Waxing FAQs

What is waxing? 

Waxing is a form of hair removal that removes the entire hair from the follicle. Warm wax is applied to the skin and adheres to the hair. When removed, the hair is pulled from the root. 

Does Waxing Hurt? 

Expect some “extreme sensation” after the hard wax or strip is pulled from the parts of the skin we are working on. If you are worried about being sensitive, take an ibuprofen or aspirin, or consume the correct amount of cannabis will help to soothe and relax your skin and muscles about 30 minutes before your appointment time. Continuous waxing creates finer hair texture therefore waxing becomes less intense on the sensation scale. 

What kinds of wax do you use? 

I use 2 different types of wax. I use a blue hard wax that wraps and hardens around the hair and lifts directly from the skin; this is made for sensitive areas and thicker hair, especially around the southern regions- around the labia, scrotum or backside. And the second type I use a more traditional honey wax for fine hairs and larger body areas such as the legs, arms, and torso. This wax is removed from the skin by using a cloth strip. 

How long will I be smooth and hair-free? 

If you’ve allowed your hair to grow out to the proper length prior to waxing (a quarter inch to half inch long), you can expect to be hair-free for a minimum of 1-2 weeks following your appointment. It may take a couple of sessions for the growth-cycles to balance,especially if you have been shaving prior to your first waxing session. 

I am using prescription medication for my skin. Can I get waxed? 

Medications like Renova, Retin-A, Tazorac, and Accutane increase the rate at which your skin exfoliates so waxing could remove skin as well as hair. If you are on any medications such as the ones stated above, it is required to acknowledge this on the waxing agreement form . Also be aware that chemical peels, laser, and micro-dermabrasion also affect the skin and is not suitable for immediate waxing. 

What’s the benefit of waxing over shaving, electrolysis or laser hair removal? 

If waxing is done consistently, hair grows back slower, finer, and sparser, no matter what. Shaving cuts the hair bluntly on the shaft of the follicle, so the quantity and thickness of the hair stays the same. Shaving also increases skin sensitivity (ie: allergic reactions to nickel,) and creates a higher probability for ingrown hairs. Electrolysis and Laser hair removal is not for everyone and all hair types, and can be very unpredictable. 

Will the price decrease if I don’t have very much hair? 

No. Charges are determined per service, not by amount of hair. Prices are also determined by the complexity of each zone in the body being worked on. 

Explain the difference of Basic Bikini, More Than Basic, Almost Everything and Everything Everything? 

Basic bikini is the most conservative. Hair is removed from outside the basic panty line and the inner thigh. 

More Than Basic, is cleaner and closer in the front, great for a french cut suit. 

Any of the Almost Everything’s are equal to what many other waxing salons consider a ‘brazilian wax.’ It means the top of the hood, to the lips, inner labia back toward the inner booty is waxed. Everything above is customized- some like it full, some like it naked, and most like it somewhere in between. 

Pre- Waxing: 

How should I prepare my skin? 

Keep the skin gently exfoliated, and properly hydrated, but not greasy with heavy oils or lotion. To help make sure the waxing process goes smoothly, it is best to exfoliate skin 24 hours before hand. If you are noticing dry skin, do moisturize and exfoliate within 12 hours of your appointment time. 

I’ve been shaving and I’m ready to get waxed. How long should my hair be? 

Make sure your hair is at least a quarter to half an inch long for the most effective waxing. Make sure the hair is out of the follicle, laying on the skin already. A minimum of 2-4 weeks from the last time you shaved. The longer you wait, the better the results. 

I’m on my period! Can I still get waxed? 

Yes. While increased hormonal activity will make your skin more sensitive, it is still possible to get you waxed, and many women do. As long as you are not on one of your heavier days, place a tampon in, and we will work around the rest. To avoid dealing with extreme sensitivity, try not to schedule your waxing 3 days prior to the beginning of your cycle. Otherwise, you’re good to go. 

Can I get waxed if I’m pregnant? 

Yes you can. While the increased hormonal activity in the body can have the skin more sensitive, it doesn’t hinder you from getting waxed throughout your entire pregnancy. I’ve waxed women on the day they were due. It’s true! 

Can I tan before waxing? 

Avoid tanning 24 hours before and after waxing- this means both tanning beds, self-tanners and lying out by the pool. Tanning before waxing can cause the skin to lift, or the self- tanned areas to discolor. Tanning afterward may cause the skin to burn quickly in the area that was waxed. It is highly recommended that you avoid direct sun exposure and make sure that you sun protect and cover the areas that have been waxed. 

I have male parts. Can I get a bikini wax?

Of course! Just because you are shaped differently than the female bikini region, it doesn’t hinder you from getting waxed around that area in all the different ways. More and more men are getting their bikini regions waxed from my 'Basic Bikini' to the 'Everything, everything with scrotum*' wax session.

*Scrotum waxing is a delicate treatment that needs client cooperation and trust. A consultation and referral is required before booking this service. I have the right to refuse service to anyone who doesn't understand the parameters required for this session. 

Post-Waxing: 

How do I prevent ingrown hairs? 

Ingrown hairs are hairs that cannot push through the skin resulting in inflammation. The best way to prevent them, is to gently exfoliate the area of the skin that has been waxed, 2-3 times a week. I have a variety of products available to help minimize this condition. 

What should I avoid immediately after waxing? 

I do not recommend direct sun exposure, or hanging out in a public steam room or hot tub immediately after waxing. Your skin may be bumpy, red, and sensitive for a couple of days. Keep it dry and away from extreme heat and direct sun exposure. 

How often should I get waxed? 

Different hair cycles and preferences vary. The typical maintenance cycle is 4-6 weeks. Once the hair grows out past the six week period, consider it a virgin wax all over again. In order to minimize too much extreme sensation, especially for bikini and back waxes, keep your MisMo maintenance program at a 4 week cycle for best and easier results. 

For further questions or concerns, please feel free to ask me before you begin your session. See you soon!