Will it make my hair grow back thicker?

Absolutely not. Waxing does not cause you to grow more hair follicles. In fact, if you become a regular waxer, you will notice that your hair will become quite sparse and not as course.

Will waxing make my hair grow back darker?

Your hair does not grow back darker when you cut it. Neither will your depilitated hair. Waxing will not change the pigment of your hair.

Will waxing change the pigmentation of my skin?

No, it will not cause hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on your skin, however, if you spend time in the sun after waxing, you can burn, which can result in sun damage and dark spots later on. If your skin is tan or you’ve applied sunless tanner, it will strip your tan. Remember, waxing will exfoliate your skin. The wax sticks to your skin and removes the topmost layer so you may experience some lightening if you have a dark tan from sun or sunless tanning products.  Never wax sunburned skin and allow 3-4 days after tanning to get waxed so lifting of the skin is less likely to happen.

Will I get ingrown hairs?

It’s possible. Waxing removes the entire hair, root and all, from the follicle. As the new hair grows in it is fine and and may need help making it to the skins surface.  It is important to keep waxed areas exfoliated. Use a loofah sponge or gloves in that area about 3 days after waxing and continue to exfoliate 2 to 5 times a week thereafter. Be diligent and somewhat aggressive with the exfoliating, but be careful not to overdue it and irritate your skin. You can also apply a mixture of tea tree and lavender oil. Both are antimicrobial and antibacterial and will prevent irritation. Aloe Vera is also a great treatment for just waxed skin.  Soothing and a great moisturizer.  Try to wear loose fitting clothes for a few days after to give your skin a chance to breathe and reduce moisture. The bikini, lip and underarms are where we tend to perspire. Perspiration and moisture cause bacteria to grow. Once that area has been waxed, the follicle is wide open to this bacteria creeping in.

How do you prevent ingrown hairs?

Again, a combination of tea tree oil and lavender oil blend will help to prevent breakouts as well as keeping the area exfoliated. There are also after wax solutions, which help to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps, available for purchase at The WaX Pot if other methods are not helpful.  The WaX Pot does take every precaution to minimize this waxing side effect by using antibacterial pre-waxing and post-waxing products.

Is waxing painful?

Depending on your level of sensitivity and how course your hair is. If your hair is course then the root of the hair will be thick. Pulling a thick hair out from its cozy follicle isn’t going to be comfortable. For most, it’s not as bad as they imagined.

Will my skin become red and irritated?

It depends on your sensitivity and if the root of your hair is particularly large. It is normal to turn red and for the skin to develop small, red bumps everywhere. This is only temporary and usually only lasts for 24 hours.

I haven't been waxed before, could someone just do a test patch?

If you are timid about waxing, ask the salon if they could do a small patch on your lower leg. It will give you an idea if you will be red, bumpy and sensitive and you’ll understand what kind of pain is involved. Also, you’ll be able to tell if you have an allergic reaction, which in my experience has never happened.

A few suggestions:

  1. Take an Ibuprofen and an Antihistamine about 30 minutes prior to your waxing appointment as this will help reduce inflammation, redness  and pain.
  2. Try to relax! Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Because when you tense up, believe it or not, your follicles constrict as well, causing some resistance.
  3. Remember that just prior to menstruation or during menstruation, you are the most sensitive so you may want to avoid waxing then.
  4. If you are pregnant this can also cause sensitivity so do take precaution.
  5. It is normal for those who have course hair to bleed, so don’t worry if it happens. It’s quite normal.
  6. Accutane and Retin A users may not wax. Both thin the skin and can cause the skin to lift or remove. If you have used either recently and would like to wax, you must be off of the accutane for at least 6 months and Retin A for 3 to 4 weeks.
  7. Do not wax the same day that you have done heavy exfoliation. This will lift the skin as well. My recommendation is to wait about a week after.
  8. Do not expose recently waxed skin to the sun or tanning beds, as the waxed skin in likely to burn.  It is recommended to wait 24 to 48 hours before sun exposure.
Chemical Peels

