Why winter is the best time to start waxing

So you’ve been waxing regularly throughout the summer so you’re always beach ready, whether it be legs, bikini or underarms. Come autumn the woolies come out and everything gets covered up so why bother waxing again until next year? You may be surprised to hear though that winter is the best time to wax your legs and any other areas you tend to neglect during those wet, cold months.

If you start a regular waxing routine now you’ll reap the benefits come next summer. It’s all down to the hair growth cycle.

The ultimate time to get waxed is during the first phase of the hair growth cycle (the Anagen phase). During this phase the hair is actively growing. The structures that surround the hair follicle that are responsible for hair growth are weakened when the hair is repeatedly removed from the full depth of the follicle on a regular basis.

During the final phase of hair growth (the Telogen phase), is the worst time to get a wax and the results won’t be as long lasting. The reason for this is that new anagen hair may be growing underneath the telogen hair and start showing within a few days of your appointment.

You need a regular waxing routine to get ultimate results and try and catch the hair in the anagen phase. If you get into the habit of waxing every 3 – 4 weeks during winter, all of your hair will eventually come through at once and once at that stage you can reduce your appointments to every 4 – 6 weeks because the results will be longer lasting.

Why spray tan in winter?

No matter what your natural skin tone is, we always feel better with a tan. With autumn and then the dreaded winter fast approaching, women all over are swapping their shorts and summer wear for cosy jumpers and slippers and have left their razors to rust until the legs come out again next year.
Here are two reasons why you should get a spray tan in winter:
Skincare
Apparently dermatologists see more patients for acne and anti-ageing treatments between October and December than any other time of the year. During summer we take for granted the sun’s rays drying up spots so it’s easy to forget about exfoliating. By the end of the summer all those dead skin cells from your natural tan have clogged your pores and your skin starts to seriously complain. Spray tanning doesn’t age the skin or cause cancer, but can dry it a little, clearing up any breakouts. This isn’t actually a bad thing. As long as you drink plenty of water and moisturise daily, you will be able to tan year round and have beautiful clear skin too.
Wellbeing
This is THE biggest reason why I have spray tans in winter. Seasonal changes can make you feel really low but when you look good you feel good, that’s a fact!
By having a year round healthy glow you’ll feel happier and your skin will be clearer. It’s a win win!

A beginners guide to female intimate waxing – part 3

Aftercare

After your intimate bikini wax you will be red for 24 – 48 hours but shouldn’t be sore. Whilst red, avoid hot baths and showers (luke warm only), the sun, deodorant, heavily perfumed products, chlorinated swimming pools, jacuzzis, and saunas, and working out as these can all irritate the skin.

Will I get ingrown hairs?

Some people may get the odd ingrown hair caused by a hair growing back into the follicle. They can be unsightly with some irritation but can also become sore and infected.

How do I prevent ingrown hairs?

To help prevent ingrown hairs I recommend lightly exfoliating 2 – 3 times per week and then applying moisturizer. Don’t exfoliate too hard as this can cause them.

A beginners guide to female intimate waxing – part 2

What can I expect from my first intimate waxing appointment?

At your first waxing appointment you will be welcomed and made to feel at ease before being asked to fill out a short consultation form. I use Perron Rigot hot wax for bikini waxing and will explain why this is the best type of wax to use. I have eight years intimate waxing experience and will talk you through the process as we go. When finished, aftercare and maintenance advice will be given.

Can I leave my underwear on?

You can leave knickers on for a basic or extended bikini but for Hollywood and Brazilian waxes I require underwear to be removed.

What is the minimum age for intimate waxing?

You have to be 18 years old to have an intimate wax without parental consent but I will do it at 16 and 17 if a parent signs the consultation form and stays on site.

How painful is intimate waxing?

I use a very high quality wax so this makes the process as comfortable as it can be. What one person finds painful, another may sail through as we all feel pain differently. The first appointment will be the most uncomfortable but with regular waxing the hair will get finer and the treatment more comfortable. Try to avoid being waxed when you are pre menstrual or have your period as you can be more sensitive and don’t be fooled by salons that offer ‘painless waxing’ as there’s no such thing, after all, you are having hair pulled out! Customers come back again and again so it can’t be that bad!

How frequently will I need to have an intimate wax?

I recommend waxing sessions every 4 – 6 weeks if you want the hair growth to become finer.

Is it ok to shave between waxes?

NO!! I really wouldn’t recommend shaving in between waxing sessions as it makes the hair course. By doing this your hair will never become finer and sparser.

How long should my hair be?

Your hair ideally needs to be no shorter than a grain of rice if you want every hair removed.

How long does an intimate wax take?

For a Hollywood or Brazilian wax I allow 25 minutes for the first appointment and 20 minutes thereafter but often get it done in less.

What’s the difference between warm (strip) and hot wax?

