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Hair removal preparation
Get the most out of your hair removal services with the following tips:
Hair length: It is important to come into your hair removal service with at least 1/4 inch of growth, in order to effectively remove your hair. If your hair growth is not sufficient for removal, you will have to be rescheduled.
Comfort: Precautions you can take to reduce discomfort:
avoid caffeine/alcohol the day of your service, as it increases blood flow and sensitivity. Avoid applying makeup to freshly-waxed skin, which can cause infection or irritation.
Ibuprofen or aspirin before your service can help reduce pain and prevent swelling. (Check with your Dr. if Ibuprofen or Aspirin is recommended for you).
Shaving: However tempting it may be to get rid of the stubble that grows in between appointments, shaving is counterproductive to waxing and. Because hair grows on separate cycles, shaving ensures a more uneven result. Shaving causes the texture of your hair to feel more thick, sharp and coarse, negating some of the major benefits of waxing. Shaving can cause irritation and ingrown hairs. Lastly, shaving will make your next wax appointment more painful.
Exfoliation: For your convenience I sell Anthony Ingrown Treatment at the spa. Use this sort of chemical exfoliant regularly between your treatments, and on the day of to help prevent ingrown hairs, and to keep your skin and hair follicles soft and smooth.
Lotions/oils: Keep your skin free of any lotions/oils on the day of your service. Oils/lotions can act as a lubricant on hair follicles, making it difficult for the wax to adhere properly. After your service, only apply gentle, perfume and chemical free lotion as needed.
Tanning: Tanning (in the sun or in a bed) the day of your appointment leaves your skin extra sensitive, which can lead to more pain and irritation. If the hair removal area will be exposed to sun the following day, make sure to use high spf sunscreen.
Alternatively, getting waxed right after spray tanning will remove your tan anywhere that the wax is applied. Always get your spray tan at least 24 hours after having hair removed.
Exercise: Sweating, chaffing, and high body temperature can cause a freshly waxed area to become irritated, swollen, sensitive, and cause ingrown hairs. Wait at least 24 hours before working out.
Maintenance: Waxing reduces hair growth over time. Book your hair removal appointments on a regular maintenance schedule (every 3-6 weeks) to ensure the smoothest result and most painless service possible.