1. Hair length
You need some hair growth for the wax to hold onto. We recommend 1/4 of an inch. That is about 2-3 weeks of growing it after shaving.
Your skin is the most sensitive the time near your period. Waxing can be more painful than normal. Your appointment shouldn’t be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period. However, you can still wax if you are on your period.
While the skin on the face is generally exfoliated enough in terms of waxing, the body needs a little help. A somewhat gritty body scrub will help rid dead cells around skin pores and hair follicles, providing an easier exit. Shower and lightly exfoliate entire area the day before your appointment using warm, not hot, water. Make sure you are extra clean.
4. Pain preventers
Take an Ibuprofen or Advil 30-45 minutes before your appointment if you are worried about pain. Also don’t forget about numbing cream. You can find these products on Amazon to have in your home.
5. Reduce acidity
Smoking, regular caffeine and alcohol consumption creates a lot of acid in the body’s system. You might benefit from taking something like Tums 20 minutes before your service to reduce acidity and therefore reduce skin’s sensitivity. Don’t drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol. While having a couple glasses of wine or beer before getting waxed sounds like a great idea, stimulants in the system can cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing. Give yourself a couple of hours after drinking coffee or alcohol before getting waxed. Instead, drink a lot of water to hydrate your body and skin.
6. Don’t think waxing at home will be easy
It’s hard to do on yourself, even for the professionals. It will really hurt if you don’t know what you’re doing. Bruising and pulling off skin is very common for at home kits.
Because of hair growth cycles, three to be exact, sometimes the very first wax may already grow some stubble after a couple of days. It is not the hair waxed already growing, but another cycle that was still under the skin during waxing. While it’s usually only a small amount of hair, for more smooth results wax twice before an event or vacation. The second time, cycles are more even and there is less regrowth.