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February 10, 2020

7 Things to know before you book a wax!

What’s the difference between waxing and shaving?

When shaving the hair it is cut bluntly, not in it’s natural tapered shaped. This is part of the reason the re-growth process can often be itchy.

When waxing the hair is removed from the root and when it regrows it’s in it’s natural tapered shaped. It will grow back thinner and sparser than it’s original form.

Will the hair grow back darker or thicker?

Nope! This is totally a wives-tail. After all if this was true wouldn’t balding men be waxing their heads?

Is Waxing Safe?

Waxing is a safe option for hair removal. As long as you do not have skin conditions or contraindications for waxing. It’s very important to disclose all health conditions and medications you are taking to your wax professional. Some medications can have affects on the skin causing a negative outcome. Remember that topical medications such a creams need to be disclosed as well as. These can be especially harmful to use before waxing. Even over the counter meds such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin can affect the skin during waxing. Consult your professional before scheduling your appointment. Retinols should also be discontinued before waxing. Certain skin care treatments should be avoided before or after waxing such as chemical peels or invasive treatments. Consult your professional if you have questions. Compromised skin due to skin conditions, irritations, sunburns or picking should not be waxed.

How often should I wax?

The hair should be about 1/2 an inch long for the wax to be able to properly wax. Some like to wax the brows every couple of weeks. For areas like the bikini every 4 weeks is recommended to stay on track.

How bad does it hurt?

Let’s be real here. We are removing the hair by the root. It’s not going to tickle. But, is it unbearable? No! This is why it’s important to find an experienced professional. There are techniques to reduce the discomfort and a good professional is quick and it’s over before you know it! The first time is the most uncomfortable because the hair has not been disturbed from it’s roots. If you decide that you want to do this service regularly, it’s best to stay on track with appointments.This is the best way to reduce discomfort as the hair is thinner and sparser as it grows back.

My Waxer asked me to hold my skin, should I be embarrassed?

Heck no! Supporting the skin is a necessary technique to avoid bruising and to make it a much more comfortable process. Certain areas of the body can be more fleshy than others. Your participation can often help with a more pleasant outcome. It’s very common to help support the tummy area or the upper thigh area as they can have looser skin.

How should I prep for my waxing appointment?

Hair needs to be long enough to wax. At least a 1/2 inch of growth, which takes about 2 to 2 and a half weeks to grow out since last shaving. Everyone assumes they are hairier than the norm and that they grow faster than this. Not true. Don’t waste yours or your waxer’s time by booking an appointment when u are not fully grown out. The hair has to be a certain length for the wax to be able to grip on to it. Do not trim the area to be waxed. If necessary the pro will do it. If you happen to cut the area too short, it won’t be able to be waxed. Just make sure the area is clean.

How do I prevent ingrowns?

2 things. Exfoliate and Hydrate. Use an granular type exfoliant a couple of times a week. It’s ok to use something that you would use on your face. It’s also important to moisturize the area as well.

Happy Waxing Everyone!

Andrea "AJ" Jenkins Lic. Esthetician
Andrea "AJ" Jenkins Lic. Esthetician
AJ is licensed esthetician, spa owner, writer, blogger, creator of Celebrity Skin professional skin care products and industry expert in the field of anti aging and corrective skin care. When designing Celebrity Skin Studio her goal was to offer excellent customer service, premium treatments and products right here in the west valley serving the residents of Goodyear, Avondale, Verrado, and Litchfield Park. Clients come from all over the valley to obtain AJ's skin care advice and shop the large inventory Skincare products. If you are looking for state of the art anti aging treatments or corrective skincare with excellent customer service, you have found your place!

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