Frequently asked questions
Say goodbye to red, irritated skin after a wax. Laura Melissa has learned the secret to removing hair efficiently and effectively with premium waxes that’ll have your skin looking and feeling the exact same -- minus the hair, of course.
What is waxing?
Waxing is a form of hair removal that removes the entire hair from the hair follicle. A low-temp wax is applied to the skin and adheres to the hair. When removed, the hair is pulled from the root.
Does it hurt?
While everyone’s pain tolerance is different, you can expect a short, stinging sensation after the strip is pulled. If you are worried about being sensitive, taking ibuprofen or aspirin about 30 minutes before your appointment should minimize your discomfort (consult with your physician before taking medications). Continuous waxing causes finer and less hair therefore waxing becomes less painful.
Why should I wax vs. shaving, electrolysis, or laser?
If waxing is done consistently, hair grows back slower, finer, and sparser. Shaving cuts the hair off at the skin and the quantity and thickness of the hair stays the same. Shaving can also increase skin sensitivity and create a higher probability for ingrown hairs. Electrolysis and Laser hair removal doesn’t work for everyone and can be unpredictable and cost prohibitive. Also, in some cases, it can cause hyperpigmentation.
What type of wax do you use?
We use 3 different types of wax. Each wax is non-polymer based, in which 2 of them is used to shrink wrap and harden around the hair and lifts from the skin providing less uncomfortable removal of hair. The other wax is a gel based soft wax and it is removed by using a cloth strip. The type of wax used in your session depends on the hair type and area of the body being waxed.
How long does my hair need to be in order to wax?
The hair should be long enough to pinch which would be equivalent to the length of a grain of rice. We DO NOT recommend trimming before waxing. Any hair longer than 2 inches may need to be trimmed in the treatment room, but please allow your waxing specialist to make that determination. This way, you do not risk your hair being too short and unable to be waxed.
How long can I expect my wax to last?
A minimum of 2-3 weeks of hair growth prior to your service will ensure the most efficient wax. This way, we remove all the hair on the same growth pattern. If you’ve allowed your hair to grow out to the proper length prior to waxing, you can expect to be hair-free for a minimum of 2-3 weeks following your appointment. New waxing guests who previously shaved or trimmed can expect little to no hair for 1-2 weeks. However, the hair will need an additional 2-3 weeks of growth before your next appointment.
Will my hair grow back thicker or darker?
No. Waxing actually has the opposite effect. Hair that is removed at the roots grows in finer and softer over time.
Is there an age requirement for getting waxed?
Anyone under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian. The first service must be accompanied by the guardian and approve of the type of service being done. Any child under the age of 16 must have a parent or guardian accompany them to each service.
Can someone come into the treatment room with me?
To provide optimal services, only the client and licensed esthetician are allowed in the treatment room during an appointment with the exception of clients under the age of 16.
Can I be waxed if I’m taking Retin A, Renova, or Accutane?
These medications increase the rate at which your skin exfoliates, so waxing could potentially remove skin as well as hair. Please let your esthetician know immediately if you are on any medications. Also be aware that chemical peels, laser, and micro-dermabrasion can also affect skin integrity.
Are there other medications to be aware of?
There are many medications that affect skin and skin integrity (glycolic acid, lactic acid, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, vitamin A, prescribed exfoliating scrubs, antibiotics, hormonal medications, radiation and/or chemotherapy drugs). Please consult with your physician in regards to any medications and how it may affect your waxing experience. Some brand names to be aware of: Adapalene, Avita, Tazorac Avage, Proactiv(e), Differin, Strivectin. You must be off this medication treatment a minimum of (6) months prior to waxing.
Will the price decrease if I don’t have very much hair?
The rate that is charged is determined per service, not by the amount of hair.
What do I do about bumps that occur while hair grows back?
These bumps are likely ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are hairs that have grown back under the skin instead of through the surface. This causes inflammation and results in sometimes painful bumps. The best way to prevent these is through an exfoliation method. Laura Melissa provides an exclusive treatment along with take-home products for such occurrences. You can also exfoliate with a scrub, glove, dry brush or other method of buffing the top layer of dead skin cells. Following up exfoliation with a serum yields the best solution to combat this issue.
Can I get waxed if I'm pregnant?
Absolutely! We will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible during your service.
Pre & post care waxing procedures
Waxing leaves the skin sensitive 24 to 36 hours after the procedure. During this healing and recovery time, it is essential to implement a few care tips that will ensure comfort and preserve your perfect waxing results.
As a general rule, it is important that you avoid certain products or activities for at least 24 hours that may pose problems such as bacterial infection, itching, rashes, ingrown hairs, and skin inflammation among many others. This includes working out, gym activities, exfoliating, exposure to excessive heat (hot tub/sauna), and products with fragrance.
Wear loose items of clothing that are made from light and breathable fabrics. Do not wear clothing that features elastics which may irritate the skin. If you just underwent waxing in the bikini region or Brazilian wax treatment, wear a pair of new or freshly washed breathable underwear to reduce friction and sweat from developing. Ideally, wear cotton clothing after a waxing treatment.
The application of hydrating solution is an important post-wax and after care step. Serum and protective balm can be purchased in-studio or online. Application is crucial as this step delivers a host of benefits. It soothes and hydrates the skin and reduces the incidence of ingrown hairs and redness.
Exfoliate and moisturize at the right time. Exfoliate the skin three to four days after waxing. Never perform exfoliation immediately after waxing as the skin is still sensitive and has not fully recovered from the waxing process. Moisturizing should be implemented a day or two after waxing. It is best to wait a few days before moisturizing as ingredients may clog the pores that may cause infection. Moisturizing the skin with natural hydrating formulations protects the skin from harsh chemicals, dirt, and strong fragrances that may lead to side effects, too.
Antiseptic creams or hydrocortisone ointment is also good to use as a protectant to reduce the chances of inflammation, itching, and redness of treated skin.
Lastly, always choose products from reputable brands. Your skin deserves only the best care. Buying gentle but quality pre and post waxing care products ensure that your skin remains smooth and hair-free for many weeks to come.