Waxing Etiquette

Please be aware that I provide a professional waxing service and nothing more.  Any inappropriate language or behaviour will not be tolerated, you will be asked to pay for the treatment you booked and leave immediately (even if you are still covered in wax!).

BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT…

Ideally you should gently exfoliate and moisturise the area that is going to be waxed, for a couple of days prior to your appointment.

HYGIENE – YOURS AND MINE…

Please shower on the day of your appointment.

I sanitise my hands before and after each treatment, and I always wear a new pair of disposable gloves with each new client.  The bed is cleaned with antibacterial cleaner between each client.  The bin in the room is emptied between each client and replaced with a fresh bin liner.

I never “double dip”. This means that when I’m waxing you, only a clean spatula gets dipped into the wax pot. Once it has touched your skin it is disposed of, and a new clean spatula is used for the next application of wax. This ensures that there are no bits of you, or any of my other clients, floating around in my wax!

HOW LONG DOES THE HAIR NEED TO BE?

You should have at least 4 weeks growth from your last wax, or 3 weeks growth from your last shave.  Believe me, I know that growing the hair out is a pain, but if you come to me with any less than that, you won’t get the best result. The hair should be no shorter than a grain of rice (5mm).

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?

Everyone’s different. In most cases you will see minimal regrowth during the first 3 weeks, with a noticeable increase after that. If it is your first wax ever, or first wax in a long time, it can take 2 to 3 regular treatments to get rid of early regrowth – please don’t be tempted to remove any early regrowth yourself  – step away from the razor!!  It’s worth persevering until your next wax, as continued waxing encourages slower, sparser regrowth.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BE WAXED?

If you want to maintain a clean, smooth feeling then ideally you’ll be waxed every 4 weeks for the first few appointments. After that you may find that you can leave longer gaps between appointments.

WHY GET WAXED?

I have clients of all ages who get waxed for a number of reasons.  Some do it for aesthetic reasons, some say it makes them feel cleaner, some say their partner prefers it – there is no “right” or “wrong” and whatever your reason, I don’t judge.  After trying out waxing, almost everyone prefers it to shaving or using hair removal cream and the results definitely last longer.

WILL IT HURT?

In my experience, waxing is most uncomfortable when it’s a new sensation and you don’t know what to expect. Everyone’s tolerance levels are different.  Any discomfort quickly subsides and will lessen even further with each visit, as the hair thins and less hair is removed from the area.  I can promise you that nobody walks out of the room in pain.

FEMALE INTIMATE WAXING… WHAT TO EXPECT?

I wax using a unique, no-nonsense technique.  I don’t fuss around covering you with towels and only exposing and waxing an inch at a time – I’ve been trained to carry out the treatment as quickly and painlessly as I can.

So… you’ll need to get naked from the waist down. If you want the perfect wax, you will have to take your knickers off.   I remove every single hair from the inside, outside, back, front and underneath!  Some areas of skin will need to be stretched while the wax is removed.

MALE INTIMATE WAXING… WHAT TO EXPECT?

Guys, this is a no underwear treatment.  I use a strictly professional waxing technique.  Some areas of skin will need to be stretched during application and removal of wax.  What if you get an erection? Well, this can happen, it’s an involuntary reaction, I’ll ignore it and carry on waxing you while asking you inane questions about the weather or if you’re going anywhere nice on your holidays… as long as your chat and behaviour is appropriate then we’re fine!

IS IT EMBARRASSING???

I hope not… ok maybe for the first minute or two, but I’ll be doing my best to make you feel comfortable. I promise you I’ve seen it all before, there won’t be anything that will shock or surprise me – honest! 🙂  I wax men and women of every different shape and size imaginable.  All I’m concentrating on during the treatment is hair and skin, making sure you have the best, quickest and most thorough wax you’ve ever had, so that you return to me again and again.

AFTERCARE…

Keep the waxed area clean and avoid heat and friction for 24 hours. This means:

  • No hot baths or showers (warm water only).
  • No saunas, hot tubs or steam treatments.
  • No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans).
  • No sport, gym or other exercise.
  • Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
  • Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area.
  • Some redness and small bumps are common immediately after waxing and are only temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over 24-48 hours. If you experience persistent redness or irritation, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
  • After 2 days very gently exfoliate the area 2-3 times a week and keep the area moisturised.

INGROWN HAIR…

When it comes to ingrown hairs, prevention is better than cure.  So… EXFOLIATE! Regular gentle exfoliation is essential to shift any build up of dead skin cells that can otherwise trap the hair, and gently exfoliating helps lift new growth to the surface.  The key word here is GENTLE, 3-4 times a week with some exfoliating gloves or a shower puff.  Then… MOISTURISE!  If your skin is dry and tight, new hairs can’t penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis.  A daily application of a plain non-scented moisturiser will keep the skin soft and help those new hairs to grow through easily.

I retail two fantastic products to help prevent and treat ingrown hair, priced from £3 to £16.  Don’t worry, there’s no hard sell here, but if you’re interested then please do ask!

WHEN NOT TO WAX…

Waxing is appropriate for almost everyone, but I will not wax anyone who has any type of diabetes, varicose veins or poor circulation without you having consulted your GP to approve the treatment.

If you’ve used Roaccutane (a treatment for acne) in the last six months I won’t be able to wax you as this medication temporarily weakens the skin.

I work around skin tags, moles, and pimples but I won’t wax skin that is infected, irritated, chapped or suffering from sunburn – please don’t turn up for an appointment if you’re red raw from going on a sunbed the previous day!!

We will discuss any concerns, conditions or medication when we have our initial consultation.

IF YOU’RE STILL NOT SURE…

Whether you’ve been waxed before and are thinking of changing therapist, you’re new to waxing, or you’re thinking of booking an appointment and are still unsure, worried about or want to ask me anything (especially relating to intimate waxing), give me a call for a chat.