Q: Does waxing hurt?
A: It’s certainly no massage, but it’s not exactly torture either. Every person reacts differently to waxing, as we all have different sensitivity levels. Different areas of the body will hurt more than others on certain people. While we can’t promise it won’t hurt, we will do our best to make you comfortable and make the waxing as painless as possible.
Q: How can I make waxing less painful?
A: To make waxing a little less painful, make sure to exfoliate 24 hours prior to your waxing appointment. This can be done easily with exfoliating gloves or a bath brush. Also, take a pain reliever with anti-inflammatory components 30 minutes prior to your appointment. The more often you get waxed, the softer the hair will grow back in, making it less painful to remove. To allow for easier removal, try to schedule your waxes on a regular basis before the hair gets too long.
Q: How long does the hair have to be?
A: It depends on the area being waxed. For body hair, it should be around 1/4″ to 1/2″ for best results. The longer the better, but anything longer than 1/2″ may need to be trimmed, which may result in additional charges. For facial hair, it should be at least 1/8″ long, approximately the length of a grain of rice.
Q: How long does it take the hair to grow back?
A: This depends on the person, as well as the area being waxed. Typically, facial waxing can be done every two weeks. Body waxing, however, usually takes one to two months to grow to the length where it can be waxed again.
Q: Why is there still some stubble on my legs after being waxed?
A: Sometimes, especially with first-time waxes, our roots are rather strong and don’t like to come out when we ask them to! This, unfortunately, results in breakage of some of the hairs. If you decide to wax again, however, it is likely that this hair can be caught in a weaker growth stage [see explanation below]. This will allow the hair to come out clean and grow back finer, resulting in smoother results.
If you experience breakage after a wax, you can either let it grow out to be waxed again in the future, or you can shave once after waxing to get a smooth surface, and grow it all out again from there. Shaving, however, may affect the re-growth texture and can cause ingrown hairs. Frequent scheduled waxing will almost always bring smoother results.
Q: “What the heck?! I just got waxed a few days ago and there’s already hair growing back! I thought waxing lasted longer than shaving…”
A: This is a very common reaction which frustrates both the client and the esthetician, but we promise, it’s normal and unfortunately just the way our body works. Our hair grows in multiple stages, meaning that there isn’t just one hair growing in each follicle. So even though a hair has been removed from the follicle, there is still hair growing in that follicle which, sadly, may show its head in just a few days… Below is a diagram of how the hair grows. You can see that while the hair is in the follicle, there is often another one growing just below it, pushing out the old hair to make room for the new. So, it is because of this that hair can reappear so quickly. So why not wait until it’s all in the same growth stage to pull it out? Because it’s physically impossible to determine what growth stage every hair is in. And even if we did catch them all closely together, there is always one coming up behind it. However, it is possible to slow down the growth with frequent waxing. How? When a hair is pulled out in the Telogen phase, one will appear quite quickly because that hair was already separated from its root and just resting. When we are able to pull out a hair by the root (yes, those painful ones), it will take longer for it to grow back because we have interrupted the growth cycle and not allowed it to complete. When that hair starts to grow back, it will be much finer. If it is pulled out before the roots get a chance to grow too strong, the follicle can eventually become “damaged” and stop growing the hair. The more often you get waxed, the weaker the hair will become, resulting in less painful waxing, and eventually less hair growth and less frequent waxing visits!