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.