FAQ: Waxing & Sugaring
What is hard wax?
Hard wax (also known as stripless wax) is thicker than traditional soft wax ("strip wax"). It's applied with a spatula and removed by hand once it hardens. Hard wax has a low melting point and it attaches only to the hair and not the skin, reducing discomfort and irritation.
What is sugaring?
Sugaring is a form of hair removal using sugar paste. The paste is made of sugar, water, and lemon so it's 100% natural making it great for sensitive skin. It won't stick to live skin cells, minimizing any redness or discomfort after treatment. Sugar paste is never hot, only lukewarm or "cold" so there is no risk of burning the skin. It's also water soluble so it doesn't leave any residue.
Sugar or wax - which one is better?
Oh, the great debate over which is better! We believe sugaring and waxing are both great hair removal methods. There are no right or wrong answers. The end goal is the same - to remove hair from the roots making it grow back finer and more sparse. It really is a personal preference - some of our clients prefer sugar, some hard wax, and some just want the hair to be gone.
How long does my hair need to be?
Let your hair grow out for at least 2-3 weeks after shaving or last wax. It should be about 1/4 inch long at a minimum (think length of a grain of rice) for the wax/sugar to grab.
How often should I get waxed/sugared?
It's recommended to get waxed/sugared every 3 to 6 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.
Can I shave between my appointments?
No. Please don't shave between your appointments. When you shave between your wax/sugar, you're reversing the benefits of removing the hair from the root. Waxing consistently (every 3-6 weeks) weakens the hair follicle over time, resulting in less and finer hair growing back. Trust us on this one and don't shave. Please.
How can I prepare for my wax/sugar?
*Let your hair grow out for at least 2-3 weeks after shaving or last wax. It should be about 1/4 inch long at a minimum (think length of a grain of rice) for the wax/sugar to grab.
*Gently exfoliate the area being waxed the night before. This removes dead skin cell buildup and debris, and lifts trapped hair, making your wax/sugar appointment quicker, easier and less painful.
*Try to limit your caffeine intake before getting waxed or sugared. Caffeine (and other stimulants) in your system can make your skin more sensitive. Instead, drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and skin.
What are the after care instructions?
*It's important to keep the waxed area clean. For the first 24-48 hours, try to avoid hot tubs, pools, saunas, intimacy, direct sun exposure, tanning beds, working out - any activity that will cause excessive perspiration or friction.
*Begin gently exfoliating the area 48-72 hours after your appointment 2-4 times a week.
*Keep the area clean and use moisturizer daily.
*No shaving between your appointments.
Does it hurt?
Your first wax will be the most uncomfortable one. You have the most hair and we are removing those roots for the first time. Everyone's pain tolerance is different and with consistency the discomfort improves. Your second wax (if you get it done within 3-6 weeks after your first wax) will be nothing like the first time. Promise.
Will my hair grow back thicker or darker?
Nope! That's a myth. Your hair will grow back finer and more sparse.
Can I get waxed/sugared if I'm on my period?
Absolutely! You might be a bit more sensitive but yes, we wax ladies during their menstrual cycle everyday. Just change your tampon before your appointment and you're good to go. We have tampons and wipes available at the salon.
Can I get waxed/sugared if I'm pregnant?
Absolutely! You might be a bit more sensitive but there is no harm to you or your baby. We try to make the experience as comfortable as possible for you! If you have any other questions or concerns, please consult with your doctor prior to your appointment.
Is there an age limit for getting waxed/sugared?
You're never too old to start waxing. We've waxed people in their 70s and 80s. If you're under the age of 18, you should bring your parent or guardian in for the first time, as they will have to sign a parent consent form.
Do men wax/sugar?
Can I tan before or after I get waxed? How about spray tans & waxing?
It is recommended not to tan or use a tanning bed for at least 24 hours before getting waxed as your skin may be more susceptible to some skin lifting and irritation. You should never get waxed if you are sunburned! Please wait at least 48 hours to tan after getting waxed. Waxed skin is more photosensitive and can burn easy. Always wear SPF.
Schedule your wax appointment 24-48 hours before getting spray tanned. You don't want to get waxed after a spray tan because that will remove your tan.
I have an event coming up and I've never waxed before. When should I come in for a wax?
It takes about 3-4 consecutive (monthly) waxes/sugars to get smooth results. Hair grows in three different cycles and the best, longest lasting results are achieved when all three have been waxed. Plus, it gives time for your skin to get used to the process. When it's time for your event, it's recommended to come in to get waxed about 48+ hours before the big day.
If you plan on getting spray tanned as well, please schedule your wax appointment 24-48 hours before getting spray tanned. Your spray tan appointment should be the last step on your to-do list - about 48 hours before the event.
What if I'm taking medication or have allergies? Are there any topical creams I should avoid before getting waxed?
Please let us know if you're taking any medication or have any allergies. You must be off of Accutane for a minimum of 1 year before getting waxed. Taking antibiotics, steroids, thyroid medication, prednisone, etc. can all affect your waxing results. It's important to keep us informed on your skin care regimen as well. Many topical creams (Retin A, Salicylic/Glycolic/Lactic Acid, Differin, ProActiv, Renova, Benzoyl Peroxide) may make your skin more sensitive and susceptible to some skin lifting.