Q. How long do I have to wait before my first wax?
A. To get the best results, your hair should be at least ¼” long. This takes the average person about 2 weeks of growth after shaving. After the first wax, as long as you do not shave between services, you’ll find the second wax to be a lot more comfortable.
Q. I got my eyebrows waxed once and the skin came off. Why?
A. There can be several reasons for this. If you are using skin care products that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids of any kind, these can cause the skin to lift while waxing. Aggressive exfoliation of the skin, such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels, can be a problem too. Prescription medications such as antibiotics, Accutane, or topical ointments such as Retin-A or Renova can cause also the skin to thin and lift while being waxed. Other products to keep in mind are Strivectin, Proactiv, Avita and Avage. There is also the possibility that your technician may be inexperienced or is using an inferior wax that is not gentle. My recommendation is that if you are unsure of any topical creams or prescriptions you are using, ask first. Keep in mind that it’s difficult to predict how skin will react, no matter how many precautions are taken.
Q. Is there anything I should do to prepare for waxing so I’m comfortable?
A. Yes. I often recommend taking ibuprofen at least 20 minutes before your waxing service, as long as this does not contradict what your doctor has told you. If you are a female client, schedule your waxing service the first two weeks after your cycle. Your sensitivity level is a lot less during this time. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these can stimulate, making you more sensitive and increases the redness after waxing. Pregnancy also increases sensitivity.
Q. How long will my skin stay red?
A. For most people it takes up to 1/2 hour. After waxing, do not tan or jump in chlorine for at least 24 hours. Avoid perfumes, scrubs, or other irritants the day of the waxing service. If you’re a bride or attending a special occasion, I recommend receiving waxing services a month before your special day to see how your skin reacts. If everything is fine, reschedule another wax a day or two before.