WAXING AFTERCARE ADVICE

Great, now that wasn’t that bad, a few clinching of the first and holding the table hard. Congratulations, now enjoy the benefits of a hair-free back/chest/bum for the next few weeks.

Please read the advice below and follow my recommendations. Your therapist will have taken great care to protect your skin during your appointment, but it is important that you continue to look after the waxed area for the next few days to prevent any unwanted side effects. you will receive initial aftercare instructions on your first consultation/visit. And as always, this site has a lot of information. Call if you have any question.

Please note: slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over the next 24 to 48 hours. If you experience persistent redness or irritation, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Aftercare Products I use during your treatment

For the best and long lasting results from your treatment, I recommend using the three after-care products listed below from Outback Organics. More information? Ask me during your consultation.
Ingrown Hair Serum 8 ml

Ingrown Hair Serum

Post wax spray 100 ml
Post-Wax Spray
Exfoliating Mitt

Effectively and Gently exfoliate.

So you’ve gritted your teeth and handed over your hard earned cash to have the hair ripped merrily from your body. Well good for you.
Frame your receipt and bask in the satisfaction of a hair-free back/chest/rump for the next few weeks, but whatever you do, don’t tell your friends for at least 24 hours… if you accidentally let it slip, I offer a  guarantee that one of them will proceed to slap you in a manly yet exceedingly painful manner right across your freshly smoothe landscape. Everyone will laugh except for you – and with friends like that, who needs enemies?

Please read the advice below and follow my recommendations. I will have taken great care to protect your skin during your appointment, but it is important that you continue to look after the waxed area for the next few days to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Please note: slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over the next 24 to 48 hours.

If you experience persistent redness or irritation, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

This is what you should avoid for the next 24-48 hrs:

  • Keep the waxed area clean.
  • No hot baths or showers (washing with cool or lukewarm water is fine).
  • No Sexual activity. The pores are open, and you do not want infection.
  • No saunas, hot tubs or steam rooms.
  • No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans).
  • No sport, gym work or other exercise.
  • Avoid touching the waxed skin with unwashed hands.
  • Wear clean, loose fitting clothing. No tight clothing that might cause excessive skin rubbing.
  • Avoid swimming.
    Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other than those recommended by your therapist.
    To soothe and protect the skin, apply an antiseptic cream to the waxed area regularly for 3 days following your treatment. Always wash your hands before applying any product.
    Using an antibacterial skin wash or adding a cup of Dead Sea salts to your bathwater will help prevent infection over the next few days, and will also assist the healing process should any pimples appear.

Ingrown hairs form when dry skin cells block the surface opening for hairs growing back after shaving, waxing, electrolysis or any other form of hair removal. Failing to grow out of the skin, the hairs curl inside the follicle underneath the skin and the resulting foreign body reaction causes an unsightly infectious bump, but help is at hand. Starting a few days after your appointment, gently scrub the skin 3 times a week using a loofah or exfoliating mitt. Also moisturize the area every day, to help prevent ingrown hairs which can be quite common, scrub with a loofah or exfoliating mitt 3 times a week in the bath or shower, then follow with a light moisturizer – I recommended Outback Organic hand and body lotion. which will keep the skin supple and help new hairs to break through. It only feels girlie until you get your first ingrown, trust me. “Ingrown Hair Serum 8 ml” is my personal choice for preventing and treating ingrown hairs. It works by chemically exfoliating the skin to free those pesky locks and also helps to soothe irritation from waxing and shaving, anywhere on the body. I just so happen to sell “Ingrown Hair Serum 8 ml” at my studio.

Most people start to notice a small amount of re-growth after a week or so, but it may take up to 4 treatments for your hair to get on a growth cycle that gives best results. Hair needs to be at least 1/4 long before it can be successfully removed by waxing; please do not shave the area between your appointments as this messes with the natural growth cycles, and you’ll be left with stubble. To maintain your smooth appearance, I recommend regular waxings every 4 to 6 weeks. Take advantage of my D4M Loyalty Card10% loyalty discount when you return for the same waxing treatment within 6 weeks of your last appointment.  (don’t worry – I’ll try and text you when it’s time).

Break outs are very common, with initial waxing treatment. Clients SHOULD NOT let this discourage them. After the second or third treatments, most people do not see any more break outs. Using exfoliating mitts with anti-acne ingredients, help keep break outs at bay. There is a small level of discomfort with waxing, but it is manageable. Again, the more you wax, the easier it becomes. Waxing is the process of removing the “papilla” or the root of the hair, from the follicle. It takes about 2-3 weeks, before most people see hair to start to grow after a waxing treatment. Over time, constant trauma to the hair root causes it to weaken and you will see an extended amount of time in which you remain smooth. Again, the more you wax, the easier it becomes. Successful waxing is about maintenance. You must do it every 4-6 weeks. Try to take a Tylenol an hour before your treatment arrival time. I cannot wax skin with a sun burn, freshly peeling skin or with lesions. • Arrive freshly showered, and with no body oils or lotions.
Post Wax “After any waxing appointment it is important to ensure you look after your skin in the days following. This will help ensure the best possible result from the treatment. Some slight soreness, small bumps and redness called folliculitis or inflammation of one or more hair follicles. This is common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly after your first wax. Symptoms of folliculitis include a rash, itching, or pimples. There may also be ingrown hairs that grow – either way, the treatment is similar. These symptoms usually subside over the 24-48 hours following the treatment.”

Top five waxing aftercare tips: Moisturize the waxed area regularly. Ingrown hairs are often caused by dry or flaky skin which does not allow the hairs to grow through. If you are moisturizing your intimate bits, be sure to use an appropriate cream or oil that won’t aggravate these most sensitive of areas.

Exfoliate the waxed area several times a week to get rid of dead skin cells. Again, if it’s an intimate area, make sure you choose a suitable scrub. The exfoliator needs to be grainy enough to have an effect, but not so harsh that will irritate your skin or make it sore. In fact, over-exfoliation or the use of an unsuitable scrub will graze the skin and may actually cause ingrown hairs, rather than prevent them.

Loofahs and exfoliating mitts can be used in the shower but these must be kept clean and dry, and should be replaced regularly.

For non-intimate areas of the body, dry brushing can have a useful exfoliating effect.

Dead sea salt used as bath salts can help prevent infection as can anti-bacterial shower gels. Soothing lotions and gels, especially those containing products such as tea-tree oil, aloe vera and witch-hazel can also alleviate irritation.

And… No fake tans, massages, extreme heat treatments (e.g. very hot baths or showers, saunas, steam rooms), swimming, sunbathing (including sun beds or any other exposure to UV light) or tight clothing for 24-48 hours. Try and avoid exercise for 24-hours. Do not scratch or touch the area with unwashed hands. Avoid applying deodorant, anything scented to the waxed area for 24 hours.

Resist the temptation to pick. If ingrown hairs are not remedied with gentle tweezing, the use of regular exfoliation and the correct products, then it is a good idea to go back to see your waxing specialist who is trained to extract stubborn hairs. Call your health care provider if symptoms last longer than 2 or 3 days or if the infection spreads. If the area is infected, a doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic lotion or a systemic antibiotic if it is severe. There are other reasons for bumps and redness, that may be unrelated to the waxing like warts, STDs, herpes, fungal infection etc. Practice safe sex, just in case it is communicable.