In my honest opinion, the answer is undoubtedly NO! Here’s why: your hair needs to be 1/4 of an inch in length, or approximately, 2 weeks of growth after your last shave. Not sure what that looks like? It measures half of your fingernail from the bed to the nail. This is the shortest length that gives the wax something to adhere to. Anything shorter and your service will end in a tweezing frenzy! I promise this is not a pleasant experience for you! Now, if you’re brand new to waxing, the best thing for you to do is come as you are. You might run the risk of trimming your hair too short and thus, not getting a good wax. It’s important that your hair is trained to come out at the root, so remember, it will take 3-4 months of consistent waxing to get them all on the same cycle. All the hair on our bodies grows in three stages. Pulling it out at the root will allow it to begin growing on the same schedule. Waxing, it turns out, pulls your hair out at the root, something shaving does not. Please, ladies, do not panic if you begin to experience what I refer to as the “chia pet” syndrome. This is my term for when some hair grows back and some don’t. This is not an uncommon process but you have to be patient and wait the recommended 4-6 weeks for everything to get on the right schedule. Resist the urge to trim or shave! “Mowing the lawn” will confuse the hair (seriously) and you will never achieve the desired reductions in hair growth. In-grown hairs are another annoying consequence of going back and forth, between shaving and waxing. For more information on this, please refer to an older post Trouble with Ingrown hairs? 5 tips to Combat them Ready to undergo your best wax ever? Here are Expert Waxer’s tips on how to achieve it, every time: 1. Come as you are, especially if you’re new to waxing 2. If you’re currently a shaver, wait a minimum of 2 weeks before taking the plunge 3. NO SHAVING BETWEEN YOUR WAXING APPOINTMENT! (I mean it!). 4. No matter how long or short your bush may be, always exfoliate before your appointment. True, there may be times when a quick trim seems like the best way to stay pristine and clean, but remember, consistent waxing will get the job done, without you bringing shears close to your most private of areas. Schedule your appointment
Get Rid of Facial “Peach Fuzz” Once and For All with Dermaplane.
Have you ever noticed that your face is a little fuzzy? Is your makeup hard to apply? If you answered “yes” to these questions then dermaplaning might be the perfect service for you!
So what exactly is dermaplane?Dermaplane is a non-invasive, physical exfoliation treatment that uses a surgical tool to remove what’s known as vellus hair aka peach fuzz. I think this is a wonderful service because it has a low risk of complications and is one of the safest skin rejuvenation procedures available.
What can I expect from my dermaplane treatment?Some patients have reported redness or a dry feeling to their skin after a treatment but this is very temporary. You can expect to heal within 24 hours of your service. The advantage to dermaplaning over waxing is that there’s no downtime. You can resume your normal activities immediately. Typical care following your treatment includes the use of moisturizers and sunscreen and be sure to avoid sun exposure for a few days.
Won’t the peach fuzz on my face grown darker and thicker after it’s removed?No! This is a common myth but the hair on your face is not the same as the hair on your legs or bikini line. What you’ll notice instead, is a soft and smooth face, in my option the hair grows back slower.
When dermaplane isn’t recommended.Regular use of dermaplane can improve or eliminate superficial skin problems. It works on all skin types and will cause no skin color change or scarring. However, it is not effective for problems such as stretch marks, reducing wrinkles, or deep acne scars. Furthermore, it is not recommended for people with active acne or very dry skin. It is rare that your skin will be nicked but it’s important to remember that your aesthetician must be properly trained in dermaplaning. Always ask before you begin this treatment regimen to ensure the highest quality care and service. As with any skin treatment, it is always best to follow up with an effective home care regime. Think about it, when you get your car detailed, you don’t throw a bunch of junk in it! You do your best to maintain its cleanliness. The same goes for your face. It’s simple to start a good daily routine by using a quality cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. Eventually you can consider adding some powerhouse products like Vitamin C, AHA and whitening cream, depending on your skin type and your skin care goals. Beauty always starts from the inside, so first and foremost, treat yourself with love and kindness, eat good food and drink lots of water! Book dermaplane treatment.
This question comes up a lot so I want to address it, and the answer is YES! You can wax all the way up until the birth of your baby. In fact, it’s better, especially if you need to be cut or taken for an emergency c-section. Waxing makes it easier for your doctor and you’ll eliminate any need for the doc to shave you. Obviously, they’re not doing it for aesthetics.
Here are a few recommendations the Expert Waxer has for you:
• Have your first wax before you are pregnant. Your body is surging with hormones during pregnancy and hormones can make for a more intense waxing experience. By starting before pregnancy you begin to know what a wax feels like.
• Wait at least 6 weeks after you’ve given birth to return for your next wax. This gives your skin time to heal from the birthing process.
• Use natural products to avoid ingrown hairs. Your body experiences so many changes during pregnancy and ingrown hairs can become a bit of an annoying issue. I suggest using witch hazel and exfoliating gloves. You’ll want to avoid active products that could be an exposure risk to your baby.
