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Before Your Appointment
Before ~ Do
TRY TO RELAX
I promise, it’s not good, but it’s not as bad as you think.
USE A PAIN RELIEVER
Take as directed on the bottle, usually 30 minutes before.
TAKE A WARM SHOWER
The follicles relax some, and cleaner is nicer for me.
Loose fitting clothes help to reduce additional irritation.
Before ~ Don't
DON’T SHAVE FOR TWO WEEKS
The hair needs to be at least 1/4″ and longer is better.
Don’t try to trim the hair if it’s long. Most people go too short.
DON’T CANCEL FOR MENSES
If you start your period use a tampon. It’ll be fine.
After ~ Do
After ~ Don't
How the Appointment Goes Down
Since laughter is the best medicine, there’s lots of laughter. If you don’t want to laugh, try somewhere else.
- Text “HERE” to 360-907-5374
- I let you in, doors are usually locked
- I tell you how to prepare
- I check you in
- We get to know each other some
- The waxing begins
The Hair Comes Off
- I clean the area
- I apply oil to keep wax from sticking
- I apply wax with a new stick each time
- I use the stick to remove the wax
- I throw the stick and wax away
- I soothe the area
- I repeat until done
We Finish Up
- I add oil to remove any excess wax
- I remove the gloves
- I move stuff so you can get up
- I step out so you can re-dress
- I add up your bill
- You give me cash or card for payment
- You tell me how it doesn’t really hurt anymore
After Your Waxing
Hard Wax - Gentle for Everything
Hard wax is applied directly to prepped skin, sets up, then is pulled off, taking the hair with it.
Hard wax uses an oil as a base to protect the top layers of skin, which are no longer being nourished.
As it cools it works like shrink wrap. It shrinks up tightening in on the hair, while shrinking away from the skin, leaving the skin in better condition, yet getting a good pull on shorter hair.
Since hard wax doesn’t remove skin, the same area can be waxed over, and if needed, overlapping is no problem.
Soft Wax - "Exfoliates"
For the reasons listed here, I do NOT use soft wax.
Soft wax is applied to prepped skin, then a cloth ( muslin) is applied atop the wax, sticking to it, and is removed bringing the hair, and the wax with it.
This is not designed for sensitive skin, or mucosal membranes, as it is tougher on the skin, and oftentimes takes with it those top layers of skin which or no longer being nourished.
Soft wax is intentionally used in areas where exfoliating is needed. For this reason, soft wax should not be applied to the same spot, nor should it be overlapped as the area is waxed.
Common Waxing Questions
Most people tolerate waxing pretty well. Across the board people say it’s not as bad as they thought. The first visit is always the worst. Which is why you come back for a second visit in 4 weeks, wait too long, it’s as bad as the first visit.
DO IT MONTHLY
Waxing removes the hair, from the follicle. If you get the root, it forces you to grow a new one, with a baby fine point, which isn’t pokey as it grows out. It will not be firmly rooted, and will therefore pull more easily, and comfortably.
As hair grows, it continues to get thicker at the base. When you wax it may sometimes be too strong to pull, and therefore breaks off. A new hair can take 2-4 weeks to grow the length of the follicle. Broken hair, is often visible 3 days later.
They can look like pimples. The fine points on brand new baby hair, can get trapped under the surface, or may curl up under dry skin. Increasing water intake, can help reduce them, but who’s changing their lifestyle for a few ingrown hair issues?
HAIR ALWAYS GROWS
Waxing is not going to make your follicles stop producing hair. Age and hormones do that. It keeps the follicle producing new baby fine hair, that’s easy to pull. Waxing monthly keeps the amount of hair that needs waxed to about 1/3 of your first visit.
Waxing at Home
DON’T – BUT IF YOU DO…
BUY THE RIGHT WAX
Since you aren’t an expert, always use “Hard Wax”, it reduces the risk of injury. Buy online or beauty supply only.
Each wax uses a different product for prepping the skin. Check to be sure to use the correct skin prep. Usually oil or powder.
To reduce breakage and make this last longer, apply wax from the base of the hair toward the tip, ending where no hair is.
Lift the edge of the wax nearest the tip of the hair, again where no hair is, and pull back, NOT UP, to remove the wax strip.
With each pull pause to apply cool water, then oil to soothe the skin. Wipe off excess oil, or the wax won’t stick.