Waxing Hygiene… No Double Dipping Here!

Here at Wicked Wax I follow strict hygiene procedures.  There have been a couple of waxing articles published recently on some professional beauty forums which have made me realise that hygiene isn’t always a priority for some wax therapists/salons and ‘No Double Dipping’ is perhaps still not yet the industry norm!

So here’s a little run through of what I expect from you, and what you can expect from me for a clean, hygienic treatment.

Your Hygiene…

I can honestly say I’ve NEVER had a client with a hygiene problem yet… I know people probably come along to their appointment thinking “oh my God, I hope I don’t smell” and I can tell you – you don’t!

I assume this means that everyone follows the advice on my FAQ page and showers on the day of the appointment.  I don’t expect you to race home from work, shower for the second time that day and then race out to your appointment either.  If you’ve showered that morning then that’s good for me! There are freshen up wipes available in the toilet if you feel the need to use one.

And that’s all I want you to do 👍🏽

Wicked Wax Hygiene…

Here’s what to expect from me.

💫 My treatment room is kept clean and tidy at all times.

💫 The bed is covered with a disposable bedsheet and is sprayed and wiped down with antibacterial disinfectant after every single person. A fresh bedsheet is used for every appointment.

💫 The bin is emptied between clients and a fresh bin liner is used every time.

💫 I use disposable nitrile gloves, a clean pair for everyone.  If you’re having an intimate wax treatment and you add on another treatment such as nostril, lip or underarm wax, I’ll dispose of the gloves used for your intimate wax and put on new gloves before I wax your other body parts.

💫 Now for an important one… NO DOUBLE DIPPING HERE!!!

What’s double dipping? It’s when the therapist takes a spatula full of wax, applies that wax to your skin, then sticks the same spatula back in the wax pot to pick up more wax, applies that to your skin, and so on.  Bleugh! What they’re doing is potentially transferring skin particles, hair, blood spotting, etc, BACK into the wax pot on that used spatula.  By the end of the day it’s like a pot full of every single client they’ve waxed that day – would you want a lip wax from the same pot that’s been used to wax someone else’s bum?  Yuk!

So here at Wicked wax I NEVER reuse spatulas.  Once it’s touched your skin it goes in the bin, only fresh clean spatulas ever get dipped into my wax pots.  (As an aside, yes I do use thousands of spatulas each year and yes I do feel guilty about the environmental impact.  To try in some way to make up for this, as well as disposing of my waste as ethically as I can, I donate yearly to the Woodland Trust who spend donations on planting trees and woodland conservation 🌳🌍).

💫 All areas are cleaned daily at the end of each day and all stock including wax, lotions and gels are checked to ensure they are in date and haven’t been opened for too long – but to be honest I’m so busy that none of my stock lasts long enough to go out of date, it’s been well used up by then.

The main thing when you go for a wax is to just take a look around… Is the place clean and tidy or are you looking at an overflowing bin, a ratty old towel on the bed that’s full of wax and has clearly been used several times already, are the wax pots clean and is there a good supply of spatulas on the trolley.

INSIST on no double dipping and if you’re being fobbed off with some naff excuse like “oh the wax is hot enough to kill any germs so it’s ok to double dip” (yes I’ve heard that one before 🙄) then get your pants back on, get the hell outta there and book an appointment with me instead!    🏃🏻😉💃🏽

 

Do you know your Hollywood from your Brazilian? The Wicked Wax guide…

There’s nothing worse than when you’ve finally built up the courage to go for a first time wax, or visit a new therapist, and you walk out of your appointment with hair still there!  In the places you didn’t want it!

I understand that people can feel a bit awkward to ask in advance what’s included in your treatment… The last thing you want is to be having your bum crack waxed when you weren’t expecting it, or worse, expecting your bum to be waxed and having to ask for it, only to be met with a look of horror from your therapist.

