Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I wax instead of shave?
A: If you are regular with your waxing, your hair will eventually grow back thinner, slower and more sparse. Shaving only cuts the hair, whereas waxing removes the hair from the follicle, decreasing the amount of hair you have over time. The end result is smooth, hairless skin for much longer than if you shaved. Shaving can also cause uncomfortable bumps and ingrown hairs, particularly when used to remove hair too frequently.
Q: How long does waxing last?
A: If your hair is the proper length when getting waxed, you should be clean and hair-free for at least 1-2 weeks following your appointment. Your hair will grow back sporadically and more slowly than with shaving.
Q: How do I prepare for my wax?
A: Consider the following...
- Make sure the hair is the appropriate length for waxing. The ideal length is 1/4'' to 1/2" long. This is usually about two weeks after shaving. See How long should my hair be before I get waxed?
- Thoroughly clean the area to be waxed prior to your appointment.
- We recommend exfoliation 2-3 days prior to your wax to prepare your skin for your treatment.
- Ibuprofen or aspirin 30 minutes prior to your wax will help to improve comfort level and inflammation of the skin. (Consult your doctor before taking any medications.)
Q: What is the difference between bikini, modified and Brazilian waxes?
A: A bikini wax removes hair from the upper inner thigh to the panty line. A modified bikini removes more than a bikini but less than a Brazilian, taking hair from the front and sides and leaving hair inside to the back. The Brazilian wax removes hair from front to back and everything in between. Some choose to leave a small strip or patch up front, if anything at all.
Q: How often should I get waxed?
A: This varies from person to person, but on average we recommend every 4 weeks. Regular waxing lessens the hair growth over time, making hair softer and more fine. Each time we wax, we are also weakening the follicle resulting in a more comfortable, pain-free experience.
Q: How long should my hair be before I get waxed?
A: The hair should be at least 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch long for best results. This is usually about two weeks after shaving.
If your hair is too long*, it may get matted up in the wax resulting in an uncomfortable experience. If it is too short, the wax can pull the skin and not the hair, also adding discomfort.
*We recommend trimming one week prior to your wax if your hair is longer than one inch (1"), making sure to leave at least 1/4-1/2 an inch of growth.
Q: What kind of wax do you use?
A: For all sensitive areas such as the face, bikini, Brazilian and underarms, we use a hard wax. This is the most gentle and effective type of wax for these areas. For larger areas such as legs, arms, and backs, strip wax is used to remove the hair.
Q: What should I do after my wax?
A: Your skin may be more sensitive following your wax. Avoid any standing pools of water (hot baths, hot tubs, hot springs, pools) and any activities that will make you sweat excessively (hot yoga, steam rooms and saunas) for 24-48 hours after your wax. Warm showers are perfectly fine.
Keep the areas waxed clean and free of any heavy lotions or creams for the first 24 hours.
Start exfoliation two days post-waxing to prevent ingrown hairs.
Q: How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
A: Ingrown hairs occur when the hair cannot push through the skin, therefore causing the hair to grow back into the skin and cause redness, inflammation and discomfort. Gently exfoliating 1-2 days after your wax and continuing to do so will help to remove any dead skin so that your hairs can push through.
A light moisturizer will also help to prevent dry, dead skin build up.