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    FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions): About Waxing

    Can I get a spray tan or lay in the tanning bed or sun bathe after my wax?

    Do I need to do anything after being waxed?
     Do I need to do anything before my waxing appointment? Do you recycle your wax?
    How does waxing work? How long will I be hair free?
    How old are you and what do you look like? Is there any risk of catching infectious diseases, such as HIV or Hepatitis?
    Will you be discrete and respect my privacy?

     

    Can I get a spray tan or lay in the tanning bed or sun bathe after my wax?
    No, it is not recommended to sun bake or go to the tanning bed immediately after waxing especially while the skin is still red. This is because recently waxed areas are prone to hyper pigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun or tanning bed. The tanning bed and sun should be avoided for 48 hours after a wax.
     
    Do I need to do anything after being waxed?
    Most definitely. Post-wax care is important to prevent break-outs, ingrown hairs and other reactions.
    The first 24 hours after waxing
    1. Avoid heavy exercise (gym, running, aerobics etc). After waxing the pores of the skin remain open for 8 to 10 hours. Sweating during this time will transport bacteria into the open pores and will cause pimples. Avoid saunas, steam rooms and spas for the same reason.
    2. Do not sun bathe or go to the solarium for 48 hours after waxing - recently waxed areas are prone to hyper pigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun or solariums.
    3. Do not use exfoliating products (AHA’s, scrubs etc) or a loofa for at least 24 hours as this may further irritate the skin.
    4. It is recommended to avoid using a bar soap on the waxed area as it leaves a film on the skin that may cause ingrown hairs.
    5. Wash the waxed area with an anti-bacterial wash. I will recommend some products at the time of your appointment that you can buy from me or your local pharmacy.
    6. Apply a moisturizing body lotion or oil after showering. This has a soothing effect and will help soften the skin and aid in the prevention of ingrown hairs. A basic, non-fragranced moisturizer is all that's needed and some key ingredients to look for that I've discovered to be excellent for post-wax care include vitamin E, tea-tree oil, chamomile, Emu oil, Lavender Oil & Aloe Vera. What works best for you is often very individual and can vary from one person to the next. Don't worry, I'll be happy to recommend something that is more suited to your skin type.
    7. Avoid tight clothing on the waxed area as this may irritate the skin and also cause ingrown hairs.
     
    Do I need to do anything before my waxing appointment?
    Yes. Please be showered and clean before coming to your wax appointment (especially if you are having your butt waxed)! Having said that, it’s not advisable to shower immediately before your appointment as soaking the hair will soften it allowing it to break more easily and making waxing less effective. The main point is be clean.... please.
     
    Do you recycle your wax?
    Absolutely not!
     
    How does waxing work?
    There are two major methods of waxing for hair removal. One is a non-strip removal or hard wax. The other is strip wax. Both types of wax are heated to melting, but are not uncomfortably hot. The wax is then applied using a spatula and a piece of cloth is applied over it and then removed taking the was and hair with it. Hard wax is smoothed on and left to cool and harden, it is then removed.
    Wax epilates hair, which means it is removed below the skin, often at the root. When the hair grows back it is often softer and with a tapered end that keeps it from being so stiff.
    Many clients experience a reduction in hair growth after multiple wax services. When the hair is removed at the root or papilla, a new papilla must establish itself in the follicle. Not only does this take time, but continual waxing may cause the papilla to become weaker, therefor causing a reduction in hair growth, as well as, a reduction in the discomfort of future was treatments.
     
    How long will I be hair free?
    This varies from person to person but generally speaking you will be completely hair free for 10 to 14 days. At this time the new hairs begin to appear, however they are usually so soft and fine they are barely noticeable for another week to two weeks. It will take between 6 to 8 weeks for the hair to fully regrow.
     
    How old are you and what do you look like?
    This is totally irrelevant to the services we offer. If that's not subtle enough, we will spell it out... our services are NOT sexual or erotic in any way shape or form!
     
    Is there any risk of catching infectious diseases, such as HIV or Hepatitis?
    No. Most pathogens grow rapidly at temperatures between 4ºC and 60ºC, what Food Safety and Inspectors call the “danger zone”. Most disease-causing bacteria are killed at temperatures above 60ºC. The temperature of wax is most effective and comfortable at around 60ºC - 75ºC, which means most disease-causing bacteria are killed in the wax pot. The fully heated wax pot is too hot, making it hostile for bacterial growth. Bacteria also need moisture for growth and there is no moisture in depilatory wax. Pasteurization, which occurs at 70ºC renders the Hepatitis B virus inactive, meaning there is little to no risk of spreading HBV in this manner, nor HIV, which is much less resilient than HBV. In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) does not consider this situation to be enough of a risk to even warrant testing for disease transmission due to waxing services. (Source: Miladay’s Hair Removal Techniques by Helen R Bickmore 2004 Thomson Delimar Lerning).
     
    Will you be discrete and respect my privacy?
    Absolutely and without question!