Peels are effective at:

 Renewing skin cells rapidly and stimulating new cell production
Accelerating the removal of dead, damaged, and dull skin cells
Reducing and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles
Improving the skins tone and texture
Fading skin discolorations and correcting sun damage
Temporarily reducing excessive skin oils
Clearing up and controlling acne breakouts
Reducing the appearance of large pores and acne scarring
Reducing mild scarring
Removal of blackheads, whiteheads and milia bumps
Thinning and organizing the stratum corneum
Increasing collagen formation
Increasing hydration levels
Increasing epidermal thickness

AHA is short for Alpha-Hydroxy Acids; they include Glycolic and Lactic Acids. These acids are great for dry, aging, pigmented, normal, sensitive, and acne skin. Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular structure of all acids and therefore penetrates further into the skin for quicker results. It is the most popular of the acids as it is produced naturally in the body and therefore is a good peel choice for most people.

BHA is short for Beta-Hydroxy Acids. Salicylic Acid is the most popular BHA and it is great for oily, acne prone skin or heavily clogged and congested pores. It penetrates oils, is anti-microbial, is anti-bacterial, it deep cleanses pores while controlling potential breakouts.

AHA and BHA are also used together in combination peels. This is an effective treatment for experienced peelers who want a deeper peel. All chemical peels should be performed under the care of an experienced Esthetician.

Who needs a peel?

It is healthy and necessary to exfoliate the skin on a regular basis to promote new regeneration – especially due to the fact that as we age this process naturally slows down. With chemical peel usage the derma returns to have the thickness and sturdiness of that of a child. Peels stimulate fibroblasts and therefore the collagen and elastin that maintain the young and elastic skin.

Chemical peel will also help improve in the penetration of facial products through the derma. Therefore, as we peel (exfoliate) the outermost layers of dead skin away, our topical products (specialty serums & moisturizers) will penetrate and actually do what they are intended to do. No more just sitting on top and plumping dead tissue, further product penetration is achieved.

How do Chemical Peels work?

Chemical peels are comprised of an active acid solution that is set at a substantially lower pH level than your skin’s natural pH. It is applied to the skin and basically “eats away” the buildup of “glue” which holds the outermost, dead layers of skin to your face. There is a slight stinging; burning and itching that can accompany this action. A fan is used to make this more comfortable. After the acid separates the dead skin, in a matter of 3-5 days it will begin to peel off and allow new skin to regenerate. The peeling is not always visible and may just appear as dry patches; don’t worry as most peeling occurs when we wash our skin. The new skin is smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin, and may also be more even in color. There are occasions where the underlying skin is also pigmented, and this may come to the surface after a chemical peel. In most cases repeated peels will remove even deeper layers of damage.

How often are peels performed?

A peel can be performed periodically by itself or along with a facial treatment as an accelerated exfoliation. However if you are treating a condition, ie: acne, pigmentation problems dehydrated skin, scarring etc. peeling is a “process” not a “one time event”. For optimal results peels should be performed once a week for 6 to 8 weeks and then monthly or bi-monthly as a maintenance treatment. As the peeling treatments progress the acid strength increases as well as the time left on the skin. This is to insure even penetration and to monitor skin changes. Those suffering from acne may continue with a weekly or bi-weekly treatment to keep breakouts under control.

Contraindications to Chemical Peels

No Salicylic acid for those allergic to aspirin.
No Glycolic acid for those allergic to sugar cane or strawberries.
No Lactic acid for those with a severe milk allergy.
No peels if you continue to have excessive sun exposure. (The outermost layers of the skin will be thinned and you will be more prone to sun damages without adequate sun block.)
No peels if you are pregnant or lactating.
No peels if you have used Accutane (oral acne medication) in the last year.
No peels if you have Psoriasis in the active stage.
No peels if you have an active cold sore (herpes simplex)
You must stop using Retin-A and other AHA or BHA products 5 days prior to a peel.
Brazillian Wax Information & Tips

The “Brazilian” differs from a regular bikini wax because hair is removed in the front, back and everything in between. Some variations include leaving a “landing strip” or small patch in the front, but this is personal preference.

