FAQ Waxing & Sugaring Hair Removal
What is Waxing?
Waxing removes hair at its root which provides exceptional smooth, hairless skin for a longer period than shaving. – 7 days growth after shaving) for successful extraction. Wax products require that you grow the hair out at least 1/3 inch before your next waxing (or r 2 – 3 weeks growth after shaving).
What areas can I get waxed?
Many areas of the body may be waxed: eyebrows, forehead, lip area, cheeks, chin, back, chest, upper/lower leg, underarms, forearms, bikini line — even hair on the knuckles of fingers and toes.
What will happen during my appointment?
If this is your first waxing service, or first experience having a particular area of your body waxed, we will guide you through the process.We will review your intake form to discuss any contraindicators that may make it unsuitable for you to receive a waxing service.
Once in the treatment room, you will need to expose only the area of your body that is going to be waxed. Most often you will leave your underwear on so we recommend wearing older underwear if applicable to the area being waxed. Following are the steps:
- Sanitize and glove our hands
- Cleanse the area to be treated
- Discuss your desired shape if applicable
- Apply baby powder to reduce the amount of wax that adheres to the skin
- Use a clean spatula to apply the wax to your skin
- Depending on the wax used, we will remove the wax with paper strips, muslin strips, or the wax itself
- Apply pressure to the freshly waxed or sugared area to calm and sooth the skin
- Clean any residual wax
- Apply soothing cream after as each waxed area is completed
- For the brow area, we will also brush and trim your brows
During all services, we use disposable sheets.
What makes waxing unsuitable?
If you have any special or unusual skin condition or are taking prescription medications such as Retin-A®, Accutane®, antibiotics or any other medication which may cause excessive skin irritation waxing will be unsuitable for you.
How should I prepare?
- You will want to refrain from extended sun exposure 48 hours prior to waxing.
- You should lightly exfoliate your skin several days before waxing.
- On the day of your waxing, you will want to make sure you thoroughly cleanse the area being waxed and that the skin is moist but not greasy from oils or lotions. For an underarm waxing, please wash off any deodorant or anti-perspirant prior to your service (because it stops the wax from adhering properly).
- Women should avoid waxing during the three days prior to and during their periods – the skin is most sensitive during this time.
- Before you begin the treatment, there are a few things you should communicate. If you:
- Are diabetic
- Bruise easily
- Have varicose veins
- Are sunburned
- Have thyroid condition
- Are menstruating
- If you are using products/medications that are contraindicated for waxing: Accutane, Retine-A, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, TazoracAvage, Differin, Strivectin, Renova, Proactive, Avita, benzoyl peroxide & salicylic acid. These are only some of the products we are aware of that may cause a problem and new ones can come along daily. Your skin is important to you and us – so please check with your doctor if you have any doubts
Does waxing hurt?
It all depends: your first time receiving a body waxing it can be uncomfortable. After shaving for years, the hair grows extremely coarse. The more frequently you receive body waxing the more the hair will begin to grow thinner. Removing hair directly from the follicle is never comfortable. If you are especially sensitive to pain or you are first-time waxing, you may want to take an anti-inflammatory (such as Ibuprofen) 1 hour before your appointment, or you can apply numbing cream 45 minutes prior to service. With continuous waxing, hair becomes finer and more sparse, and waxing becomes more comfortable.
Why would I get waxed instead of shaving?
When hair is shaved, within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface of the skin and coarse stubble can be felt. Shaving commonly results in ingrown hairs, bumps and ongoing skin irritation. When waxed, hair grows back slower, softer and without stubble. When appropriate post-hair removal home care is followed, waxing leaves virtually no ingrown hairs, bumps or ongoing skin irritation.
Could I be waxed during my menstrual cycle?
Waxing during and right before your menstrual cycle is possible, but is not recommended in consideration of your comfort. During your menstrual cycle, your body tends to be more sensitive due to the change of hormones, and this could cause the treatment to be more painful. We recommend you schedule an appointment after the end of your menstrual cycle.
How often should I wax?
This depends on the area and how fast your hair grows (which depends on the season, medication, hormonal changes, and medical conditions). On average, waxing is recommended every four weeks is recommended for the body and three weeks for the face.
How should I take care of my skin after waxing?
- Avoid tanning and extended sun exposure for 48 hours.
- Avoid hot showers or baths, sauna and steam room use immediately following the service.
- Scented lotions, perfumes, or colognes should be avoided for 48 hours.
- Don’t allow direct heat on the skin for at least 24hrs: sunbathing, solarium, hot shower, sauna or steam room use. This can traumatize & burn new skin, as the dead skin layer has been removed with the hairs during waxing.
- Use a tea-tree based moisturizer on the waxed area – it is a natural antiseptic and will help reduce the likelihood of getting ingrown hairs & small pimples (follictilitus).
- Exfoliate with a strong mitten, cloth or glove, but only when the skin has calmed down after waxing and the new growth begins to penetrate. This could take from 4 to 7 days.
- Wear breathable underwear
- Don’t use deodorant, perfumes or alcohol-based products for at least 24 hours after waxing.
- It is recommended to
- Use sun protection lotion for the 1st day after (to avoid hyper-pigmentation)
- Based on your skin, your esthetician will recommend a post-waxing home-care regimen and products to calm and soothe your skin.
How do you clean your equipment between uses?
Glow Beauty Bar greatly respects and follows all rules and regulations imposed by FDA, OSHA and Georgia Board of Cosmetology rules on disinfection and sanitation. All of our supplies and products are 100% disposable so that each client receives fresh new application tools. We do not double dip into any of our hair removal products.
Will I have to wear underwear for certain bikini area waxes?
It’s recommended you remove any underwear. This makes it easier for the esthetician to support your skin without having to worry about anything getting in the way. It is best not to attempt that yourself before the treatment, or you may cut the hair too short.
What are the benefits of maintaining a Brazilian?
It is not recommended to allow hair growth any more than 4-6 weeks. Waxing will hurt more due to the buildup of dead skin and over-growth of the hair. We will ask you to rebook your next appointment in advance
Does Glow Beauty Bar do men’s Brazilian waxing?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide Brazilian waxing for men at this time.