Beauty, Skin Care

The Do’s and Don’ts of Waxing!

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!

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Beauty, Skin Care

What to Expect at Your First Wax

We’ve already covered the dos and don’ts of waxing, but today we’re going to discuss what to actually expect at your waxing appointment. If you haven’t checked the dos and don’ts out yet, do that first!

 

When you Arrive

After checking in with the front desk, you’ll be given a Wax Intake. The wax intake asks important medical and personal information that directly pertains to the success of your wax, so it is vital you answer these questions honestly and thoroughly. Once you’ve finished with your intake, you can return it to the front desk and have a seat until your highly skilled technician comes out to meet you.

 

In the Treatment Room

After you esthetician greets you in the lobby, you’ll be escorted back to one of our private waxing rooms, each with relaxing music and a comfortable bed to lay on for your service. Your esthetician will confirm what service you’re getting done, ask any questions you may have that have stemmed from your intake, and answer any questions you may have. Remember, there are no stupid questions so ask freely! Once all your questions have been answered, your technician will instruct you how to lay down on the table and, in the case of a body wax, will leave the room to give you privacy to change. For all body wax services we provide a modesty cloth and you are always encouraged to just disrobe to your comfort level.

 

The Wax

 Once your comfortable, your service will begin. Here at Designer’s Denn we use a high quality European wax that comes in three different varieties: a blue hard wax (for all skin types,) a pink hard wax (for extra-sensitive skin) and a gentle, aquamarine strip wax (use for larger areas of the body, such as legs and arms.) If getting a brow wax, your technician will consult with you before the wax even touches your skin, to discuss what you’re hoping to get out of your service today and your desired shape.

Next, a small patch of warm wax will be applied to the skin. If hard wax is being used, a few may be applied at the same time. This process will continue until your wax is complete and you’re hair free and care free. Soothing oil will be applied to moisturize and calm the skin, as well as helping to slow down hair growth. You’ll be given post-wax care instructions before leaving as well as any recommendations for product to make the waxing process even easier going forward.

 

Checking out and the Rewards Program

We recommend pre-booking your next service before you leave. Not only does this assure an appointment will be available for you when you need your next wax in 4-6 weeks, but you also receive 200 Points as a thank you for being one of our loyal guests! Equal to $2.00, these points are applied to your account, never expire, and stack until you have enough to cover the full amount of a product or service. Plus, refer a friend in and you’ll receive 500 points, or $5.00 worth of points, making a free service well within reach.

 

We hope to see you soon!

 

 

A Quick Note on our Wax

Other than the rigorous training every esthetician goes through here at Designer’s Denn before being released on a service, it is our wax that makes all the difference. While many salons use soft wax for every waxing service, we have a different philosophy. Soft wax adheres to the skin, which can result in skin tearing when used in extra-sensitive spots, like the bikini area and the eyebrows…ouch! This is why we only use hard wax in these delicate locations, which works by shrink wrapping around the hair so your skin is safe!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Waxing

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 Body 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, like the Body Buffing Cloth.

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 tan. 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!

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