Facts about waxing
Because waxing effectively pulls the hair out from the root, waxing lasts longer than some other methods of hair removal such as depilatory creams and shaving which simply break the hair off at the surface of the skin. Depending on the individual and the area of the body, waxing can last for up to 6 weeks. Waxing also removes the top layer of dead skin cells so it also exfoliates leaving the skin brighter and smoother.
Although waxing is not considered a permanent hair removal method; some people find that in the long term, the hair appears to be growing back less and less. To some extent this may also be due to other factors such as natural hormonal changes and the fact that hair grows in cycles so not all the hair grows back at the same time.
To all you wax virgins out there the good news is that although some people find it uncomfortable, it’s very quick and most people become desensitised over time finding that it becomes less and less painful the more times they have it done. So don’t be put off if it smarts a bit the first time!
At Bristol Beauty we use both hot wax and ‘warm’ or strip wax methods of waxing.
Strip wax treatments
For larger areas such as legs and arms, at Bristol Beauty we use warm wax which is applied with a roller and then removed with a paper strip. This quick and mess free waxing system leaves skin feeling silky smooth and hair free for up to 6 weeks.
Lycon hot wax treatments
For waxing the smaller more sensitive areas such as the underarms, bikini and face, at Bristol Beauty we use Lycon hot wax. This low working temperature, hot wax is made from 100% natural ingredients, is gentle on the skin and is 100% hygienic. Lycon hot wax’s special formulation means that it only grabs hair and not skin. This means much less discomfort during treatment and less irritation following treatment, even in the most sensitive of areas. For more information on Lycon hot wax please see our Lycon hot wax information (below).
Prior to waxing
For strip waxing legs and arms the hair should ideally be at least 4mm long. Any shorter and there is not sufficient length for the wax to adhere to in order to get a satisfactory result.
For bikini, intimate areas, face and underarms the hair can be as short as 1mm for removal with Lycon hot wax.
If possible prior to any waxing treatment; avoid applying any creams or lotions to the area (or deodorant for an underarm wax). The oils in these products can prevent the wax from sticking to the hair. The therapist will apply a cleansing solution to the area prior to waxing but the less product residue in the area in the first place the more effective the treatment is likely to be.
If you have a low pain threshold try taking a painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen prior to your waxing appointment. Also if you do find waxing particularly painful, it’s best to avoid waxing a couple of days before and during your period as you may have a lower pain threshold at this time.
How often will I need to wax?
Clearly you’ll know when you’re ready for your next waxing appointment but just bear in mind that on legs and arms the hair needs to have grown back to at least around 4mm to give the wax something to adhere to. For bikini area, under arms and on the face, 1mm of re-growth is sufficient.
As a rule of thumb:
eyebrows, lip & chin; every 3-4 weeks
legs, arms & bikini; every 4-6 weeks
You can always forward book your next appointment there and then to avoid having to wait longer than you want to at busy times.
It’s worth noting that if you’ve waxed for the first time following shaving or cream hair removal, the hair will probably appear to grow back more quickly. This is because hair grows in cycles and is at different stages at any one time. If you have shaved or used cream for hair removal, the hair has been broken off at the surface of the skin rather than being pulled out at the root. Therefore at the time of waxing there are almost certainly lots of hairs just under the skin’s surface getting ready to make an appearance. Once you get into a regular waxing routine then you should find that the hair appears to grow back less quickly and possibly less densely.
Normal reactions to waxing
Redness or a rash-like appearance lasting up to a day or two following the waxing treatment. This varies from person to person depending on skin type.Small pin-prick sized blood spots (especially in areas with very deep rooted hair such as the bikini line). These too should disappear within 24 hours or so. Tingling or slight soreness and a warm sensation on the surface of the skin not dissimilar to mild sunburn. This may last for a few hours or may disappear within an hour or so. It varies from person to person.
Waxing aftercare advice
Because the skin may be sensitive following a waxing treatment, it is best to avoid hot baths and showers, sunbathing or sunbeds for 12 to 24 hours. As the skin has also been exfoliated by the waxing process, it is best not to exfoliate the area for 2 days following a waxing treatment. After this time, however, it’s a good idea to exfoliate regularly 2-3 times per week to help reduce the likelihood of in-growing hairs.
Similarly it’s best not to apply products such as makeup, body lotion, perfume or deodorant for 12 to 24 hours following the waxing treatment. These products may clog pores and contribute to in-growing hairs. (With the obvious exception of products specifically designed for use following waxing treatments). Also avoid very tight fitting clothing as this may also contribute to in-growing hairs.
Intimate waxing aftercare advice
Following a Brazilian or Hollywood wax you should follow the above general waxing aftercare advice but it is best to resume regular exfoliation in the area 4-7 days following treatment to help prevent in-growing hairs. Also avoid swimming, other exercise and sexual activity for 12-24 hrs following treatment as chlorine and friction may cause irritation.
