Waxing 101: Eyebrow to Bikini, What You Need to Know
Are you thinking about switching to waxing? If you've never done it before or have only done it a few times, we're going to answer your questions in this post. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about waxing.
What You Need to Know About Waxing
Waxing can help you look and feel your best for summer when more of your skin is going to be exposed. Before your first appointment, keep these tips in mind:
Let Your Hair Grow First
Refrain from shaving at least five days before your appointment. If you don't let the hair grow in first, the wax won't have anything to grab onto and it won't work.
The hair should be about a quarter-inch to a half-inch, or about the size of a grain of rice, for best results. Let it grow closer to a half-inch if you have coarse hair. After a few waxes, your hair will become finer and will be able to be waxed at a shorter length.
Know that it can take up to three waxing treatments to get that silky smooth skin. This is because your hair grows in stages and all of your hair is always at different stages. Avoid shaving between appointments because this interrupts the process and makes the hair grow again.
Make Waxing a Regular Thing
Book your waxing appointments every four to five weeks. Being consistent with a routine is essential because it makes the skin less sensitive. Over time, the hairs will come out easier.
In addition, your hair may grow less over time as you keep waxing.
Be Cautious of Certain Medications and Products
If you're planning to have a waxing appointment soon, know that there are certain products and medications that can make the skin more sensitive. This can increase your risk for irritation and other complications.
Retin-A, Renova, and hydroquinone are a few topical exfoliants to steer clear from. Also avoid oral acne medications like Accutane, blood-thinning medications, and cortisone.
Don't Shower Beforehand
Avoid taking a shower or bath right before your waxing appointment. If your hair is soft, it can break more easily and make waxing less effective.
Everyone's Skin has Different Reactions
You'll likely experience redness and some minor irritation for the first couple days after your waxing treatment. You may have some itchiness as the hair grows out too. Take proper care of your skin after your wax to alleviate these symptoms.
Since everyone has different reactions to waxing, you may want to experiment enough time ahead of a special event. Book an appointment for a month in advance to see how your skin reacts. If all goes well, plan to come back a week before your event.
Post-Wax Skin Care
It is possible that you may get ingrown hairs. To avoid that from happening, keep your skin gently exfoliated.
Two days after your wax, use a gentle scrub to exfoliate the area. Tea tree and lavender oil work well because their antimicrobial and antibacterial properties work to prevent irritation. Keep exfoliating once or twice a week.
Also, wear loose-fitting clothes in the few days following your appointment to let your skin breathe. You want to reduce moisture in the areas where you were waxed so the hair follicle doesn't receive any bacteria. Avoid heavy exercise for at least two days after waxing.
Smooth for the Summer
Now that you know what to expect, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of our summer specials and get a Brazilian wax! Never worry about an overgrown bikini line while you're at the beach this summer!
Dedicated and passionate Astra Medicare staff.