Time Required: Approximately 30 minutes. First timers may require more time.

The procedure, like any waxing, can be painful at first, but frequent visits usually cut down on the pain factor as does 2 Ibuprofen and an antihistamine an hour before your procedure.

 

Hair length: If the hair has been shaved please allow 2 – 3 weeks of growth prior to removal. The closer to 3 weeks the better, it will reduce waxing discomfort.   The longer hair provides for better wax adhesion.  

DO NOT TRIM your hair before your appointment; if this needs to be done I will do it prior to waxing.  It is much better for the hair to be longer than necessary, if it’s too short the wax cannot grab hair effectively, once again leading to increased discomfort.

Waxing occurs in a private room with a door. You’ll be left alone to undress from the waste down and lay on a table with clean sheets and cover up with a towel. It is possible to be provided with a disposable thong, just ask.

You will remain partially covered at all times. I will move the towel to expose only the area being waxed. Your comfort is my main concern. You will need to reposition your legs during the waxing treatment to accommodate the area being waxed and also position yourself on your side for hair between your buttocks to be removed. Yes, for most people, hair grows there. (Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds)

I wax using a hard wax that is applied to the skin and peeled off when it has cooled. This wax adheres to the hair and not the skin and makes waxing less painful.

After a consultation, the area will be prepped with an astringent, hair will be trimmed to the correct length and pre waxing oil will be applied. A test patch of wax will be applied and removed. If you choose to continue this process is repeated in small areas until all hair is removed.

Once the waxing is complete, any stray hairs will be tweezed and the remaining landing strip will be trimmed. The area will once again be treated with an astringent and a soothing lotion will be applied over the waxed area.

A few suggestions:

  1. Take an Ibuprofen and an Antihistamine about 30 minutes prior to your waxing appointment as this will help reduce inflammation, redness  and pain.
  2. Try to relax! Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Because when you tense up, believe it or not, your follicles constrict as well, causing some resistance.
  3. Remember that just prior to menstruation or during menstruation, you are the most sensitive so you may want to avoid waxing then.
  4. If you are pregnant this can also cause sensitivity so do take precaution.
  5. It is normal for those who have course hair to bleed, so don’t worry if it happens. It’s quite normal.
  6. Accutane and Retin A users may not wax. Both thin the skin and can cause the skin to lift or remove. If you have used either recently and would like to wax, you must be off of the accutane for at least 6 months and Retin A for 3 to 4 weeks.
  7. Do not wax the same day that you have done heavy exfoliation. This will lift the skin as well. My recommendation is to wait about a week after.
  8. Do not expose recently waxed skin to the sun or tanning beds, as the waxed skin in likely to burn.  It is recommended to wait 24 to 48 hours before sun exposure.

At home an aloe vera gel or a hydrocortisone cream may be applied to sooth irritation.

Avoid ingrown hairs with regular exfoliation. As the new hair is growing in it is very important to use a loofah or loofah gloves to exfoliate the area, vigorously.  If these become a problem a product called ingrown X-it solution is available from me. This contains salicylic and glycolic acid to help minimize and treat ingrown hairs and blemishes.

You will need to re wax in 4 to 6 weeks. The more you wax, the less painful it becomes and the finer and lighter the hair growth becomes.

As for the embarrassment factor – I’d like to think getting a Brazilian isn’t any more embarrassing than a typical visit to your gynecologist’s office. My goal is to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Trust me when I say you will bring no surprises, I have seen it all before.

It seems like a crazy amount of information, but it helps to understand what’s all involved to make your experience more enjoyable.