To wax or not to wax? That’s the question many of us ask ourselves. You’ve probably heard some myths about waxing. If you’re second-guessing yourself about waxing, the good news is not everything you’ve read or your friends’ waxing horror stories is all true.
MYTH: Waxing Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thicker
FACT: Waxing regularly can drastically change your hair. Your hair will eventually grow in softer and more sparse. Most guests are surprised at how quickly their hair changes.
MYTH: Waxing Always Hurts
FACT: Since you’re pulling hair out from the root, waxing isn’t going to feel like getting a massage. The bottom line is that everyone reacts different to waxing so the pain level varies from person to person. That being said, the technician’s technique also plays a factor in how much discomfort you’ll feel.
When scheduling your wax appointment you should also take your cycle into consideration. Many women find that their skin is more sensitive on their period and the few days leading up to it, so they experience more pain than they would other days of the month.
MYTH: If You Wax, You Won’t Get Ingrown Hairs
FACT: Shaving is quick, easy, and for the most part, painless, but you’re more likely to get ingrown hairs when you use a razor on senstive areas like the bikini line. The hard truth is that some people are just prone to ingrown hairs but there are some steps that can be taken to prevent them. Regularly exfoliating the area and avoiding shaving between waxes can help improve your situation.
MYTH: Your Hair Has to Be Long to Wax It
FACT: In reality, your hair only has to be a quarter of an inch to get a smooth finish. That’s about the size of a grain of rice.
MYTH: You Can’t Wax When You’re Pregnant
FACT: If you’re expecting, you’re still safe to maintain your usual waxing routine at any stage during your pregnancy.
MYTH: You don’t have to exfoliate after waxing
Truth: even though waxing does remove some dead skin cells, it does not count for a full exfoliation. A mild exfoliating scrub before the waxing appointment and repeating the procedure somewhere after waxing is always a good idea.
MYTH: You should grow out your hair very long before your waxing appointment
Truth: While it is true that freshly shaven hair won’t allow waxing, it is not necessary to wait until hair is too long for a waxing procedure. The main reason to let hair grow out is helping the wax adhere to the hair to pull it out properly from the root, so the length of a grain of rice or ¼ inch for body hair. STOP Shaving about 3 weeks before your wax appointment to ensure enough hair growth!
MYTH: You cannot get ingrown hairs if you wax
Truth: compared to shaving, waxing poses less risk for ingrown hairs. However, many people are just prone to developing ingrown hairs. During your appointment, we can recommend use of an ingrown hair treatment cream but razors are forbidden!
FACT: You should avoid tanning after a waxing appointment
Truth: Spray tanning or natural tanning are both discouraged immediately after waxing. Since the pores are still open and the skin is recovering, there is increased risk of skin infection or irritation. Another reason not to spray-tan right after waxing is that the result will come out uneven and patchy. The average waiting period is 48 hours in order to let the skin rest and get tanning to be perfect.