Read this (yes, the whole thing!) and everything will work out just fine.
First things first…
It hurts more the first time than any other because you are pulling out 100% of the hair, your nerves are on edge, and you don’t know what to expect. Thankfully, it is a quick, temporary sting that stops hurting right away. Follow the tips below and you’ll be fine. The next time is much easier! After your first wax, the hair grows back finer and more sparse, becomes less prickly between waxings, and retains its smoothness much longer.
♀ girlfriend to girlfriend
Still a little nervous? Knowing the experience of others will calm you down. Here’s what a girlfriend who’s been to Moss will tell you:
- “Hey, if I can do it, you can too!”
- “The first time it does sting, but after that, it’s much easier!”
- “Take a small dose of Advil 30-45 minutes prior to your appointment and lay off that morning caffeine.”
- “Go without shaving for at least 2-3 weeks before waxing.”
- “Feeling shy? Don’t worry! Moss specializes in waxing. They will make you feel super comfortable, and you’ll be out of there in no time loving your new, smooth self!”
Relax and let the professionals take care of everything!
At Moss, we know exactly how first-timers feel! It’s okay to be a little apprehensive. The fact is, waxing has been around for centuries; it’s safe, convenient, and effective. You’ll love the smoothness that comes with waxing.
Q. How long do I have to let my hair grow out?
As long as possible. Seriously, the longer the better… 3-4 weeks or 1/2 inch–whichever is longer. The more follicles/roots we can pull, the cleaner the wax, the longer it is going to last and the happier you are going to be! It can be hard to let it grow but the longer the hair is, the cleaner it will turn out.
Q.How long will it last?
In order to keep the hair coming in at a reduced rate, you should come in about every 4 weeks. It’s different for everyone, of course – a normal range is 3-6 weeks depending on your tolerance of hair & speed of growth. The discomfort would be about 1/3 of what it originally was because you would be having 1/3 the hair removed.
Q.Are there any topical creams or medications that I should avoid prior to getting waxed?
Yes! Internal Medication such as Accutane and topicals that include Retin-A, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Differin, Tazorac, Avage, Renova, Avita, ProActive and Benzoyl Peroxide to name a few. All of the above mentioned can enhance skin sensitivity that could lead to lifting of the skin when removing hair.
Q. It’s so hard to let the hair grow in the summer – do you have any ideas?
Try boy shorts, board shorts, sarongs or tankinis so you don’t have to shave. In some cases, bleach may work.
Q.Are there any age restrictions on waxing?
Yes. You must be at least 18 years old or have parental approval, to use our waxing services.
Q. Is it OK to shave between wax appointments?
Short answer: No. Long answer: waxing slows down and reduces hair growth. Hair also grows much thinner, making it easier to remove and less painful when waxed. Shaving just one time in between will negate all that is gained from waxing and can further irritate follicles which can cause ingrown hair. So, no, we don’t advise shaving in between.
Q. What can I do about ingrown hair?
Exfoliate in the shower. Try using an exfoliating glove everyday (or at least every other day) to help keep your skin free from cellular buildup, which can trap hair. We also carry products which help to prevent and clear the skin of ingrown hair and red bumps – ask about them!
Q. What can I expect afterward?
The waxed skin might be tender for a couple of days. We advise taking Ibuprofen to decrease inflammation and skin sensitivity. Skin may break out in tiny bumps, especially when waxed for the first time. This reaction is normal and clears up quickly. We recommend applying Hydrocortisone cream to speed healing. A thin layer of Neosporin or alcohol can sometimes help if the bumps have a white head.
Q. Can I tan before or after I get waxed?
You should wait 3-5 days to get waxed after you have tanned. You should never get waxed if you are sunburned or even if skin is pink. The very top layer of skin could pull off or “lift” which is painful and can result in scabbing. You should wait for 3 days after you have waxed to tan. Waxed skin is more photosensitive and is more susceptible to burning.