If you’re thinking about giving waxing a try, our experts at Epic have provided the inside scoop on everything from preparation and pain to what kind of results to expect, so you can be well prepared. Feel free to call us with any additional questions you may have as we want you’re experience to be a pleasant as possible.
Who Should Wax
Waxing is a great alternative to shaving if you have hair you’re uncomfortable with.
Waxing vs. Shaving
“Waxing is better because it removes hair from the root,” says Monique, one of our experienced estheticians. She adds that when you shave “you just cut the hair, so two hours later, you can see the hair there or the blue shadow (the hair follicle below the skin).” Waxing, on the other hand, not only can last up to a month, but it’s also much more permanent—over time it thins the hair so less grows back. Bonus: It exfoliates the skin as well, leaving you feeling silky smooth.
Book your appointment right
Please schedule all the services you want when you make the appointment. Women often book a bikini wax and then ask for a full brazilian, which can double the allotted time, and different areas may require different technicians.
Bikini vs. Brazilian
A Brazilian wax removes more hair than a bikini wax. Whereas a bikini focuses on the front and sides (what would be visible in a swimsuit), the Brazilian removes the front, sides, back and everything in between, often only leaving a strip of hair in the front—or none at all. Most of the time, you can leave your underwear on during a standard bikini wax.
Some reasons for having a Brazilian wax include cleanliness, convenience and, of course, sexiness.
Let it grow
The hair in the bikini area should be a quarter-inch long if it’s fine and a half-inch long if it’s coarse. That means you’ll need to wax approximately every two to five weeks.
The morning before your appointment, take a nice thorough shower with gentle exfoliation.
We use two different types of wax: hard and soft. Both are effective, though many people find hard wax, which is usually used for the bikini area, less painful and request it.
Manage the pain
Take two Advil an hour before your appointment. If it still hurts, ask the technician to apply strips to smaller areas at a time.
Preparing for a Wax
If you’re worried about pain, take one or two Advil an hour before your appointment. If it still hurts, ask the technician to apply strips to smaller areas at a time. We also recommend an exfoliating scrub the day before and advise not to apply body lotion the day of the wax.
How Often to Wax
If you’ve shaven recently, wait five days. And though the time does vary between waxes, depending on how quickly or coarsely the hair grows back, it’s best to wait around a month.
What to Expect
First your esthetician will clean and disinfect the area. After that, she’ll apply the wax and remove small areas of hair at a time. Afterwards, she’ll remove any wax residue and apply cream.
The Pain Factor
Waxing is uncomfortable because the hair is being pulled all the way out. Slight discomfort is only felt at the time of service and stops immediately after.
Although the pain does subside as soon as the wax is over, the area can remain sensitive, which is why we advise you not to use any scrubs for the next 48 hours and not to expose the area to direct sun for at least 24 hours. To treat redness or swelling, apply a small amount of cortisone cream.
After the tenderness has subsided, we recommend to exfoliate in the shower to remove dead skin so the pores don’t become clogged, causing ingrown hairs and bumps. If bumps do appear, “don’t squeeze or tweeze!”.
First and foremost, we at Epic are very strict on utilizing proper sterilization procedures. All of our technicians are experienced, licensed, professionals.
Does It Hurt More?
Everyone is different. But it does hurt less the longer you do it. Eventually the hair becomes weak, so it doesn’t hurt at all.
Does It Matter What Time of the Month It Is?
Waxing has been said to hurt more the week before your period, so it’s best to go in the week after.