Everyone is a little scared of their first wax. It is natural. Here are a few simple tips to get in the mood and prepare you to loose your waxing virginity.
What to expect:
- Newbies to waxing are mostly scared of the pain. If you have never waxed before, know that the pain will be greatest the first time you do it, for each wax afterwards the pain diminishes. Yet that shouldn’t put you off booking your first appointment. The pain is fleeting. It stings as the hair is pulled off but this is done fast and you will mostly feel the sting in the few seconds post hair removal. The best way we’ve heard the pain described is like the shock of removing a plaster or bandaid. It hurts but only for those few seconds afterwards. If you have a low pain threshold, grab an icepack, wrap it in a tea towel and have it ready to pop on the area once the hair has been removed.
- Once the hair has been removed, your skin will look red and maybe blotchy. It is also natural for sensitive areas i.e. around the bikini line or upper lip, to become a little swollen. Depending on your skin type, this redness and puffiness should only take a few hours to go away, at most overnight.
- You will notice that your hair regrowth will be stunted. Contrary to shaving, waxing pulls the hair out of the skin at the root (whereas shaving just cuts it at skin level) which means that 1, the hair should grow back finer, and 2, it will take a longer time for regrowth to appear. Those who have been waxing diligently for years have much finer hair and only have to wax every 3-4 months.
How to prepare:
- A few days earlier, loofah your body to rid it of dry skin, yet do not loofah directly before your treatment. This could irritate your skin.
- Make sure your hair is at leat 5mm long to ensure a smooth and even wax.
- Clean and dry the area and refrain from using creams or lotions before your treatment, otherwise the wax may not be able to grip the hair properly.
- Prepare an ice pack or frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel to apply once the hair is removed. This may help to relieve the pain.
The next few days:
- Do not apply any creams or lotions to the waxed area for at least 24 hours post wax to allow the skin to settle down.
- After your skin has recovered from the waxing, i.e. the next day, you should begin to lightly loofah your skin every second day. This prevents in-grown hairs by removing dead skin cells from your body.
- Once you start waxing you should not shave anymore. Shaving almost encourages the hair to grow back thicker, while waxing discourages it from growing back at all. If you shave once you have gotten into a regular waxing routine, you will undo all the hard work you have put into waxing.
These are just a few tips from us to help beginner waxers overcome their fear of booking their first appointment. Khun Koi is very gentle and understanding and you will be in safe hands. Contact her here.