Waxing & Hair Removal for Women
The Better Alternative to Shaving
Get that smooth look and feel that you've always wanted
What is waxing?
Waxing is a semi-permanent hair removal method that removes hair at the root. Waxing can leave you free of hair regrowth for weeks to come. Waxing can be done with the soft wax or hard wax methods.
Hard wax is generally applied to the area in a thick layer, once cooled and hardened, it is quickly removed, leaving behind smooth skin.
Soft wax is usually applied in a thin layer. A pellon or fabric strip is then applied, and quickly removed in the opposite direction of hair growth.
What is sugaring?
Sugaring generally refers to an ancient tradition of hair removal. The ancient technique is believed to have originated in Egypt. Sugaring hair removal uses a paste made typically from three natural ingredients: sugar, lemon, and water. Sugar paste is applied to the skin against the natural grain of the hair, and then quickly removed, by pulling the paste away from the skin in the opposite direction that the sugar paste was applied. It gently removes all the hair, leaving behind smooth skin. Sugaring is similar to waxing, and typically leaves the treated area free of hair regrowth for about 4 weeks.
What are the benefits of waxing and sugaring?
- Waxing and sugaring provide longer lasting hair removal results.
- Reduces hair growth when performed routinely. When waxing or sugaring, the hair is removed by the root, growing back softer, finer, and thinner.
- Waxing and sugaring reduces the chance of getting ingrown hairs.
Waxing & Sugaring Aftercare
- Avoid excessive sweating and heat for 24-48 hours after treatment. (Gym, hot tubs, saunas, hot showers)
- Avoid working out and swimming for 24- 48 hours after treatment.
- Keep the area clean to avoid infection and ingrown hairs. (I recommend carrying intimate wipes, especially if you work out, and can’t shower right after.)
- Wear loose fitting clothing to avoid friction.
- Avoid touching and scratching the treated areas. This helps avoid transferring bacteria and causing irritation to the treated areas.
- No shaving in between waxing or sugaring appointments. This can throw off the hair growth cycle, and it can cause ingrown hairs.
- Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. This is important to help prevent ingrown hairs and bumps. It also helps tremendously during the hair removal process. The hair will remove easier and smoothly. Exfoliating every other day should do it!
- Moisturize the treated area daily. Make sure you are using a light moisturizer that does not clog the pores. I personally recommend Fur Oil. It’s what I use for every waxing and sugaring treatment. Fur Oil products are always stocked in the studio.
- Avoid long periods of exposure to the sun. If spending time in the sun make sure to protect you skin with sunscreen.
Professional Waxing vs. DIY
Even though you may be tempted to do a DIY waxing or sugaring because you want to save some money or think it may be more convenient , please think again. Professional waxing and sugaring has significant benefits for anyone willing to spend a little extra money, which is well worth it.
With a professional you will get a higher quality wax or sugar experience.
Professional wax doesn’t contain ingredients that irritate your skin, such as DIY kits and treatments. To get smooth and glowing skin and avoid irritation and the possibility of burning your skin, ensure that you get a professional waxing treatment to look your best.
You will get the best results with proper hair removal from a professional, plus you will have long lasting results with smooth skin.
What to Expect
- Consultation: Before the waxing process begins, your esthetician will usually have a brief consultation with you. They will discuss your health history, medications, allergies, and your desired outcomes from the waxing session.
- Cleanliness: The area to be waxed will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to prevent any potential infections or skin reactions. Some salons might offer you a clean robe to wear.
- Slight Discomfort or Pain: Waxing involves the removal of hair from the root, so it can cause some discomfort or pain, particularly if it's your first time or the area being waxed has dense hair growth. The pain typically subsides quickly once the waxing strip is pulled off.
- Warm Wax Application: The wax will be heated and then applied to your skin in the direction of hair growth. The warmth might surprise you at first, but it's generally not too hot. Always speak up if it feels too hot.
- Waxing Strips: A cloth or paper strip is applied over the warm wax and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin and hair.
- Quick Removal: The strip is quickly ripped off in the opposite direction of hair growth, pulling the hairs out by the roots. This is the most intense part of the process, but it's over quickly.
- Post-Wax Care: After the waxing is completed, soothing lotion or a cold compress may be applied to the area to soothe the skin and reduce redness and inflammation. Some estheticians may also apply a product to slow hair growth.
- Temporary Redness or Irritation: After waxing, the skin may be red and irritated for a while. This is normal and typically goes away within a few hours to a day.
- Smooth Skin: One of the main reasons people wax is to enjoy smooth, hair-free skin. Depending on your rate of hair growth, this can last for 3 to 6 weeks.
- Exfoliation: Waxing also exfoliates the skin, removing dead skin cells at the surface. This means your skin might look brighter and feel smoother after waxing.
- Regrowth: When the hair does start to grow back, it usually comes in softer and sparser. This is because waxing pulls the hair out at the root, which can damage the hair follicle and slow down the rate of regrowth.
- Avoiding Sun Exposure: For a day or two after your waxing session, you should avoid exposing the waxed area to the sun, as your skin will be more sensitive than usual.
Remember, everyone's experience with waxing can be a bit different, and it largely depends on your skin type, hair type, and the body part being waxed.