In today's blog, I thought I would cover what to expect from your first waxing experience, and how to prepare for your first wax. I get asked this a lot and am excited to cover this in a blog in order to, not only prepare people for their first wax, but also to dispel some common myths involving waxing.
My specialty is the Brazilian. I say specialty because it takes special training to do a Brazilian wax. Most people can do just fine with leg waxing or arm waxing etc, but it takes a bit more confidence to perform a good Brazilian wax. The topic itself garners a lot of attention from people who are curious, but also garners a lot of fear and anxiety. How painful is it? How bad is it going to hurt? How long will the hair stay away? All good questions. Let's get into it!
First of all, How to know you are going to get a good wax
There are not a lot of ways to know this for sure up front other than asking up front. You can ask questions like: Have your estheticians been trained in Brazilian waxing? What are their years of experience? You can also check Google or other reviews to see what other people are saying about a specific person. Just remember, just because someone has gone to school, does not mean they know how to deliver a good waxing experience. Check reviews, ask questions, and, if you can, get a referral.
What to expect from your first visit
The first thing that should happen in any respectable spa is you will be given a consultation form to fill out. This will cover basic, yet important, information such as allergies, sensitivities, etc. Next, your esthetician will take you back to the treatment room where she will look over your form, ask you any clarifying questions, and explain the set up. Every esthetician might do this a little bit differently. I explain to my clients that I'm going to step out while they get undressed from the waist down. I will then explain to them about getting on the table, and any other necessary instructions for set up. Most likely I have already had a conversation with them about the type of wax that I use, the differences in the wax, and what to expect from their first visit either over the phone or prior to the wax. I always thoroughly explain and answer any questions before beginning. After the wax, I'll step out so they can get dressed and meet them up front when they're ready.
How much is it going to hurt?
This is, of course, the most commonly asked question. The truthful answer is everyone is a little bit different. That being said, I always clarify that it isn't a relaxing facial, but it's tolerable. Most people are more nervous about baring it all in front of a stranger. In this instance, don't be! We are trained professionals and we do this all day long. I personally have been getting waxed for 9 years and I consider myself to have a pretty low pain tolerance. If I can do it, anyone can! That being said, not all waxers out there are good waxers. Technique is important!
How long will the hair stay?
This is a great question and one that I love answering. You will have no hair for two weeks until it starts to grow back in. You will then need two weeks of growth before getting waxed again. When it does grow back in, it will be finer, softer, and more scarce. Results may vary a little for each individual. If someone has particularly stubborn hair, I recommend an Epiladerm add-on to reduce the hair growth. Waxing on a regular basis every 4-6 weeks is key to best results.
Now to dispel some myths
Waxing does not make your hair grow back more coarse, in fact, the exact opposite is true
You CAN get waxed on your period (this is up to each individual's comfort level, but if you ask me, I'll just tell you to wear a tampon)
Waxing solves ingrown hair problems (For some people, this is very true and it is definitely worth a try! Some others are just prone to ingrowns and it depends on the person and the hair. But there are techniques that help!)
If I didn't answer all of your questions here, feel free to shoot me an email! Happy Waxing!