I’ve had a LOT of new clients lately that have booked in to other places for a “Brazilian” only to find they’re handed some paper knickers, or not, and are given what I would call a “High Bikini”. I strongly believe that you should know EXACTLY what your treatment includes BEFORE you come along to your appointment, so here’s a handy guide to what you get at Wicked Wax!

Hooray for Hollywood

 

This is a knickers off treatment.  No paper knickers here.  When you have a Hollywood wax, ALL pubic hair should be removed – front, back, inside and out.  That includes bum crack and bum cheeks… So if your entire bum is covered in hair it’s all coming off.  I do this quickly with no assistance required from the client (you won’t be asked to spread and hold your own bum cheeks open) and at no extra charge!

The hair from the pubic mound is also removed and most importantly all hair from underneath. Hair will be removed from your inner and outer labia (actually, inner labia don’t grow hair, it just grows inwards from the outer labia) and this is the hair that tends to be left behind if you’ve had a paper knickers treatment!

Viva Brazil

 

A Brazilian is Exactly the same as a Hollywood, a knickers off treatment, only you’re left with a landing strip, or a triangle… So yep all that peach fuzz on your bum is coming off!  As for what’s left on the pubic mound, I’m very good but please don’t ask me to do a heart, a star, an initial or a Batman logo!

Air on a G-String

 

Knickers off for this one too! Bum crack and cheeks are included in with a G-String wax.  So it’s bum first, then on to the front – think along the lines of a VERY high bikini, hair is left on the pubic mound, tapering in underneath towards the bum crack…. Imagine you’re wearing a thong, there should be no hair showing outside of it!

Bikini Babe

 

The basic bikini wax removes all hair outside of the knicker line, so from the crease of your leg outwards.  I don’t mind with this one if you leave your knickers on, if you want to take them off I’ll go a wee bit higher for you. Either way is fine with me.

Still undecided?

I feel it’s important to mention that when you book a treatment I totally respect your choice, so if a basic bikini is what you want that’s absolutely fine, I won’t try and persuade you to go higher than you’re totally comfortable with.  Likewise if you booked a basic wax and decide on the day you’d like the next treatment up the menu then if I’ve got time I’ll do it!  Some people dive straight in with a hollywood, some like to have a number of appointments to build up to a brazilian or hollywood wax and some are quite happy to stick with a basic bikini or something in between.  There’s no pressure here, all I care about is that you leave happy and hairless – with all hair removed from the places you want it gone, nothing more, nothing less!

Stay Cool and Get Waxed at Wicked Wax

Wow, this sunshine is amazing isn’t it  Long may it continue! ! Here are my top tips for a comfortable treatment with me in this beautiful sunny weather…

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❄ Wear loose clothes and cotton underwear to your appointment, save the lacy synthetic thong for a few days time. Big Bridget Jones cotton knickers are breathable and won’t rub or chafe your freshly waxed skin!

❄ Guys you may want to bring along a clean cotton t-shirt to put on after your back or chest wax.  As soon as you can after your wax once you get home, take your shirt off and let your skin breathe, but stay out of the sun for the rest of the day.

❄ Try not to arrive all panicked and sweaty because you’re running late, that’s no fun for either of us!! Arrive a few minutes early for your appointment if possible, relax in my waiting area and help yourself to an iced lemon infused water.

❄ Yes I do have a toilet in my waiting area.  There are freshen-up wipes available as well as sanitary items should you need them.

❄ Enjoy my air-conditioned waxing studio, currently a chilled 19 degrees, a perfect working temperature. (If this heatwave continues much longer I may start sleeping in here!). No – you can’t book an appointment just to sit in there for a 30 minute cool off 😂.

❄ After your appointment, avoid exposing your freshly waxed skin to the sun for AT LEAST 24 hours, sunscreen is a must, and follow all of my aftercare advice to keep your skin in tip top condition.

See you soon! #getwaxedatWickedWax

Holiday Wax? This one’s for you!

OK, admit it, who only gets waxed when going on holiday?

