Waxing FAQs

  1. How long do I have to grow out the hair?
    Everyone's hair growth rate is different. For facial waxing, because the hair is lighter and finer, usually 2-3 weeks is sufficient. For body hair, which has various active growth cycles, 4-6 weeks is optimal.
  2. Does it hurt?
    Hair being pulled out by the root is never exactly comfortable, but in my experience, even sensitive skin with a low pain threshold can handle waxing. Most of the time, it's just the pull that is painful, with a little residual tenderness. Ibuprofen a half hour before your waxing appointment can be helpful, also, avoid having waxing done the week before your period.
  3. What about after? How long does the redness last, and what's with these red bumps?
    The redness can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days depending on several factors: the area being waxed, general sensitivity, first time versus twentieth time...etc. The bumps are called peri follicular edema, a normal reaction to direct irritation to the hair follicle, again, lasting anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the skin. Ice may be helpful is reducing both redness, and peri follicular edema.
  4. I get ingrown hairs when I shave. Will that happen with waxing?
    There is no guarantee that you wouldn't still have them with waxing (it has more to do with the hair growth itself versus how it is removed.) if you let me know this is struggle for you, there are things we can do to help prevent them; waxing a smaller area at a time, for example.
  5. I just had my legs waxed for the first time after letting the hair grow for six weeks, and they are still stubbly. How come?
    Lower legs are typically the most shaved area for women- often, and from an early age. The active growth cycles versus the dormant growth cycles vary the most in this area. The stubble that you are feeling is the beginning of a brand new active growth cycle, and usually it takes about three consistent appointments to "train" the hair to begin more a consistent uniform cycle.
  6. How often should I get waxed?
    It depends on the area we are waxing. Facial hair can often be waxed every 3 weeks. Body hair removal appointments usually fall between 4-6 weeks.
  7. You mean I have to go around hairy in the summer?
    I usually recommend first timer body waxing clients begin regular waxing in the fall, growing their hair when the cooler weather hits. This way, we are waxing throughout the winter, and by the following summer, the hair is often lighter, finer, and more sparse. Less of an issue then with shorts, tank tops, and swimsuits.
  8. Why the concern with prescription medication and retinoids?
    Doctors, dermatologists, and pharmacists rarely tell you, but most prescription acne medications as well as some anti aging skin care products can thin the skin and make it quite fragile. When we wax, then, there is a real risk of lifting a layer of skin resulting in pain, extreme redness, even oozing and scabbing. When we know these medications or products are involved, we can work around them, avoiding them the days prior and following the waxing appointment, or using a stripless wax, which is a more gentle approach.

 

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    Brookfield, WI 53045 
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