Christine Phillips

skin studio

waxing, facials & microdermabrasion, brow & lash tinting, semi-permanent ombre brows

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Waxing Preparation

The hair should be at least ¼ inch for best results. If you have coarse hair, the length should be closer to ½ inch for your first wax. Once the hair becomes finer with repeated waxing, it can be waxed at ¼ inch. It is VERY IMPORTANT to have enough hair growth when you schedule your appointment. This allows the wax to grab onto the hairs for removal. If your hair is too short, the wax will only tug on the hair follicles which will be painful and I will ask you to reschedule.

In the beginning of your routine waxing treatments, it may take up to three continuous treatments to achieve smooth skin by training the hair to grow on the same growth pattern. Do not shave or tweeze between waxing appointments as this will interrupt the process and stimulate different hair growth patterns.

Refrain from taking a shower or bath immediately before your service. Soaking the hair will make it softer allowing it to break more easily thus making waxing less effective. Do not apply lotions, creams, or oils.

Discontinue use of any alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide 3 days prior to your appointment. More importantly, discontinue use of Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Accutane, or any vitamin A derivative 2 weeks prior. Please check with your medical professional if you are unsure whether you should be waxed using these medications.

For first timers I suggest taking ibuprofen 30 minutes to 1 hour before your appointment. Doing so can help lessen the sensitivity you may experience. Most of my regular clients do not need to.

You can still get waxed as long as you are wearing a tampon. Do keep in mind that you are more sensitive to pain on or close to your menstrual cycle. Same if you are pregnant. If you feel uncomfortable coming in then we can reschedule just let me know as soon as possible.

If you are a bride or attending a special event, I recommend receiving a waxing service one month prior to see if there is any skin interaction. If everything is fine, reschedule another waxing service a few days prior to the event.

Waxing Aftercare

It is normal to have tenderness, redness, and small rash-like bumps after your wax and will usually subside within 1-24 hours.

Your skin naturally accumulates dead skin cells, oils, and product buildup over time so it is important to gently exfoliate the area. Start a couple days after waxing and continue 2-3 times per week.

Avoid direct sunlight or apply SPF especially for facial waxing.

Avoid tanning beds and saunas for 48 hours.

Avoid sexual activity for 24 hours.

Avoid exercises like hot yoga, spin class, etc. with excessive perspiration and friction. Perspiration and moisture can cause bacteria to grow in your follicles.

Regular waxing is essential to maintaining smooth skin. I recommend every 4-6 weeks depending on your hair growth. Over time the hair follicle will have thinned and the hairs will remove more easily and less painful. Another reason to wax frequently is that you may even experience less hair growth over time.