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 with you 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.
It is best not to schedule a wax just before or during your menstrual cycle since you may be more sensitive to pain and the heat of the wax. Should you choose to, you can still be waxed on a light period if you wear a fresh tampon or menstrual cup.
Your hair should be at least 1/4th inches 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. I believe there is no such thing as "too much hair", but if necessary, I will trim for you prior to starting.
Please remember to freshen up before your appointment for the comfort of us both. Cleansing wipes and tampons are available if needed.
What should I expect?
I will first cleanse the area of any oils, sweat, or lotion and lightly apply arrowroot 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 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, tretinoin, etc.) in this area, please discontinue use 5 days before and after your appointment to avoid skin lifting. If you are having an active herpes outbreak, do not book until the breakout has cleared.
Signing the waiver and completing any forms on the booking site is a requirement before being serviced at The Brown Skin Co.