Top 6 Tips for your Best Wax
February 21, 2018
Hey Bare Squad!
When it comes to waxing, there’s a certain amount of pain to be expected. We’re ripping your hair out with warm wax, after all. However, there are steps you can take to make sure it’s as comfortable as possible!
1. Get on (and stay on) a consistent schedule!
Consistency is key with waxing. If you’ve come in for one appointment and not sure if you will continue waxing, give it another try! Trust me, the first appointment is always the worst one. Getting waxed every 4-6 weeks will make all the difference in the world!
The reason is that your hair will all be on the same growth cycle and will come in thinner each time. Thinner hair comes out easier, resulting in a less painful wax! Most people are good to come every 4 weeks, but it can be stretched as long as 6 for others. If this is your first wax, book 4 weeks from your first appointment and we can help figure it out from there!
2. Use a scrub in between waxes!
I’m sure you’re tired of me going on (and on, and on, and on) about scrubbing, but it’s great for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it will help keep ingrown hairs at bay. Scrubbing gets rid of dry, dead skin that traps hair. Less ingrowns means less painful waxes and a nicer finish when you do get waxed!
Not only does it help ingrowns, scrubbing 24 hours before a wax can make a huge difference for the wax itself! The dead skin creates a barrier between the hair and wax, making it difficult to get all the hairs out. By removing this barrier, your esthetician won’t need to go over areas, making your wax less painful and much faster! You should be scrubbing 2-4x a week (basically every other day) for best results.
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3. DO NOT shave! Even if you miss your appointment!
Trust me, it’s not going to make it any easier. If you miss your appointment, just book for the next time you’re available! When you shave, you basically reset all the work you’ve done getting those hairs growing on the same cycle. Just come in the next time you’re able to. If you’re missing your appointment by a few weeks it is going to hurt a little bit more, but at least you won’t lose all the progress you’ve made.
4. Make sure you’re moisturizing!
This goes along with the scrubbing thing. After you’ve exfoliated the area, make sure you’re using either a body lotion or oil to keep the new surface skin moisturized! Using the scrub and lotion in tandem will help with ingrowns and make waxing easier on your skin.
If you get a sensitive area waxed, coconut oil is a great option for a moisturizer. It’s natural, so it shouldn’t cause any sort of irritation. Everywhere else, a rich body lotion will do the trick. This is even more important in the Summer and Winter months when extreme weather dries out skin. Try out The Lotion, exclusive to Bare Essentials!
5. Check any new products and medications for skin thinning or drying properties.
If you’re starting a new medication or skin care line, read over the ingredients to make sure there isn’t anything that could conflict with waxing. Common culprits include salicylic acid and accutane. Both are known to dry out or thin skin, increasing your chances of lifting. (If you’re not sure what that is, check out this post.)
If you’re unsure if the ingredients will conflict, just ask! When starting a new medication, you should ask your doctor if it’s still safe to wax. Starting a new, more rigorous skin care regime? Let your esthetician know when you come in. Typically, most of these products don’t contain enough acids to make a difference, but it’s always good to let us know!
A good rule of thumb: if it’s used to treat acne or thin your blood, it will likely conflict with waxing, especially if it’s prescribed by your doctor.
6. Avoid any exercise, heat or other irritants for 24 hours after waxing.
For most people, doing anything like this after a wax would seem unimaginable. Doing strenuous activity and exposing the area to high heat immediately after waxing can have negative side effects. It can cause a lot of chaffing (yikes!) and make you very uncomfortable for a long time after. And chaffing can lead to thinner skin, resulting in lifting at your next wax. Not fun!
Your pores are open after waxing, so it’s a good idea to stay away from heat for the first 24 hours. This helps cut down on bumps and pimples that are brought on by heat. If you need to take a shower afterward, just make sure it’s not too hot!
That’s pretty much it! If you’re a long time waxer, drop your best waxing tips below! Newbie to waxing? What’s one thing you’re most nervous about?