Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Let's Make Waxing Less Scary

We're big believers in knowledge is power, and we freakin' love informed clients. So for those who find waxing scary, here's some FAQ and answers!

How long does the hair need to be?

For body hair removal we need the hair to be 1/4 of an inch, or the size of a grain of white rice. Longer than a grain of rice, specifically in sensitive zones like bikini, can be extra painful and increase the chances of bruising.

With facial hair, the longer the better. If it's still just a little bit peeking out from under the skin, specifically with brows, it's not long enough. We always tweeze the too short to pull with wax hairs but if they're still around skin level there isn't always enough surface area for the tweezers to grab.

What can make waxing more painful?

From the technician's perspective? Poor technique (like not pulling parallel to the skin, not holding skin taught, over loaded wax strip etc), cheap wax, inadequate prep of the skin (powder can make a big difference when appropriate), poor positioning, not properly checking for contraindications, and wrong temperature of the wax.

From the client's perspective? As noted above, too long hair (we do offer trimming), coming in on hot days (sweat will soften the skin and is acidic, it can irritate the skin after waxing), letting go of skin (if asked to hold skin while waxing, it should also be noted you can actually hold too tight and create stress points in the skin which increases flakiness your technician will guide you accordingly), bringing your leg in during bikini waxing, stress and hormonal changes. Also a good thing to keep in mind, the first time you wax an area will be the most sensitive. Shaving between waxing appointments will result in a first time experience all over again, so we highly discourage it. Really dry skin tends to be less flexible and will hold on tighter to the root, so if you moisturise and exfoliate between appointments the skin will be more receptive to having hairs pulled out from the root.

Who can't wax?

You can't wax any area of your body that is currently using most prescription creams (specifically acne, retinols and steroid or cortisone cream), for face we can't wax over areas using products containing retinols, AHA's and BHA's (like glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid etc), we also won't wax a skin that's recently had a peel or microdermabrasion. All these products and treatments are dangerous because the skin is too thin and will often leave a scab that many people think is a burn. All oral acne medications (especially Accutane) are a contraindication for waxing and need to be cleared from your system for up to 6 months before we can safely wax. Blood thinners can be a contraindication for waxing, so please inform of us an medication changes in general.

You can wax when pregnant but there is an increased blood flow, there are times you don't need to be a hero and a brazilian wax when pregnant can be one of them. We generally recommend a bikini wax and trim for our pregnant clients. Lower legs can also be more sensitive.

What's the best home care regimen?

In general we recommend you avoid working out, too hot showers, baths, hot tubs, physical exfoliation and extended sun exposure within 24 hours of waxing. Waxing will make you more photo sensitive (easier to burn in the sun) for 1-3 days, if doing an area that usually has courser hair (like male back, chest or arms) your natural SPF is decreased in comparison to when there is hair, so protect yourself accordingly.

If you're prone to ingrowns our Whish Flawless can be used right after waxing without any burning sensation, we recommend an application of 1-2 times a day for the first few days after waxing areas like back and chest and 1-2 times a day continuously for areas with higher friction (like bikini line). Products like Whish's Coconut Milk Exfoliating Body Wash will help increase cell turnover and clear away debris that could block the follicle opening (which can be a source of ingrowns or post waxing breakout). You can also use a dry brush or our Moor Glycolic Toner. Physical exfoliants like a dry brush or the Whish body wash are great before body waxing for helping bring hairs to the surface.

Body washes containing harsh detergents (like SLS) will increase dehydration of the skin and contribute to a less flexible follicle openings, leading to more painful waxing, less smooth pulls and more hair breakage.

Our Alum Stick is also an expected hero, they're often used after shaving. They help disinfect, speed up healing and keep the pore openings happy. Simply wet the skin, slide the alum block over, let sit for a few minutes and rinse off. Areas like underarms you can keep the alum stick on (it might feel a bit tight) and it can work like a natural deodorant mildly.

I always get a break out on my upper lip after waxing, how can I not have this happen?

Eliss is prone to this too, it can be from lip balm getting into the extra vulnerable pores and sweating. We recommend using the Whish Flawless right after waxing and the Moor Glycolic toner once a day for a few days. In the summer she'll use the Aromatherapy Associates Deep Cleanse Mask 12-24 hours after waxing to help detox the skin and absorb excess oils.

What if I fart? (a typical brazilian wax concern)

Please just give us a heads up so we can get our head up haha. We look at backsides all day, we know what happens there and happen to have digestive systems as well. With everyone having over 6 years experience, you're far from the first and won't be the last, hopefully you're okay with having a giggle over it.

I'm sorry I'm probably the sweatiest/hairiest/biggest person you've had!

Estheticians quickly become desensitized to nudity but we're always aware our client is someone who decided they're going let us into their personal space and that's something to respect. Saul's is a pretty cool upbeat place, the last thing we want anyone to think is that this is a place to show up and be judged or to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to be a handy aid at contributing to you feeling great in a safe fashion. We've had services at spas where we felt uncomfortable and judged too, you don't want to be in that environment for the length of your treatment and we don't want to work in that type of environment 8 hours every work day.

Should you have anymore questions or concerns feel free to pop in, text us at 647 521 2974, call us at 416 368 SAUL or email us .

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