Should I wax?
Waxing is the most common method of hair removal in spas today. Warm wax is applied to the area and then removed, bringing the hair with it.
Waxing reduces hair growth when performed at regular 30-day intervals. Because waxing pulls the hair out by the root, it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. The more you wax, the less hair grows back.
Waxing should not be performed if you have particularly sensitive skin, because it pulls off a couple of layers of skin cells along with the hair. Waxing can cause tenderness and swelling. In addition, some medications will cause the skin to react badly to waxing. Don’t wax the facial area if you’re taking Retin-A, Accutane, or any type of acne prescription.
Preparing for treatment
If this is your first wax, let the hair grow out to about a quarter-inch above the skin. This is especially important for body waxing. If hairs are too short, the wax won’t adhere strongly enough to pull them out. Do not apply lotion to the skin immediately before your waxing session.
You can prep the area to be waxed a few days prior to your appointment by exfoliating with a gentle face scrub, wash cloth, or exfoliating sponges. This will remove some dead skin, therefore minimizing the chance of ingrown hairs occurring.
How much does it hurt?
Most people tolerate it well, and get used to the sensation after a few treatments. The level of discomfort you will feel depends on your level of pain tolerance in general, and on which area is being waxed. Some clients have found it helpful to take Advil or Tylenol prior to their appointment, to reduce discomfort and decrease inflammation in the post-waxed area. For women, it is generally best not to schedule waxing services just prior to or during your period, as you are more sensitive to pain at this time and will experience more discomfort.
What about post treatment home care?
It’s important to care for the waxed area properly after treatment to prevent ingrown hairs, breakouts, or other reactions. Gentle exfoliation, using a loofah or exfoliating gloves with a bath gel, will help keep the skin on legs, bikini and underarms clear. Avoid using a bar soap because it leaves a film on the body that could cause ingrown hairs.
Directly after waxing, avoid direct sunlight and tanning booths, especially while the skin is still red from treatment. For 24 hours after waxing, avoid exercise, hot tubs, and products with harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes.
Try a hydrocortisone cream for any irritation that may occur, and use some witch hazel and a cool compress for calming any inflammation. Aloe Vera and tea tree oil can also help soothe skin.