When waxing is a no-no
If you are taking Retin A or Tetracycline medication or have done so in the previous six months. If you have had microdermabraision or glycolic peel treatments during the previous six months in the area to be waxed. If you have sun burn or broken skin. (Need we explain – ouch!)
Recent scar tissue of less than 6 months old. Scar tissue although it may appear to have healed, is delicate and could be easily damaged risking further scarring and infection.
If you suffer from diabetes. The reasons for this are two-fold; mainly because diabetes sufferers can experience a reduction or loss of sensation. This could be hazardous in the event that the wax is too hot. Also in the unlikely event that there is skin damage; diabetes can cause a slow healing time making you more prone to infection and complications.
Phlebitis. Those that suffer from this painful condition will no doubt understand why.
Loss of sensation. This could lead to skin damage if the wax was too hot.
Local or general Infections of a viral, fungal or bacterial nature. A professional therapist will refuse to treat you if you present signs of any of these as there is a serious risk of cross contamination not just for the therapist but for other clients.
Waxing and self tan
The strip waxing process removes the top layer of dead skin cells so it will also remove any artificial tan that has been applied prior to waxing. It is best to wait 12 to 24 hours after strip waxing before applying any artificial tan as the skin may be sensitised and theres is an increased risk of suffering a reaction. It is, however, perfectly safe to apply self tan immediately following a Lycon hot wax treatment.
Some people experience unsightly in-growing hairs following waxing treatments. In-growing hairs occur because the entrance to the hair follicle at the surface of the skin becomes blocked preventing the hair from growing out thus causing it to continue to grow under the skin.
The main factors that can contribute to this are; friction from tight clothing, blocked pores caused by dead skin cells, blocked pores caused by products such as body lotions and deodorants or a combination of both. Prevention is better than cure so to reduce the likelihood of in-growing hairs occurring it is advisable to exfoliate regularly between waxing treatments. (Beginning 3 days after the waxing treatment on arms and legs and 4-7 days on intimate areas and then repeating 2-3 times per week) Avoiding the use of products such as makeup, body lotion or deodorant for 24 hours following a waxing treatment will also help. There are some very effective products available for treating and preventing in-growing hairs.
At Bristol Beauty we use and carry stock of the following Lycon after wax products. Please ask your therapist or contact us for further information and prices.
Lycon Anti-Bump Foaming Gel
Lycon Anti-bump foaming gel actively diminishes the appearance of in-growing hairs. For daily use in the shower it calms and decongests pores. Anti-bump foaming gel is pH balanced and suitable for body and face.
Lycon Ingrow X-it Spray
Gentle spray formula for the effective prevention of in-growing hairs without stinging or burning. For optimum results use daily after your bath or shower. Suitable for face and body. Contains AHA’s. salicylic acid and lactic acid to strengthen and clear hair follicles and kill bacteria.
Lycon hot wax at Bristol Beauty Mobile Beauty Therapy
Lycon hot wax is made from 100% natural ingredients and is 100% hygienic (spatulas are never double dipped into the wax). Formulated from only the hjghest quality resins and essential oils, Lycon’s special formulation means that it grabs only hair and not skin. This means much less discomfort during treatment and less irritation following treatment on even the most delicate and sensitive areas. With a Lycon hot wax treatment you will benefit from a reduction of up to 50% in sensation during the waxing treatment compared to other wax products.
Despite the name, Lycon hot wax is not in fact hotter than strip wax. Traditionally hot wax had a higher working temperature hence the term ‘hot’ however due to new formulations this is no longer the case. Lycon hot wax has an even lower working temperature than so-called ‘warm’ or strip wax so there is no danger of burning the skin.
Lycon hot wax is not sticky in the same way as strip wax and it does not require a paper strip for removal. It is thicker than strip wax and is allowed to cool briefly on the skin so that it shrink wraps the hair. The wax itself is then peeled away taking the unwanted hair with it. Because Lycon hot wax does not stick to skin and only grabs hair, clients tend to find that hot waxing is less painful and causes less irritation than strip waxing, particularly in sensitive areas.
Lycon has been the leading hot wax brand in Australia for 30 years. It was developed in 1978 by Australian Beauty Therapist Lydia Jordane. Lydia was frustrated by the performance of existing wax products and the discomfort caused by waxing treatments. Her father was a chemist and with his help and after experimentation in her kitchen, the Lycon formula was born. Before long Lydia’s Lycon wax was in demand all over Australia and throughout the rest of the world. Lycon wax has become the market leader in hair removal wax and is used around the world by top spas and salons.
Lycon hot wax is used for facial, underarm, bikini and intimate waxing.
Lycon does not allow even the most qualified and experienced of therapist to purchase any products without completing a comprehensive product training course. Therefore you can be assured that you are in the safest, most competent hands with your Bristol Beauty Lycon waxing professional.