The length of time a waxing treatment takes depends on the area of the body being treated, but on average an individual treatment takes approximately 20 – 25 minutes including consultation. After the first treatment I can usually wax a back, chest and stomach or bikini area in 15 minutes, full legs take a little longer.
To get the most out of your wax you ideally need to leave 4 – 6 weeks between treatments depending on your regrowth rate. Usually hair growth is minimal during the first couple of weeks and then noticeably increases.
For your first few waxes there will probably be hair growing that hasn’t reached the surface yet or is too short for the wax to grab hold of. In the few days or weeks following a wax you will see these hairs appear and once you’ve been waxed a couple of times all hair should be long enough to be removed from the root.
If the hair is left to grow for the suggested period of time and you do not shave in between (this is a big no no!!), you will notice the skin staying hair free for longer and you’ll be able to increase the time between appointments.
I use two different waxes, Perron Rigot hot and strip wax but what’s the difference?
Hot wax is great for stubborn, coarse hair and is applied thickly, allowed to set and then removed by hand. It shrink wraps the hair and doesn’t stick to the skin so is perfect for small sensitive areas such as bikini (Hollywood, Brazilian), face and underarms. I won’t use any other kind of wax on these areas because it’s far too harsh.
Strip wax is perfect for larger less sensitive areas such as legs, arms, back, chest and shoulders. It is stickier than hot wax and a thin layer is applied and removed using a paper strip.
I am always being asked about pre and aftercare of a waxing treatment, well here goes:
Gently exfoliate and moisturise a week or so before your appointment as this will help the hairs break through.
The hair should be no shorter than a grain of rice. You need to let the hair grow for three to four weeks before your appointment with no shaving.
Avoid sun, deodorant, hot showers or baths, chlorinated pools, solariums, spas and saunas for 24 hours after waxing as these will irritate the skin.
Lightly exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week but don’t go mad as this may cause ingrown hairs.
Keep your skin moisturised.
AND FINALLY – don’t try it at home. Get a trained and insured professional to do it and always use a waxer that uses hot wax for bikini, face and underarm, never strip wax. Most wax is hot and some salons will say they use it but they mean strip wax (often called warm wax). Strip wax is likely to make these sensitive areas sore. Hot wax sets and is removed by hand, strip wax is removed using a paper strip.
Waxing removes hair from the root resulting in a smooth, completely hair free area. The results are semi-permanent and last 4 – 6 weeks, much longer than shaving. When the hair starts to grow back there is no rough stubble as a new soft hair will grow through and most customers that wax regularly will eventually see a reduction in hair growth and thickness.
Hair can be removed from every area of the body including face, arms, underarms, back, chest, shoulders, legs and pubic (bikini) area. Bikini waxing is by far the most popular, and male and female Brazilian and Hollywood hot waxing is my speciality.
I ALWAYS use hot wax on sensitive areas including bikini, underarms and face as it’s much kinder to the skin and strip (warm) wax is used everywhere else.
I recently had a call from a lady donning a rather impressive two week old black eye. She was going for dinner at the Chewton Glen that evening and was so embarrassed she didn’t want to go, hence the call to me. She wasn’t particularly hopeful that the bruise could be covered completely but anything was better than nothing.
People often think that darkness or pigmentation can just be covered by concealer and wonder why they can still see the imperfections. Concealer works generally on dark tired eyes but colour correction is needed to disguise pigmentation. Green corrects red, orange corrects blue and yellow corrects purple, so if you have purple shadows under your eyes use a yellow colour corrector before your foundation and concealer.
This lady was quite a challenge and I had to layer several colours to knock back the bruise (I used Inglot) and then Dermablend, as regular foundation didn’t have a full enough coverage on its own. She was over the moon with the results.
On a more serious note: this lady was on a night out in a pub with her husband and friend when a fight broke out between a group of men. When trying to make a swift exit she got in the way of a glass bottle in mid swing. If however you have suffered or are suffering with bruises caused by domestic violence, please do not disguise them to keep them secret. Please tell someone and seek help.