If you just can’t do without your regular wax but you dread the pain, here are some tips and tricks to show you how to prepare your skin for waxing so that it’s as easy and (relatively) painless as possible.
Top tips to prepare for waxing
Before your wax:
Let the hair grow
You need at least ¼ inch of hair growth for an effective wax, if you have any less, you won’t get a good result and it will be more painful generally.
Before you go for your wax, exfoliate to scrub away any dead skin and free any hairs that might be trapped under the skin. The less dead skin there is, the less pull there’ll be when the wax strips are removed and it will feel less painful.
Prevent ingrown hairs
The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to exfoliate regularly and keep your skin as hydrated as you can by moisturising when you get out of the shower.
Think about pain relief
30 minutes to an hour before your appointment time, try an over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to slightly take the edge off the discomfort. Generally, avoid getting a wax just before your period, as you tend to be more sensitive to pain.
Inform your therapist about any medication you’re on
Some medications can cause skin sensitivity, and some can even make it dangerous to get a wax! These include:
Oral and topical antibiotics
These cause skin sensitivity. Wait until you’re off the medication to get a wax.
Over the counter topical products containing Retinol
Stop using them a week before your wax
Accutane (for acne)
Don’t get a wax for a year after you have used the treatment
Any medications for acne or topical steroid creams are likely to make your skin thinner and drier than usual. This can cause skin lift which can leave a mark or burn on the skin and leave it vulnerable to infection.
After your wax:
Soothe the skin
Applying aloe vera gel or something similar to the skin after the wax to calm any redness or irritation.
Give the sunbathing and sunbeds a miss
Your skin will be sensitive and it needs time to calm down. It will also be a lot more prone to burning and the heat will cause irritation. Getting a spray tan is also a no no, getting a spray tan on waxed skin will result in stinging and a patchy tan!
Skip the workout
After a wax, your hair follicles are open, so your skin is more vulnerable to irritation from sweat and even infection. Wait 24 hours, then you’re good to go.
Get a regular wax
Your hair grows in cycles, so having a wax roughly every 4 weeks is ideal.
Wear loose clothing
Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes after your wax, especially if you have had a bikini wax, as it can cause friction and discomfort.
Waxing is a very popular treatment to offer clients, and waxing products are getting better all the time. Why not do one of our waxing courses and help your clients feel ultra groomed all year round?