Hair growth must be at least half a centimetre in length, ideally a centimetre is best. If you shave, you must leave the hair growth for 3 weeks before your waxing appointment. If you wax, then you will need to leave hair growth 4 weeks between waxing appointments. On the day of your appointment, do not apply moisturiser on the areas to be waxed.
Our hot wax can grab hair as short as 2mm in length. Our strip wax can remove hair as short as 4mm. Everyone has a different growth cycle but we are generally able to wax areas that have been shaved two weeks earlier. However, with larger parts of the body like arms and legs, we suggest leaving it three weeks before waxing. If hair is any longer than 2cm it can increase the discomfort of the wax and cause hair breakage so it is advisable to trim before your appointment (we suggest #2 clipper attachment ideally).
If it is your first time with us, your therapist will do a quick consultation with you to ensure the best results. Make sure you tell your therapist:
Every person has different pain thresholds and experience waxing differently. However most find it becomes easier with regular waxing as the hairs become thinner, lighter and sparser. Our specialized waxes and expertly trained therapists make the waxing experience as pain free as possible. Many things can influence the discomfort of a wax, including fatigue, menstrual cycle and medication.
We recommend that clients come in for a wax every 4 and 6 weeks. This varies depending on the individuals hair growth cycle. To make the most of your waxing treatment it is important to maintain some sort of cycle. Hairs renew themselves in this time and having irregular waxing treatments means you have shorter hairs shooting through in between.
Hot wax is spread thickly onto the skin and allowed to dry slightly before it is gently peeled away. This method is far less painful than most and pulls hair directly from the roots. The benefits include fewer in-grown hairs, less breakage and therefore longer re-growth periods. This wax also promotes skin hydration and is highly recommended for sensitive areas. Strip wax is recommended for thicker/less sensitive skin, like legs, arms, back, chest and shoulders. A thin layer of wax is applied to the skin and is then removed using a paper strip
Our treatments should leave you with minimal discomfort because we use a very high quality wax and have highly skilled therapists. When the treatment is finished, the therapist will ensure no wax or residue has been left on the skin. Since we use hot wax, skin will not be sticky (which can happen with strip wax).
Have you ever heard your friend say they were “Burned” by an esthetician during a facial wax? Most of us are familiar with the unsightly tale of a brow job gone bad due to “the wax being too hot”, resulting in scabbing for days and sometimes even-yikes!-scarring. Truth be told, these horrible urban legends are more likely the outcome of using a skin care medication at home and not being aware of the adverse reactions waxing may cause while using it.
Here's the low down. A "burn" is more accurately deemed a "lift", and is caused by the exfoliation of sensitive skin cells during a wax; not overly hot wax. Skin care meds essentially cause the skins' natural exfoliation process to speed up, which results in a general thinning of the skin. Since waxing does naturally do a slight exfoliation itself, when the skin is already thinner from a medication, it's more likely that the wax will take off a deeper layer of the skin. This typically results in a red, shiny area that ultimately turns into a scab.
It is a common misconception that applying a medication to just one spot the face, even if it's not close to the area being waxed, that the risk of a lift is lowered. This is simply not true! Topical and Oral medications affect your entire skins’ surface, so even if you just applied your prescription cream to your chin, your eyebrows will be affected.
Therefore always let your esthetician know BEFORE she applies the wax that you are using a prescription skin care medication.