Waxing, out of all the hair removal options, is definitely the best way to stay hair free for longer, but to get the BEST results from your wax you need to be planning ahead.

It can take around 3 waxing appointments, approximately 4 weeks apart, to start seeing longer lasting results… slower regrowth, with hair becoming finer and sparser.

This is because you have THOUSANDS of individual hairs on any area of your body, and at your first waxing appointment each of these little hairs will be at a different growth stage, so there will be lots of hairs that are just too short to be waxed or may still be just under the skin waiting to pop through in the next few days.

The benefit of regular waxing means that over time, the hair growth cycle becomes synchronised, with almost all the hairs being at the same stage at the same time.  This means they grow together and get removed together.

Once a hair is removed by the root it will be a few weeks before a new hair is formed and starts to appear.  And THIS is the result you want for your holiday.  Imagine not having to think about shaving your underarms or bikini line every morning, no razor burn, no shaving rash or stubble!  Sounds good, right?

I’m happy to book you in as a one-off before your hols… while I’m trying my best to convert the world one great wax at a time, I appreciate that some people do still only want that one appointment before they fly off to sunnier climes.

But with my fabulous pre and post wax advice and some of my amazing aftercare products I can help you have a hair free holiday… so to help yourself, if you can, you need to get your diary out and plan a waxing schedule to ensure the longest lasting results possible.

And get waxed at Wicked Wax!!

 

 

What’s stopped you from booking a bikini wax sooner?

When people who are new to waxing first visit me, and we get talking, it pretty much always turns out that they’ve been thinking about trying waxing for ages before plucking up the courage to finally book in.

When I’ve asked them “so what stopped you from booking sooner?” some of the replies made me think I’d write this post, to reassure people who might be thinking the same things.

So here we go…

“I thought I’d be the hairiest person you’ve ever seen” – Everyone thinks that! Yep, some people are hairier than others.  The thing is, I NEED you to be hairy so I can wax you and as far as I’m concerned the hairier the better! So no trimming, shaving or hair removal creams for 4 weeks before your appointment please, even if you feel like Chewbacca!

“I have piles” – So do most people.  I’m genuinely more surprised when I see someone that DOESN’T have them.  My pre-wax oil and the wax that I use means that there’s no pulling on your skin (or your piles) and I work around them anyway.

“It’s difficult trying to time an appointment around my period” – I can still wax you if you’re on your period.  Although it’s worth bearing in mind that you can be slightly more sensitive when it’s that time of the month, I CAN still wax you.  Just wear a tampon and I’ll work around it.

“I thought it was going to be really painful, but actually it wasn’t as bad as I thought” – It’s never as bad as you thought it would be. Go and read my Facebook reviews (and if you’ve visited and want to leave a review to reassure others, I’d really appreciate it ;-)).  Although everyone’s pain threshold is different I can give you a more comfortable treatment with the wax that I use (hot wax, NO STRIPS). Nobody leaves the room in pain and everyone says it was nothing like they thought it’d be.

“I was worried I might be too overweight for you to be able to wax me” – I wax women of all shapes and sizes, it doesn’t matter to me what size you are, I wax everyone using the same technique.  All I’m concentrating on is hair and skin, your size doesn’t really come into it.

“I’ve been scared it would be really embarrassing” – Well, it’s not embarrassing for me 🙂 I’ve seen it all before, numerous times each day! You might feel a bit embarrassed for a minute or two, then once we start chatting you’ll forget that you’re lying there with no knickers on and legs akimbo, I promise!

When you make an appointment for intimate waxing I always book out plenty of time for a thorough pre-wax consultation and a discussion about aftercare, most people are only ‘on the bed’ for 15-20 minutes.  In about 30 minutes from arriving, you’ll be skipping out feeling hair free and fabulous and wondering what on earth you waited so long for! So go on, be brave, book now #itsnotasbadasyouthink

Ingrown Hairs and how to deal with them…

Ingrown hairs, the bane of any waxers life! Pesky little buggers, aren’t they?!  You’ve got your waxing routine down to a T, you’re silky smooth and hair free, the last thing you need is ingrown hairs.

