Getting waxed for the first time can be pretty intimidating, but please let us reassure you that you are coming to the right place and we will take great care of you!
IBUPROFEN Take it at least 20 minutes beforehand may help dull your pain receptors (as long as it’s not contraindicated by your doctor).
LIMIT CAFFEINE The day of your waxing, limit your caffeine intake as it can stimulate the nervous system which can make you more sensitive and red.
END OF YOUR CYCLE For females, try to schedule your appointment within the first 2 weeks after you have ended your cycle as this is when you are probably retaining the least amount of fluid, and should probably be the least sensitive. We will still wax our clients if they are on their cycle as long as they wear a tampon and know they will most likely be more sensitive.
2 WEEKS GROWTH For body waxing treatments, please allow about 2 weeks of growth before your visit. Everyone’s hair grows at a different pace, but 2 weeks is a good rule-of-thumb. The longer the growth (within reason) will mean less tweezing and a cleaner wax. Your hair must be at least half the length of your pinky nail (go ahead… check your pinky!)
DON'T TRIM If you do not wax or shave your hair at all, please do not trim. If trimming is needed we will do it for you.
COME CLEAN Do not apply self tanner, moisturizer, or any abrasive body or facial scrubs.
NO TANNING - REAL OR FAKE Do not go sit in the sun or go to the tanning booth prior to your service. Avoid getting spray tanned before any waxing procedure. Wax tends to lift the color off your skin leaving it patchy-looking.
STOP USING THESE FOR FACE WAXING Discontinuing any product that exfoliates or dries the skin for at least 1 week prevents tears, scabbing or burning. Examples are: Accutane, Differin, Retin A/Retinol, Glycolic acid/AHA’s, ProActive, Avita, Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid/ BHA’s These are only some of the products that we are aware of that may cause problems. New ones come out every day! If you have any doubt, don’t use it or don’t wax. However, if you still desire to use your skin products that are not conducive to waxing, we may use an extremely hypoallergenic hard wax that is great for sensitive and chemically treated skin. When you call for your appointment, please let us know!
Facial Waxing: please make sure you do not touch the area waxed for 24 hours. Bacteria on your fingers will get into your delicate open pores and cause pimples. If you do touch your waxed skin, just rinse it off with cold water or apply toner if you have some.
Body Waxing: start exfoliating as soon as it is comfortable to do so or when tenderness subsides. This is the most important thing you can do and you may exfoliate your skin one of two ways: chemically or manually.
Chemically: you may purchase a product that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid or isopropyl alcohol. “TendSkin” or “PFB Vanish” are great products and can be found at beauty supply stores. These will discourage ingrown hairs if used consistently as directed.
Manually: you may simply use a warm, damp washcloth or exfoliating gloves. The gloves are recommended because they can be washed, dried & sanitized. Loofahs can harbor bacteria or mold, and are not sufficient exfoliators. If you choose a washcloth, just dampen your cloth with warm water and scrub the area that is waxed the opposite way of the hair growth(hair usually grows down, so scrub in an upward motion). This will reduce the chance of ingrown hairs, bumps, pimples and rough-feeling skin.
If you have been waxed for the first time, a few bumps and/or pimples are common. If you broke out everywhere there can be a few reasons for this, but the most common is that your hair follicles have been irritated by sweat and/or bacteria. Your follicles are not used to having the hair pulled out so they are easy to irritate. Sweat, which contains urea and salt, is considered irritating to your hair follicles, so it is easy for your follicles to be extra sensitive to any type of sweat or bacteria the first time around. Your second and third waxings should be less irritating.
If bumps or pimples have appeared, aquaphort, tea tree oil, or our custom OC Waxing CARE serum are topical agents that can help clear these up in a few days. You also may just take a dry wash cloth and scrub the pimples or bumps and leave them to dry out, no lotion is needed.