Things to Consider Before You See Your Wax Lady

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Are you planning a trip to your trusted waxing salon or considering waxing for the first time? Before you bare it all, it’s essential to be well-prepared for your waxing appointment. Ensuring a successful and comfortable waxing experience begins with these crucial considerations:

  1. Research the Salon Before scheduling your waxing appointment,
    take the time to research the salon. To determine if a salon is reputable, seek recommendations from friends or visit the establishment in person to ensure it’s clean and well-maintained. Online reviews, such as those on Google, can also provide insights into others’ experiences. Don’t hesitate to request clean sheets and sanitized hands from your esthetician to minimize the risk of infection.
  2. Know What Type of Wax You Want Waxing offers various options, and salons often provide a menu of choices.
    Before your appointment, decide which type of waxing you want to undergo, whether it’s a bikini wax, Brazilian, eyebrow wax, or another area. Knowing what you want will help you communicate your preferences clearly to the esthetician.
  3. There Needs to Be Hair Down There
    To achieve the best results and avoid unnecessary pain, refrain from shaving the area you plan to wax beforehand. Ideally, your hair should be approximately 1/4 of an inch long (equivalent to about 12 to 14 days of growth) to allow the waxer to grasp and remove it effectively. Trimming is acceptable, but avoid going overboard.
  4. Pick the Right Time
    of the Month Schedule your waxing appointment strategically. Avoid booking it the week before or during your menstrual cycle, as your body tends to be more sensitive to pain during this time. Opt for waxing within the first two weeks of your menstrual cycle for a more comfortable experience.
  5. Take a Shower and Exfoliate
    Beforehand Preparing your skin is essential for a smoother waxing process. Take a warm shower or bath before your appointment to soften your pores and reduce pain. In the days leading up to your waxing, exfoliate your skin gently to remove dead skin cells. Avoid using prescription retinoids, OTC retinol products, alpha hydroxy acids, or scrubs, as these can increase sensitivity.
  6. Plan Your Outfit
    (and Day) Accordingly After waxing, your skin may be red and irritated. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment to ensure comfort afterward. Throughout the day, avoid tight-fitting clothing and excessive friction in the waxed area to prevent further irritation or ingrown hairs. Fortunately, the redness should subside overnight.
  7. Pain-Proof Your Wax
    Waxing can be painful for some individuals. For smaller areas like the bikini line, eyebrows, or armpits, consider using an over-the-counter anesthetic to numb the area slightly. You can also apply ice briefly before the waxing session and take a pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Post-wax, use an aloe-based cream (without alcohol) and ice the area again to alleviate the burning sensation.
  8. Get Comfortable with the Exposure Level
    Before your waxing session, be prepared to undress from the waist down. Some salons provide disposable underwear for basic bikini waxes, but if you’re having more hair removed, you may need to be completely naked below the waist. Keep in mind that your waxer is a professional who has seen it all, so don’t be overly concerned about exposing yourself.
  9. Avoid the Gym
    Immediately Post-Wax Sweating can increase the risk of bacterial infection on freshly waxed skin. Therefore, it’s best to wait 24 to 48 hours before engaging in intense physical activity. To aid the healing process, use cool stones, ice packs, and aloe gel to close up open follicles and reduce swelling.

By considering these important factors before your waxing appointment, you’ll be better prepared for a successful and comfortable experience. Remember, communication with your esthetician is key, so don’t hesitate to voice any concerns or preferences you may have. Happy waxing!


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