How to Properly Prepare for Your Wax Treatment

Waxing is one of the most popular forms of hair removal. Not only does it help keep you smoother longer, but you will notice that your hair gets finer and more sparse if you are consistent with your waxing appointments.

I’ve gathered some of the most common questions I receive in order to make your next waxing appointment the best it can be:

What type of wax do you use?

At Beauty2Envy, I use two types of wax:

  • Soft wax — This is the type of wax that is applied and removed with a strip.
  • Hard wax — This type of wax is applied directly, hardens and is removed without a strip.

Each type of wax has its own benefits and uses. I will always make sure to use the correct wax depending on your needs and the area of application.

How should I prepare for a wax?

In the days leading up to your wax appointment, here are a few thing you can do to prepare:

  1. First, make sure the hair is long enough. I know it can be a little uncomfortable, but it’s worth letting your hair grow right before a wax. For coarse hair, having 1/2 inch in length can make your appointment faster and less painful. As you wax more over time, your hair will thin out which allows effective waxing at 1/4 of an inch.
  2. Don’t tan. I recommend you avoid tanning at least 24-48 hours before (and after) your waxing appointment. Giving your skin a break, can really speed up the healing process.
  3. Stop any medications that are applied directly to the waxed area (such as Retin-A or any topical exfoliating creams) one week prior to your service. Using these products can make the skin much more sensitive. Anyone using Accutane will need to be off this medication a minimum of 6 months.

Do you have any recommendations after the appointment?

Caring for your skin after a waxing appointment is really important. Here are three tips to help make sure your recovery is short and painless:

  1. After your wax, I recommend wearing soft, loose clothing. Tight fitting garments can irritate your skin and cause discomfort. Wearing loose/soft clothing can help you recover quickly.
  2. For the first 24 hours, you should avoid activities like exercising and intercourse. After a wax, your pores will still be open, so some activities can cause both irritation and infection.
  3. Make sure you exfoliate and moisturize! I recommend exfoliating daily (during the first 48 hours) after each wax. Exfoliating will prevent ingrown hairs and allow moisturizers to penetrate deeper.

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