Waxing is an ideal method of hair removal if you’re looking for a long-lasting and smooth finish.
But making it last is often down to how well you take care of your skin between treatments.
Failing to do so can often lead to problems such as itching, infections and ingrown hairs, so it’s important to take the necessary steps to make your waxing experience as pain-free as possible both in and out of the clinic.
Whether you’re looking to get your first wax done or have had it done in the past, here are 10 tips to get the best possible results from your treatment. Preparing for your wax can be the make or break for getting the most out of your treatment.
1) Let It Grow
It’s important that your hair be at least 0.5cm long, growth time varies between people but it will usually take around three weeks to get to this length.
Having some length will give the wax something to grip to so that the hair is pulled out by the root and doesn’t just break. Hair longer than this can be more painful to wax, so aim for this happy medium.
2) Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
Gently exfoliate your skin before your appointment and you'll minimise the possibility of ingrown hairs. By removing dead skin cells around the follicles you will better prepare the skin for treatment.
Taking a bath or shower beforehand can make hairs come out less painfully too.
3) Avoid Lotions or Creams
Avoid using lotions or creams the day of the appointment. This includes moisturisers or deodorant.
These products can often cause a barrier to the wax and irritate the skin so it’s recommended that you stay clear of them.
Tanning procedures can also make the skin rather sensitive so avoid these in the days up to the appointment.
4) Make it More Comfortable
Worried about the pain of waxing? Taking a pain-killer such as Panadol within two hours of your appointment will help make your skin less sensitive to the treatment.
5) Be Honest
It’s important to be completely honest with your therapist at the appointment.
Let them know of any medical conditions or allergies you may have as this can complicate the process.
They are there to make sure your treatment goes smoothly and that you are comfortable so make sure to offer feedback throughout the treatment.
6) Keep it Clean and Dry
After your treatment, it is common for the skin to be quite red and sensitive and this will usually go back to normal within 24 hours.
It’s very important to make sure that the area you had waxed is kept clean and dry following your treatment.
Resist the urge to touch the waxed area during this time too to avoid infection. For around one to two days, avoid gym work or sport. The combination of sweat, heat and friction can further irritate your pores and can easily cause ingrown hairs.
You’ll want to stay clear of public swimming pools, saunas or spas during this period too.
7) Reduce Irritation
Your skin may be sensitive during the first 24 hours.
To reduced irritation or blocking up your pores, you’ll want to avoid using any deodorant, moisturisers, makeup or tanning in the sun or a sunbed during this time.
This includes spray tans, as well as this, can easily irritate your pores.
8) Wear Loose Clothing
You’ll also want to reduce friction by wearing loose-fitting clothing around the waxed areas following your appointment.
Clothing made of cotton will allow your skin to breathe.
9) Exfoliate & Moisturise
After waxing, exfoliation will improve the regrowth and reduce ingrown hairs by removing the top layer of dead skin cells so air can breach the skin’s surface. Aim to exfoliate every 1-2 days.
For extra care, use a use a dry coarse body mitt on dry skin before your shower around 2-3 times a week. Make sure to not start this harsher exfoliation until around 3 days after your waxing treatment as your skin may still be sensitive.
Moisturising your skin is key to soften and nourish the waxed area and make it easier for the hairs to grow out again. Start this every day after three days post-treatment.
10) Manage Regrowth
Small amounts of re-growth can usually happen after around a week following your waxing treatment.
Understand that it may take several waxings to get the best results. To keep your hair growth in balance, it’s important not to shave between waxes.
You’ll generally be best suited to come back for your next wax after around 4-6 weeks. This does differ between people though so discuss with your therapist about when the best time to book your next appointment should be.
Taking care of your skin between waxes couldn’t be more important.
By following these steps in preparing for your wax treatment and looking after your skin afterwards this will not only ensure your skin remains healthy and irritation free but improves the effectiveness of the treatment.
Whether you choose to use one tip or all of them you will be guaranteed to see better and longer-lasting results.