Apply Some Heat By taking a warm, not hot shower or bath, or applying a warm compress right before waxing will open up the skin’s pores and soften the skin, allowing the hair follicles to come out easier (this is not always possible). This not only helps with the pain factor, but helping prevent irritation from the wax pulling on the skin.
Be Clean. Come freshly showered.
Be Dry. Cleanliness is appreciated, but please skip on the lotion, you'll get better results if your skin is less oily.
Be Hairy. Your hair should be at least ¼ of an inch in length which is about the length of a grain of rice but shorter hairs may not be visible. To get the best result please don't shave for at least two weeks prior to your appointment to ensure that your hair is long enough. Also, if you've 'let it go' down there please trim any longer hairs to the proper length prior to your appointment.
Be Comfortable. If possible, wear loose clothing, if possible, that day to prevent irritation in the post-wax phase.
Be Relaxed. Reportedly the more relaxed your muscles are, the better your hair removal results will be!
Skin that is being treated with Retin-A, Renova or other strong exfoliates like glycolic acid products, Accutane (oral or topical acne medication or if you are using over the counter acne medication), products containing Alpha Hydroxy, Tetracycline or any other skin thinning treatments, if you are taking blood thinners. No waxing on sunburned skin. If you have Diabetes, you should have a written release from your physician stating that in his/her opinion, is it safe for you to have body waxing performed. Antibiotics can also make your skin extra sensitive and not safe to wax. Please let your esthetican know if you are using any new medications.
Particularily for Women Your skin is often more sensitive the time near your cycle, and waxing can be more painful than normal. First time waxers should not be waxed during this time.
Pain Helpers Take Ibuprofen or pain reliever of your choice 30- 45 minutes before your appointment if you’re worried about pain. Limit caffeine for several hours prior to appointment. We use a numbing spray prior to every waxing, this will help with the discomfort.
Outdoor sun exposure for 24 hours.
Tanning beds for 72 hours
Make up for 2 hours for facial waxes
Moisturizers and lotions for 24 hours.
Hot water, Saunas. Shower is better then taking a hot bath.
Exercise for 24 hours.
Deodorant with aluminum if underarms are waxed.
Salt glow / stimulating body or facial treatments for 48 hours
Chlorinated Water, Tanning, Body Sprays, Perfumes, Scrubs, Talc’s for 24 hours.
Swimming pools due to the irritating effects of chlorinated water and exposure to bacteria.
Avoid perfumes, scrubs, and any skin irritants the day of the waxing service.
Tight clothing for legs / bikini for 24 hours
Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin, this can encourage irritation or small pimples.
Short-term abstinence. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24 to 48 hours
To help in ingrown hair prevention, exfoliate at home beginning 2 days after your waxing session. Gentle body scrub 3x a week on areas waxed, use with a clean wash cloth then rinse. Be aware that Loofahs may contain bacteria.
If you get any ingrown hairs, use of ingrown hair serums may be a great option for you. Your esthetician can discuss options for treatment. Scrubs, exfoliating gloves and ingrown hair serums are available for purchase.
Maintaining a regular waxing will reduce unwanted hair growth as well as reduce the pain you may have experienced on your initial waxing session. Most maintenance waxing occurs between four to six weeks.