It’s time to get on the schedule for your spring hair removal appointments! While I typically recommend you continue hair removal service all year long, I have some clients that take the winter off. If that’s you, it’s time to schedule your hair removal appointment AND start prepping at home.
5 things you need to do before your hair removal appointment
4 Weeks Before Your Hair Removal Appointment
- Plan Ahead
This isn’t really something you have to do, it’s more of a planning note. If you are planning to get hair removal services for a special occasion, you HAVE to plan ahead. I recommend you get your hair removal service 4 weeks before your event. I want to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions too close to the event you’re celebrating. So, if you’re getting married, having a baby, or any other major life event that requires hair removal, look at the date, back it up 4 weeks and schedule your appointment then. With that in place, proceed on to the steps below.
2 Weeks Before Your Appointment
- Let Your Hair Grow
I know it feels weird, maybe a little uncomfortable and it’s not all that sexy, BUT I promise it will be worth it. Whether you are waxing or sugaring, you’ll get the best results if you keep your hair on the same growth cycle. Plus, it’s helpful if your hair is long enough for the product to adhere to for a clean removal. Aim for at least 2 weeks of growth, or about ¼” of hair, which ever comes first.
The Week Before Your Hair Removal Appointment
During the week before your appointment, it’s time to start thinking about exfoliation. You want to exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times before your visit to remove dead skin cells and prep the area for best results. I always recommend the Kami Mitt and Silky Streak Hydrating lotion to help with exfoliation and hydration without alcohol and fragrance.
Also, try not to take hot showers or baths. They can dry out your skin and cause ingrown hairs!
Things to Do the Day of Your Hair Removal Appointment
- Skip the Lotion & Exfoliation
The day of your appointment, please don’t put on lotion, oil or any sort of topical solution on the area that is being waxed or sugared. The area needs to be completely free of product for best results.
Also, while you need to exfoliate a few times before your appointment, please don’t exfoliate the day of.
- Pay Attention to Hot Spots
If we’re waxing or sugaring a sensitive area, you might want to consider applying a cold pack 30 minutes prior to your visit. Doing this can prevent skin lifting and irritation. This might sound crazy, but just put an ice pack in the area that’s getting treated on your drive to me and by the time you get here it should be good to go.
After Your Appointment
Your after care is just as important as your before care.
Skip the Gym
I also recommend you skip the gym and avoid workouts for at least 24 hours after your appointment. Sweat can cause breakouts/bumps to appear while the follicles are still open. Sweat will form and any bacteria on any machines may get on freshly exfoliated skin causing possible infections as well.
What to Avoid
To get the best results and prevent your skin from becoming irritated in any way, there are a few things you should avoid following your hair removal appointment.
You should avoid:
- Using a tanning bed or tanning outdoors (you shouldn’t do that anyway!)
- Heat (saunas, hot baths, and steam) for at least 24 hours after waxing or sugaring.
- Products with fragrance (natural or not) on area you had hair removal.
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