Get ready for your first wax experience!
How can I prepare for my appointment?
When arriving for your appointment, the most important thing is to do your best to arrive relaxed as this will help complete your service quickly and efficiently. Be prepared to undress from the waist down and understand that some of the positions you may be required to be in for effective hair removal can be a little embarrassing. Rest assured, I will be very professional and understanding throughout the process.
You can minimize pain by gently exfoliating the night before with an exfoliating glove, making sure the skin is hydrated, and taking a pain reliever 30-45 minutes before your appointment. At this time, I do not recommend using numbing creams as they tend to leave a film on the skin, and this may negatively affect the waxing process.
Should you choose to, you can be waxed on a light period if you wear a fresh tampon or menstrual cup (wipes and tampons are provided if, needed). However, it is best not to schedule a wax just before, immediately after, or during your menstrual cycle as you may be more sensitive to pain and the heat of the wax.
Your hair should be at least 1/4th inch long, which is the length of a grain of rice. I strongly recommend against trimming before your appointment and allowing at least four weeks of hair growth when transitioning from shaving or using chemical depilatories, like Nair, for the best results. If necessary, I can trim for you during your appointment.
Please remember to freshen up before your appointment, and wear comfortable clothing and breathable underwear (no thongs or lace) to protect the skin after your wax.
If you have recently had any abdominal surgery or recently given birth, I urge you to wait a minimum of 6 weeks before coming in.
What should I expect?
I will first cleanse the area of any oils, sweat, or lotion and lightly apply talc-free powder to absorb any excess moisture on the skin. I will then apply the wax to 1-3 sections at a time. It will be removed when dry and pressure is applied to the area to minimize discomfort.
After the waxing is complete, I will do very minimal extractions (more require a different service) of blackheads/ingrowns and gently tweeze left-over hair, if needed, followed by applying soothing products to calm the skin. You can also add on a post-wax mask of your choice for an additional $10 fee. You will be provided with after-care instructions to help you avoid introducing bacteria into the skin and to reduce ingrown hair or clogged pores. It is normal to have a histamine reaction following waxing in this area, in which you may see red irritated skin and bumps for 24 hours or even longer. This is very common and will subside.
Note: if you are using products with any skin-thinning or active ingredients (retinol, acids, etc.) in this area, please discontinue use 5 days before and after your appointment to avoid skin lifting or irritation. If you are on prescription Tretinoin, regardless of the area you can not be waxed until you have been off for at least 6 months, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you are having an active herpes outbreak, yeast infection, etc. do not book until things have cleared.
Signing the waiver(s) and completing the skin assessment form when booking is a requirement before being serviced at The Brown Skin Co.