With Spring Break right around the corner and the temperatures beginning to climb, waxing season is officially in full swing! If you’re considering waxing for the first time or it’s been awhile since your last wax, here’s some of the do’s and don’ts of waxing to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to check out our article on what to expect at your first wax here to calm any worries and relax your nerves before your visit.
DO make your appointment at least 2-3 weeks in advance to avoid the risk of no appointments being available
DO schedule the service you intend on getting. Don’t schedule a bikini when you intend to get an extended brazilian because you’re embarrassed.
DO grow your hair for at least 2-3 weeks before your service. Any shorter and you may be asked to reschedule to accommodate the growth needed to ensure a successful waxing.
DO schedule your wax at least 3-4 days before you’ll be at the beach. Any closer and you risk infection from dirty sand on your freshly waxed skin.
DO take an Ibuprofen or Advil 45-60 minutes before your service. You can also use numbing creams, such as PFB Numb-it to further decrease discomfort
DO disclose any personal health information, such as communicable diseases, to your technician.
DO use the hygiene wipe given to you if your technician supplies you with one. This is to cleanse the area of harmful bacteria we don’t want entering freshly waxed pores.
DO stay as relaxed as possible during your service; tensing up will increase your discomfort.
DO exfoliate the waxed area when you shower until you come back for your next wax as this helps prevent ingrown hairs. We recommend the Ultimate Buffing Cloth, because its nylon fibers resist bacterial growth and it is machine washable.
DON’T schedule your wax the week before or during your period. Due to hormonal fluctuations, this is the most painful time to be waxed.
DON’T shower or steam immediately before your service. This can soften the hair, making it more prone to breakage during your wax; showering a few hours before is fine (and recommended.)
DON’T workout immediately after your service. This will result in bumps and possibly ingrown hairs.
DON’T use a loofah in the shower. Loofahs hold a tremendous amount of bacteria and will cause ingrown hairs. Opt for something washable and anti-microbial, like the Ultimate Buffing Cloth, carried in-house at Designer’s Denn.
DON’T apply makeup immediately after facial waxing, which could cause bumps or breakouts.
DON’T shave, tweeze or trim between waxes. This will cause uneven hair growth, making your next wax not as clean. It will also make the hair appear coarser, due to the blunt angle it’s cut at.
DON’T engage in sexual activity the day of your wax if you’re getting a brazilian or bikini wax.
DON’T tan for 24 hours before or after your wax. Better yet, don’t tan at all!
DON’T be worried about redness or slight bumpiness after your wax-this is normal and will recede in about 24-48 hours.
And above all…
DON’T be embarrassed! No one will be judging you!