Everything You Need to Know Before Your Bikini (or Brazilian!) Wax

New to the world of waxing? Welcome! We’re thrilled you’re here. Waxing is a simple and very effective way to remove unwanted hair. Not only that, waxing results also last much longer than shaving with even better results. If you’ve never waxed before, going into the studio for your first wax can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! We’re here to help with the answers to all your questions. Read on and discover everything you need to know to ensure a smooth, successful waxing experience!

How do I prepare for a wax?

Preparing for a wax is almost as important as showing up for it! Proper wax preparation ensures a waxing experience that leaves you satisfied with optimal results. We recommend exfoliating the area that will be waxed for a few days leading up to your appointment. On the day of, make sure you clean the area, but make sure to avoid heavy lotions or oils.

Clean, dry, exfoliated skin is the best skin for waxing. We also recommend avoiding sun exposure for at least 48 hours before and after your wax.

How long should my hair be?

Clients are usually worried about their hair being too long because they’re embarrassed about their growth or believe longer hair will make a wax uncomfortable. We’re here to tell you: neither are true! If anything, shorter hair makes a wax more difficult and our rule of thumb is, the longer the better. Hair needs to be at least ¼ inch long for effective waxing, and up to ½ inch long, or about the length of a grain of rice. This ensures that the wax can grab onto the hair and pull out the entire hair follicle. If hair is too short, the wax won’t have a secure hold. This can make waxing more painful, require repeated waxing of the same area, or risk that the hair follicle won’t be fully removed.

Can hair be too long?

It can! Hair that’s longer than ½ inch can make waxing more complicated as its prone to breakage when waxed off for first-timers, which means the follicle won’t be removed and your results won’t last as long. Long hair can also cover up other hairs during a wax, which requires repeated waxes of the same area. If your hair is longer than half an inch, don’t worry. Put down the scissors and relax! Our Cerologists® will take care of any trimming prior to waxing.

Can I shave before a wax?

In short, no. We strongly discourage shaving before waxing! Shaving before a wax can irritate the skin and, of course, it will leave the hair too short to wax properly. We are major advocates for incorporating waxing into your beauty regimen as routine waxing virtually eliminates the need to shave between waxes, saving you time and taking one thing off your to-do list.

Are there products I should or shouldn’t use before a wax?

There are a few skincare products that can make your wax less effective. One product, in particular, should never be used in tandem with waxing: retinol. Retinol, the anti-aging powerhouse and popular skincare ingredient, increases skin sensitivity. If you use products with retinol in them, we suggest that you stop using them at least one week before your wax. That’s not feasible for many, but rest assured we’ve got a simple swap. Enter: Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol is a plant-based, retinol alternative that provides all the anti-aging benefits without the harsh side effects.

Also, consider certain medications such as Retin A, Renova, or Accutane can increase the rate at which your skin exfoliates, meaning you could risk removing skin during a wax.

Last but not least, we recommend avoiding heavy lotions, oils or creams the day of your wax. These can make skin greasy, therefore making the wax less effective.

How long does a wax last?

Waxing is a process, the more consistently you do it the better the results. Expect re-growth quicker after the first wax but month after month you will start to see the hair stay away for longer periods of time. It lasts much longer than shaving, as shaving only removes the external portion of hair, while waxing removes the entire hair in one piece.

Will my hair grow back differently?

Yes – but this is good news! Every time you wax, your hair grows back softer and finer, which means each wax yields even better results than the last. It also means that hair becomes less noticeable over time while you’re in between waxes. The more consistently you wax, the better your waxing experience will be!

How long should I wait in between waxes?

It depends on the person, but you can typically wait between two to four weeks in between waxes. Again, you’ll want to wait until hair has grown out to at least ¼ of an inch, which can take different lengths of time for different people.

Remember, even if you want your hair gone ASAP, it’s important not to shave between waxing appointments! It can make hair too short for effective waxing, and it will destroy the progress you’ve made towards softer, finer hair with previous waxes.

What does waxing feel like?

This is the million-dollar question and the answer is different for everyone. The first wax can be uncomfortable think of a tree that has been growing for many years, its roots are deep in the ground with all the nutrients. Our follicles are also rooted down and have a blood supply to nourish that hair, but removing the hair every four weeks stops hair from “rooting” back down which means the hair isn’t as strong and lifts out easier and easier. At Waxing The City, our wax, experienced Cerologists® and technique work together to offer you the most spectacular service possible. If you’re still worried about managing sensitivity, we recommend taking an ibuprofen or aspirin roughly 30 minutes before your appointment. Our Cerologists® will also prep the area with pre-wax serum which desensitizes the area for maximum comfort. 

Next step? Booking your wax appointment! Head to our studio locator to find a Waxing the City near you. As a gift to you, new clients receive 20% off their first waxing service.

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