What’s an Esthetician?
Waxing should be provided by a properly trained professional. An esthetician is a skincare specialist, who has received training and licensure as required by the state, to perform skincare procedures, and superfluous hair removal. Don’t hesitate to ask about my background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you’re considering. I’m a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals, and have been validated as meeting state licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. 

I’ve never been waxed before. How is it done?
Waxing is the most common method of hair removal today. Hair on any part of the body or face can be waxed. Warm wax is applied to the area and then removed, bringing the hair with it. There are two types of wax: hard and soft. Hard wax, which is easier on delicate skin, is often used on the face, underarms, and bikini area. Soft wax is used on the legs, arms, back, and chest.

Waxing reduces hair growth when performed at regular 30-day intervals. Because waxing pulls the hair out by the root, it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. The more you wax, the less hair grows back, at each 4 week interval.

Certain medications, and medical conditions, can cause problems while waxing. In addition, waxing can cause tenderness and swelling. Please be sure to let your esthetician know of any medical conditions, or allergies, prior to waxing.

How do I prepare for a waxing treatment?
Let the hair grow out to the width of a finger  (1/4″ – 1/2″) above the skin. If hairs are too short, the wax won’t adhere strongly enough to pull them out. Refrain from taking a bath before the treatment, but a quick shower at luke warm temperatures can be fine. Soaking the hair will soften it, allowing it to break more easily and making waxing less effective. Do not apply lotion to the skin before your waxing session, it can promote skin irritation.

What do I expect while getting waxed?
An antiseptic / anesthetic cleanser will be used to clean the area first. A light coat of oil may be applied, and a test section will be waxed.

If hard wax is being used, a thicker amount of warm wax is applied and allowed to dry. No cloth strip is applied. The wax is flicked to allow the esthetician to grip it, and it is then pulled off quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth. Hard wax doesn’t adhere to the skin as much as soft wax, and is therefore used on more delicate areas such as the bikini area, underarms and face.

If soft wax is being used, the warm wax will be spread on the hairs in a thin layer. A non-woven strip is then applied to the wax, and rubbed in the direction of hair growth. The strip is then pulled quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth while the skin is held taut with the other hand.

Does waxing hurt?
If you’re asking, it’s likely your first time. Yes it hurts. I do use a topical anesthetic, in sensitive regions, and I recommend you take a mild pain reliever, 30 minutes before your appointment. The first time is worst, because you have the most amount of hair. If you stay on the recommended waxing cycle, the next time, there will be about a third less hair, or about two thirds of the first visit, so it hurts less. The next time you will only have about one third of what you had originally, so will hurt less than even the previous visit. If you stay on the recommended waxing cycle, this will likely be the typical pain level, because it’s likely at it’s sparsest.

How much does waxing hurt?
Most people tolerate it well, and get used to the sensation after a few treatments. The level of discomfort you will feel depends on your level of pain tolerance in general, and on which area is being waxed. If you still find waxing very uncomfortable after several treatments, many estheticians offer numbing agents that can be applied during the service. Clients are also recommended to take a mild pain reliever prior to their appointment, to reduce discomfort and decrease inflammation in the post-waxed area. For women, it is generally best not to schedule waxing services just prior to or during your period, as you are more sensitive to pain at this time and will experience more discomfort.

Why does it take three waxing cycles?
Hair grows in three stages. Waxing only really pulls the hair in one of those stages. The recommended waxing cycle is based on these stages. Each time you wax, you are trying to get the hairs in the one stage. With most people, that’s three or four wax cycles.

Will waxing ever make my hair stop growing?
That one doesn’t have an easy answer, but I will answer it as best I can. First let me say, NO waxing won’t make hair stop growing altogether. Let me further explain hair growth, to qualify that statement. Yes waxing can cause effects, which can damage hair follicles, causing them to stop producing hairs. Hair growth, really does slack off with age. Hormones, and genetics, primarily effect hair growth. This is why some of us have a lot of superfluous hair, while others do not. Since hormones follow a similar pattern in women over their lives, there are commonalities in hair growth over a lifetime. There are hormonal stages where you produce more hair, and others where you do not. Waxing does not really effect this.

How often is recommended waxing cycle?
For most people, 3 to 4 weeks works best. Once you have waxed a few times, you will get used to what works best for you.

Does waxing cause breakouts?
Yes, people who are prone to breakouts, will likely have a breakout after waxing. Having said that, ANYONE can have a breakout after waxing. The good news is, there are before and after care treatments to help manage breakouts.

Home care after waxing.
It’s important to care for the waxed area properly after treatment to prevent ingrown hairs, breakouts, or other reactions. Exfoliation, using a pumice stone or exfoliating gloves with a bath gel, will help keep the skin clear. Avoid using a bar soap because it leaves a film on the body that could cause ingrown hairs. For the face, back, and chest, use a more gentle exfoliant and an anti-breakout lotion (ask your waxer about recommended products). Directly after waxing, avoid direct sunlight and tanning booths, especially while the skin is still red from treatment. For 24 hours after waxing, avoid exercise, hot tubs, and products with harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes. Apply a gentle moisturizer 24 hours after treatment.

What is Brazilian waxing?
Many people are familiar with bikini waxing, which removes pubic and leg hair that would otherwise show when a bathing suit is worn. Brazilian waxing got its start with the daring bathing suits worn by both sexes on Brazil’s sunny beaches. It is now common in the United States and is preferred by many for the sleek feeling it provides.

The treatment involves waxing off pubic and labial hair from front to back. A Full Brazilian waxing involves the removal of all genital hair. You can also request the standard Brazilian if you prefer to leave a small amount of hair.

What should I expect while getting a Brazilian?
Try to arrive relaxed and ready to bare all. There is no modest way to receive a Brazilian wax. I’m a professional, and your dignity as a person will be respected in the treatment room. Click this link to see a page on how the Waxing process goes, start to finish.

What about home care after a Brazilian?
Click this link to see a page on Waxing After Care.  In general:

Keep the area clean and gently exfoliate the area to prevent ingrown hairs.  Special products can be purchased for this. I can recommend products if you like.

If you decide you want to continue sporting your Brazilian style, waxing at approximately four-week intervals is recommended to reduce discomfort on follow-up visits. In time, less hair will grow back, and it will become finer and lighter in color.

What are the different types of Brazilian Bikini Waxes?
Although there are many ways of waxing done in the pubic region, there is only one Brazilian Wax, and it is not all bare.  The Brazilian Bikini Wax, came to the U.S. with 7 sisters from Brazil, and it was designed to remove, and then trim hair, so it would not show, while wearing a revealing bikini, such as those worn in Europe at the time.

What is the Brazilian Bikini Wax?
The Brazilian Bikini Wax, removes all hair in the pubic region and includes the strip to the anus. This is sometimes called the pre-pubescent look.

What are the other variations of pubic waxing?
Click above to go to the Pubic Waxing Variations Page for more information about the styles of waxing available.
Here are images of the most common bikini waxing styles, but you can request others at your appointment.

Brazilian / SphynxMustacheHeartPostage StampTriangle