Smoothing Out Your Waxing FAQs

Why should I even wax?

Waxing is a form of hair removal that removes the entire hair from the hair follicle. Unlike shaving, Nair or clippers, which bluntly cut the hair at the surface. Warm wax is applied to the skin and “shrink wraps” around the hair follicle allowing the hair to be pulled from the root. Because the entire hair is removed, skin is left very smooth and outlasts any other form of hair removal, you won’t believe it till you try it.

Does waxing hurt?

Yes and no. Waxing does hurt most the first time. There are two reasons for this: pain tolerance and area of waxing. If you have a low pain tolerance, we recommend taking ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment to ease your nerves about the pain.

Can I bring a friend for moral support?

Absolutely! If capacity allows, your friend is more than welcome to come in and offer a hand to hold.

Will my skin have a reaction?

Yes, possibly. The upper lip, back and chest are all areas that are prone to breakouts. If you have a tendency towards ingrown hairs and irritation from shaving, you are more likely to have the same reactions waxing, although dramatically decreased. To minimize skin reactions, you MUST use proper home care and come to get waxed on a regular schedule.

All-in-all, come in like clockwork, every 4 weeks on the dot, exfoliate your skin and moisturize. This will help set you up for waxing success!

I'm super organized. Do I need to prep anything ahead?

No, our wax specialists will take care of everything and walk you through our 4 Steps to Gorgeous process. We just ask that you kindly arrive on time.

Is waxing unsanitary?

No way, no how! Wax in general is antibacterial, simply because there is zero water in the product. In order for bacteria to grow, some amount of water must be present.

We practice smart, clean waxing and take universal precautions to ensure that the practices she used every day in the Health Care would is exactly what practice in our waxing world! We don't double dip, we use gloves, disposable sticks, clean & prep the skin prior to hair removal, disinfect our tools and more.

When can I shower post wax?

Wait at least 24 hours for your skin to get back to normal before taking a hot shower or bath.

What should I wear to my waxing appointment?

We suggest wearing loose clothing. The skin is usually sensitive post waxing service and you won’t want to wear anything that allows for much friction. You will not leave in discomfort per se, but expect the waxed area to be sensitive.
What are no no's post wax?

We know you're excited to show off that bikini wax, but avoid: the gym, sexy time if getting a bikini/brazilian/manzilian, tanning salon, swimming pool, hot tubs and sauna for at leeeeast 12 hours after waxing.

How long should my hair be for a wax appointment?

If it is your first-time waxing, then we recommend you refrain from shaving for at least two weeks before your reservation. After your first wax, it is recommended to wax every three to four weeks. Then go home and throw your razors away, because you'll never have to shave again!

Note: If you find yourself tempted to shave or trim, don’t! Once you see that waxing leaves you stubble-free, you won’t want to. Staying away from clippers and razors will also help to remove more growth cycles during your next visit. If you have the urge to shave in between visits, book them closer together! Razors and clippers chop the hair at its thickest, making it harder for the wax to hold on to!
How long should my hair be for a wax?

In general, hair has to be about ¼" long for wax to be able to grab onto it. If it's not long enough, then your technician may not be able to remove it, especially if it's thick. ... In fact, it can make getting a good wax way harder. If hair is 1/2" long or longer, you can run into some real problems.
How often to do it?

You should get waxed every 3 - 4 weeks, while underarms and facial services should be done more frequently.

Does hair grow back thicker?

Your hair does not grow back thicker when you get waxing done. It's the complete opposite, if you continue to get waxing done on an area and do nothing else you will actually find that it grows back finer, lighter and in some cases patchy.

Does hair get thinner after waxing?

By waxing, you are pulling at the hair from the root and doing this over time you damage the hair bulb meaning hair grows back less dense and with a finer texture.

Will I be COMPLETELY smooth after waxing?

