Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Brazilian Waxing
What is a Brazilian? The Brazilian Wax is the removal of all hair from the belly trail, labia, inner thighs (boy shorts) and the butt strip (in the crevice). The Modified Brazilian is any hair left on as you request such as a “landing strip” or inverted “v”). A Extended Bikini is all hair removed from the inner thighs and as close to the labia as possible with a strip in the front.
How long does the hair need to be for my first wax if I’ve shaved and after my first wax?
It needs to be at least 2 weeks of growth or longer after you shaved and 3 weeks after your first. (Rice)
What can I do to prepare?
Avoiding caffeine, Waxing close to your menstral cycle and taking an Ibuprofen 30 minutes before will aid in reducing sensitivity.
Do I need to trim my hair if it is too long?
The longer the better. If you could trim it down to 1/2 inch it will help with time. If you not sure I can trim it for you.
Does it hurt?
There is some discomfort involved, however most women find it quite tolerable. However this is a sensitive area and you are getting this coarse hair removed from the follicle on delicate skin. Also be aware that caffeine beverages and being on your cycle can increase the sensitivity of your wax.
Does topical Lidocaine work?
It may take the edge off; however most are only 4% and will need to be left on for 30 to 45 minutes prior to your waxing session. Just remember hair that has been shaved is coarse. I will do my best to try and make it as painless as possible.
How often should I make an appointment?
I recommend booking the first 3 sessions every 3 weeks in the beginning. Even if you think it might be short come in. This will then relieve some of the pain and get it on a good waxing cycle. You will then start to notice the hair becomes thinner and takes longer to grow back.
3 times is a charm! After this point you can schedule out to 4 weeks and sometimes up to 5.
How long should I book before and event?
You should book at least 5 to 7 days before an event. All skins react differently to waxing. Therefore plan ahead.
Is it OK to shave between wax appointments?
No I don’t advise shaving between sessions. Waxing slows down and reduces hair growth. Hair also grows much thinner thus making it easier to remove and less painful when waxed. Shaving just will defeat the purpose that is gained from waxing and can further irritate follicles which can cause ingrown hair.
How long will it last?
If you have been shaving, there may be a transition period. It generally requires 2-3 consistent waxes to achieve optimal results which are: 3-4 weeks of hairless, softer hair, and less hair growing back. If you have not been shaving prior to getting waxed, these results may be obtained more quickly.
What kind of wax do you use? Two types of wax are generally used. Berodin blue hard wax and Satin smooth strip wax. Hard wax should be used in the more sensitive areas. Hard wax does not stick to the skin and if used correctly will result in minimal discomfort. For large areas such as backs, arms, etc. I use strip wax for quick and thorough waxing.
I’m on my period. Can I get waxed?
I will not wax you if you are on any cycle of your period. I recommend you to schedule around your cycle.
How long does it take?
30 minutes or less.
What can I expect afterwards?
The waxed skin might be tender for a couple of days. However sometimes red bumps, swelling, burning and irritation can occur. Please refer to your aftercare instructions to aid if any reactions should occur.
What can I do about ingrown hair?
Since ingrown hairs are common with any waxing ,exfoliating in the shower with a body brush everyday helps to keep the skin free from cellular buildup which can trap hair. I recommend my Image Skin Care brand, specifically the Total Resurfacing Mask. This will help to prevent ingrown hairs, take down inflammation and lighten the dark areas.
Is waxing sanitary?
Yes… I never double dip.
Are there any topical creams or medications that I should avoid prior to getting waxed?
I recommend that you stop using them a week before you get waxed especially for the face. These can enhance the sensitivity of your skin and cause injury. Prescription Medications and topicals should be avoided before a wax some even longer than 2 weeks depending on your usage. These would be acne, blood thinners and aging medications: Accutane, Retin-A, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Differin,Tazorac, and Renova . Please ask me if you are not sure.
Can I tan before or after I get waxed?
