Tuesday 24 February 2015

Spring Break, here we come - the naked truth about body waxing!

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Whether you’ve been waxing for years or you’re thinking about getting waxed for the first time, spring break is around the corner and now is the time to start thinking about what your method of hair removal will be for vacation. Because it’s such a personal topic, we know it can be awkward to ask certain questions regarding Bikini (hair removed just outside the panty line), Brazilian (the landing strip stays) or Sphinx (completely bare from front to back) waxes. At Leissa’s we offer wax services for both men and women. We respect your privacy and dignity but please be prepared to be fully exposed for a Brazilian or Sphinx wax. Our waxing services are done by licensed professionals who strive to work focused and efficiently. You are most welcome to call Leissa’s and speak with our Esthetician, Barbara, if you have any questions or need further information.
I certainly want to address one of the top questions: does it hurt? Yes, there will be a certain amount of pain, after all the hair is removed by the root. However, everybody is different and has different pain thresholds. Also different areas of the body tend to be more sensitive than others. In general, the legs seem to be the least sensitive area.
Here are some guidelines and tips for a successful wax:
·         Allow 2 weeks of hair growth (1/4-1/2 inch). The wax needs something to hold onto! If the hair is too short you will not have great results and more tweezing is involved. If the hair is too long, we will trim it to the correct length.
·         Prep the skin by exfoliating the day before to help loosen the hair from the follicle for an easier wax.
·         Shower before a wax. Clean skin prevents infection. But try to avoid heavy creams or lotions on the area being waxed or the wax will not adhere.
·         Take an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, half an hour before your wax to ease discomfort. Avoid aspirin or any other medication containing blood thinning properties.
·         Avoid caffeine as much as possible on the day of your service. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system and can increase blood flow and sensitivity.
·         Please let us know if you are using Retin-A, Renova, Accutane, or any other skin care product containing AHA's, or if you've had a peel or invasive facial treatment lately.
·         Don't be embarrassed. Like your doctor, we have seen it all, and do this every day. We will do our best to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
·         Don't schedule a Brazilian/Sphinx wax appointment a week before or during your period. Your body is more sensitive at that time, and any discomfort will be heightened.
·         Don't tan 24 hours before (or after) a wax.
·         Never wax a new area for the first time before a big event! You never know how your skin will react or how long you will be sensitive. You wouldn't want to spoil an important day!  Your hair grows in stages, particularly for Brazilian waxes it may take up to 3 visit for perfect results.
·         Avoid tanning at least 24 hours. Recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation...and sunburn!
·         Avoid hot tubs, pools, saunas, and heavy exercise for 24 hours. While your pores are open, they are more vulnerable to irritation.
·         Start exfoliating 2-3 days after a wax. We carry Aveda Liquid Exfoliant that would be perfect for this. 2-3 times per week is sufficient and will help to prevent ingrown hairs or irritation.
·         Don't shave between waxes! This makes the hair more resistant to future waxing.
Spring Break, here we come - the naked truth about body waxing!