- Ask if this is your aesthetician’s speciality, or how long they have been performing this service.
- Exfoliate before. This makes hairs stand up and become easier to wax.
- Let hair grow a minimum of 2 weeks so hair is long enough. Hair has to be a minimum of 1/4 to 1/2 inch long. (Trust me you are not a freak of nature and a super fast grower-everyone thinks this.) If hair is too short can cause discomfort or bruising and hair will not be removed properly.
- When selecting an aesthetician, ask friends for recommendations and read local reviews.
- Share your medical history including any allergies, sensitivities and medications with your aesthetician. These things can affect your skin’s reaction to waxing.
- Try to book your appointment when you are NOT close to starting your menstrual cycle. Any PMS type symptoms can affect your experience. Swelling and bloating causes nerve endings to be closer to your skins surface and can make for a slightly more uncomfortable experience.
- Try to relax, tensing up never makes it more comfortable. If necessary your aesthetician may give you some breathing techniques to help you.
- Arrive fresh and clean, most aesthetician stock personal wipes if you need to freshen up a bit.
- Keep up on your appointments. I tell my clients that the first time is the most uncomfortable. If you keep up on your appointments, the next one will be about 60% less painful. The hair grows in stages and if you book your appointments monthly you will see it’s thinner and sparser, making waxing much more comfortable.
- Pick someone you feel comfortable with.
- Be specific about what you would like. No hair, some hair, shapes.
- Give yourself a trim before. Trust me, it’s never too long and if needed your aesthetician will trim for you. Many times clients have tried to “help out” and have left the hair too short to wax and have to reschedule. This is a bummer for both the aesthetician and client who got themselves all worked up into a tizzy for this appointment.
- Be offended if your aesthetician asks you to help hold your skin. From waif thin models to voluptuous beauties, everyone has areas that are a little fleshy, especially in the thigh and tummy area. This is just a supporting technique to hold skin tight and provides a more comfortable experience.
- Jump or squirm, this can cause waxed areas to stick together, will pull the hair and may cause bruising and discomfort.
- Take any aspirin or ibuprofen type products, or any kind of anti inflammatory medication. I can’t tell you how many articles advise people to do this…BAD idea! Why? Anti inflam meds thin the blood and make you prone to bruising. Although bruising is not necessarily painful, it can be unsightly. It looks like a hickey or broken blood vessels. Some medications can cause a similar result.
- Tan after, skin has just undergone a form of exfoliation and is sensitive to rays.
- Aggravate the skin while it’s still recovering from the wax, excessive sweating, jumping into a hot tub or chlorinated pool is just asking for trouble.
- Apply creams, oils etc to the area prior to waxing. It can break down the wax.
- Wax yourself! Wax can burn, lift skin (remove skin and leave it raw) and in some cases if done incorrectly can cause permanent scaring. Leave this task to the pros.
Why do I want a Brazilian?
All the cool kids are doing it. No, seriously you didn’t fall for that in high school did you? Most women like them because they feel cleaner and cooler, and of course there is the sexy factor. When you are free from hair, it’s easier to keep clean. Especially for that on the go woman who likes a quick shower. Think of showering at the gym and being able to just quickly pat dry. As an added bonus it doesn’t itch when it grows back. When you cut hair with a razor it is angled and sharp and can cause irritation and ingrown hairs. When it grows back from waxing it’s in it’s natural tapered shape. It also helps with perspiration and body odor. Think of how you underarm would react with a fully grown out batch of hair. Enough said? I hope these tips have been helpful. If you have any other questions, feel free to post them. I’m always up for a good Q&A session.