• Eventually, it’ll become difficult for you to see that area of your body so it’s best to leave it to professional and it’s nice personal care for yourself.
• Don’t stress about your hair growth. It will go back to normal once you’ve quit breastfeeding.
From my viewpoint, babies come in waves and there was one full year in particular that it seemed to me like every client I had was pregnant. Ladies, nine months may seem like a lifetime while it’s going on but in truth, it’s going to fly by.
Be mindful to keep a positive attitude and keep up with the basics:
your pregnancy will be done in a blink
Don’t ever be embarrassed to get a Brazilian during your pregnancy as most professionals have had experience waxing pregnant women. The most important thing is to ask questions so you’re as comfortable throughout the whole process.Questions? Contact me today.
WHAT’S THE BEST METHOD FOR BODY WAXING? For the past 9 years I have exclusively used hard wax for the sensitive areas of the body (bikini, underarm, face), so on a recent visit to LA I decided to engage in some “market research”. I love getting waxed in different cities because it gives me the opportunity to see what’s new in trends and it gives me new perspectives on how to improve my own skills. As it turned out, the studio I visited used soft wax. I asked why to which the cute gal responded: “LA is a soft wax city!”. Her answer took me back to my beginnings in LA 17 years ago. I guess some things never change. So, hard wax? Soft wax? Sugar? What’s the difference between the methods? Sugar waxing has been around for ages and is a paste made up of white sugar, water, and lemon juice. The ball is then used to roll and pull the hair out from the root. Soft wax is what you commonly think of when you think of body waxing. It’s applied with a waxing spatula and then removed with a muslin strip. Soft wax adheres to the skin more than the others, resulting in more exfoliation. It grabs the finer hairs of the body perfectly and is more effective for the larger areas of the body like the back, arms and legs. Hard wax is the thickest of the 3 methods sometimes called film wax. The difference with hard wax is that it doesn’t use a muslin strip for removal. Once it’s hardened, it’s pulled up from the edges. It attaches itself only to the hair, not the skin, reducing discomfort and minimizing the possibility of irritation. Since hard wax grabs the shorter hairs, it eliminates the need to wax the area twice. It leaves no sticky residue, like soft wax, and is easier to clean up. The best part about it, hard wax is the least painful of the 3 to use for Brazilians, underarms and face and it’s the preferred method for Expert Waxer. I hope this information is helpful and answered a few questions you might have about the different methods of body waxing. I have found that my clients have rebooked consistently because the hard wax method works so well for all skin types. One last tip: hair removal can be painful but taking an aspirin 30 minutes prior to your appointment can help take the edge off. Ready for silky smooth skin? Book now at expertwaxer.com to experience it for yourself.
Trouble with ingrown hairs? Here are 5 tips to combat them. Having a Brazilian can make you feel like one foxy lady. But nothing screams unsexy like those pesky ingrown hairs. In fact, it’s the number one complaint from the majority of my clients. “Red, bumpy, unsightly and painful” are just a few ways my clients describe them. It doesn’t matter if you wax, shave, trim or sugar, ingrown hairs can happen while grooming your most private of areas. So how can you decrease these annoying little pests? Let the Expertwaxer share some of my most effective tips:
- Choose only one method of hair removal and stick with it. Whether it’s mowing the lawn or pulling the weeds out at the root, don’t change your technique. You see, switching between shaving and waxing confuses the hair and increases the chances of those little buggers getting trapped under the skin. The result of switching methods can range from a minor to a serious skin infection.
- Hydrate your skin. Dry skin creates a barrier, making it difficult for the hair to exit. You might not realize that you’re already dry in this area and keep it hydrated gives it a little extra TLC. Hydrating your skin the night before your wax appointment, not the day of, will ensure the wax will stick to the hair and skin. Otherwise, it could make for an uncomfortable experience.
- Try your best to avoid excess friction to the area. Tight clothing of any kind is a major culprit. Friction causes the hair to break and turn back into the follicle, increasing your chances of ingrown hairs. Along the same line, the friction created during sex can irritate the area. For this reason I recommend avoiding sex for 24 hours after a Brazilian. I know how excited you are to show it off but trust me, it’s better to let things calm down before revving it up.
- Exfoliate! I can’t say it enough. Exfoliating is by far the most common, and easy, solution. Dead cells are our protective coat but they can be a contributing factor to ingrown hairs. Exfoliating before waxing removes the dead skin cells and leaves the area smooth. Skipping this step will make it difficult for the wax to adhere to the skin.
- Be realistic. Finally, remember to ask questions and educate yourself about what happens after a Brazilian. Proper home care can greatly reduce the discomfort, even if you’re prone to ingrown hairs. It’s important to note that it takes 3-5 consistent waxing appointments to achieve optimum results. Don’t have unrealistic expectations that one time is all it’ll take and try your best to avoid surgery (no matter how tempting it seems).