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BASHFUL PRE WAXING

•  Let it grow out! If you have been shaving, allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks or ¼ inch – 1/2 inch of hair growth. If it is shorter than less 1/4 inch the hair will be too short for the wax to adhere to. Hair that is too long can be painful and may cause the hair to break vs being pulled out from the follicle.

•  Avoid heat. No tanning beds, hot tubs and saunas before your appointment.

•  Please shower or freshen up before your Brazilian, bikini or body wax treatment.

•  Exfoliating will help you to achieve an effective wax! If there is a build up of dead cells / dry skin, the wax will remove that and is less able to grasp the hairs on the skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, reduces ingrown hairs, leaves the skin silky smooth and gives your hair an easier exit. A gritty body scrub or shower glove / mitt used two times a week is best. After we scrub our skin is a little sensitive, so it is best to do this no sooner than 12 -24 hours before your waxing appointment.

•  Do not apply heavy creams, self tanners, perfume, body sprays or deodorants before your appointment. However moisturizing in between waxing is a very good idea, to keep skin hydrated.

•  Be comfy. Wear loose comfortable clothing to prevent irritation after waxing and avoid tight clothing to prevent ingrown hairs and breakouts. If you are waxing your back or chest it is suggested to bring a clean shirt to wear after your waxing service.

•  Please let your esthetician know if you have recently used or are using any of the following exfoliants, as they affect how you skin reacts to waxing: alpha hydroxy acid, such lactic or glycolic acids or beta hydroxy acid such as salicylic acid, Retin A or any other vitamin base product, Acutane, Benzoyl Peroxide or any other products for Acne. Let your esthetician know of any medications you are using, especially prescribed medication.

•  If you are really sensitive and feeling nervous about the discomfort that can come with waxing we suggest taking an over the counter anti inflammatory such as ibruprofin 30 minutes prior to your appointment to help with the discomfort. The first time you wax is usually the most painful, however, with regular sessions the discomfort and pain will slowly diminish.

•  Smoking, caffeine & alcohol consumption create higher acidity in the body and are quite stimulating which will increase skin sensitivity. So give it a few hours beforehand & drink water instead to keep hydration levels up.

•  Waxing services will not be performed if any redness due to sun exposure is present on the skin. This measure is taken solely for our client’s safety and benefit. If you tan before waxing, there is an increased chance of skin irritation or abrasion, even with no visible sunburn. Try to avoid sun exposure or tanning beds 24-48 hours prior to waxing.

BASHFUL POST WAXING

You’ve just invested money, time and perhaps a bit discomfort to have hair free, silky smooth skin so lets make the most of your investment, shall we?

•  Keep the area that was waxed clean. I know it’s hard but try to avoid touching your silky soft skin. There’s bacteria on your hands that can be easily transfered to your open pores and lead to breakouts. Products with tea tree oil in it are great for it’s anti-bacterial qualities.

•  You’ve just been waxed, so it’s normal for your skin to be a little sensitive for the next 24 – 48 hours. Apply a cold compress to sooth the skin if you experience sensitivity or irritation after your treatment. Hydro-cortisone cream also reduces the redness and irritation following your treatment.

•  Do not apply deodorants or antiperspirants for 12 – 24 hrs.

•  Avoid products with fragrance such as perfumes, liquid soaps, bar soaps, lotions, heavy creams for at least 12 – 24 hours. However, aloe-vera gel is wonderful to soothe skin with.

•  Wear loose-fitting, cotton underpants after bikini waxes, preventing irritation & ingrown hair formation.

•  Since waxing does exfoliate your skin we suggest avoiding all mechanical and chemical exfoliating agents for at least 36 hours. This includes all topical acne medication as well as all forms of retinoids. Begin exfoliating 3 days after your wax and continue to exfoliate 2-3 times per week to minimize the presence of ingrown hairs. If you suffer from ingrown hairs it can be beneficial to discontinue the use of bar soaps as they contain ingredients that are known to increase the presence of ingrown hairs.

•  Avoid any activity that causes perspiration or friction for 24 hours. This includes exercise, intimacy and tight clothing. This is especially important if you are susceptible to breakouts as the bacteria naturally present on the skin and in perspiration are more easily able to enter the hair follicle and cause inflammation during this time. Exercise before your appointment and not after to avoid higher risk of breaking out. Tight clothing can also press up against the skin causing friction and irritation. We suggest wearing loose clothing or / and going commando.

•  Avoid heat. No tanning, sun bathing, hot tubs or saunas, steam rooms for 48 hours after your treatment. Since a layer of dead skin cells have been removed and your skin is more exposed sun and or heat exposure can more easily burn the skin and increase chances of skin irritation or abrasion, even with no visible sunburn.

•  Avoid large bodies of water. NO hot tubs, sauna, baths, steam rooms, lakes etc. for a minimum of 48 hours. Your pores are more vulnerable and can easily absorb the chemicals, toxins, germs and bacteria that dwell in these areas.

