Probably the toughest part about starting to wax is the couple of weeks you need to skip shaving to grow out the hair. It isn’t fun but it’s very important. The longer the hair is to begin with the cleaner the wax you will get because there’s more leverage and less breakage. It’s also really important to exfoliate the skin the few days leading up to the first appointment. Exfoliation will get rid of the dead skin, free up the hair and reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. I also recommend a light exfoliation the next day, nothing to rough to irritate the skin.
The day of your appointment, don’t use any lotion or oil. It gets in the way of a good wax adhesion. I also suggest clients take an over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil to both minimize the pain and reduce any inflammation. Avoiding the sun the next day also is a good idea. The areas that have been waxed are sun sensitive and you want to avoid hyper-pigmentation – I recommend my clients plan ahead and schedule an appointment a couple of days before a vacation or special event to give the skin plenty of time to recover. I also use oils and ointments to keep bacteria from entering the open pores.
Waxing is a bit painful and there is some redness afterward but the skin recovers quickly and the results are more than worth it. Just think of all the time you’ll save not having to shave!