Waxing is a form of permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different human hair growth cycle. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, pubic area, legs, arms, back, abdomen, knuckles and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair.
The Anatomy of Waxing
Hair grows in a 3 phases spread over a 12-14 week span. The first phase, anagen phase, is when the hair is actively growing, and last between 4-6 weeks. This is why waxing is recommended every 4-6 weeks, to catch these hairs! In this phase there is a hair actively growing from the bulb, and is rooted deep in the follicle, this is the target in waxing. Hair that is waxing in the phase typically comes with the end of the hair called the root, and if you're lucky, part of the bulb. Waxing this phase of hair results in longer lasting hair removal, and smoother, finer hair after regrowth. The second phase, the catagen phase, is when the hair has detached from the bulb, and starts shedding. This is the second best hair to wax, not getting the bulb, but still getting a slightly longer lasting result. The final phase, telogen phase, is when the hair is shedding, and usually comes out painlessly.
*Hairs that usually slightly poke out a few days after waxing are new growth hairs in anagen phase. Don't worry, we'll get them next time!
How long does the hair have to be before I can get waxed?
Let the hair grow for at least seven days after shaving. I know for you shavers this is even more painful than getting the wax itself.
Should I trim my hair before I get waxed?
Nooo!!! Even if you think you have your own personal chia pet growing down there, don’t trim or use the clippers. The longer the hair, the better the wax will grab it and the smoother your results will be. If it is too long I will trim it for you. So don’t worry, be hairy.
How long before the hair grows back?
Okay, this is a tricky one because when it comes to the hair re-growth cycle we are not all created equal. Everyone’s hair grows at different rates, sometimes depending on ethnicity. I have some clients that come in every six weeks and have hardly any hair at all (no fair!) and others who have to come in every three weeks. My experience has been that every four weeks is the most popular length of time between waxes.
Can I shave in between my waxing appointment?
Don’t you dare shave down there!! Shaving makes your hair darker and coarser, irritating the skin and causing more ingrown hairs. Waxing pulls the hair from the follicle weakening the root. So, if anything it will grow back weaker, more sparse and easier to remove next time.
Can I get waxed while I am on my cycle?
Sure, just know you are more sensitive three days before your period and three days after your period.
Can I still get waxed while I am pregnant?
Of course you can, you may be more sensitive in some areas.
Does my medication affect my waxing?
Inform us of any medications you are taking, including Retin-A, Renova, Accutane, Differin or antibiotics. These all can increase the rate of exfoliation of your skin. If you wax while on one of these medications you could be chancing removing skin as well as hair. OUCH!
Can I go tanning before or after my waxing session?
Plan on waiting at least 24 hours after your treatment to tan. Do not come in right after a fresh spray tan because the wax will take it right off.
How do I prevent ingrown hairs?
Ingrowns are very common and can be caused by many different things. Keeping the skin cleansed, exfoliated, and hydrated will help. Products are available within the salon.