waxing tips & FYIs

​facial waxing prep
  • please be sure to wean off any retinol (vitamin A/retin-A/retinyl palmitate) products at least 3 days prior to a waxing. otherwise I will not be able to wax, we will have to tweeze.

  • refraining from using any active exfoliants (AHAs or BHAs) the day of a waxing is also highly encouraged. It may result that I will recommend tweezing in these instances if the skin barrier is compromised.

brazilian wax prep

relax & medicate

i know that removing your hair isn't the most relaxing service, but the more calm you are the more seamless the experience and better the results.

  • try taking a painkiller (advil, motrin, etc.) approximately 45 minutes prior to your service; this is the sweet spot for taking the edge off.

  • and during the service, I use certain breathing techniques during the service to help remind you to relax. 

clean and dry

please arrive to the appointment with clean, dry skin. refrain from day-of exfoliation and from using any lotions or oils prior to your appointment. ​

don't mow it, just grow it

patience is key! the longer you let your hair grow after shaving, the better chance of getting a cleaner wax.

  • 14-20 days is preferred

  • if the hair growth is less and may be too short, i will perform a test strip or two to see how the hair removes...i will then advise if i recommend rescheduling or if you'd like to proceed with potentially less effective results.

after care

no touchy!

  • please practice self restraint from touching the freshly waxed area and minimizing friction for the first 24 hours. we carry germs on our hands and the area is more susceptible to bacteria that might cause an infection of the hair follicle (known as folicullitis).

  • and while you might want to share your fresh look with a loved one ASAP, unfortunately this includes sexy time as it may aggravate the skin.

keep it simple

  • avoid using products with chemicals and additives for 24-48 hours after treatment. this includes products containing active AHAs/BHAs (i.e. salicylic, lactic, glycolic, etc.) and also self tanners and spray tans. 

    • any of these types of products may cause an adverse reaction after hair removal, depending on the sensitivity of your skin.

  • start your exfoliation routine about two days after your waxing

  • and spray tanning is recommended to be done 2-3 days prior to waxing for most effective results of both services.

resist sun exposure & heat-related activities for 24-48 hours

  • avoid taking any hot showers or baths for at least 2 hours after your treatment. opt for a warm shower and gently wash the area with antibacterial soap.

  • hot tubs, steam room, saunas, and tanning beds are not recommended for at least 48 hours as these environments can breed bacteria.

  • and as for working out, perspiration from exercising tends to irritate the skin. 

exfoliation

  • starting 24-48 hours post-wax, start a consistent exfoliation routine based on our discussion during your treatment.

  • i carry a number of product options that can easily fit into your daily routine and lifestyle. 

  • exfoliation proactively keeps the skin soft so that the hairs growing back aren't trapped and become ingrown. don't be shy with yourself: scrub or apply enough product without being overly aggressive.

  • continue this up until the day before your next wax.

maintenance waxing

for the most effective results, it is best to remove hair when it is all long enough to grab, training the hair to grow in at the same time and remove altogether for the cleanest wax possible and longer lasting results. 

  • this is when the hair is about the length of a grain of rice to no longer than 1 inch long.

  • while it varies on the person, this is typically 4-6 weeks after your last appointment. 

  • by finding the sweet spot of optimal time, we are removing the follicle wall with the hair: resulting in hair that is thinner, finer, and sparser over time.

laser in a bottle

to enhance your waxing results, i offer an incredibly effective HAIR RETARDANT serum add-on | $19

  • this is applied immediately after waxing. then i give you the rest of the bottle to take home with you...

  • apply, apply, apply and finish that serum within 48 hours.

  • noticeable results of finer, sparser hair seen with use of 3 to 12 serum treatments (based on hair type and consistency of services).