Waxing & Threading – What You Should Know

CurlyRemoving unwanted hair can be done in numerous ways.
* You can shave off unwanted hair, but many are frustrated by fast regrowth in as early as a day.
* Plucking or tweezing unwanted hair can deliver longer lasting results but can be painful and tedious.
* Depilatory creams and gels (hair removal creams/gels) are another option for hair removal but the chemicals can burn your skin if left on too long. Depilatory creams come in different strengths for different areas of your body. It is very important you use the correct strength for each body area to reduce risk of skin irritation.
* Electrolysis is a permanent solution for small area hair removal. A technician places a tiny an electric current into the hair follicle to destroy it, you usually need more than one visit. With electrolysis there is the potential for scaring if done on larger areas of the body.
* Laser Hair Removal is a permanent solution to unwanted hair growth. Laser is most effective on dark hair and not all skin types are able to use this method. It usually takes 6+ visits for optimal laser results and can be very expensive.
* Threading has become very popular. It is a great option for those looking for hair removal to the face and arms but it is not usually done on other areas of the body. Threading will keep an area hair free for about a month.
* Then there is waxing. Like threading, waxing will keep unwanted hair away for about a month, but unlike threading, it can be done to any area of the body. Waxing is a great option for hair removal and when done regularly will give you amazing results.

So now that you know the methods here are the before and after dos and don’ts for the most common salon hair removal solutions; Threading and Waxing:

Do Talk about Your Medications
Certain medications can cause your skin to be thin or more sensitive. Consult with your esthetician about your medications, especially those used to control acne.
Do Keep it Long
You should let the hair grow to about ¼” before your treatments. This allows for the wax or thread to have something to grip before being removed.
Do a 24-hour Hold on Moisturizing
Overly plumped skin is a little more difficult to work with. Hold off on moisturizing the treatment area for 24-hours.
Do Come with Freshly Cleansed Skin
Take a shower or bathe the morning of your appointment and gently cleanse the areas that will be treated. This helps to cut back on bacteria that can build up in the follicle after the threading or waxing procedure.
Do Apply Sunblock
After facial waxing or threading the areas will be light sensitive. Make sure to wear sunblock (we recommend using a tinted moisturizer with SPF protection for moisturizing protection that wont clog pores).
Do Gentle Exfoliation
The day after your appointment gently exfoliate the treated areas. Exfoliation helps to keep pores clean and clear of bacterial buildup and dead skin cells and will reduce bumps and breakouts. Continue to exfoliate the areas each time you shower or bathe.

Do Not Expose Skin to Heat
After waxing or threading your skin is more sensitive. Do not go tanning, use a hot tub, sauna or take a hot bath or shower for at least 24 hours.
Do Not Put on Deodorant
Hopefully you thoroughly cleansed your under arms before your treatment, because applying deodorant right after treatment can cause clogged pores that can become painful.
Do Not Touch
Keep your hands off treated areas as your hands carry bacterial and oils that can clog pores.
Do Not Cause Friction
Don’t wear overly tight clothing to your appointment. You don’t want to have a lot of friction on freshly treated skin as that too can cause painful bumps.

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