skin
- Exfoliate and moisturize regularly
Exfoliating and moisturizing are fundamental to good waxing results. Healthy, hydrated skin will avoid hair breakage during waxing.
A gentle scrub will help remove dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs in the process.
Hydrating and moisturizing your skin is especially important in the winter months.
- Use SPF
After waxing your skin might be extra sensitive for a while, making it even more important than usual to lather up with sunscreen. Remember using sunscreen is something you should do whether or no you are waxing!
Lastly, we want to tell you to leave it to the professionals.
We know there are many at-home waxing kits on the market, but however DIY you might be, waxing is one to leave to the professionals. There are risks of severe burn should waxing be done incorrectly. DIY wax is not usually designed for sensitive skin and without a trained professional, you risk removing skin with the hair. Eina!
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