Tis the season to slather your body in sunscreen, head to the beach and spend your days doing very little in the sun. Understandably a lot of us are squatting, shaving, tanning and plucking our way to our perfect summer body.
We have it all under control, after all this isn’t our first rodeo. Although, there are a few things we aren’t 100% sure about when it comes to waxing…after all if Sex and the City taught us anything it is that waxers all vary.
With this in mind, we spoke to Senior therapist and trainer from East Day Spa, Janine, and asked her all the embarrassing questions so you don’t have to.
What should I do before my appointment?
Maintenance at home in- between waxing is important. Regular exfoliation using a natural fibre exfoliator or body brush such as Riffi Mitt, helps to keep skin glowing and free of dead skin. This prevents ingrown hairs while detoxifying the skin.
Dress in loose clothing and avoiding applying moisturisers on the area to be waxed. This will ensure a better hair removal experience.
Be aware that certain factors may make skin more sensitive to waxing. Avoid waxing if you’re sunburnt, on any acne medication (makes skin thinner) or recently had any peels or chemical exfoliation such as AHA or BHA treatments. If in doubt check with the spa waxing experts.
How long should my hair be before an appointment?
We recommend at least 0.5cm to 1cm minimum, to ensure the wax removes all hairs. Short hairs may be missed if they are not long enough.
What can I expect during my appointment?
For facial hair or brows, always expect a consultation. Therapists should speak to you on how you wish your brows to be shaped and any concerns you may have.
Therapists must cleanse skin with a sanitizing solution. It removes bacteria and prevents infection of the open pores after hair is removed.
Application of wax is by spatula or roller, it should never hurt and the wax should be a comfortable temperature. Good therapists always communicate throughout the treatment, asking if temperature is fine as well as the removal.
Finally tweezing of any rogue, missed hairs to tidy the area. If the hair is too short, the therapist may not be able to tweeze, so it is important to wait until hair is long enough for wax removal.
Skin is soothed with an after care lotion to condition skin and calm any redness.
What should I avoid after my wax?
Waxing exposes your pores, meaning your skin is quite vulnerable for the next 24 hours. It’s your job once you leave the spa to look after your skin and keep it clean to avoid infection.
Avoid excessive touching of the area, no swimming, saunas/steam, sunbathing or UV and sunbeds. For freshly waxed skin, heat is not your friend, so avoid going to the gym, anything where heat can create sensitivity later down the track.
After a wax I get a rash/ingrown hairs, what should I do?
We recommend exfoliating to remove as much dead skin as possible. Dead skin blocks pores and creates a barrier when hair is trying to grow out.
Always use a natural fibre exfoliator, such as Riffi Mitt, or a dry body brush daily. Try doing it in the shower as part of your in-between wax routine, this is an effective method of conditioning the skin and preventing excessive dead skin build up.
Avoid wearing leggings or tights, this can create ingrown or rashes. For those unlucky enough to suffer from ingrown hairs, we recommend our tried and trusted PFB solution. It’s a small roll on applicator which is applied daily until hair emerges from the skin. This is our secret weapon that really works, and will ensure the skin is softened over time to prevent as well as remove stubborn ingrowns.
What are the different kinds of waxing?
Hot wax and warm wax are used by therapists to remove hair. Both have different properties and are used to effectively remove hair depending on the area on the body.
Hot wax is applied to the skin with a spatula, usually used for denser hair such as underarm, bikini and even facial hair as it’s gentler for a more sensitive area.
At East Day Spa we use a unique hot wax system called Lycon, which is at the forefront of waxing technology. A special oil is used to ensure a gentler wax, creating a barrier so the wax grips the hair and not the skin, meaning the skin feels more comfortable at the end of the wax.
Warm wax is applied from a roller cartridge or with a spatula, and is used to remove hair from larger more robust areas of the body, such as legs and arms. This wax is removed with a strip of wax paper, which means larger areas are efficiently waxed, including finer hair.