We all want waxing treatments to be quick, relatively pain free, long lasting and hygienic, right? Well, that should be the least to expect, really. We get loads of questions from first time clients about the techniques used. We asked our beauty therapist Edith your most common Qs. Here are her As.
What kind of wax do you use?
Edith: That depends on the area we are treating. Hot wax is used in sensitive areas, where the skin is thinner. These areas have to be treated with extra care and attention in order to avoid skin damage. For underarms, upper lip, eyebrows and intimate waxing, we always use a special hot wax. The concoction is my secret though – it took me years to find the perfect kind of wax and after-care products.
Hot wax comes in many shapes and forms, from beads to cubes. When heat is applied to it, it becomes the consistency of thick honey. When applied, it dries and the wax is then flicked up at the corner andremoved. It’s more gentle, completely safe and also less painful in these sensitive areas.
Strip wax is usually used on skin that is less sensitive and thicker, such as legs, arms, chest, back and shoulders. After applying the wax, we use a special strip and with the right technique and after-care, ingrown hair is a myth.
“… the wax itself was great – quick and as pain free as a wax can be.” Lydia
Is the wax used on other people as well?
Edith: The fact that this question needs to be asked is so sad. That tells me that people have had real bad experiences and that this is a real problem in the industry. Wax should never be used on other people, it has to be thrown away once used and every tool needs a thorough disinfection. The method we use is completely hygienic, safe and the wax is NEVER used on another person. I pride myself on my expertise and technique used.
“Amazing! Probably the best and most painless treatment I’ve had and the lady was lovely and friendly!” Victoria
Do you do gents’ wax as well?
Edith: Yes, absolutely. Most common wax appointments booked by gents are for eyebrows, under arms, full back, chest and stomach, legs and bottom. Please note that we don’t do men’s intimate wax.
How should I prepare for a waxing appointment?
Edith: There are a few things you can do.
Avoid caffeinated drinks on the day when possible. Caffein is a stimulant, therefore it also heightens nerve ending sensitivities. Cutting back on it will help to reduce discomfort.
Exfoliating is ideal. It will help to lift the hairs away from the skin, which will allow them to be more easily picked up by the wax. If you’ve been shaving, stop doing it at least 1 week before your wax appointment.
For more tips, check this article.
Is there anything particular I should pay attention to when I preparing for an intimate waxing appointment?
Edith: First of all, don’t have your first appointment right before a holiday or a big event. Give your skin time to see how it responds to the treatment. Even when you’re an experienced waxer, give a day or two for your skin to settle down.
On your appointment, you’ll be given some wipes to help you freshen up, and then we’re ready.
What’s the difference between a Brazilian and a Hollywood wax?
Edith: With a classic Bikini wax, we only treat what’s outside the underwear. Brazilian would leave a small strip on, Hollywood is all off, front and back.
Will it hurt?
Edith: We’ll make sure that we’ll minimise your pain. Our technique and expertise get loads of compliments. Promise: The discomfort of the treatment will only last for a few seconds, we’ll be real quick and efficient. With ladies what I’ve noticed over the past 17 years is that it seems they’d feel most comfortable on the fertile days of their cycle as this is when their pain threshold is at its highest.
Will it be embarrassing?
Edith: Please don’t feel embarrassed, I am also a medical professional (I’m a nurse), and we are all the same after all … Believe it or not, it actually makes us happy doing a job that will make other people feel better about themselves.
Is it ok to have intimate waxing while on my period?
Edith: Yes. It is absolutely fine, I know that sometimes it’s unavoidable. But it’s worth to keep in mind that some women find the treatment more uncomfortable while on their period.
What should I wear when coming for intimate waxing?
Edith: It’s a good idea to bring a clean change of underwear, especially if you’re not heading straight home after your waxing appointment. It is to make sure your open hair follicles stay clean and that we minimise the chance of them getting infected and prevent any break-outs.
For more tips on what to do before and after a wax appointment, check out this blog post. Do you have any other waxing questions that bother you? Please shoot away, we will treat it discreetly and we will make sure it gets answered.
Confidence breeds beauty.
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