Brazilian Waxing Clients who return for their next Brazilian within 6 weeks receive $20 off of the regular price*.
Waxing is the most common form of hair removal available today. In this treatment, warm wax is applied to the hair and pulled off in strips. There are two types of wax: stripless (hard wax) and strip wax (soft wax). Over the years I have found that I like using strip wax as much as possible because it seems to remove more hair in a broader area and more quickly than stripless (hard) wax. Strip wax is good for the coarser hair on the legs, arms, back, and chest however, sometimes stripless wax is needed on more sensitive areas such as the labia (on women) and the scrotum (on men). I use gentle formulations of both types of wax, but if you have a preference for one type of wax over the other, please let me know at the time of your appointment.
How you Can Benefit From Waxing
Waxing reduces hair growth when performed at regular, intervals of 3-6 weeks. While shaving crops the hair even with the skin, waxing pulls it out by the root, so it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. Waxing is great for those who are tired of the hassle of shaving several times per week. The more you wax, the less hair grows back.
Waxing should not be performed if you have particularly sensitive skin because waxing pulls off a couple of layers of skin (along with hair) when it is removed and can cause tenderness and swelling. In addition, some medications will cause the skin to react badly to waxing. Don’t wax if you’re taking Retin-A, Accutane, Renova, any type of acne prescription, or if you have had recent microdermabrasion, chemical peels, or laser treatments. You should also let me know of any allergies of any kind, as well as adverse reactions you have had in the past. Waxing can be more painful during menstruation, so it should be avoided in the 2 days prior to, during, and 2 days after your monthly cycle. Please keep in mind that many things can affect whether or not your waxing is painful. You could have the same person wax you on different days and experience more or less pain than the last time In general, any time your body is experiencing more stress, waxing can be more painful. Too much caffeine can also be a cause of more pain. This information is not to freak you out. More often than not, I hear from clients that it was far less painful than expected. Also remember that the pain is extremely temporary. The hair is pulled, it hurts a bit, and then the pain is gone.
How to Prepare for your Waxing Treatment & What to Expect During your Visit
The hair you want to have waxed should be grown out roughly to a minimum of 1/4” above the skin. If hairs are left too short, the wax won’t be able to adhere to them strongly enough to pull them out. Also, refrain from taking a shower or bath immediately before the treatment because soaking the hair will soften it, allowing it to break more easily and making waxing less effective. Regular exfoliation of the area to be waxed also decreases sensitivity and the tendency for ingrown hairs. Exfoliation really does make a difference (especially where pain and ease of removal is concerned). Therefore, I suggest that you exfoliate 1-3 times/week (more is not necessary) and the most important time to (gently) exfoliate is about a day or two before your appointment. Remember, over time, regular waxing will decrease the sensitivity of the hair follicle as well.
When you arrive for your appointment, I will greet you in the lobby at your appointment time. You will be given time and privacy to freshen up with wipes that I supply so don't sweat it. Your comfort and privacy are very important to me.
If you are concerned about pain and it is safe to do so (taking into consideration any health issues you have), try taking an ibuprofen 1 hour before your appointment, it really does make a difference.
It is important to care for the waxed area properly after treatment to prevent ingrown hairs, breakouts, or other reactions. Exfoliation, using synthetic gloves (not a loofa because they tend to carry more bacteria and cannot be properly cleaned) with a sulfate free shower gel or an acne wash will help keep the skin clear and less prone to blemishes. Avoid using a bar soap because it leaves a film on the body that could cause ingrown hairs. For breakout zones, defined as the face, back, and chest, use a more gentle exfoliant such as Serious Serum (which I provide for purchase). Do not go in the sun or use tanning booths directly after waxing - you will most likely burn- especially while the skin is still red from treatment, and only apply gentle moisturizers twenty-four hours after treatment. Try to avoid products with harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes.