What You Should Know About Waxing/Sugaring Before Valentine’s Day
Professional hair removal is a fantastic investment. I could wax poetic (heh…heh) about the virtues of waxing and sugaring. Here a few waxing benefits:
As you can see, these methods of hair removal are far superior to others. However, there are a few things you should consider before getting waxed. I figured this would be a great time to talk about hair removal, since many people will be getting it done for Valentine’s Day. So, let’s get down to it!
The Hair Down There
Without a doubt, the most popular wax services are Brazilians and bikini waxes. If you’re wanting to be hair-free downstairs, there’s absolutely no better way to go about it. There are a few styles to choose from:
So, be clear with your esthetician when getting waxed to ensure that you walk away with what you want.
Other parts of your body are more straightforward. The objective of underarm and leg waxes are to simply get all of the hair off.
What to Expect When You’re Waxing
Communicate with the person doing the waxing. Be VERY clear about your expectations, your pain tolerance, what medications you’re taking/topicals you’re using, etc. Anything containing RetinA contraindicates you for waxing, especially facial waxing. This is because it’s such a powerful exfoliant, it cause the skin to lift under wax. Lifting=burns, blisters…not worth it. Be upfront and honest.
You should expect some discomfort. No matter how proficient your waxer, you’re still having hair ripped out. It’s gonna hurt a bit. But speak up if the pain is too much!
If you see pinprick bleeding, do not freak out. Actually, rejoice! Pinprick bleeding happens when the hair has been completely removed, as in, it’ll never grow back.
Make sure your hair is long enough to be waxed. It should be about 1/4 an inch. Avoid trimming it yourself, in case you trim it too short. The wax appointment should allow time for trimming anyway.
Exfoliate the areas to be waxed 24 hours before the appointment. The best method for this is to use those scrubby gloves:
Find a waxer who uses gloves and does not double-dip. It’s nasty and leaves you vulnerable to diseases and such.
Read reviews before scheduling an appointment, for both the esthetician and the facility. You want somewhere clean.
Your esthetician should prep the skin with something like witch hazel, liquid exfoliant, etc.
DON’T do this:
Don’t control the appointment. Seriously. You have a voice and you should be clear about what you want, but let the esthetician do their job. They’re the professional, you are not.
Don’t exfoliate within 48 hours of your wax. You should definitely exfoliate in between waxing appointments to reduce ingrown hairs, but give it time. You’ll just irritate the skin otherwise.
Don’t have sex within 24 hours of the wax. The reason for this is the same reason why you shouldn’t floss before sex; things could get in. Give it 24 hours to avoid upping your risk for STIs and discomfort/irritation. Also wait 24 hours before doing any exercise. You want to keep the area as clean as possible. So, if you’re wanting to be waxed for V-Day, get it done before Saturday…Friday just to be safe.
Don’t shave in between waxes. This disrupts the growth cycle. If you stay consistent with your waxing, eventually the hair gets thinner and thinner. After just a few hair growth cycles, it’ll be as if no hair has grown at all. Each wax gets less and less painful and lasts longer. But you have to stay consistent and stay away from the razor for this to happen!
I hope this was helpful! If I’m being honest, waxing is not my favorite aspect of esthetics. I don’t even get waxed regularly myself. But, I want those who do get waxed to do so safely! Tell me, will you be getting anything waxed for Valentine’s Day?
Wax image: http://images.wisegeek.com/hot-wax.jpg
Wax styles: http://missoulawaxing.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/brazilian-wax-style-636×514.jpg
Heart shaped bikini wax: http://www.landingstrip.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/pubic_hair_heart-300×224.png
Scrubby gloves: http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com/images/P/hydrea-bamboo-gloves-p.jpg)