Bare Essentials FAQ!
February 23, 2016
It’s been a few months since I started here, and in that time I have answered countless calls, texts and emails. I’ve also answered countless questions from waxers both new and old about our practices and other waxing mysteries. I’ve decided that while some of you are willing to ask these questions, there are probably a few others that aren’t quite so vocal about their concerns. I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions we get here.
1. Does it hurt?
I get this question from pretty much every new waxer. And I’m going to be real honest with you here: yes, yes it does. This question is generally asked by those who have booked in for their first brazilian. Warm wax is going to be applied to your lady bits and then ripped off. It’s not exactly a walk in the park. That being said, it’s really not as bad as you think it’s going to be. The ladies here are amazing and quick! Our brazilians are booked for 15 minutes, which means the pain is very temporary. It will probably take less time than shaving!
2. How long will I stay hairless afterwards?
Everyone is different, but if it’s your first wax you can expect to have about 7-10 days of blissful baldness. If you’ve been waxing for longer, you’ll likely notice that your hair stays away for longer.
3. What kind of wax do you use?
We use a synthetic lavender wax. It’s great for people who have sensitive skin and is what we use for pretty much all of our waxing services.
4. What is the difference between hard wax and soft wax?
Hard wax doesn’t require a strip where the soft wax does. We apply the hard wax and give it some time to harden an then rip it off. Some people claim that the hard wax is less painful as it sticks less to the skin, however it takes longer and costs more.
5. How long does my hair have to be?
We recommend that the hair should be about a quarter of an inch long. For most people, waiting 2-3 weeks from their last shave will ensure they have enough growth. For people who wax, 4 weeks is usually long enough between waxes to guarantee a thorough service. If your hair is shorter than the recommended growth we can try to wax it, however we won’t be able to guarantee a thorough service.
6. Should I trim before I come in?
We tell everyone to just leave it alone! What happens most times when people trim before they come in is they cut the hair too short! It’s better to leave it and let us deal with it when you come in.
7. How often should I be waxing?
For most people, 4 weeks between waxes ensures there is enough growth for us to work with. Some people are able to wait 5 weeks while others need to come in at the 3 week mark.
8. What’s the difference between a Bikini, an Extended Bikini and a Brazilian?
The Bikini is literally just the bikini line. The Brazilian is the whole shebang, no more hair left down there. If neither of these options work for you, something along the lines of an Extended Bikini, which is two finger widths in from the bikini line (or to be more precise, it’s the thong line), may be more what you’re looking for.
9. Does the hair grow in thicker after waxing?
Not at all! If you’ve been a slave to the razor for a long time, you’ll actually notice that the hair seems to grow in thinner. The reason for this is when you shave you cut the hair at the thickest part so the hair stays incredibly coarse. With waxing, you’re pulling the hair from the follicle so you get the entire growth phase.
10. Does waxing cause more ingrowns?
It doesn’t cause more ingrowns than shaving. If you find that you are getting ingrowns, try using a good exfoliator to help remove the skin that could be causing the ingrown hairs. We also offer a mask that can be applied after your wax, or we sell products that specifically help pull these hairs to the surface.
11. What are some tips for post-wax care?
I mentioned this in the last question, but invest in a good exfoliator. This will help prevent ingrowns and bumps and keep the area as smooth and soft after possible. Right after your wax if you’re finding that your follicles are really sore, applying some aloe, vitamin E cream or polysporin can really help reduce any inflammation. You’ll want to avoid taking really hot showers, any intense workouts or suntanning for 24 hours after your appointment (this includes tanning beds, which should be avoided 24 hours before and after waxing). Anything that creates a lot of heat and friction will cause discomfort in the area.
12. What should I wear to my first appointment?
Wear something comfortable and avoid wearing a thong or anything that resembles dental floss. Cotton is probably the safest fabric to go with as it will breathe after the service. If you can wear yoga pants or track pants, that may be ideal.
13. I just had my first wax, and there are still some hairs left there. Why is that?
If you’re someone who has been shaving for a long time, the hair will be in different growth phases meaning that some of them will be shorter than the others. These short hairs may to too short to be grabbed by the wax. You can tweeze these hairs if you want, or just leave them and they will be removed at your next wax appointment.
14. I’m going on vacation! How many days before I leave should I book my wax?
We generally recommend booking in 24 to 48 hours before you leave. This will give the skin time to calm down before it’s exposed to sunlight, but will ensure that you’re hairless for your entire trip.
15. Is laser painless?
There is a degree of pain to the laser process. It’s more like heat and suction you feel in the area, and you may notice that after your session your skin still feels hot. This can be solved by holding a cold towel on the area and applying aloe to release the heat from under the skin.
16. How many laser sessions will I need?
People with light skin usually require anywhere from 4 – 6 sessions, while those with darker skin require 8 -12 sessions. The easiest way for us to know how many sessions you will need is to see you for a consultation, which we offer free of charge.
17. Will I be completely hairless after my laser sessions?
Laser targets the pigment in the hair, so if you have some very light hair, those may not be gone after your laser sessions. Most people see anywhere between 65 – 95% reduction in hair growth. Any hairs that are left over will be thin and lighter than your regular growth. If you still have a few hairs, you can continue waxing them or move forward with electrolysis to get rid of them permanently.
18. How long do I need to wait between laser sessions?
For any treatments on the face, you would want to wait a minimum of 4 weeks between treatments but not more than 6, if possible. For body treatments, the minimum wait would be 8 weeks but not more than 10 weeks if possible.
19. What other forms of permanent hair removal do you offer?
We also offer electrolysis. This method of removal uses a very thin needle to send an electric current into the follicle, killing the hair. This is great for the blonde hairs left over after laser, or those few longer ones on your face. Electrolysis can be done on any part of the body and is billed in chunks of time.