What is waxing?
It's the removal of unwanted facial and body hair by the root. Warm wax, the consistency of honey, is applied over the hair to be removed. A cotton strip is pressed over the wax, then the strip, wax and hair are removed together in a quick pull.
Does it hurt?
It's most uncomfortable at first since it's a new sensation. Any discomfort dissipates quickly and decreases with regular treatments, as less hair is removed each time. Caffeine, menstruation and pregnancy increase skin sensitivity. Avoid waxing during your time of the month, your skin is more sensitive right before and during your cycle. For some, scheduling an appointment between 3 and 5 p.m works best as your pain threshold is higher in the afternoon. Taking Advil or Aspirin 45 minutes before your appointment will help reduce pain and swelling.
How long does it last?
Hair typically grows back several weeks after your treatment. For best results waxing should be repeated every 4-8 weeks, although once a year before your warm-weather vacation is fine, too!
How long does my hair need to be?
When come for a waxing appointment, your hair should be approx. 1/4'' long, or approx. 3 weeks growth. If too short, hair won't come out. If too long, hair will break and the service will be less comfortable. It is suggested either shaving three weeks before your appointment, or trimming bikini line hair just prior to your appointment.
Will my hair grow back thicker?
No, but after removing hair lightened by the sun darker re-growth may appear thicker. Often hair grows in sparser after regular treatments and since waxing removes hair by the root, a soft new hair with a fine tip grows in, eliminating razor stubble.
Is waxing okay for everybody?
It's fine for most everyone, but isn't appropriate for those on certain medications such as Retinoids and Accutane, or for people with diabetes or particular skin conditions. If this is the case for you, one of our professional esthetician would be happy to discuss other options.
What about ingrown hairs?
Most people experience some ingrown hairs occasionally. When a new hair grows in, it may become trapped under the surface of the skin causing slight irritation. Exfoliating regularly helps. To remove ingrown hairs, rub ice over irritated areas to draw hair to the surface of the skin, then gently remove with tweezers.
AFTER CARE FOR WAXING:
Please, don't hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns! 604-987-1175
No tanning, hot baths, or hot tubs for 24-48 hours after your wax.
Avoid touching the area for 24-48 hours as it may cause irritation.
Keep the area clean, if you partake in any vigorous activity such as working out or running, shower afterwards. Waiting 48 hours after a waxing session before working out or wearing tight clothing helps avoid chafing, pimples or ingrown hairs.
Always wash your hands, your skin is extra sensitive to sweat and bacteria.
After 3 days you may want to begin exfoliating the area with a buff puff or scrub such as St. Ives Apricot scrub for oily skin.
We recommned after care products such as:
Tea Tree Lotion
Tips for a pain free wax:
Take Advil or Aspirin 45 minutes before coming to your appointment, not only do they help reduce the feeling of pain but they have an anti-inflammatory component.