BEFORE & AFTER WAX CARE
Below is a guide that, when followed, will maximize the results of your treatment and health of your skin.
You have the right to expect a clean room, a clean sheet of paper or cloth sheet on the treatment table and a clean wax pot. Your esthetician must be wearing gloves and MUST NOT DOUBLE DIP the waxing sticks. Wax is not hot enough to kill bacteria. So every time a stick touches your skin, it cannot be re-dipped into the pot. Also, if wax cartridges and rollers are used, they must be disposable. If a esthetician doesn’t abide by these rules, you have the right to end the service and file a claim to The CA Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.
Its not as painful as you think! Everyone has different pain thresholds. The first wax is always the most uncomfortable, but the more you wax, the less it hurts. Some guests have said taking Ibuprofen (if doctor allows) 30 minutes prior to their appointment helps decrease sensitivity and the inflammatory response following waxing.
Waxing is not recommend for guests suffering from diabetes, auto-immune disease or poor circulation as they are more susceptible to infection. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity to waxing. Prescription medication such as antibiotics, Accutane, Retin-A or any skin thinning topical/oral medication can cause thinning of the skin. If you are using skin care and/or acne products that contain acids these can cause the skin to lift. Even with precautions, every skin type reacts differently to waxing and can be lifted. If skin in lifted it will look shiny and burn. Keep moist with Aquaphor until fully healed and avoid waxing the area for some time.
If you think your hair is so long it can be braided, please trim a little! If your hair is so short you feel stubble, let it grow! Hair needs to be about 1/2 inch in length (about the length of your pinky nail). I do not trim hair. It leaves the treatment room unhygienic and cannot be properly cleaned. Please be aware hair growth has 3 different stages. You may not be smooth your first wax.
Keep It Clean
The hair follicles remain open for up to 12 hours after waxing. That's plenty of time for bacteria to grow if the skin isn't kept clean. Please avoid the following for 24 hours and/or when tenderness subsides: sex (friction will aggravate the skin), sun, tanning beds, hot tubs, sweating, saunas, gym, exercise, deodorant, exfoliating products, fragranced products, tight clothing, and avoid touching the area that has been waxed.
Expect the skin to be a little sensitive and red after your first wax. This should disappear within a matter of hours. You may "break out" in what looks like tiny goose-bumps or hives (histamine reaction), which is normal. Some of my clients have taken Benadryl (if doctor allows) 30 minutes prior to waxing or apply Benadryl cream after waxing. To soothe the area after waxing apply a cool wash cloth to the area and A+D cream with zinc oxide.
Follow a daily exfoliation regime to avoid the build up of dead skin cells, which will help prevent ingrown hairs. Start exfoliating 24 hours after waxing and/or when tenderness subsides. Exfoliate 3 times per week with a hand-mitt and anti-bacterial soap. For inflamed ingrown hairs apply PFB (Available for purchase in the spa. Do not use this if you are allergic to aspirin.) daily until ingrown hair lifts from skin. Do not pick ingrown hairs. They easily become inflamed and will leave scars.