Female Waxing QA

Where did it come from? Brazilian waxing first came to the United States via New York and was brought here by seven Brazilian born sisters. In Brazil it is common to remove hair from the genital area.

Brazilian waxing is removing all hair from the frontal pubic area, about 2 inches where the upper thigh meets the pubic area, the labia and inside the glute area. Some leave an optional landing strip or design. Brazilian waxing is a hot topic; it’s great cocktail party conversation; it is buzzed around in the media; it touches everyone. My clients range from age 18 to 70 and everything in between: attorneys to bartenders to moms.

Are you still on the fence?

Let me answer some questions that you may have.

For the most effective wax, ideally the hair needs to be at least a 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch long. Longer hair allows for better results. It is normally good to wait until you have about 3 weeks of hair growth after shaving. No need to trim or buzz before your wax appointment.

Most women find that the best Brazilian waxing is tolerable. It may hurt for 2-4 seconds, it is a natural reaction as the hair is being pulled out from a deeper layer of tissue. After your first wax session, your hair regrowth will be much thinner, finer and softer, and with continued waxing you will probably experience quite a significant reduction in hair regrowth. This makes it much easier, and is a great reason to continue with waxing appointments on a regular basis.

Traditional Brazilian and Hollywood waxes includes the labia and the area that reaches into the buttocks. If there are stray hairs after waxing, I may also tweeze the area. The key is to allow the wax to penetrate into the follicles (and provide the closest possible wax) and to relax and breath. Many women claim the treatment is not nearly as painful as it sounds.

You should not tan within 48 hours either before or after your wax appointment. Waxing tends to have an exfoliating effect on your skin. If you would still like to tan, you can cover the waxed area so that it will not be exposed. If you are planning to get a spray tan, we suggest that you schedule your tanning appointment after your wax appointment. If you tan first, the wax will strip the tan off.

Yes, you can still receive a Brazilian Wax when you are on your period. We just suggest that you wear a tampon. Keep in mind that the area to be waxed will be more sensitive during this time than if you wait until you are not menstruating.

Close to that time of the month for us females, our hormones fluctuate, please make note that your pain threshold maybe be less tolerable.

This depends on the condition of your skin, health and medications. Examples of medication including: birth control, birth control implants, antibiotics and blood thinners. Reactions to wax can depend solely on the individuals health, skin condition, medication and herb use. Skin tends to be dryer in the winter, which can lead to sensitivity and thinning of the skin. Your skin may be red and/or tender anywhere from 1 to 72 hours. This can depend upon the information provided above. We are careful to use the highest quality waxing products and it is likely that you will have little redness or soreness following your service. A little bit of blood drops and inflammation can be normal. If minimal discoloration, such as blood raised to the surface occurs that can be normal, depending on your skin type, in which case should only last 24 to 72 hours.

Unfortunately we all as human beings have certain bacteria that lives on and in some layers of superficial tissue. Once the skin is open (aka waxing) it can infect the skin temporarily. Please sanitize if you can before the appointment. I sanitize the skin before performing the procedure. We highly recommend exfoliating your skin on a daily basis if you receive a Brazilian wax, full body waxing or other service. We share specific instructions with you at your appointment. Please visit the about waxing page [insert about waxing page] for more information about ingrown hairs for pre and post waxing care.

Brazilian Waxing during your pregnancy will not be harmful to you or your baby at all.

We do not perform sugar waxing.

We find sugar waxing less effective than our custom made wax, which is a variety of soft and hard wax.

Soft wax is more adhesive which pulls the hair from the follicle more efficiently. The hard wax is used on delicate tissue or sensitive areas of the body.

We find this method to be the most effective protocol to wax. Our technique is used in this practice to ensure hair never breaks off and each bulb of hair is pulled from the follicle correctly. We determine what wax to use based on your hair and skin type during your waxing session.

Depending on how quickly your hair grows, you should experience soft silky hair-free skin for between 3 and 6 weeks, however, we wish there was a one answer fits all to this question, there is not. Some individuals with strong or thick hair tend to grow quicker. We work to get you on a waxing plan that will reduce the amount of hair growth over time.