Warm wax is used for large, less sensitive areas such as legs and backs. It is spread thinly over the area and removed removing paper strips.

Hot wax doesn’t stick to the skin like warm wax, it just shrink wraps the hair so is far more suited to sensitive areas such as the bikini, underarm and face. It is applied thicker than warm wax, left to set, and removed by hand. I would never recommend having a bikini wax with warm (strip) wax and would refuse if anyone asked me.

If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

A beginners guide to female intimate waxing – part 1

Female intimate waxing and spray tanning are my most popular treatments by a long shot and are the two treatments that I class as my speciality.

If you’ve never had a Brazilian wax before you may be feeling a bit anxious and want to know more about what’s involved, so welcome to my beginners guide.

Part 1 – shaping

There are four basic styles for bikini waxing: basic bikini, extended bikini, Brazilian and Hollywood (the last two being the most popular).

Basic bikini
A basic bikini wax involves the removal of the hair that grows beyond the knicker line at the front.

Extended bikini
Very similar to a basic bikini, an extended bikini wax also removes the hair just inside the knicker line leaving a strip starting at the front, over the labia and tapering in towards the bum cheeks.

Brazilian
A Brazilian wax removes the hair from every single area including the bum crack, buttocks, inner and outer labia and pubic triangle except for a rectangular landing strip at the front.

Hollywood 
Like the Brazilian, a Hollywood wax removes the hair from every single area including the bum crack, buttocks, inner and outer labia and pubic triangle (no landing strip).

Part 2 next week!

Spray tanning advice for men

Have you noticed the increase in tanned, healthy looking men on the street, gym, office…? I can tell you now that a huge number of those men are fake (well their tans are). Mens spray tanning is becoming increasingly more popular and they don’t just do it because their better halves have told them to.

Men spray tan for exactly the same reasons as us ladies, it make them look healthier and feel more confident. It defines muscles and brightens the complexion and doesn’t damage the skin like the sun or sun beds do.

You will be advised of the best shade for your skin type after you’ve filled out a short consultation form.

Correct preparation is essential for best results so here’s how:

  1. Exfoliate your skin the day before your spray tan paying attention to dryer areas such as elbows, knees and ankles. You can buy exfoliating gloves from most pharmacies and supermarkets.
  2. Apply a non oil based moisturiser after you’ve exfoliated.
  3. DO NOT moisturise on the day of you spray tan and ensure you’ve wiped off any deodorant or aftershave before your appointment. If you need to shower, ensure you do it at least an hour before.
  4. Wear dark, loose clothes to your appointment.
  5. After 6-10 hours of developing, voila, your amazing man tan!

5 reasons to have an LVL lash lift

If you’re looking to lengthen, volumise and lift your lashes, then LVL is the answer you’ve been searching for.

Here are five reasons why LVL Enhance is a must.

1: Fuss free

Your natural lashes and only your natural lashes, are lengthened, volumised and lifted and completely maintenance free.

2: Long lasting

LVL lashes last 6 – 8 maintenance free weeks.

3: Saves time

Wake up with perfect lashes every day and cut down the time it takes to get ready.

4: Mascara? That’s up to you!

LVL Enhance uses your natural lashes so you can still choose to wear mascara if you choose with no clumping.

5: Perfect for holidays

As you don’t need to wear mascara you can say cheerio to panda eyes whilst in the pool or while sunbathing.

When is the best time to have an LVL lash lift?

LVL (length, volume, lift), straightens your natural eyelashes at the root creating longer, volumised lifted lashes for 6 – 8 maintenance free weeks. The lashes are also given a tint to create a full on mascara look.

The results are immediate so as long as you’ve had a patch test you can have the treatment done as soon as 24 hours before your special occasion or holiday, or just because you want it every day because it looks so amazing!

Why have a spray tan?

I don’t know about you but I was an absolutely fanatical sun worshipper, not only for the feel of the heat on my skin but also to get a beautifully bronzed body, I just feel so much more confident when I’m brown. The only drawback to my sun obsession is the long term effects of premature ageing and skin cancer which is why I’ve made a few sensible changes to my tanning regime.

Spray tanning is now my go to treatment for whenever I need to get my legs out or am going on holiday. Not only is it safe but it’s more or less instant and, get a good product and therapist, and no one will know it’s not real.

I still love laying in the sun but only for relaxation purposes now and wear a very high factor sun screen, all my tanning is now done out of a bottle and I love it!

Benefits of an LVL lash lift

This treatment gives AMAZING results.

LVL delivers instant results that last up to an incredible maintenance free 8 weeks, longer than eyelash extensions or perms. It enhances the natural lashes making them appear longer, more voluminous, and ultimately more glamorous. LVL is a gentle treatment that lifts from the roots in around 45 minutes and you’ll leave with a wide awake look that needs no mascara, absolutely perfect for holidays to those that exercise regularly!