Summer is upon us, personal care services reopening is on the horizon, and in general, Ontarians are itching to get back to “normal”. For us, that means scheduling in our waxes to keep us smooth and carefree all summer.

Whether you are gearing up for your first wax ever or your first wax in a while, here are some tips to get the absolute best first experience and set yourself up for waxing success!

 

Stop Shaving

In order to get the most out of your first wax, you should let your hair grow out for about a month. This is because hair grows in stages: Anagen (active growth), Catagen (transition), and Telogen (rest). It takes about a month for these stages to cycle through. Therefore, if you stop shaving for a full month, you can guarantee the majority of your hair follicles have had the chance to come out of the resting stage, produce a hair and let it grow to the necessary ¼ inch it needs to be to be waxed.

This means a smoother, longer-lasting wax.

If that is not possible for you, two weeks will do. That will get the existing hair to the right length – but you need to be aware that your hair may appear to grow in sooner than expected. This is because of the potential for follicles that were in the rest phase to produce hair sooner than the ones that have just been waxed. Don’t worry if this is the case, it will be corrected during your second wax when all the hairs in the treated area will be removed at the same time.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating removes dead skin cell build-up and ensures your skin is smooth and soft. This means less rough skin texture, ensuring a more comfortable waxing experience.

When you exfoliate, it also helps to release any ingrowns that may have formed, making those hairs waxable and reducing any irritation that you may have in the area. Reducing irritation is the key to keeping pesky ingrowns at bay!

 

Avoid Alcohol + Caffeine

To keep your wax as comfortable as possible, we recommend avoiding alcohol and caffeine prior to your appointment.

While partaking in a few beverages beforehand may sound like a good idea to numb the pain, alcohol acts as a blood thinner, keeping your blood from properly forming clots. While excessive bleeding is not a normal reaction, small, pinpointed bleeding can be a common side effect. This is because hairs are attached to a blood supply at the base of the root – this is how they grow. When we wax a hair that is still growing, we are disconnecting that blood supply and essentially creating a tiny wound within the skin. When the body is not inhibited by alcohol, these wounds are quickly taken care of and you will experience minimal or no bleeding at all.

Caffeine on the other hand is a stimulant and can heighten your senses. If your nerve endings are more sensitive, you are more likely to feel more pain during a wax unnecessarily. We are coffee addicts too – but this one is worth waiting until after to enjoy that delicious first cup!

 

Stay Hydrated

Inside and out! Keeping your body hydrated is the best thing you can do to preserve the integrity of your skin. This means drinking water so your cells can function and repair themselves, as well as reducing symptoms like headaches and bloating which only serve to make waxing less enjoyable. Keeping the skin hydrated topically with moisturizers will also go hand in hand with exfoliation to keep the skin smooth, free of dry patches, and heal ingrowns.

 

Most Importantly remember we are all human. First waxes can be scary, intimidating, and can sometimes feel a little embarrassing. Our passion at Wax-Co is to take the discomfort out of the experience, remind you that it’s ALL normal – there’s nothing we haven’t seen before – and empower you to choose what makes you feel #confidentlysmooth.

– Mackenzie xo