Common Side Effects of Waxing
Over time the potential for most of the side effects of waxing usually diminish as the skin gets more and more acclimated to the treatment. Any side effect that lasts more than a week or looks extremely serious should be looked at by a doctor.
- Allergic reactions: Some people may have a skin allergy to the ingredients of the wax. Ask your technician to preform a skin test if you are highly sensitive.
- Bleeding and bruising: There is always a small risk that some pieces of skin may tear during the removal of wax. Subcutaneous bleeding (bleeding under the skin- bruises) is also possible for sensitive skin.
- Redness and swelling: This is the most common side effect to waxing. The temperature of the wax combined with removing hair can take a toll. This is normally very short lived and can be minimized with the application of a cold compress or ice after your treatment.
- Infections: This is a risk for those with conditions (especially of the skin) that normally leave them susceptible to infections. Diabetic guests should be cautious or avoid waxing for this reason.
- Ingrown hairs: This is a side effect of all forms of hair removal. It is usually made better through waxing. Guests with more sensitive skin are more susceptible to this. There are many steps you can take to prevent and treat ingrown hairs. (Read below)
- Pimples and dry skin: Waxing not only removes hair, but it can also remove the portions of the top layer of skin. It is a great exfoliant, but it can also strip the skin of it's important oils and leave it dry. Overly dry skin can lead to increased oil production, which clogs pores and leads to breakouts. Most common on the face area.
- Skin burns and discoloration: This is usually a result of using wax that is too hot or for guests who are highly sensitive. Post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation can also occur leaving dark spots on the skin.
How To Prevent Side Effects
- Apply something cold after your wax: A cold compress or ice pack can help reduce swelling, irritation or redness that may appear.
- Avoid if you have diabetes: Diabetics are advised to avoid waxing as they are more prone to side effects listed above.
- Avoid the sun: It is recommended that you do not expose the skin to direct sunlight without the use of sunblock for at least a day or two after waxing. If an adverse reaction has occurred, the sun should be avoided completely as it can make things worse and lead to discoloration.
- Cleanse before your wax: A simple and gentle cleansing of the skin before your wax treatment can remove dead skin, bacteria and debris that could clog pores after waxing. This will help reduce bumps and breakouts.
- Medication precautions: Certain medications can affect the skin and make it easier to tear. This includes Retin-A, Accutane and Differin. If you have used any of these medications, you may not be eligible to be waxed.
- Test your skin: Before having a treatment, have our technician apply and remove wax on a small test area of skin. This can be extremely helpful for those with sensitive skin. Waxing should not be done on skin that contains sores, bruises, cuts or sunburned skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Brazilian wax?
A Brazilian wax removes hair from your belly button around to your tail bone. You may chose to take it all off, or to leave a shape or landing strip on the front. Please be specific with your esthetician about what you'd like.
How long does my hair need to be?
Please make sure your hair is 1/4" long (we say that's about a grain of rice). If your hair is longer, we will gladly trim it for you before your wax.
Does waxing hurt?
There is a level of discomfort associated with waxing, but we promise to remove your hair as painlessly as possible. You are in the hands of experienced estheticians and the process is only minority painful. For an additional cost, we offer numbing cream kits. If you'd like to use one, please show up 20 minutes before your service to allow time for it to work. You can also take a low dose of ibuprofen 20-30 minutes before your treatment. Waxing regularly will decrease your discomfort.
Should I shower before my appointment?
You may feel most comfortable if you're fresh for your appointment. Don't worry if you don't have time. We offer wipes for your convenience.
Can I get waxed if I begin my period before my appointment?
Yes of course! We highly recommend scheduling your wax for the week after your menstruation if possible. It's best not to schedule waxing while your are menstruating because you will likely experience more discomfort. If the timing is off, we just ask that you wear a clean tampon. We do offer fresh wipes and feminine care items in the salon and are glad to accommodate you.
What type of wax do you use?
We use hard wax for coarse hair and sensitive areas. For fine hair, we use strip wax. If you have a preference or any questions about our wax, please ask your esthetician at the time of your appointment.
Can I wax if I'm pregnant?
Waxing is completely safe during pregnancy. If you have any concerns, please contact your doctor before your visit.
How old do I have to be to get waxed?
We will wax anyone age 10+. If you are under 18, you must have a parent/guardian sign a release to approve the treatments. This form will be filed for future appointments.
Do you wax men?
Yes we do offer waxing services for men. Please see our menu of services here.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT:
- Please shower or freshen up (wet wipes are available in the restroom).
- Hair must be at least 1/4" to be waxed.
- Resist the urge to shave between waxes.
- Gently exfoliate before your wax.
- Try to relax before your appointment. We want your experience to be a good one, regardless of what you've been told or seen on TV.
- It gets better and easier every time you wax (especially when you don't shave in between).
- It will be over before you know it. Being hair-free is totally worth it for a couple minutes of discomfort.
AFTER CARE TIPS:
- Pick your product for exfoliation and prevention. Your esthetician will recommend the best choice for your skin.
- No heavy lotions or oil after your wax.
- Exfoliate regularly (1-2 times per week). We highly recommend exfoliating gloves.
- How to avoid ingrown hairs:
- Wash your skin immediately after you work out.
- Don't wear tight clothing for prolonged periods of time that will irritate your skin.
- DO NOT PICK THEM! They are very tempting, but you are just scarring your skin.
- Prevent them using a product that will keep the skin clean and exfoliated.