Are you ready to ditch the clippers and try waxing on your face and body? Summer is the perfect time to make the switch and enjoy (and show off) the results. Let’s answer your questions, so you can make an informed decision.
How does waxing work?
The wax is sticky and warm, so it opens up the pores and envelops the hair. It is then removed either with a strip of paper or, in the case of hard and sugar wax, with the aesthetician’s fingers.
We use pre-waxing products to clean and dry the skin, perform the wax while you are covered with towels (to keep you warm and protect your modesty!) and then apply a post-wax cream or oil to soothe the skin and prevent irritation.
If you do have a tendency towards irritation or ingrown hairs, we apply a serum to the skin that clears and seals the pores.
You should not be sticky afterwards, though some redness and sensitivity is normal.
Exfoliating 3 days after your wax helps clear dry skin and allow the new hair to grow smoothly. Moisturiser is a must as any hair removal dries the skin out.
Why do men wax?
The first reason is to tame bushy eyebrows and stray ear and nose hair. We remove these hairs quickly with hard wax, and never over shape the brows (the goal is to look neat and well groomed, not feminine). A facial wax is a great add-on to your routine haircut or shave.
Body waxing is an increasingly popular treatment for men. You sweat less, have less irritation and feel smooth (which your partner will love as well!). Waxing is a fantastic exfoliator too, as it removes dry, built-up skin with the hair.
We do body waxes in a private room with only one aesthetician present. She or he will explain the procedure to you and give you homecare advice to keep your skin healthy.
Our most popular body waxes are back waxes and Hollywoods (that means all hair removed from the genital area).
What kinds of waxes are there?
The waxes we use on bodies usually consist of beeswax, rosins, minerals and oils. Sugar waxes, hard waxes and strip waxes are the most common.
How painful is it?
It is painful, but the pain is bearable. Waxing becomes less painful the more you do it, as the new hairs taper and become less stubborn.
Does waxing influence hair growth?
It does, yes, because waxing removes the entire hair from its follicle. As a result, the hairs tend to thin over time and become sparse. When you begin waxing you might need to come in every 4 weeks to maintain it, but as your hair growth slows it can last as long as 8 weeks.
Hair grows in three different cycles, so you might have short hair growing back soon after your first waxes. DO NOT shave or use depilatory creams between waxing sessions. It is important to keep a routine and not wax too soon, as we try to remove all the hair at the same point of the cycle. Be patient and let the hair grow to at least 1cm before your next wax.
What are the risks?
Some medications, notably retinol (think Roaccutane), make your skin unsuitable for waxing and can cause your skin to react unfavourably. We can always do a small patch test with two different kinds of waxes on your skin to see how it reacts to waxing if you are worried about any allergies.
Give your therapist a medical history and medication list as well as an aesthetic treatment history. This way we can ensure that you have a good post-waxing experience.
The most usual reaction to waxing is a light rash of small pimples. This is the follicles reacting to the forced removal of the hair. Exfoliation and moisturiser heal this very quickly, but it’s important not to pick. Ingrown hairs also need to be removed by your aesthetician to prevent scarring.
All our aestheticians are trained to wax you professionally and quickly. They can also answer any questions you might have and advise you on the best treatments to achieve your hair removal goals.