Before and After Your Wax
Hair should be no shorter than 1/4 inch (preferably longer) to be removed effectively.
Avoid prolonged sun exposure at least 24 to 48 hours before and after your appointment.
Exfoliate the area to be waxed to loosen hairs a day or two before your appointment.
Ibuprofen may be taken 30-45 min prior to your waxing appt. to help with pain during the wax.
Avoid caffeine before your wax, especially if this is your first time, as this can make you more sensitive.
For ladies, waxing can be a bit more painful on or near menstruation, so please plan accordingly. I can still wax you during this time, but please wear a tampon (for brazilian waxing) and be aware that you may be more sensitive.
Let me know if you are on or have recently been on any medications that could contraindicate the waxing, including, but not limited to, Accutane, Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids (glycolic, salicylic etc.), Antibiotics, Benzoyl Peroxide, Differin, Retin-A/Retinol or any other skin thinning medication.
Avoid touching any newly-waxed areas with your hands. This can cause bacteria to get into the open follicles.
Avoid heat after your wax for at least 24 hours, this includes hot tubs, steam rooms and suanas.
Avoid chlorinated water for 24 hours after your appt.
Do not use any highly fragranced lotions, scrubs, cleansers or perfumes on freshly waxed areas.
No exercise for 24 hours following your appointment as sweat can cause irritation.
Exfoliate every other day consistently with exfoliating gloves (wash and replace regularly) in the shower. Use a gentle wash for sensitive skin, preferably fragrance free. You can also use a glycolic or salicylic acid-containing product such as PFB or Tend Skin to prevent ingrown hairs.
To keep the area clean and prevent any kind of breakout following your wax, I always apply a gentle, antibacterial cleanser when I have finished removing the hair. You can apply witch hazel with a cotton ball (can be found in any drug store) twice daily for a day or two following your wax to keep the area clean.
Return for your maintenance wax within 4 to 6 weeks.