How can you prepare for your waxing experience?
Waxing can be a great option for keeping your skin hairless for several weeks, however, there are ways to prepare before coming in. Here are six tips to follow before your next waxing appointment
*We do NOT take clients on their cycle for Brazilian*
No matter where you're waxing, check the skin before you go in for your appointment. Broken skin or inflammation needs to heal before you're ready to wax.
2. LET IT GROW JUST RIGHT
It is important to keep your hair long enough for the wax to grip it. When the hair is too short, the wax can't grip the hair for removal; when it's too long, it prevents wax from adhering and causes more pain. Two to three weeks of growth, or about an eighth to a quarter of an inch, is ideal for leg, underarm and bikini hair.
Gently exfoliate your skin a day or two before waxing, but skip harsh scrubs the day of your waxing appointment. Exfoliation helps wax grab hair and not skin, but it can also leave skin more sensitive to pain, so lighter is better. A rough washcloth is perfect for gentle exfoliation, but don't scrub too hard.
(UNTIL THE DAY OF)
Moisturize well on the days leading up to your appointment. Healthy, well-moisturized skin allows the wax to release more easily. Too much moisturizer could coat the hair and interfere with the wax's grip, so avoid moisturizing on the day of your waxing session.
Whether you prefer a Brazilian wax, hollywood wax or regular bikini, keep skin in the bikini area scrupulously clean. Waxing can leave skin vulnerable to infection, and areas of the body that are normally warm and damp are more prone to bacterial growth.
6. TAKE A RETIN-A BREAK
Certain medications can sensitize skin to waxing. Retin-A creams do amazing things for fine lines, acne, and uneven pigmentation, but they also leave skin susceptible to injury during waxing. Discontinue retinol-based products for two weeks before waxing. Accutane users should stop taking their medication for a month before waxing. Before making any changes to your prescription medications, talk to your dermatologist.