What exactly are ingrown hairs?
Quite simply they are hairs that have curled round and grown back into the skin.  They often appear like small spots or pimples and you can sometimes even see the hair trapped under the skin.

What causes them?
There are a number of factors.  People with naturally more coarse or curly hair tend to be prone to them.  People who usually shave definitely suffer more than those who use other hair removal methods.  The main cause of ingrown hair is clogged hair follicles (the small hole in the skin from which the hair grows).  The follicles can become clogged with dead, dry skin cells or oil.  This stops the hair breaking through the skin.  If you’ve been waxed a few times the hair is weakened each time, growing back softer and finer and even less able to penetrate dry or clogged skin, which is why aftercare is so important.

Prevention is better than cure…
Stopping the skin becoming dry and congested is a big step towards preventing ingrown hair.

Exfoliating Gloves – I’m always banging on about these, aren’t I? You can get them for as cheap as 50p, from places like Home Bargains, Boots and even Primark sell them now. Use them daily, make them part of your shower routine and the key word here is GENTLY!! The gloves do all the work for you so gently sweep them over the skin, no pressure or heavy scrubbing required, you’re not cleaning the oven!

Body Scrubs – I’m a bit partial to Soap and Glory body polishes. Or sometimes I make my own . I particularly like this one THIS ONE but there are a million very cheap and easy diy recipes out there and mostly they simply consist of coconut oil and sugar. When I’m making this myself I like to substitute the peppermint oil in the recipe for tea tree oil which is known for it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties. So make your scrub, store in a tub or jar and use at the end of your shower on damp skin, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. The sugar gently exfoliates and the oil will moisturise – perfect!

So what do I do if I’ve got ingrown hairs?  I didn’t prevent them, I need a cure!
As tempting as it might be, don’t pick, scratch or squeeze them.  You don’t want to break your skin as this will make it more susceptible to infection.  For those of us that just can’t leave them alone (yes, that’s me!!) then sterile tweezers can be used to try and retrieve the hair from under the skin but I really strongly advise AGAINST digging around as you can do some real harm and even leave scarring. 

I retail two fantastic ingrown hair products

Aloe Clear
Bikini Saver – £3
Body Roll-On – £13
Aloe Clear roll on gel is a unique product that prevents AND eliminates ingrown hairs by intensely moisturinsing and exfoliating your skin as well as tackling sore and infected ingrown hairs with its antibacterial properties. It soothes, calms, exfoliates and moisturises all in one.

Bump Eraiser – £16
This magic medi-paste is a highly concentrated spot treatment invented to eliminate ingrown hairs, razor bumps and pimples. It reduces redness while preventing infection. Formulated with Salicyclic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Triclosan and Vitamin A, it draws out infection rapidly without causing trauma to the skin. You’ll see AMAZING results within 7 days!

So there’s no need to suffer.  I’ll discuss aftercare advice during your appointment and within a few weeks we’ll have you sorted, smooth and bump-free!

Waxing During Pregnancy

From the moment you know to the day you deliver, pregnancy waxing is available here.  If you’re booking an appointment and you’ve never been to me before, then please do mention when making the appointment that you are pregnant.  I’ll need to ask you a couple of questions – I’m not prying into your personal details but I’ll need to just check whether the pregnancy has progressed uneventfully so far, and check that you’re being monitored under routine observations.

If you’ve got any questions for me I’m more than happy to speak to you, but here are my most frequently asked questions from mums-to-be…

Is it safe for me to have a wax whilst pregnant?  Yes! You may feel more sensitive due to the changes that come along with pregnancy, but it’s perfectly safe.  Whether pregnant or not, I always use hot wax for my intimate waxing treatments, no strips.  Unlike strip wax, hot wax grips the hair but NOT the skin, for a more gentle treatment.

