Frequently Asked Questions
Discomfort should be minimal, and will only be very brief. Previously shaved hair will be more painful to remove, as it is much tougher and stronger than waxed hair. But the discomfort felt as a result of previously shaving will lessen with the first few waxes
If you want to keep up that smooth clean feeling, I recommend you attend every 4-5 weeks
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
This depends, as everyone’s different. During the first 3 weeks you will see minimal regrowth, with an increase after that. If you usually shave, it can take 2-3 wax appointments to get rid of stubbly growth, but after that you’ll be smoother for much longer. Regular waxing will result in the hair growing slower and sparser. Please don’t shave in between waxing appointments, as it will take a long time to get back on track, and you won’t do yourself any favours.
For 24 hours after getting waxed, keep the area clean and sweat free.
- Deodorant / strongly perfumed shower gels
- Very hot showers & baths
- Chlorinated pools
- Gym / exercise classes
- Solariums, spa’s and saunas
- Fake Tan
- Very tight clothing
Use a dry body brush to exfoliate after a couple of days, then 2-3 times a week thereafter, but don’t be too rough. Use a small amount of baby oil on damp skin when you come out of the bath or shower, and then dry yourself with a towel. This will leave the skin smooth and moisturised, but not greasy.
After getting their backs or chests waxed, men can sometimes break out in spots the first couple of times. To help, you can use an antibacterial shower gel such as Tea Tree, and take antihistamines. If the spots persist or worsen after a week, go and see your GP, as you may have developed Folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle), and may need antibiotics. Thankfully this does not happen very often.
If you are unlucky enough to get ingrowing hairs despite following the above, apply a product specifically for ingrowing hairs, or Magnesium Sulphate, which will draw the hair to the surface. Bepanthen nappy cream is also very good!
In the days leading up to your treatment, it is recommended that you observe the following:
- No sunbeds, sunbathing or heat treatments for 24 hours before.
- No chemical exfoliates to be used for 48 hours before treatment.
- No oils, body lotions or moisturisers to be used on the day of the appointment.
- If possible, gently exfoliate the skin a couple of days before treatment using a body scrub or exfoliating mitt. This helps to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and lifts the hairs for better results.
- Avoid working out a couple of hours before treatment.
- If possible, I recommend you bring clean, loose fitting clothing for the area you’re getting waxed for after the treatment (for example- clean t-shirt for a back / chest wax, and clean underwear for intimate waxing treatments).
There are certain medical conditions and situations whereby it would not be safe or responsible as a professional to carry out waxing on a client. These are called contra-indications.
For waxing, contra-indications include:
- Skin conditions such as thin and fragile skin
- Skin disorders such as severe eczema or psoriasis
- Any bacterial, viral or fungal infection
- Eye disorders such as conjunctivitis when treating the face
- Swellings – the cause may be medical
- Diabetes – makes the client vulnerable to infection as they have slow skin healing
- Defective circulation – poor skin healing may occur
- Recent scar tissue (under 6 months old)- the skin lacks elasticity
- Fractures or sprains – discomfort may occur
- Phlebitis – an inflammatory condition of the vein
- Retin-A – Tetracycline medication as the skin is more sensitive, weaker and prone to skin irritation and tearing
- Loss of skin sensation – you would be unable to identify if wax was too hot
- Allergies to products such as the ingredient resin, found in wax
- Use of RoAccutane or other acne products within the last 6 months
- Use of vitamin A skin care, glycolic acid or other AHA or BHA products
- Use of steroid cream or steroid medication in the last 3 months
- Waxing during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy