Going in for your first waxing appointment is an exciting but nerve-wracking thing. If you’ve never done it before, there can be a lot of questions about what to expect and how you can prepare physically and mentally. Below are three questions and answers you may have before going in for your first appointment.
Will It Hurt?
There are a variety of treatments that claim to be “pain-free”. Some people have a higher pain tolerance and have become desensitized to the pain. However, as a first-timer, you will find that it does hurt. Waxing works by adhering itself to the hair and pulling the hairs out at the root. Pulling the hairs out will be at least a little painful. The level of discomfort will depend on your pain tolerance, thickness, and coarseness of your hair. If you are worried about your skin sensitivity and pain, consider taking ibuprofen beforehand or using a numbing cream with hydrocortisone to help limit your discomfort.
How Long Will It Last?
The short answer is that it’s longer than shaving. Hair grows at different rates, and given all the areas you can have waxed, it’s safe to say that you could potentially see different results in different areas. Because hair grows in cycles, different hair follicles will be longer at times than others. When you wax, you are getting each of the hairs the wax can adhere to. Given time, this helps get your hair to grow on the same cycle and the length between waxing sessions is extended.
How to Prepare?
When waxing, there needs to be hair to wax. Avoid shaving the area you want to wax for 3–4 weeks to allow the hair to be long enough to wax. Generally, experts say the hair should be at least as long as a grain of rice. Before your appointment, you should exfoliate your skin and avoid putting lotion on before or after. This will give your professional a clean surface to work with and will help you avoid ingrown hairs.
The sensitivity of your skin and the area you choose will make your reaction to a wax different each time. While there is some discomfort, most people find the results well worth it. Know that there will be some discomfort, but a wax can last for weeks when you properly prepare. Do not hesitate to ask your professional any additional questions you might have, they are there to assist you on your waxing journey.
If you’re ready to get your first wax, book an appointment with us today!