Wax-on, wax-off…the season is upon us!
Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re as eager as we are for some warmth and sunshine you just might feel ready to bare some beautiful skin! As you excitedly prepare for spaghetti straps, swim suits and shorts do you also think about razors and shaving cream? Perhaps you are considering waxing as an alternative to your old hair removal method. If so, great! We are here to help.
Having your body hair pulled out with wax may sound unpleasant. However, at Simply Blissed you’ll be amazed at how relaxing your waxing experience can be. We use the highest quality hard and soft wax while you are made to feel completely relaxed on the table with a comfortable ambient temperature, music, and aromatherapy ~ just ease back and rest. All our wax services end with an application of our Eminence Apricot Oil and a high frequency wand treatment which helps eliminate bacteria around the waxed area.
Our guests tell us over and over again how strange and delightful it is to come in to have their hair pulled out and leave feeling utterly pampered. Frankly, most of our guests can’t wait for their waxing appointments and are eager to rebook! What are you waiting for? Make your appointment today and you’ll see what all your friends have been raving about. See our waxing services here: http://www.simplyblissed.com/waxing.html
There are things you can and even should do to prepare your skin for the best possible wax experience to avoid disappointment. Here’s what to expect along with some recommendations for a successful waxing experience:
If you are new to Simply Blissed, you’ll be asked to complete a health history/intake form so that we can take the best possible care of you. There is time before the wax service begins to ask questions and have them answered. If the eyebrows are being waxed, the design is discussed. Your provider then gives instructions and describes what will happen in detail.
No hair left behind? It isn’t possible to remove EVERY hair with one waxing service until your hair growth cycles have synchronized. Because hair grows in three different stages, it takes roughly four waxing services approximately 4 – 6 weeks apart before the hair starts growing at the same rate. At your first waxing there will be hairs that were too short to be uprooted along with hairs residing just under the skin which will begin to emerge within days. We recommend waxing every four weeks instead of six if you are new to waxing in order to get your hairs into a rhythm faster.
Grow Your Hair! The hair you want to be waxed should be approximately ¼” to ½” long. This is the ideal length to give the wax something to grab ahold of. Unfortunately, if a guest shaves the day of their wax service, it will have to be rescheduled. Also, do not shave between wax services. If the hair growth reaches ¼” to ½” it’s time to come in for your next service. We strongly recommend scheduling your next wax service before leaving the spa so that your spot is reserved with your provider of choice.
Check your Calendar. We have had guests ask, “Why does my waxing service occasionally hurt more than other times?” This can be due to many different factors but the primary reason is likely your menstrual cycle. For some guests, scheduling a wax service right before their period can make for a much more sensitive experience.
Plan Ahead. If you have a big event coming up, a wedding, a dream vacation or anything such as that, we suggest that you schedule four wax appointments approximately four weeks apart prior to the event so that as many hairs as possible at each phase of growth can be waxed.
Exfoliate. We cannot stress this enough! It helps to prevent ingrown hairs, which are unsightly and can become painful. It also toughens up the skin making the wax experience less painful. We recommend exfoliating 24 hours prior to your wax appointment and 48 hours after. Some great methods for exfoliation are sugar scrubs, dry brushes or exfoliating gloves. Our favorite is Eminence Coconut Sugar Scrub.
Avoid caffeine and/or alcohol before your waxing service. Pores respond to caffeine and alcohol by constricting which will make hair removal more difficult and painful.
Use Cold packs if desired. After a wax treatment, the body wants to heal itself and will send white blood cells to the site which creates heat and possibly swelling. Ice in a cold compress naturally decreases the feeling of pain by closing up the small blood vessels thus reducing swelling immediately after any trauma to the body. Never put ice directly on the body as this can actually result in frostbite. The cold compress doesn’t need to be applied for very long, 20 minutes should do the trick.
Avoid Hot Water. Avoid hot baths, hot tubs, hot showers, saunas and steam rooms for at least 24 hours following a wax. The pores that have just been waxed are open and susceptible to bacterial infections. Hot water can also further irritate the skin.
Use Sunscreen. Your beautiful, baby soft skin is delicate and needs to be protected from UVA, B and C rays. Keep the freshly waxed area covered with clothing or use Broad Spectrum sun block.
Ingrown hairs occasionally happen and they can be annoying. Resist the temptation to “help them along” and pick at them. When you pick at an ingrown hair the healing process is delayed and scarring can result. 80% of infectious diseases are passed by human contact and mostly by our hands! (Dr. Phillip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology at New York University Hospital Center and the author of The Secret Life of Germs.)
How long will my waxing last? Every person is different and it’s important to keep in mind that waxing is not considered permanent hair removal. Waxing is more effective than shaving because it removes your hair further down the shaft so it takes longer for it to grow back and become noticeable. Consistent waxing weakens your hair follicles over time and new hair growth is often finer and thinner allowing more time between your waxing services.