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Beauty Forme - Waxing

All about waxing treatments

What is waxing?
One of the most effective methods of hair removal is warm wax. During the treatment, the hair stem is removed along with the hair follicles, so the effect is much longer-lasting than shaving. Compared with other methods of the hair removal, waxing treatments are fast and affordable.

What are the methods of waxing?
The strip wax method involves heating soft wax to 36-38°C, applying it to the hairy skin, then putting on the wax strip and quickly removing it. This method of waxing is used on large body areas like legs, hands, and back.

The hot wax method involves heating the wax to 36-38°C, then applying it to the hairy skin. After waiting a few seconds for the to wax cool down a little bit, it is vigorously removed. The advantage of hot wax is that it does not stick to the skin – only to the hair – which significantly reduces discomfort. Hot wax is used on sensitive parts of the body like the armpits, lip, and bikini line.

How long should hair be before the waxing treatment?
Hair should be between 0.5 and 1.0 cm. This length is usually reached after about 1.5 to 2 weeks, although it largely depends on individual predisposition. If hair is very long prior to treatment, we recommend to trimming it to reduce the pulling sensation. If the hair is too short, it may not be fully removed.

What is the difference between shaving and waxing treatments?
Shaving is cutting the hair shaft without damaging the hair follicle. Shaving causes the hair to grow back quickly, usually visible on the second day. The hair also becomes thicker, denser, and darker.

Waxing is a method of hair removal with warm wax. During the treatment, the hair stem is removed along with the hair follicle, so the effect is much longer-lasting than shaving. Waxing should be performed every 4 to  6 weeks. The big advantage of waxing treatments is that less hair grows back, and the hair that does is clearer and softer.

Does waxing hurt?
The treatment may be unpleasant for some people. The pain experienced depends on each persons’s pain threshold, the thickness and density of the hair, and the menstrual cycle. With regular waxing treatment, pain is less because the hair follicles are greatly weakened. Well, no pain no gain…it’s only every few weeks and is worth it!

What is the effect after waxing?
The hair that grows back is often lighter, thinner, and softer, and the skin remains smooth. An additional advantage is that the skin has no visible black translucent bulbs that are common after shaving.

How long do the effects of waxing last?
The effect lasts 3 to 6 weeks after a treatment.

What are the recommendations before waxing?

  • Please arrive with clean skin (no moisturiser and preferably no make-up). Antibacterial wipes are provided to freshen up prior to intimate and underarm waxing.
  • Perform a scrub 3 days before the procedure.
  • Do not sunbathe (either in direct sunlight or in a solarium) within 3 days of the treatment.
  • Wait 2 weeks after any IPL or laser treatment before waxing.
  • Avoid applying Retin A, AHAs, or glycolic acid within 4 weeks of waxing.
  • Wait at least 4 weeks to wax following any superficial or medium depth peels.
  • If you are taking Accutane or steroidal/skin thinning medications, you MUST let as know you have a highly increased chance of side effects.
  • If you are particularly sensitive or if this your first treatment, you may wish to take Panadol or Neurofen 30-60 min prior to your appointment to take the edge off any discomfort.
  • Before your visit, do not use creams or lotions in the areas where hair will be removed.
  • Hair should be 0.5 to 1.0 cm long.

What are the recommendations after waxing?

  • Even with the best products and techniques, skin needs time to calm post-waxing.
  • Please wear loose-fitting clothing after waxing until the skin has calmed. Stockings and tight jeans can lead to irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • After a wax, avoid chlorine pools, saunas, the gym, and hot tub.
  • On the day of the waxing treatment, bathing in hot water is not recommended.
  • To relieve irritation, you can use aloe vera gel which moisturizes and soothes the skin.
  • Do not use an antiperspirant on the day you recive underarm waxing.
  • Do not use fluid and powder on the day you have a facial epilation.
  • Do not exfoliate and avoid any beauty treatments in the waxed area for at least 48 to 72 hours. It is also preferable to wait a wait before sunbathing, or receiving treatments invovling laser, IPL, peels, and massage.
  • Once the waxed area has returned to normal, gently exfoliate each day using a suitable exfoliating wash or gentle loofah, then apply moisturizer.
  • Use a proper after-wax lotion (such as “Ingrown Zone”) daily, commencing 48 to 72 hours after the treatment. This is particularly recommended when regrowth begins to appear to avoid ingrown hairs or infected follicles.

How long does the irritation last?
Irritation occurs directly after the treatment. Skin irritation may last up to two days.

What are the contraindications for waxing?

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Inflammation of the veins
  • Varicose veins
  • Inflammation
  • Bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  • Epilepsy
  • Psoriasis
  • Sores on the skin
  • Poor blood clotting
  • Insufficient hair length
  • Directly after sunburn

What can I do to prevent ingrown hairs?
To avoid ingrown hairs, you should exfoliate twice a week and use acute sponges while bathing. The skin should be regularly hydrated in order to avoid excessive skin dryness which promotes ingrown hair. If, despite these steps, you still experience ingrown hairs,  products with exfoliating properties should be applied. We recommend a spray product called “Ingrown Zone” which is comprises acetylsalicylic acid, is highly exfoliating, and is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. This spray is also recommended for men who have skin irritation and pseudo folliculitis after shaving. The product can be purchased at the Beauty Forme clinic.

How to use Ingrown Zone spray: apply systematically every evening on cleansed skin, including the face, neck and areas affected by irritation. Recommended application after hair removal treatments in home care.