HAIR REMOVAL- FAQs
Say good-bye to irritated skin that can come after the average waxing service. Laura Melissa has invested in learning how to remove hair efficiently & effectively with super high-quality grade waxes that are sure to have your skin looking exactly the same...minus the hair.
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 in 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 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.
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