If you are nervous about your waxing appointment then please don't worry.
I use hot wax on all sensitive areas - this wax shrink wraps around the hair and is not sticky. It therefore only pulls the hair out of its follicle.
You may have experienced strip wax or warm wax in the past which is sticky & painful - this is because it pulls the skin with it. This wax is suitable for use on legs, arms and lower back only.
If you are coming for your first wax and you have been shaving then the first wax will be the most "painful" - however, 99% of clients come back for further waxing so it can't be too bad!
Preparing for your wax...
Prior to your wax appointment please avoid using moisturiser or deodorant & ensure your skin is clean
It's best to avoid waxing when on your period as it can make you more sensitive
Please book your wax for at least 14 days after shaving/hair removal to ensure your hair is at least 2mm long otherwise it may snap & you won't be smooth for very long
You will get the BEST result if you let your hair grow out for 3-4 weeks after shaving (or 4 after a previous wax)
Avoid booking a wax for an area that is heavily bruised or cut
You cannot be waxed if you have a contagious skin condition
If you have used roaccutane, steroid cream or retin-A you'll need to avoid waxing the area for 6 months after coming off the medication
Wear something loose fitting to the wax
Exfoliate a few days before your wax
If you have a health condition or you are pregnant please see my post below.
Aftercare for your wax....
If you experience redness then use sudocream
Do not pluck or remove hairs inbetween appointments
Be aware you need your hair to fall into a growth cycle so always have at least 4 waxes, each 4 weeks apart
Exfoliate the area 2-3 times a week 2 days after your appointment
for 24 hours after waxing ensure you:
Avoid exposure to sun/sunbeds
Don't use fake tan in the area
Avoid touching/scratching the area
Don't apply any product to the area including deodorant, body sprays, lotions, make-up, powders
Exfoliate once/twice per week to prevent ingrowing hairs
Don't have a hot bath or shower (warm water only)
Wear loose fitting clothing
Please shower on the day of your appointment.
I wash my hands before & after your appointment.
I always wear a new pair of disposable gloves for each client.
My waxing bed is sanitised between each client.
Couch roll is used on the bed.
The bin is emptied & replaced for each client.
Why should I get waxing?
Clients have waxing for all sorts of reasons. You may be tired of shaving frequently, suffer with ingrown hairs, feel cleaner when you are hair free. I'm not judgemental about the reason why you want to be waxed, but what I can say is almost all clients don't go back to shaving!
How long should my hair be?
If you are a shaver then you will get the best results if you leave your hair to grow for 3-4 weeks (I know that growing the hair is a total pain, but it really will make a difference to how smooth your skin will be). At the very minimum I need you to wait 10 days after shaving. If you have been waxing then please leave it 4 weeks.
How often should I get waxed?
You should wax every 4 weeks. After your hair growth cycle falls into a pattern you will find that you may be able to go longer between waxes.
How long do the results last?
If you have been shaving you may find that you get a few odd hairs within 7 days after your wax. This is normal. This is hair that was under the surface of the skin when you came to your appointment. Once your hair is in a growth cycle you will have smoother skin for longer. Once you are a regular waxer you will find you have around 3-5 weeks of smooth skin. Please ditch the razor inbetween your appointments.
Will it hurt?
Everyone has different opinions on how much waxing hurts & it also depends on the area & your monthly cycle. The first wax after shaving will always be uncomfortable, however as your hair softens & thins from regular waxing your appointments will be quicker & won't be too uncomfortable. No one leaves their appointment in pain & everyone comments that they wouldn't even know they have just been waxed.
What can I expect?
I am trained to carry out waxing as quickly & painlessly as I can. To get all of the hairs I need a clothing-free area to wax. So whether it's a Hollywood or a half leg you need, I need the area being waxed to be bare. I do use a small towel to protect your modesty & please don't forget my job is to see hair & remove it, nothing more.
Do you suffer with dry skin & ingrown hairs?
A few years ago I trialed Waxperts Wonder Pads using 1 pad every other day. This was after trialing other off-the-shelf products from shops like Boots & Superdrug plus trying other professional ingrown hair products too. These Waxperts Wonder Pads were the only product to greatly reduce my ingrown hairs & prevent new ones from coming - I am so pleased that I tried them.
After the success I had with using them, I stocked them in the salon as I know so many clients who are always asking for advice about ingrown hairs. Those who use them regularly have given me amazing feedback so far & had fantastic results!
The pots have 40 pads & using 1 every other day will be enough so they will last around 3 months.
They contain the magic ingredient that is salicylic acid which helps to naturally exfoliate the hair follicle so it unblocks. It also helps to reduce the redness of the bump, along with the swelling.
If you'd like to try them then please let me know & I'll reserve a pot for you!
Waxpert Wonder Pads are AMAZING!
They are just £10!
When not to wax...
Waxing is certainly an effective hair removal technique for most people but it isn't for everyone.
Please check the following list - I will not wax you if you have any of these conditions, but this list is not exhaustive. There are other conditions that mean you cannot have waxing, plus certain medications too. So if you are unsure then please get in contact with me before booking your appointment.
Please do not book & decided not to disclose your condition. I will not wax you for your own safety & you need to respect my decision & your health.
If you have any type of diabetes
If you are taking steroids
If you are taking blood thinners
If you are taking acne medication (Roaccutane) or Retinol A (you must have stopped taking it at least 6 months ago to have waxing as it temporarily weakens the skin)
If you have varicose veins (no leg waxing)
I can work around moles, skin tags & spots. However I cannot wax skin that is irritated, infected or sunburnt.
If you have a skin flare up in the area being waxed
Please contact me to let me know if you have any questions or worries about a health condition & I can let you know whether you are suitable to have waxing.
If you are pregnant you can be waxed, but please do let me know.
See my Blog page for various waxing blogs - information, tips and how to get rid of ingrown hairs! Click here.