For waxing services... a few pointers to give you ELITE results:
1. Hair should be at LEAST 1/4 inch in length. 1/2 inch is even better. The hair must be long enough for the wax to grab on to... Hair that is too long may get matted in the wax and cause tugging and pulling (...more pain for you...)... please trim long hair, but don't trim too short!
2. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate! Using a gentle scrub on your skin the day BEFORE waxing is a great way to get smoother results. Scrubs eliminate the top layer of dead skin cells, which tend to "trap" some hairs. They can also eliminate dryness in the skin, ensuring that your hair will "lift" from the follicle instead of breaking off. For the body, I recommend a good Sugar Scrub, applied with damp hands to dry skin, and then rinsed. Sugar is water soluble, so applying it to wet skin dissolves the sugar too quickly! For the face, I recommend a light rounded-bead facial scrub (i.e - Rhonda Allisons' Skin Brightening scrub)... NO apricot scrubs, NO AHA's or retinols.
3. Speaking of AHA's and Retinols... while they should be included in EVERY skin care regime, they MAY cause complications with facial waxing. These products prevent dead cell build up on the skins surface, which means there is less of a protective layer to tolerate the exfoliation of the wax. Some skins are more sensitive than others... some will experience mild flaking, while others will experience a "dermabrasion" which is a scrape in the skin that feels raw. If you are using AHA's or Retinols, let's discuss this so I can make sure you get the most out of your waxing service! (This also goes for ANY medications prescribed by a dermatologist such as Accutane, tazorac, or tetrinoin)
4. Sun Exposure/Tanning/Heat... DON'T DO IT. Sun bathing and tanning dehydrate the skin. Waxing dehydrated skin can cause extreme sensitivity and skin lifting. Sunburn causes inflammation in the skin which does not pair well with hot wax and pulling hair out by the root. Your skin will be raw, flaky, and sore. DO NOT SUNBATHE OR TAN AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE OR AFTER A WAXING SERVICE! (Side note: Spray tanning should be done 24 hours AFTER a waxing service...once your pores have closed back up). As far as heat/saunas/steam rooms are concerned... don't do it after a waxing!!! It will open up your already inflamed follicles and create a party atmosphere for bacteria. Eww.
5. Pain relief... some sources say it's a great idea to take an ibuprofen 20 minutes before a waxing, while other sources say it's a waste. I say, try it and see if it works for you. It may, it may not... Other factors that contribute to a more painful experience are drinking too much caffeine, HBP, or your menstrual cycle. I'm okay with performing waxing while you're on your cycle, but please know that it may cause more sensitivity! Also... numbing creams... I've never invested in them because I don't believe they do much to numb the pain. They are good for eliminating that "surface sting", but the creams do not penetrate deep enough into the hair follicle to numb the nerve that attaches the hair to the skin. You will still feel that hair come out by the root.
6. Regular waxing... this one is SO IMPORTANT! It's gets easier with each waxing... REALLY! Regular body waxing every 4-8 weeks (average is 5) allows me to continuously pull hair out by the root, causing the root to weaken. Weaker hair roots will produce thinner, lighter hair, eventually allowing the root to die. Less hair, less pain.
7. Ingrown hairs/bumps... I offer 2 really great products to prevent and correct bumps and ingrowns... Serious Serum is great for a dry, sensitive skin; while PFB VANISH is perfect for anyone who has pigmented spots that linger after an ingrown has healed. These products WILL keep your skin smooth and beautiful between waxing services.
8. DON'T BE AFRAID TO TRY WAXING!!! ... I have tons of experience. And yes, Brazilians are my favorite thing to do. I'm good at them... I promise they are not as bad as you may think. It's a temporary pain with results that are well worth it. You WILL come back for more! I use both a hard wax and a soft wax to (a) get you the smoothest results, and (b) keep the pain minimal. I also use all the necessary prep & post products that may others tend to skip. If you are new to waxing, we can take baby steps! I promise to make sure you are comfortable throughout the service. I will respect your modesty and your pain tolerance! You will leave your first waxing experience thinking "that wasn't so bad!!!".
A few tips on facial services...
1. Facials... I will ALWAYS assess your skin and inform you on what I think will get you the best results. I will LISTEN to what it is you are looking to get out of your service, and we will discuss options. My treatments and products are VERY active, so if you've scheduled a facial that your skin is not ready for, we will discuss that. The healthier your skin is, the better it will handle a more intensive treatment. I also have wonderful soothing and hydrating treatments for skins that need some assistance!
2. Skin Prep... please feel free to bring me whatever it is you are using at home! I'm happy to make suggestions to your skincare regime... even if you didn't buy it from me! Proper hydration will get you better results from your treatment, so drink your water!!! I want your skin to look and feel luminous after your treatment!
3. Peels... These are always best done under my recommendation. There are many types of peels that can lead to mild or intense flaking. A good peel will purposely traumatize the skin, forcing it to rebuild. The rebuilding process is more important than the peel itself! Proper home care products are a MUST. My peels include healing products in the price to ensure you get the best results, but they still require discipline on your part to hydrate, nourish, wear your SPF and please, please, please, DO NOT PICK peeling skin!
Any other questions? Please don't hesitate to ask!!! I taught this trade for 7 years... I could talk about it all day :)