Q. Does waxing hurt?
A. The sensation is similar to removing a plaster or being slapped with a plastic ruler: a momentary ouch! which quickly fades. Most clients find that the discomfort is nowhere near as bad as they had imagined. It is also worth mentioning that it gets easier with each subsequent waxing.
Q. How long does the hair have to be?
A. For the best results hair needs to be approx 2 – 3 mm in length. The longer the hair the more painful it will be, so you can trim before your appointment or we can trim for you. After the first wax as long as you do not shave between appointments you will find the second waxing to be much more comfortable.
Q. How long will results last and how often should I be waxed?
A. Everyone is different but on average you can expect between 3 to 5 weeks hair free skin. We recommended that initially you wax every 4 weeks to get on a growth cycle that gives the best results. After that you may find you can leave longer gaps. Continued waxing encourages slower softer, and in some cases sparser hair re-growth, and of course leaves the skin feeling silkily smooth, no nasty stubble as with shaving!
Q. What do I need to do to prepare for waxing?
A. Make sure your hair is not too long, 2-3mm is an ideal length, hair can be trimmed before waxing it necessary. Shower before your appointment and if possible gently ex-foliate the area to be waxed a few days beforehand to remove any dead skin cells and lift the hair. You may find it helps to take ibuprofen 20 minutes before your appointment (as long as it is medically OK to do so). Or you can apply a topical anaesthetic cream to the area to be waxed 30 – 45 minutes before treatment. If you are a female client schedule your waxing for the first 2 weeks after your cycle, as your sensitivity is much lower during this time. Avoid caffeine, stress and alcohol as these are stimulants and may make you more sensitive. Pregnancy can also increase sensitivity.
Q. Why get waxed?
A. There are many reasons for waxing.
- Being hair free feels cleaner and more hygienic
- Improved appearance.
- Partner prefers smooth look
- Reduces body odour, particularly in summer
- Sports related benefits for swimmers, cyclists and athletes
- Increases self confidence.
- Heightens sensitivity in intimate areas.
- Better body image
Q.Will I feel uncomfortable after waxing?
A. Some slight soreness, redness, small bumps are common temporary reactions, particularly if it is your first wax. Sometimes you may experience slight bruising (especially in intimate areas). All these should subside within a few hours and many people find that regular waxing results in less irritation.
Q. What can I expect if I choose Intimate Waxing (Hollywood or Brazilian)?
A. You will need to be naked from the waist down for intimate waxing, so be prepared to leave your modesty at home! We understand that you may be feeling nervous and we aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Sometimes clients may experience physical arousal, this is nothing to worry about and usually subsides fairly rapidly. A Brazilian wax will remove all pubic hair except for a thin strip in the middle, and a Hollywood wax will remove all your pubic hair.
Q. Are there any conditions that will prevent me from getting waxed?
A. Contagious skin conditions will prevent us from waxing the affected area until the condition has completely cleared. Skin care products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxyl acids of any kind, can cause the skin to lift while waxing as can prescription medications such as antibiotics, Acutane, or topical ointments such as Retin-A or Renova. Another area of caution is aggressive exfoliation of the skin, such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels. If you are taking Roaccutane we advise waiting six months after finishing this medication before being waxed. We are unable to remove hair from skin that is sunburnt, chafed or broken, or skin that has been treated with steroid cream within the last three months. Your comfort and safety come first; it’s difficult to predict how skin will react, no matter how many precautions are taken. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin will react differently to waxing, but very few people have any adverse reactions.
If you have any other questions on waxing or to book an appointment please use the quick form on the right of this page or telephone 01732 763250.