•  To help with pain & post wax inflammation an ibuprofen tablet taken a half hour prior to your treatment may be helpful. The most sensitive areas to have waxed are the lip, chest & bikini/genital regions.

FAQs

What does, “No Double Dipping Mean?” At Bashful Beauty, all instruments are sanitized and we enforce a strict “no double dipping” policy, meaning that we never dip the same applicator in the vat of wax once it has been used.

•  What is a normal skin reaction to waxing? If I get red and itchy after I wax does that mean I’m allergic to waxing? Some skin is more sensitive than others and reactions may range from no redness at all to very red. The first time you wax an area, or if it has been a while since your last waxing, you will probably experience some redness and sensitivity afterwards. This usually subsides within a few hours, or for very sensitive skin, within 24 hours. It’s completely normal immediately after your service for a little bit of redness, prickly bumps, light rash and even hives to appear. This does not mean you are allergic to the wax or that your esthetician was unsanitary. This is merley a histamine reaction. The body is reacting to the irritation of the hair being pulled out not the wax itself. In most cases with regular routine services the skin will acclammate to waxing and will no longer have an adverse reaction to it. There are some things you can do to calm the reaction. You could take an anti histamine before your service, such as benedryl or zyertec the day of or an hour or so before or apply a thin layer of an anti histamine cream, such as Benedryl Cream, post waxing to help stop the histamine reaction. Applying a thin layer of a cortisone cream, such as hydrocortizone, will help to calm down any inflammation and irritation

•  What can I put on my skin after waxing? To prevent clogged pores try not to touch your super silky soft skin. It is best to not put on anything on your skin after waxing. It is recommended to wait 24 hours before applying antiperspirant to underarms after waxing that area. If you have to wear makeup try to use only clean, sanitize brushes. Witch hazel, aloe vera gel, diluted pure lavender essential oil or blue chamomile oil, (azuline oil) may be used to soothe the skin. A salt water compress after waxing will also calm the reaction. Using an anti histamine cream or anti inflammatory cream is also ok

•  Can I wax the day of a special occasion? If you are new to waxing we recommend waxing at least one or 2 times prior to your special occasion to so that you let our skin properly heal and acclimate to waxing

•  I recently got waxed for the first time and hair started to grow back just after a week. Why did it grow back so soon compared to my friend who has been waxing for years? If you’re a first timer, occasional waxer or a shaver you may notice some new hair regrowth sooner than you expected. Do not let this deter you from waxing. It usually takes about 4 consecutive waxing appointments for your all your hairs to catch up with one another and eventually all be on the same growth cycle. You will get a better waxing results that lasts longer if all of the hair is removed at the same time instead of having individual hairs growing in at different times. Because your hair is growing back slower and sparser you’ll be able to push your routine services back. Most clients notice the hairs growing back slower even after their first wax.

•  How often do I need to wax? How often you need to wax depends on how quickly your hair grows. Generally it will be every 3 to 6 weeks, or when the hair is between ¼ and ½ inch long (about two weeks growth) Doing this will allow your skin to acclimate to waxing, slow your hair growth, and maintain better results between treatments.

•  Can I come in before 3 weeks or if my hair is less than 1/4 inch long? Unless it’s facial hair, it is not recommended to come in if your body hair is less than 1/4 inch long otherwise the hair will not be long enough for the wax to grab on to and pull out. Lots of hairs will be left over and your esthetician will not be required to tweeze any hair that is less than 1/4 inch long.

•  Can I shave or tweeze in between my services? It is not recommended to shave or tweeze in between services. It took months to get your hair growth on the same cycle. Shaving and tweezing will set you back to square one. There are three stages of hair growth, if each hair is in different stages it will feel as though you have never ending hairs growing and brief periods of smooth, hairless skin.

•  Can I spray tan the same day that I wax? What about tanning beds? We do not recommend getting waxed and tanned on the same day. You should wax first and then give your skin at least 24 hours to recover and ensure your pores have had proper time to close before any spray tan. Applying a tanner immediately after waxing may give you patchy, dotty and uneven results. However, if you do not have sensitive skin and you’re waxing a smaller body part, such as your brows, then in most cases it should be perfectly fine. Do not wax after a spray tan, doing so will take your tan off. As far as tanning beds, wax before or after you you use a tanning bed as long as you wait a minimum of 24 hours between both services. With that being said, we advise you to never ever use tanning beds. They are directly related to skin cancer. Spray tans are the way to go!

•  I have a trip coming up where I will be in a swimsuit. When should I schedule my wax? Schedule your wax 2-3 days before being out on the beach, pool, boat or any other outdoor sunny jaunts.

