* Waxing services cannot be performed if you are using Retin-A, Renova or Accutane. It is imperative that you tell your esthetician about any medication you are currently taking or have taken within three months. Waxing can cause adverse skin reactions. *
For your first wax allow your hair to grow four (4) weeks before your first appointment. Stay on this schedule until I advise you otherwise. Waxing when the hair is too short will result in 50% or less of the hair being removed and may cause in-grown hairs. If your hair is too short, we will need to reschedule.
• Never shave or tweeze between your waxing appointments--this throws off your hair growth pattern and you will never have the smooth skin you want.
• Never use lotion, body oils on the day of your waxing. These products will interfere with your waxing service.
• Exfoliate! Always exfoliate on the day of your waxing appointment. Do not exfoliate to point where your skin is sore. It is recommended that you use an exfoliating mitt in the shower on a daily basis. Dead skin build-up will not allow the hair to pop through. Do not use a salt or sugar scrub. You will not be able to be waxed with the residue on your skin.
• If you have or have ever had a problem with bumping (looks like a breakout but what it actually is is your follicles swelling outwards and reacting to your waxing), bring a tube of Polysporin to your waxing appointment and apply immediately. Continue using as long as the bumps remain. If this happens, it can last up to 2 weeks. After a few waxings, this will stop happening.
• During your appointment, remember to breathe. Holding your breath causes you to tense up. Exhaling during the pull relaxes you.
• Depending on what you are getting waxed, you will be guided into positions that assure the best wax. I may even ask you to help hold the skin tight. The tighter the skin the less it hurts.
• Minor blood spotting is normal, especially if your hair has been shaved over a period of time or if your hair is coarse and thick.
• A pre-waxing cleanse will be applied to remove bacteria, etc. from your skin. After your waxing, a post-waxing cleanse and calming serum will be applied.
Now you have smooth beautiful skin and you want to keep it that way. Home care is a must and easy to follow:
• Wash with anti-bacterial soap for the first few days.
• For 24 hours: no sauna, jacuzzi, swimming, sex, tanning beds, or anything that will cause heavy perspiration, as this may cause irritation and inflammation to the skin. Avoid the sun. Your follicles are open and prone to infection at this time. If skin becomes irritated, apply non-prescription hydrocortisone cream or SKIN By Inked By Amy Shafer's Instant Calm Ultra Complex Serum.
• Exfoliate with a loofah as hair begins to grow out, this is very important and will help prevent in-grown hairs. If you are prone to ingrown hair or at the first hint of one, do not wait until they become an issue to address them. Apply Mandelic Defense or Beta Green Tea Lotion (available for purchase through me) morning and night to keep them away. Continue exfoliating daily to rid yourself of the dead skin build up that will trap the hairs and cause ingrown hair. If you get an infected ingrown hair use a Q-tip and apply hydrogen peroxide to the area. This will kill the infection. Do not pick to avoid infection and scarring.
• Schedule your next waxing appointment before you leave your current appointment. Keeping on a schedule will help you to maintain smooth skin and will greatly decrease the hair that grows back.
• Always use sunblock.