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Frequently asked questions
  • What is waxing?
    Waxing is a form of hair removal that removes the entire hair from the hair follicle. At Laura Melissa Skincare & Makeup Studio, a low-temp wax is applied to the skin and adheres to the hair. When removed, the hair is pulled from the root.
  • Is there anyone who should NOT get waxed? Or is there a reason I can’t get waxed?
    We cannot wax you if you fall under any of the following categories: 1.You are using any Retinol products i.e., Retin A, Renova, etc. on your bikini line or brow area. 2.You are taking Accutane or other strong medications for acne. 3.You have any kind of sunburn, laser burn, pustules, or breakouts on the area to be waxed. 4.If you have type 1 diabetes; please let us know as we may need an all-clear from your doctor. 5.If your bottom or other private parts are not presented in the cleanest fashion, then that body part is not deemed sanitary and therefore you will not be waxed. Hygiene is extremely important, and we do not want to put you or ourselves at risk. In other words, please wash yourself thoroughly before coming in. We ask that you discreetly disclose any and all medical conditions you have at the time you request your appointment, especially any STDs
  • Does it hurt?
    While everyone’s pain tolerance is different, you can expect a short, stinging sensation after the strip is pulled which can be uncomfortable– but you can rule out excruciating pain.
  • How should I best prepare for my waxing session? Do you have any tips for me to follow to ensure that I wax well?
    Yes, here are some tips to make the experience more pleasant for you: ●The thickness of your hair plays a big role in how much discomfort (if any) you will experience, which is why waxing every 3-4 weeks consistently is strongly encouraged.  ●The length of your hair can contribute to pulling, thus causing discomfort. Expect your hair to be trimmed if your hair is longer than needed to be waxed. ●Avoid waxing for a couple of hours after consumption of alcohol or caffeine. Contrary to the popular belief, stimulants can cause the skin to be extra sensitive, and hence causing the experience to be a little more uncomfortable than usual. ●Hydrate! Drinking lots of water along with regular use of hydrating pre & post care will help avoid dehydrated skin (not just on your face but for your entire body). Dehydration causes the skin to be sensitive and dry which can lead to skin irritation and cause little cracks in the surface of the skin in turn making the skin more susceptible to breaking. ●Moisturize well on the days leading up to your appointment. Healthy, well-moisturized skin allows the wax to release more easily. Too much moisturizer could coat the hair and interfere with the wax’s grip, so avoid moisturizing on the day of your waxing session. ●Avoid undergoing a brazilian/bikini wax one week before and during your period, as the pain and sensitivity can be heightened during this time of the month. ●A topical numbing cream can be used in the bikini area, but to be completely AVOIDED in the inner lip area. Please notify Laura Melissa prior to booking your wax session if you are interested in using a numbing cream the day of your service so that the studio’s recommended cream is suggested along with directions for use. ●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).  ●It is important that you perform a thorough visual inspection of the area that needs waxing. Check for signs of broken skin or inflammation. When you detect a wound or open skin, it’s best to delay waxing until the skin is completely healed. Identify moles or beauty marks that you may have so that Laura Melissa will perform measures to protect them during your waxing session.
  • Why should I wax vs. shaving, electrolysis, or laser?
    If waxing is done consistently (every 3-4 weeks), 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. Lasers are an investment but can be extremely effective if you are really hairy or have dark, thick hair and generally more prone to ingrown hair issues. However, Electrolysis and Laser hair removal doesn’t work for everyone (especially blonde, red, or gray-haired individuals) and can be painful (depending on the laser), unpredictable, and cost prohibitive. Also, in some cases, it can cause hyperpigmentation. But feel free to check in with a laser and electrolysis expert, who can advise clients on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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 are used to shrink wrap and harden around the hair and lift 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. Hard wax is the most gentle on sensitive skin and is used on your most sensitive areas such as the inner labia in brazilian wax services.
  • 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 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. Except for clients under the age of 16, where we invite a parent or guardian to be on hand.
  • 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 regard 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 an appropriate serum yields the best solution to combat this issue. All recommended at-home care may be found here.
  • Can I get waxed if I'm pregnant?
    Absolutely! We will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible during your service.
  • How do I take care of my skin after the hair has been removed? Are there any specific instructions that I need to follow to ensure that the integrity of my skin isn’t compromised?
    Post-wax care is just as important as pre-wax care. For the first 24 hours after you wax, we recommend you avoid: ● Vigorous activity, friction, sweating i.e. spinning, bike riding, running, etc. ● Sex (for brazilian waxes only). We recommend this for first time waxers. Once your skin gets used to waxing, you can use our recommended barrier balm and you should be fine. ● Hot tubs, steam rooms, chlorinated pools, saltwater, or very hot baths/showers ● Products containing perfume. alcohol, baking soda, essential oils (in fact you should never use perfumed products down there –ever) ● Tanning beds or direct sun on the waxed area ● Picking at your skin with your fingers or a sharp instrument ● Heavy creams, oils, deodorants, or exfoliating products ● Retinols ● Very tight clothing that holds sweat to the skin ● Deodorants that contain baking soda, citric acid, or essential oils. They can burn and irritate the skin. Keep in mind that clients that have the best post-wax experience choose products from reputable and professional recommended brands. Your skin only deserves the best care. Buying gentle but quality pre and post wax care products ensure that your skin remains smooth and hair-free for many weeks to come. Below are our top-two tips to support the health and appearance of this hair free area: ● The application of a hydrating solution is an important post-wax and after care step. An appropriate 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. 
  • Are there any additional instructions for intimate waxers?
    Very important information for Brazilian & Bikini Waxers: ● Because waxed skin is compromised skin, condoms, lubricants, spermicides, bleached panty liners, soaps, and sexual activity can irritate a freshly waxed area. Laura Melissa’s barrier protectant of choice Se-Brazil Ouch Balm can be purchased online and in-studio. This balm may be used post-wax over the waxed area before contact.  ● In general, please remember to always use natural, unbleached panty liners and tampons. ● Before your wax your skin was properly cleaned and prepped. We did our job in making sure your skin was squeaky clean when you left; it is now your job to keep it that way. If you have any concerns, please contact the studio immediately.
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