A Beginner's Guide to Waxing
Summer is here, and so are short-shorts and bikinis. With that, comes the extra hassle of shaving every morning to keep the stubble at bay. The problem is, carving out extra time in your daily morning routine to shave is just not realistic in our fast paced world.
Imagine a life that gave you an extra 10 minutes every morning to do whatever you wanted. What would you do? Would you sleep in? Brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee and relax on the porch? Maybe you could finally dust off that yoga mat to work on those “Sun Salutations”. 10 minutes may not seem like a lot, but you will be surprised by what you can achieve by having that extra boost every morning. Taking 1 hour every 4-6 weeks for a waxing can give you that sense of freedom you’ve been looking for.
Taking back your morning by entering the world-of-wax is not an easy threshold to cross. So we’ve worked directly with Master Esthetician, Jodi Lynn Friedman to compile a list of tips to help prepare you for your first wax.
1. Think ahead
- Never drink coffee before your appointment.
- When you are booking an intimate waxing, make sure to take your monthly cycle into account. If Aunt Flo is visiting unexpectedly, it’s ok to reschedule your appointment.
- Don’t shave at least 5 days prior to your appointment. You want your hair to be at least ¼” long to prevent ingrown or broken hairs.
- Don’t get waxed the day of a big event. Depending on your skin, it could take time for the redness and sensitivity to subside after your appointment.
- Wear a dress or loose sweatpants because your skin will be sensitive afterwards. There’s nothing worse than chaffing in tight jeans after a wax.
- A few days before your appointment, exfoliate the areas you will be waxing with a course loofa or sugar scrub.
- No need to be a hero. It's ok to pop an over-the-counter pain reliever 30 minutes before your waxing.
2. Invest in the aftercare
- An ingrown hair lotion will save you a lot of pain and trouble in the long run. Healing ingrown hairs is a bit trickier than preventing them in the first place. We recommend the GiGi Post Epilation Lotion to replenish any lost moisture and calm skin irritation.
- Avoid scented lotions, direct sun exposure or Sauna for at least 24 hours after your waxing. Your follicles are open and vulnerable.
3. Don’t be shy!
- Your waxer is just as much as a professional as your gynecologist. When you are in the hands of an experienced Esthetician, you won’t have anything new that he or she hasn’t already seen.
4. Don’t believe the movies!
- It doesn’t hurt as much as you think it will. Taking the DIY approach will probably hurt much worse. If you try to wax yourself, you won’t have the commitment it takes to pull the wax or strip off properly. The hesitation and lack-of-technique will hurt much worse than having a professional take control.
5. Learn the different types of wax
- Hard wax is a great, precise method for the bikini region, eyebrows and lips. The wax goes on warm and hardens on the skin before the Esthetician grips and pulls in one smooth motion.
- You’ll see strip wax used for body waxing areas like the legs, underarms, and back. Hesitation is the enemy when it comes to strip wax. So be prepared for quick, unexpected pulls with this technique.
6. Consistency is Key
- 4-6 weeks for regular maintenance. The more you keep up with waxing, the finer and thinner your hair will be each time it grows back.
7. Do not try at home!
- Especially if you have not yet had a professional waxing. Skin texture differs in separate parts of the body, so it is important to have the proper training and techniques to prevent skin damage.
For a limited time, Alicia’s Salon & Day Spa will be offering a ½ off special on underarm waxes, so book an appointment with our trained, Master Esthetician, Jodi Lynn Friedman before this offer expires!
Posted on Thu, June 29, 2017
by kevin p