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Brazilian Waxing Service Etiquette & Info

Soft Shell Brazilian Waxing service has become very popular. Whether it your first time or if you haven’t had one in a while, here are some tips that will make your Brazilian Wax experience a comfortable personal but professional service. Communicate and ask questions to make your service efficient and as successful as possible.

1. Arrive freshly showered if possible or make sure to tell your esthetician to provide you with hygiene wipes and a warm towel to prepare for your waxing service. If it is your first time to receive this type of waxing you can take your normal anti inflammatory, one to two hours before your appointment. Avoid coffee, caffeine, and stimulants on the day of your service. You may also purchase a topical anesthetic to apply 20-30 minutes before your appointment. Scheduling around your menstrual cycle is better because your body can be more sensitive. If you need to cancel and reschedule for timing issues, we understand.

2. If you can, timing hair growth or trimming hair to the correct length before your service helps. A general rule of thumb is that hair needs to be a ¼ inch if it's fine, a ½ if it's coarse. Wait until all hair is at least this length for best results. Avoid shaving between services to create a hair growth cycle that yields the best results.

3. Waxing occurs in a private room. Wear loose clothing to your service and remove only necessary clothes. Table is lined with wax paper or a clean sheet. Depending on your modesty and service, you may be provided with a paper thong and/ or towel. Help your esthetician move into different positions and to help to keep skin taut while waxing. Talk to your esthetician if you have questions.

4. The esthetician will cleanse and sanitize the area of the skin to be waxed. They will then liberally apply a corn starch powder or a pre-wax oil to skin. The surface of the skin is exposed after the hair is removed completely from the hair follicle but a sanitizing and calming gel will be applied. With future appointments you may notice your hair will remove easier from the follicle, the hair will be less likely to return, and you will experience less skin irritation.

5. Estheticians work quickly, which means less discomfort for you. Your esthetician will dip a wooden waxing stick into a pot of warm wax and then spread it onto your skin and hair. A pellon/cloth strip is over the still-warm wax, pressing firmly so the cloth, hair and wax adhere to one another. When the wax has cooled, she will pull the strip off, in the opposite direction of your hair growth, pulling the hairs out by the root. Depending on your hair growth, your esthetician may also use a hard wax which is applied more thickly, but does not use strips to be removed and is peeled off when cooled. It may be used in the more delicate areas of the bikini area.

6. You may be asked to help hold skin taut by pressing your palm on your leg or torso. Depending on your skin type and texture, you may also want to purchase a topical anesthetic to apply prior to your next waxing. Ask your professional for a recommendation as some topical anesthetics can be found over the counter and some are prescriptions.

7. Since the Brazilian Waxing can mean different things to different people, you may communicate your expectations and complexity of the area. Explain your understanding and preferences for personalized waxing include designs with the esthetician prior to starting and during the wax service.

8. Once the waxing is complete, tweezing stray hairs, shaping and/or trimming complete your service.

9. The esthetician will spread a soothing lotion over the freshly waxed areas. When you get home you can apply ice for 10 minutes, aloe vera, and/or a mild cortisone lotion to help calm the skin after waxing. To prevent or heal bumps, redness or ingrown hairs, after 24 hours gently exfoliate the area with a body scrub or loofah and then smooth on a lotion with alpha or beta hydroxy acid, such as Tend Skin or PFB lotion which can be found in the Soft Shell boutique. To keep regrown smooth and from fresh skin from growing over the follicle, exfoliate the area regularly and in the days leading up to your next appointment.

10. Be sure to ask for the name and business card of the esthetician so you can contact her for any post questions and so when you make another appointment you can get the same person. Typically, you'll need to wax every 4 to 6 weeks. And keep in mind, the more you do the waxing, the easier it becomes!

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