You should wait 3-5 days to get waxed after you have tanned or have facial treatments. You should never get waxed if you are sunburned or even if skin is pink. The very top layer of skin could pull off or “lift” which is painful and can result in scabbing. It is important to wear sunscreen after you get waxed or to avoid the sun as it can cause “brown spots” known as Hyper-pigmentation.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes I am by appointment only. I do recommend scheduling in advance to avoid an extended wait. Please be early or on time to avoid losing your appointment. If you’re unable to keep an appointment I appreciate notification by phone call within 24 hours prior if possible.
Are there any age restrictions?
All services may be performed on clients under the age of 18 with a parent consent form.
Can children or someone be in the room with me?
There is only one person per service allowed in the room. Due to the nature of my business I have a “No Child Policy”. Thank you for your understanding.
Frequently Asked Questions For Clinical Facials
What is a Clinical Facial?
A clinical facial focuses on preventing and correcting signs of aging, acne, scars, hyperpigmentation, dry, dehydrated and unbalanced skin types. Clinical Facials are more advanced than just your average “traditional facials”, but with a result driven process.
What is a Cosmeceutical and which products do you use that carry this?
A Cosmeceutical refers to the combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients having medical or drug-like benefits. Think: antioxidant plus lipstick or retinol plus face serum. Image Skin Care is a Cosmeceutical and I have been using it for over a decade.
What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is a treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off. The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. It exfoliates by stimulating epidermal growth and delivering fibroblast to the skin with more collagen.
Will there be a lot of peeling and downtime?
It depends on your skin and type of chemical peel given. However some do not peel at all. Peels can go from mild flaking to extreme peeling. It can differ from three days up to a week depending on the strength of the solution.
Will home care and instructions be given on my treatments?
Yes and you must adhere to all protocols to achieve the best results possible. An SPF 30 is a must after all treatments!
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion provides effective exfoliation and rejuvenation of the skin. It helps to diminish fine lines, acne scaring and enlarged pores. Add a chemical peel to see optimal results with hyper pigmentation, mild acne or anti-aging. It resurfaces the outer layer of the skin with immediate recovery time. Particle Skin Resurfacing is achieved using a highly controlled spray of crystals, under pressure and vacuum.
What is a Micro peel?
A Micro Peel is a more advanced exfoliation with a type of chemical peel solution geared towards your skin condition such as: hyper pigmentations, melisma, sun damage, mild acne or anti-aging. Downtime is minimal.
Which are better diamond tip or oxide aluminum crystals for microdermbrasion?
I prefer the crystals as you can exfoliate the skin more by massaging them in with a cleanser and leave a smoother finish to the skin.
What is Dermaplaning and do you offer it?
Dermaplaning is equivalent to a razor blade such as shaving your legs and removing unwanted hairs leaving your skin soft and smooth. However if you have broken capillaries and rosacea there could be an alternate treatment. I would recommend a chemical peel for a better result, which can be added on. However at this time I do not offer this service.
Which is better Microdermabrasion or Dermaplaining?
I prefer Microderm over Dermaplaning because I feel you can exfoliate the outer later and smooth out acne scaring for deeper settings of exfoliation more so than with Dermaplaning.
What products can I not use prior before a clinical facial?
I recommend you be off of any exfoliated products with AHA’s, Retin-A or any prescribed topical to the face for at least 1 week. Please consult me if you have been using any of these or if you are not sure.
How often can I get treated and how many treatments will it take?
Depending on your skin type you can receive a treatment initially every 2 weeks apart. It usually takes between 6 to 8 sessions to see the best results possible.
Will I see any results with my first treatment?
You may see some and feel a difference in your skins texture. However having realistic expectations you need more treatments and use of product in order to get a better result.
Is there a lot of pain with these Clinical Facials?
Some may experience a warm slight tingling sensation during the process and a bit of redness afterward. Treatments are very comfortable and require only aftercare instructions.