Can I get waxed right before my due date? Yes.  I have lots of women who are waxed throughout their pregnancy up to a few days before, or even the actual day of their due date.

When you’re waxing me will you be doing anything differently to usual? I’ll have the head of the bed raised, as pregnant women should not be laid flat on their back for any length of time.  There will be a glass of iced water available for you.  I’ll be asking you throughout the treatment if you need a quick break, if you’re comfortable, if you need to change position, etc.  And I’ll be working super fast!

What are the benefits of being waxed while pregnant?  There are no clinically proven benefits and I’m sure any midwives will tell you they don’t notice or care either way.  But most of my clients say they feel cleaner, more comfortable and more prepared after they’ve been waxed… and lets be honest, if you can’t see it you probably can’t wax or shave it yourself! I can get to those hard to reach places that you can’t see over your bump.

What sort of wax can I have? Any style of wax you like. choose whatever feels most comfortable for you.  Some women just like a basic tidy up, others choose “all off” and there are several other styles in between!

So get your appointment booked in and tick one more thing off your to-do list before baby arrives 🙂

Male Grooming… You’re all doing it, you just don’t talk about it!

Male grooming, manscaping, Brozilian waxing… whatever you want to call it, it’s a fast growing industry and it has been for a while now.  Men of all ages and from all walks of life are getting in on the act.  Loads of you are doing it… you’re just not admitting it to your mates!

I’ve asked a lot of my male clients over the past few months why they get waxed, and here’s what they said:

  • I feel cleaner and more hygienic
  • It stops the hair rubbing and irritating me when I’m cycling
  • I just like the look of having no hair
  • My tattoos look better when they’re not covered with hair
  • Have you ever tried rubbing suntan lotion on a hairy back? It’s so much easier on holiday without hair
  • I got sick of shaving and how itchy it gets when it’s growing back
  • I first did it as a bet, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought so I’ve carried on. I haven’t told my mates that though!
  • My girlfriend prefers it and I like her to keep herself tidy so it’s only fair that I do the same
  • I reckon it makes me more aerodynamic (from a triathlete)

And my personal favourite…

  • I’m having a vasectomy next week, thought I’d better sort myself out so they can actually see whey they’re doing!

Apart from intimate waxing, my most popular all year round male treatment is men’s facial waxing.  Beards are ‘in’ but hair sprouting out of your nose and ears most definitely is not!  Those little trimmers you can buy are ok for a quick tidy up but waxing has a much longer lasting effect as the hair is removed from the root.  And plucking hair out of your nose with tweezers is far too eye watering (yes, I’ve tried that myself).  But waxing all the hair out of your nose in one go is surprisingly painless, trust me!

And lastly, don’t forget your hands!! Waxing of the hands is available here, very popular for guys who are getting married, especially if you’ll be having a close up picture of the wedding rings… for the best male groom(ed) look! 😉

 

The sun is out… Book me in!

So the sun’s out and booking a last minute waxing appointment seems a great idea.  BUT, if you’ve recently (as in, during the last 3 weeks) shaved your legs, bikini, underarms, or whichever body part you want to wax, then you’re wasting your time and money.  For best waxing results the hair needs to be 3-4 weeks growth, or length of a grain of rice, or at least 5mm.  While I’m not going to get a ruler out to check, there really is no point coming to your appointment and trying to tell me that you haven’t shaved for 4 weeks when you clearly did at the weekend – I can tell! 😛 The longer you can leave your hair to grow before your wax, the better.

Waxing for a holiday, wedding, or special occasion?  I really recommend that you have a couple of appointments before the big day or that important date.  Reactions are very rare but better safe than sorry.  It’ll also give you an idea of how long you’ll get before some hair starts coming back through – it’s worth remembering that it takes 2-3 waxes to get most of the hair into the same growth cycle for good long lasting smooth skin.