How to Prepare for your Wax Appointment

Nothing’s worse than showing up for your wax appointment and being told that you can’t be waxed. A responsible waxologist says no to waxing when there’s real harm that could be done to the client. Read below to find out the 3 Big No-No’s of waxing.

1. Use of Retin-A or hydroquinone, or a recent chemical peel or microdermabrasion on the area to be waxed, or use of oral Accutane. Retinol, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion thin the skin and make it highly susceptible to ripping during waxing. Trust me, I know because it’s happened to me, and it wasn’t pretty. People inquired if I’d been in an accident, my face was so mangled. And I guess I was…of a sort. If you’re using any of the above products, stop using for two weeks prior to your appointment. The same goes for having a peel- book your wax two weeks out. Accutane needs special mention here because Accutane is Retin-A on crystal meth and Red Bull. If you’re on Accutane, sorry honey, but you’re out of luck and can’t be waxed for at least a year after you’ve stopped treatment, barring a note from your doctor permitting you otherwise. Additionally, hemophilia, diabetes, and blood thinner medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding. A doctor’s note is a must.

2. Skin conditions such as sunburn, cold sores, open sores, new scars, new tattoos, new piercings, varicose veins, raised moles or mucous membranes. Ladies and gents, help your waxologist out here: if you know you’ve got one of the above, show us (except your mucous membrane). We can at least try waxing around it to protect the area but you know your body best. If you have a sexually transmitted infection, no waxing. Sharing is not caring.

3. Hair shorter than 1/4″. This is a common one from people who shave and come in for a wax. You likely won’t be happy with the results if your hair is 1/4″ or less because it’s simply too short for the wax to adhere. On the flip side, you also won’t be happy if your hair is longer than 1/2″- it’ll simply be too painful an experience for you. If after shaving you can’t wait a little longer before getting waxed, expect to come in three weeks post wax to remove the remaining hairs that have sprung up from the last shave. Once you start waxing, don’t shave in between, and start booking regular wax appointments (once every 4-6 weeks) to get the best results.

At the end of the day, if you have a condition or are on medications that could affect skin sensitivity or skin integrity, you must tell your waxologist. It’s not worth aggravating your condition or the pain and suffering you may have to endure post-wax. As professional waxologists, we’ll work with you to figure out how we can get you smooth, hair-free skin without cutting corners. Deal? Awesome. Let’s get waxing!

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