All About Waxing: A Guide to Getting Waxed
ALL ABOUT WAXING
Hola, it’s your girl here Maddy from Casa PRANA. Today we are talking all about waxing and your most frequently asked questions from what to expect to aftercare.
HOW LONG SHOULD MY HAIR BE IN ORDER TO GET WAXED?
Everyone is different. Some people’s hair grows extremely fast while others grow at a moderate pace. My rule of thumb is your hair needs to be at least ¼ of an inch long, which is about the half the length of your pinky nail. If you’ve been shaving the area, it typically takes about 2-3 weeks for your hair to grow to this length. If the hair isn’t at least this long, the wax may not pick up the hair and we may have to reschedule your appointment.
IF MY HAIR IS LONGER THAN ¼ INCH, SHOULD I TRIM MY HAIR BEFORE MY APPOINTMENT?
Nope, not necessary. While I need a minimum length to wax, there is no maximum. I’ll wax it, don’t worry!
WHAT IF I’M NERVOUS?
Don’t be! I know that’s easier said than done, but you are in good hands. With all new clients, from brows to brazilians, I always chat with you first. I go over the process of the service with you and I explain step by step what is going to happen so there are no surprises. I always remind each client that, THIS IS YOUR BODY AND YOU ARE IN CONTROL. If at any time you change your mind, or don’t want to complete the service that’s totally fine. What matters is that you leave having a positive experience.
WILL IT HURT?
Whenever I get asked this question, I explain that pain tolerance is different for everyone. For some waxing is a walk in the park, for others it may be a little more tender. I do try my absolute best to ensure that this waxing experience will be the best waxing experience you ever have. I tell my clients, if you can tweeze, you can wax. If you can get your ears pierced, you can wax. If you can get a tattoo, you can wax. If you can go through childbirth, you can definitely wax. You get the gist but seriously, don’t think too much about it. Mind over matter. You’ll walk out of your appointment and already forget what just happened.
WHY DOES IT EVEN HURT IN THE FIRST PLACE?
I always use this same analogy when it comes to waxing. Your hair has a root and a hair follicle. If you have never tweezed or waxed, that hair follicle is very strong and deeply rooted in your skin. I like to think that waxing is like pulling weeds. If you haven’t pulled weeds from your garden in over 3 months, the roots of the plant is going to be deeply rooted and a little tougher to pull out. While, if you pull your roots from your garden on a regular basis, it will be a much simpler task. THE SAME GOES FOR WAXING. If you have never waxed, your hair is deeply rooted. While, if you wax every 4 weeks, it’s easy street. If you are consistent with waxing, your hair will grow back thinner, finer, and sparser. The root of you hair CAN’T grow deep and strong if you are removing it before it gets to that point.
IS THERE ANY AFTERCARE WHEN IT COMES TO WAXING?
Waxing has minimal aftercare. The most important thing to remember is that after waxing; TAKE IT EASY. This is not the day to do a hot yoga class or a 12-mile bike ride. For the first 24-48 hours, try to keep the area that was waxed, cool and dry. That means stay away from hot tubs, sunbathing, exercise, and uhhh ya know exercising with your partner too. It’s just really that first day. If you work out daily and don’t want to skip out, do your workout BEFORE your waxing appointment. Something else to consider is scheduling your waxing appointment towards the end of the day so you can just go home right afterwards and relax.
MY SKIN IS RED AFTER WAXING, IS THAT NORMAL?
While I wax you, I am monitoring your skin for changes in color, texture, temperature, and I’m looking for any signs of a true reaction. If I see anything that might be a concern, I will notify you immediately in the treatment room, and I’ll give you further aftercare advice on how to calm down the skin. Honestly, redness from waxing just depends on how sensitive/reactive your skin naturally is. Personally when I get waxed my skin on a scale of 1-10 turns to a 3 in redness, and by the next morning, my skin is fully recovered and back at a 1 (and I have highly reactive and sensitive skin).
WHAT ABOUT BUMPS?
Some skin types are prone to little red or white bumps initially after waxing. This is totally normal and usually goes away on it’s own as long as you keep the area cool and dry. You can also go to any pharmacy and purchase what is called POLYSPORIN. It’s an antibacterial cream that helps reduce irritation and redness, but only works in the first 24-48 hours after waxing. It’s not necessary to continue to apply after that.
WHAT ABOUT INGROWNS?
You may find after waxing that you are getting ingrown hairs. This is super normal and common, especially because you hair is getting finer from waxing. What you can do is 3 days after waxing you can start gently exfoliating the area with a washcloth in the shower. You can do this 2-3 times a week and that should help. If you are still having ingrowns after that, just reach out to me and I can recommend products for you to try that will help. It just depends on what area of the body we are talking about.
WHEN SHOULD I RESCHEDULE?
Ideally, every 4 weeks is best. If you stick to a 4-week schedule it will be the most comfortable experience. Also at 4 weeks is when your hair starts to become noticeable again.
CAN I SHAVE INBETWEEN APPOINTMENTS?
NO. JUST. DON’T. Yes, there may come a day where some hair emergency may happen and for that, I can look the other way. Shaving in-between appointments is going to stimulate hair growth and also throw off the length of your hair. So you run the risk of having to reschedule your appointment and also just irritating your skin with shaving. Also if you want waxing to be less tender please hide your razor from yourself. Shaving stimulates the roots and follicle of your hair to grow stronger and deeper, hence a more tender waxing experience.
DO YOU WAX HEAD TO TOE?
YES, YES I DO.
WHAT ABOUT MANZILLIANS?
At this point in my career, I have not been properly trained to wax this area for men. It is very important to seek out professionals who have had proper training for the desired service. If at some point that changes, I will let ya’ll know. Other than that area, I do wax men and love my male clients!
If there are any other questions, comments, concerns you may have when it comes to waxing please let me know!
That’s all for today friends!
!Nos vemos a la casa!