If you’re getting ready for your upcoming wax appointment, or maybe if you’re interested in getting a wax and want to know what to expect – here are some things we suggest you do to make sure you get the best out of your waxing session. Great prep and aftercare ensures the longest results, the least amount of irritation, and glowing skin!
The best tips for waxing preparation
Preparing for a wax is an important part of making sure you get the most for what you pay for. Let’s take some time to go over some tips and tricks that we recommend checking off before any waxing session.
Grow that hair out!
The first rule of waxing: grow your hair out! Yes, having some new growth showing can be embarrassing for those who are used to continuously smooth skin; however, ensuring that at least one quarter inch of hair is present prior to your appointment means the wax can successfully adhere to the new growth.
If the hair follicle does not meet the minimum length, there is a higher chance those smaller hairs could be left behind. Everyone has a different hair growth cycle – learn to observe yours and book your next appointment based on your hair and how fast or slow it grows.
Exfoliate one to two days before your session
When you exfoliate prior to your waxing appointment, you are successfully removing any buildup that your skin has accumulated. This buildup consists of dead skin cells, body oils, and a top layer of dry skin that may be present. Removing all the excess debris not only allows for soft and smooth skin, but it also allows the wax to do its job and attach to your hairs without issue. Exfoliating also assists in making sure that no ingrown hairs get trapped, prohibiting healthy hair growth.
Clean skin adheres best
In addition to exfoliating, it is important to clean your skin prior to your appointment. Through the course of the day, sweat, dirt, and body oils can accumulate on the skin and make it a little harder for the wax to adhere appropriately. Before your appointment, it is best practice to make sure your skin is clean and clear of dirt and debris to ensure the wax adheres perfectly. This process is especially important when it comes to the removal of pubic hair.
Take a painkiller 30 minutes before
There’s no shame in taking a light pain reliever before your waxing appointment. Waxing can be painful for some people, especially those with sensitive skin. Taking a light pain reliever such as ibuprofen not only alleviates some of the pain, but also helps in reducing swelling after the session.
Waxing aftercare guidelines for best results
After your wax has been completed, there will be a few guidelines to follow that allow for the best results. Your esthetician should go over these things with you as well as their product recommendations for the best results in the days after!
Tips for calming redness and irritation
There are various methods for reducing redness and any skin irritations. The waxing technician should go over their best recommendation based on your specific skin sensitivities; however, using a mild, unscented coolant such as aloe or a cold compress can go a long way.
Avoid working out and sun exposure
Physical activities such as working out or being outside in the sun can increase the likelihood of skin irritation. It is advisable to avoid activities that include long-term sun exposure as well as activities that will cause you to sweat for at least 24 hours following your wax appointment.
Stick to cool and lukewarm water
While submerging yourself in water within the first 24 hours following your waxing session is not recommended, there may be situations in which you need to clean off during that time frame. It’s even suggested to refrain from showering or taking a bath until at least 24 hours following your wax; however, if you need to wash the treated area it is advisable to use lukewarm or cool water during the cleansing process. Using cooler water not only soothes the skin, but also aids in avoiding any potential skin irritations following your wax.
Follow your esthetician’s recommended skin routine
As stated before – your esthetician will have recommendations for your specific skin. While you may not need to use the specific products they recommended, it is important to keep in mind that they are professionals and will know the best way for your skin to heal after your session. If you have acne prone skin, it is important to discuss this directly with your esthetician and ensure you have a firm understanding of how to care for your skin following your treatment.
Get ready for your next wax!
Lastly, just be excited for your next waxing session – it will be here before you know it!
For an amazing waxing experience, book with Stripped Wax & Beauty
We hope that this information proves to be helpful for you during your waxing journey. If you find yourself in need of removing unwanted body hair, whether it be a brazilian wax or a full body wax, please reach out to us here at Stripped Wax and Beauty.
Waxing is our passion, just as much as it is our profession. We hope to share the love of waxing with each and every one of our customers during their visits.