Dos and Don’ts of Waxing

What to do before waxing

Exfoliation is essential, even though waxing may assist remove dead skin cells and ingrown hairs. By exfoliating before waxing, you may reduce the risk of ingrown hairs by removing the layer of dead skin that prevents hair follicles from growing. Additionally, the wax will be able to adhere to more hairs, increasing its effectiveness.


Gently exfoliating the region again a few days following the wax will encourage healthy, normal hair growth. A gentle loofah may be used for this, and we often advise dry brushing before bathing. To prevent splitting or micrograzing of the skin, this should be done lightly.


  1. First, take a warm bath

Try to take a warm bath before your treatment; this will assist to open the skin’s pores and make hair removal slightly simpler.


  1. Apply lotion

Moisturising is the simplest yet most efficient way to keep post-wax skin silky soft. Waxing exposes new, softer skin by removing the epidermis’ outermost layer, but it also removes the skin’s natural moisture and oil.


  1. Understand Your Wax

You will frequently be given the option of hot wax or strip wax when you book for a wax, whether it be with Le Salon or at your regular salon. Strip wax is frequently used for larger areas because it is easier to apply and remove, and because it grips firmly, it works best on thicker or less sensitive skin. It can cause bruising, tearing, and ingrown hairs when applied to sensitive skin.


Hot wax, on the other hand, is excellent for sensitive areas, which is why bikini, Hollywood, Brazilian, underarm, and occasionally facial waxing all use it. The heat from the wax, which is applied to the skin for up to a minute, opens the pores and hair follicles, making it easier to remove the hair and, in theory, less painful. Hot wax can, however, be more expensive.


What to avoid before and after waxing: 

  1. Get Tipsy

Alcohol is known to dehydrate the body and skin, so showing up for your appointment while buzzed could make your waxing experience more painful. The tighter your pores are, the tighter your skin will be holding onto your hairs, making the waxing procedure more painful. When your skin is dryer, your pores retract.


  1. Make use of perfumed items

Avoid using perfumed deodorant or perfumed products after waxing because the chemicals in these products can irritate the skin and make it sore. Try using products that are fragrance-free and gentle on the skin, like Simple and Cetaphil.


  1. Provide hot tubs and saunas The heat from a hot shower, bath, or hot tub can irritate the skin after waxing, making it more sensitive and redder. Additionally, hot water will open up your pores, increasing the likelihood that an infection or ingrown hair will develop on your skin. For a few days, try to avoid swimming in public pools as chlorine can be drying and irritate sensitive skin types.


  1. Exercise

Going to the gym first and foremost necessitates donning tight, air-resistant clothes, which will create friction in the region and may result in irritation and ingrown hairs. Additionally, sweating is a given, and this might result in bacterial infections. Take a day off without a doubt before going to the gym to allow your skin to retract and return to normal.


The top 5 suggestions for lessening male brazilian wax discomfort


  1. Put on comfortable clothing: Your movement, body, and skin can become restricted when you’re wearing tight clothing. Your skin will feel more sensitive after a wax since it will be under greater strain. For this reason, we always suggest that clients wear looser clothing for after the waxing is finished.


  1. Use painkillers: It might sound drastic, but it works. Take a mild pain reliever before your waxing procedure and wait until it has had time to take effect. Naturally, the painkillers will lessen the intensity of the procedure, and they’ll also help you relax, which further lessens the pain. While getting a wax, tension causes your pores to cling to your hair follicles more tightly. Ibuprofen can also lessen any minor swelling that may result from the waxing by taking it before the procedure.


  1. Keep it cool: Once your waxing is finished, doing this will significantly lessen any redness or irritation. Trust us on this one. It’s worth looking into the various cooling creams available for all skin types because they aid in the healing process after treatment.


  1. Pick an experienced professional: If your waxing expert lacks experience, none of the other suggestions will help. It’s crucial to schedule an appointment with a qualified technician, especially for painful regions, who understands basic tactics like massaging the skin just after it’s been waxed. 


The less time they spend waxing you, the less painful it will be. It’s preferable if they’re quick and neat as well. There’s nothing like being diverted by a little gossip, and for many people, a talkative therapist eases the agony.


James Chalmers
the authorJames Chalmers