It’s like working out at the gym. You don’t automatically lose 10lbs on your first visit, right? It’s the same thing with waxing. You will not get the best wax until your 3rd wax.
This is due to the 3 stages of hair growth. So, 3 growth stages + 3 waxes = the best wax. By “best wax” we mean: No hair left behind, ultimate smoothness, slow hair regrowth and little skin irritation.

What kind of wax do you use?

Only the best, of course! No seriously, our wax is imported from (oh la, la) France. For sensitive areas, we use hard wax and for bigger areas, a low-burning aloe strip wax is used.
What the heck is a Brazilian and how long does it last?

It’s kind of like a Bikini wax on steroids! A Brazilian wax is the complete removal of hair, front and back. You decide if you want to go completely bare or would like to keep a small landing strip or triangle of hair. The Brazilian alone (without any added waxing service) should take no longer than 15-30 min.
Can men wax?

Absolutely! Beyond the Manzilian (the male version of the Brazilian) many men also wax their chests, backs, noses and ears. Some men love to be slick from top to toes, and we can take care of that. But we have a tip for you: Don’t wax your face. While women’s faces respond well, the hair on a man’s face and head isn’t built for the waxing process.
What about the Manzilian?

During a Manzilian wax, we remove all of the hair from the male bikini area, the scrotum, and the butt crack. The Manzilian does not include the glutes, but we can happily add that to your service if you wish!

Do I have to completely undress for a Brazilian/Manzilian?

Nope! You will only need to undress from the waist down (including your underwear).  It’s just a body part to us. Waxing is a no judgement zone. Come as you are.
I'm preggo, can I get waxed?
I am on medication, what should I be aware of?

Prior to your initial service, you will complete an intake consult form. Please advise your esthetician of any medical or skin conditions and also if you are taking any medications prescribed by a doctor such as Retin-A or Accutane. Users of Retin-A, Renova, Differin or Accutane are advised not to use waxing on the face as these medications tend to weaken the skin. Because of this, tearing of the skin may occur when the wax is removed.

Aunt Flo is in town, can I still get waxed?!

Yes! Please do not cancel your appointment if you have your menstrual cycle. Just insert a tampon and you’re good to go. Take note, there are differing opinions as to whether or not waxing hurts more on your cycle. Some do believe the pain is worse while others experience no changes in discomfort at all. If you have a low pain tolerance, take ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment to help out!
Who should NOT get waxed?
  • Anyone currently taking Accutane or who has taken Accutane at any time within the past 6 months
  • Anyone who has an active Herpes outbreak
  • Anyone with a sunburn on the area to be treated
  • Anyone who has had a chemical peel over the treatment within the past 7 days
  • Anyone who has used any type of Retinol within the past 36 hours over the treatment area
  • Any area of the skin showing signs of trauma, varicose veins, open or active acne lesions, eczema, psoriasis or any type of dermatitis will not be waxed

    SOS: How can I prevent ingrown hairs? 

    For the next 24-48 hours avoid on the waxed areas:

    • use of exfoliating products (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products, loofahs, scrubs, etc.)
    • direct sun exposure and tanning beds
    • creams with fragrance or ingredients that may irritate
    • deodorant: it results in irritation and clogging of open follicles
    • wearing tight clothing: results in irritation and inflammation
    • excessive heat, such as that from hot tubs and saunas. Warm showers are okay.
    • exercise, if it may cause chaffing or sweating
    • touching the freshly waxed area: this encourages irritation

                    After 24-48 hours, regular exfoliation with a shower gel and loofah or exfoliating glove will help keep skin soft and prevent ingrown hairs.

                    Apply an SPF 30 or greater sunscreen to any exposed treatment areas. Since waxing exfoliates as well as removing hair, your skin will be more prone to sunburn in the days following your treatment.

                    Is there an age limit for getting a wax?

                    You can never be too old for a Brazilian! We even have clients who are septuagenarians. True story! As for the age to start waxing, that’s really up to you – or your parents if you’re under the age of 18. Guests 17 or younger should bring their parent or guardian in for the first time, as they will need to give the green light.

                    September 18, 2021 — Elle Marie
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