Hair Removal – FAQs
We highly recommend that waxing be done every 4 weeks for best results and with sugaring, it be done every 3-4 weeks.
Hair Removal Contraindications
It is important that your Esthetician know any medications that you are taking and/or any skin products that you are using. This can ensure a safe and successful waxing experience. If you are taking or have taken any of these medications within the past three months, we need to talk. Please call me before scheduling an appointment.
- Accutane (Acne medication)
- Adapalene (Acne medication)
- Alustra (Retin A)
- Avage (Tazorac – Acne medication)
- Avita (type of Retin A)
- Differin (Acne medication)
- Isotretinoin (like Accutane)
- Renova (Retin A)
- Tazarac (Acne medication)
- Tazarotene (like Tazorac)
- Tretinoin (like Retin A)
These medications may cause the skin to thin or to be extra sensitive to waxing. Thin, sensitive skin can lift with the wax. If you have taken Accutane within the last year it is not advised to wax for one year after you have stopped taking this medication.
If you are currently using any of the following products, they can cause the skin to be overly sensitive. Please inform me prior to your appointment.
- Other Acne medications not listed above
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
- Topical Antibiotics
- Salicylic Acid
- Exfoliants/Laser Peels/Microdermabrasion
If you are taking medication or using a product that has changed your skin in any way, and you are unsure about the safety of waxing, please talk to your doctor first. Hopefully, we can work together to make your waxing experience a great one!
How do I prepare for my first sugaring/waxing appointment?
- Do not shave/trim hair.
- Make sure area(s) to be waxed is free of lotions/oils/etc.
- Make sure your hair is long enough
- Double check with me regarding medications you may be on to ensure best waxing or sugaring results.
How long should my hair be?
Hair growth should be at least ¼”, which is usually about 2 weeks growth (1/16″ for sugaring, which is about 7-10 days). Don’t shave or trim hair because at the shorter lengths the hair is very stiff and difficult to remove. It is also advised not to shave/trim/tweeze between appointments.
What should I expect the first time I get a bikini wax?
The specific procedure requires you to either remove your underwear or if possible squeeze it down so that it is only a thin vertical strip. If the waxing also includes the area around the buttocks, you’ll want to be prepared to roll over. The first time tends to have a bit more discomfort than subsequent waxing appointments. Pinpoint bleeding at the site of the hair removal can occur as little dots of red if your hair is especially thick or hard. It is normal to see some redness which will generally go away in a few hours.
Can I still be waxed or sugared while on my period?
Yes we still do waxing/sugaring on your cycle. Clients chose to wear a tampon if having a bikini session. We have plenty of clients who still come in during this time.
Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker, darker or heavier?
No, it will not. Waxing removes the hair by the root, often weakening the root in process. Therefore, if anything, waxing may make the hair finer and sparser with repeated regular waxing. I have a special occasion planned and want to get waxed for the first time!
Are there any special instructions?
Yes. If you are waxing for the first time for an event or special occasion, we strongly recommend scheduling the same service 4 weeks PRIOR to make sure you have no adverse reactions on the big day!
- Avoid the use a tanning bed/lay out in the sun right before and after waxing or sugaring.
- Avoid workouts for at least 24 hours after waxing or sugaring as this can cause breakouts/bumps to appear while the follicles are still open.
- Avoid heat (saunas, hot baths, and steam) for at least 24 hours after waxing or sugaring.
- Avoid using highly fragranced products on area that was waxed or sugared. This can cause irritation to the skin.
What if I am pregnant, can I still get waxed?
Yes. It is recommended to wax consistently throughout our pregnancy instead of waiting until just until delivery date. You may be a little more sensitive than usual, but I regularly wax mothers-to-be up to a week before their due date unless your doctor says otherwise.
What is the difference between Bikini, Extended Bikini & Brazilian?
Bikini removes hair outside of panty line extending to crease of thigh, Extended Bikini leaves a strip of hair down the middle and no inner backside, Brazilian removes all hair including inner backside (sometimes clients prefer some hair be left in front or no inner backside done).