It all depends on your body and how your follicles react to waxing. We can assure you that our technique pulls your hair out by the bulb, not breaking the hair off causing your hair to grow back very quickly.

It all depends on how thick your hair is and how long you have been waxing. Brazilian waxes can take about 30 minutes. We are highly experienced in speed waxing in order to give you fast, professional results without the wait.

Sometimes, especially with first-time waxes, our roots are rather strong and don’t like to come out when we ask them to! This, unfortunately, results in breakage of some of the hairs. If you decide to wax again, however, it is likely that this hair can be caught in a weaker growth stage. This will allow the hair to come out clean and grow back finer, resulting in smoother results.
If you experience breakage after a wax, you can either let it grow out to be waxed again in the future, or you can shave once after waxing to get a smooth surface, and grow it all out again from there. Shaving, however, may affect the re-growth texture and can cause ingrown hairs. Frequent scheduled waxing will almost always bring smoother results.

This is a very common reaction which frustrates both the client and the esthetician, but we promise, it’s normal and unfortunately just the way our body works. Our hair grows in multiple stages, meaning that there isn’t just one hair growing in each follicle. So even though a hair has been removed from the follicle, there is still hair growing in that follicle which, sadly, may show its head in just a few days…

So why not wait until it’s all in the same growth stage to pull it out? Because it’s physically impossible to determine what growth stage every hair is in. And even if we did catch them all closely together, there is always one coming up behind it. However, it is possible to slow down the growth with frequent waxing.

How? When a hair is pulled out in the Telogen phase, one will appear quite quickly because that hair was already separated from its root and just resting. When we are able to pull out a hair by the root (yes, those painful ones), it will take longer for it to grow back because we have interrupted the growth cycle and not allowed it to complete. When that hair starts to grow back, it will be much finer. If it is pulled out before the roots get a chance to grow too strong, the follicle can eventually become “damaged” and stop growing the hair.

The more often you get waxed, the weaker the hair will become, resulting in less painful waxing, and eventually less hair growth and less frequent waxing visits!

The best advise is to be clean before your waxing service which can prevent ingrown hairs or folliculitis.
Please do not trim before your wax, we will do that during your service. We have found many individuals trim to short. We do all the trimming and pre maintenance for your skin.

Certain products should be avoided before your waxing appointment. Some products have negative effects for waxing. Please check with your doctor prior to your appointment, if you are using any of the following: Accutane, Retin-A, Avita, Benzoyl peroxide, Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid. Also avoid tanning immediately before and after your appointment. Please see pre waxing instructions below

Waxing is a very personal service, but we are very experienced and highly professional and ensure that your experience is a very positive one!

  • Length of hair must to be at least ¼ inch long.
  • No shaving for at least 2-3 weeks.
  • It is recommended to take a hot shower before your waxing appointment.
  • Don’t use any lotions or creams in the area to be waxed.
  • A pain reliever/anti-inflammatory, not aspirin, can be taken 30 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Don’t use a topical numbing gel they can interfere to get the best waxing results.
  • Let us know if you have been on any skin medications that could affect your waxing service.  These include acne medications such as Accutane, Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids, Antibiotics, Benzoyl Peroxide, Differin, Retin-A/Retinol or any other skin thinning medication.
  • Reduce intake of caffeine day of your appointment as it can stimulate the nervous system, making you more sensitive to waxing.
  • Avoid spray tanning, sun bathing, and tanning bed within 24 hours of waxing, before or after.

After your treatment the skin may feel and look a little sore. If you are going on a vacation it is best to be waxed at least four days before you go. Sweating may cause the hair follicles to become infected (Folliculitus), so you are advise to avoid the following:

  • Avoid exercise, hot bath/shower, sauna, steam, hot tub, pools and beaches 24 hours after waxing. Sweating can carry bacteria into the pores and can irritate the skin after waxing.
  • Use Aquafor, aloe vera gel, antibiotic ointment, antifungal or hydrocortisone cream if necessary.
  • Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Daily exfoliation is recommended to prevent ingrowns.