•  Is it okay to come in during my menstrual cycle? If so, is there anything I should know before I come in? Your world should not stop because Mother Nature arrived uninvited. Don’t let her dictate your schedule. It is perfectly fine to come in if you are on your menstrual cycle. We only ask that you wear a tampon during the service and can provide organic tampons upon request. Don’t worry, this does not “gross” us out in any way as some may think. Our wax technicians are skilled professions with years of waxing experience. However, please note that during a woman’s period, hormones which stimulate the regrowth of hair are most active during this time, the skin is more sensitive and due to fluid retention, skin cells are more inflamed and the pain threshold is at its lowest immediately before, during, and sometimes after her menstruation. You can always take an anti inflammatory, such as ibruprofen, to assist with the discomfort 30 minutes before your service or you can throw up the white towel and schedule your waxing services within 3-5 days before and after your cycle commences.

•  Will waxing make the hair grow back thicker, darker or heavier? No, it will not. With repeated regular waxing hair will be softer, finer and sparser because waxing removes the hair by the root, weakening the root in the process. A lot of hair follicles will give up and even stop producing hair. However, please note that as we age normal changes in our bodies can bring with them unwelcome or thicker hair in new places and sparser hair in others. Waxing will not change this process.

•  Every time I shave my skin gets red, breaks out or developed a rash, even when I use a new razor blade. Why? Razor blades collect bacteria after shaving the skin, then sit out in a wet shower or sink where they can easily breed so when they come in contact with your skin the next time you shave, they can cause uncomfortable folliculitis, or inflammation of the hair follicle. Shaving with a new razor in the opposite direction of hair growth and stretching the skin taut are two methods used most often in attempt to get a closer shave. These techniques, as well as using razors with two or three blades, cut the hair underneath the actual skin line, inadvertently making it easier for those hairs to then poke back into the skin and unfortunately increases the likelihood of rashes, razor bumps and breakouts.

•  What is your protocol for waxing someone with several skin tags? We do not wax over skin tags, moles, any skin irritations including sunburn, rashes, cuts and abrasions. We will attempt to wax around moles, skin tags, cuts, rashes and abrasions. We will not not wax any body part that is sunburned.

•  How long should I wait to get waxed after getting Microdermabrasion, a light chemical peel or a physician administered peel? Do not wax 24 hour before a microderm service. You can get waxed 1-2 weeks after a microdermabrasion service or a chemical peel, depending on the peel and how well your skin has recovered. You must wait at least 2 years to wax after a physician administered peel.

•  How long do I have to wait to get waxed if I’ve recently had Laser Hair Remover or IPL (Intense Pulse Light)? you should wait a minimum of one week to get waxed after laser hair removal or IPL to allow the epidermis to heal. You want the skin to no longer have any redness or possible signs of inflammation before you get waxed.

•  Can I get waxed if I am using exfoliators such as, Retinols, RetinA or prescription acne medications such as Accutane, Tazorac, and Differin or any oral or topical anitbiotics? Using powerful exfoliator strip cells from the on your skin. Combined it with additional exfoliation procedures, such as waxing eyebrows, can cause skin to “lift” (excessive skin to come off) and scab over the waxed area. If you are using any ingredients that exfoliate your skin and promotes cell turn over then extreme caution should be taken. Everyone is different so the amount of time needed to wait in between discontinuing using these ingredients and getting waxed differ from person to person and ingredient to ingredient. Usually the ones that require a prescription would need to wait longer to get waxed. In general, you want to avoid using non prescriptive agents about a 2-7 days prior to your waxing appointment and 2-4 weeks for and medication/product that requires a prescription. We suggest you ask your medical practitioner that prescribed you your medication on how long you should wait to get waxed.

•  Can I get waxed if I am pregnant? During pregnancy the body works double time to pump blood and deliver it to the various organs. The increased blood flow can cause the skin to become more sensitive than usual because of this. As a result, pain, redness and irritation may be slightly more increased as compared to waxing when you are not pregnant. In general, waxing is safe for pregnant women undergoing a normal pregnancy and It is perhaps the best way to stay hair free during the next nine months, however, we always like to err on the side of caution and suggest you consult with your doctor before getting waxed.

•  Can I get waxed if I have a health/medical condition, such as cancer or receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer, auto immune disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, rosacea, varicose veins, pregnancy, etc. People with health conditions are usually more susceptible to infection and have a reduce wound healing ability and therefore waxing can be too aggressive of a service Waxing can irritate dilated capillaries (weak or broken blood vessels) and can also dilate the veins and capillaries even more. We suggest you consult your doctor for their expert opinion on this matter and for clearance prior to scheduling your appointment. Please note anyone with any contagious, bacterial, fungal, viral and infections, disease or virus, such as STD, STI, ring worms, scabies, lice, Cold sores, aids, needs to wait at a minimum of 48hr after outbreak has cleared before receiving any service at Bashful Beauty.

•  Can I get waxed if I recently had botox or fillers? We suggest scheduling your wax 7 days after your botox or filler injections.

•  How long should I wait to get waxed after getting laser skin resurfacing? You should wait a minimum of 1 year to get waxed after receiving laser skin resurfacing procedure.

•  Can I get waxed if I’m slightly sunburned? No, we will not wax over sun burned skin or any skin that is inflammed, red, rashy, or irritated skin.

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