Tips & FAQs
– Allow hair to grow out for 2-3 weeks or 1/2 inch, whichever is longer. Do NOT trim or buzz. The more follicles/roots we can pull, the cleaner the wax, the longer it is going to last, and the happier you are going to be.
– If you have a low pain tolerance, take ibuprofen 30-45 mins prior to waxing to minimize discomfort.
– Avoid caffeine or alcohol as it can make your skin more sensitive.
– RELAX! Some people hold their breath or tense their whole body while getting waxed. While it might be easier said than done, breathe deeply, a relaxed person will cope much better with the pain.
– REMEMBER the first time is always the worst time. Regular waxing will reduce discomfort as well as hair growth.
– Do NOT shave between services. For the best long term results, stay consistent in the beginning with services every 4-5 weeks.
– Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours.
– Avoid hot baths/showers, saunas, sun exposure and products for the first 24-48 hours.
– Avoid tight fitting clothes for the first 24-48 hours.
– Ingrown hairs are common. To reduce ingrown hairs, begin to exfoliate 48 hours after service and use PFB Vanish daily.
Does waxing hurt?
It hurts more the first time than any other time because you are pulling out 100% of the hair, your nerves are on edge, and you don’t know what to expect. You will experience a quick, temporary sting that stops hurting right away. By far the worst part for most people is the anticipation, not the actual removal! Follow all the tips we give you and you will be fine. Your second time will be so much EASIER! After your first wax, the hair grows back finer and more sparse, becomes less prickly between waxing, and retains its smoothness longer.
What’s the difference between a Basic Bikini, a Deep Bikini and a Brazilian Wax?
A basic bikini wax removes hair from sides of your bikini line and a little on top, basically any hair that shows when you wear your underwear. A deep bikini removes more hair than just the sides. Think of a landing strip that extends down under. A Brazilian wax removes all hair from your pubic area, labia and behind. You can also opt to leave a landing strip or a triangle in the front.
What is the normal skin reaction to waxing?
It is normal for your skin to show redness after waxing. Some skin is more sensitive than others and reactions may range from no redness at all to very red. The first time you wax an area, or if it has been a while since your last waxing, you will probably experience some redness and sensitivity afterwards. This usually subsides within a few hours, or for very sensitive skin within 24 hours.
What if I get red or white bumps?
If you are prone to hives after waxing, you may treat the area with 1% hydrocortisone or aloe vera gel. The swelling normally goes away within 30 mins after waxing for most people. Breakouts or white bumps can be treated with tea tree oil or 1% hydrocortisone for 3-5 days. The more regular you become with waxing and if you follow the post-waxing tips, you will become less prone to breakouts.
What can I do about ingrown hair?
Exfoliating in the shower with exfoliating gloves or a cloth everyday helps to keep the skin free from cellular buildup which can trap hair. Gently exfoliate in an upward, circular motion against the hair growth. In addition, we recommend treating the affected area with PFB Vanish daily, which helps to prevent and clear the skin of ingrown hair. PFB Vanish is available for purchase at Wax n” Peels.
Can medication affect waxing?
Yes! You CANNOT be waxed if you are taking any antibiotics, Accutane, Differin, or Retin A. Additionally, any medications that list “sun sensitivity” on the list of symptoms will preclude you from being waxed. You should also avoid waxing while using glycolic acid, harsh exfoliants or any facial peels.
All these products thin out and weaken your skin making you more sensitive and prone to skin lifting. You should wait 2-6 weeks depending on how long you have been on the medication before you wax, as we want to make sure the medication is out of your system so you have a pleasant waxing experience. If you are not sure of how you may react from any other prescriptions you are taking, please give us a call beforehand so we can help you determine if you are able to get waxed.
Can I tan before or after my waxing?
We recommend that you do not tan before or at least 24 hours after. Also, don’t come in with a spray tan because the wax will exfoliate your tan right off! If necessary, it is OK to spray tan after waxing once the waxed area has had a few hours to recover.
Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker, darker or heavier?
No, it will not. Waxing removes the hair by the root, often weakening the root in process. Therefore, if anything, waxing may make the hair finer and sparser with repeated regular waxing.
Can I still get a Brazilian Wax if I’m on my cycle?
Yes. If you are on your cycle just wear a tampon and be prepared to be a little more sensitive than usual.
What if I’m pregnant, can I still get waxed?
Yes. You may be a little more sensitive than usual, but we regularly wax mothers-to-be up to a week before their due date! In fact, scheduling a “pre-childbirth Brazilian” is becoming almost as popular as packing an overnight bag for delivery!
How long does the Brazilian waxing take?
The process is usually 20 minutes, but it just depends on how much hair needs to be removed.
What kind of wax is used for Brazilian waxing?
Strip wax is used for the pubic area. Hard wax is used in the inner outer labia, scrotum, and anal area. The combination of both waxes provides the most gentle, effective Brazilian wax.
How long does waxing last?
Waxing may last 2 to 3 weeks. The more you do it, the longer it will last. We recommend absolutely NO SHAVING in that area between waxes.
How often should I have waxing done?
We recommend every 3-4 weeks for any facial waxing. For body waxing, every 4-6 weeks or when the hair is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch long.
I have a special occasion planned and want to get waxed for the first time! Are there any special instructions?
Yes. If you are waxing for the first time for an event or special occasion, we strongly recommend scheduling the same service 4 weeks PRIOR to make sure you have no adverse reactions on the big day!