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Yes, it is ok to get waxed during your period. I prefer to have my clients wear a tampon, but if for some reason you get one right as you enter my space, don’t worry, I’ve got tampons on hand for that very reason. The only reason why I may say to wait until after your period is over, is because your body is more sensitive during this time, so the wax will most likely feel more painful. So if you’ve got an important event or vacation coming up and you need to be waxed, but aunt Flo came to visit, no worries!
Lately, I have been very disturbed by how many internet “deals” are advertising brazilans for $30 or less. I did partake in ONE internet deal with giltcity.com and I charged $38 for my brazilians. I didn’t want to get on the discount train like many other businesses because my image and reputation are both very important to me. I did the Gilt City deal for Marketing purposes and I chose Gilt City because of their reputation for being “Luxury”. I must say that I was very happy with the type of clients I had received and I was able to retain a lot of them where they now pay me full price.
With that being said, I am tired of seeing businesses undermine themselves by discounting on countless websites like Living Social, Buywithme, kgbdeals, bloomspot, etc. I feel like as a society we are creating this nasty bug of devalueing Professionals and their craft. I know when I had worked in my former job at a spa, whenever I had to take care of discounted clients, I didn’t put my all and “best” into my work because I knew they had paid less, and most of the time they didn’t come back, so why waste my energy? I wonder how many of these businesses can actually retain a high percentage of these people coming in for a cheap service? From talking to other business owners, it seems that many of them have a very low retention rate. Also, as a technician, when you are working back to back, it is hard to maintain a high level of service when you don’t have much time to rest.
What is my point? My point is you receive what you pay for! I know that I am one of the best in performing brazilians and I strive to give great service to every client that comes in and that is why I am where I am today. Yes, I’m not cheap, but do you want a QUALITY service where I will take care of you and make sure you don’t have a nightmare experience, or do you want something cheap where you have no idea if the person is even an Esthetician (they’re probably a nail tech) or if they even care if you are in a pain or not? The vagina area is no joke y’all. There is a lot of nerve endings and soft tissue that can easily tear, if you want to risk injury and pain, it is up to you, but in my opinion, leave it to the professionals even if you do have to spend $30-$40 more.
Q: Does it matter what kind of wax my Esthetician uses?
A: Yes, these days wax technology has gotten very advanced. This also means that the best waxes are also on the pricey side. I’ve heard many horror stories where my clients try to save money by going to cheap nail salons and they all come running back. Why? Because they use cheap wax. Cheap wax is more likely to pull skin, hence causing more pain. Also, a lot of the time, the people performing these Brazilians are not formally trained on how to give a proper brazilian and they can cause bruising, pulled skin, and ingrown hairs.
Q: Could my Esthetician be causing me to have ingrown hairs?
A: This is a tricky question, but the answer would be both “yes” and “no”. Some people are just prone to ingrowns and no matter what they do, they will still get them. These people tend to have thick, curly, and dense hair. BUT, it is also possible for an Esthetician to cause ingrown hairs by improperly removing the hair. If you were someone who never got ingrowns from waxing and all of the sudden you started getting them, you may want to check in with your Esthetician to make sure she is paying attention to what she is doing.
Q: Is it realistic to expect ALL of the hair be removed?
A: No, Estheticians are human too. We don’t have super-sonic eyesight, so sometimes we may miss a hair here and there. I am super anal about left over hair, but sometimes I may miss a few. If there happens to be a noticeable patch of hair that was missed, make sure you let your Esthetician know for the next time. Also, please do not expect us to tweeze every single hair that is left over. Once again, we are human and we need to save our backs so that we can continue doing our trade.
One of the biggest complaints that people have when it comes to shaving and waxing is ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are a nuissance because they make your bikini area look less attractive and they can become quite painful. The worst is when they become infected and trust me (I know from personal experience), nobody wants to go to urgent care to have “minor surgery”.
I am going to go straight to the gritty and tell you what may cause ingrown hairs and how you can prevent and treat those nasty buggers.
WHAT CAUSES INGROWN HAIRS?
I have to say that some people are just prone to ingrown hairs and it can be hard to treat for these people. I’m not saying that it’s a lost cause, so don’t feel discouraged if you are one of these people.
Here are some of the common causes of ingrown hair:
1) Improper shaving
2) Improper wax removal
3) Friction or rubbing of the skin
4) Too much dead skin debris blocking the hair follicle opening, causing the hair to grow sideways
HOW CAN I PREVENT INGROWN HAIRS?
1) Exfoliate your bikini area around 2 times per week. You can do this by using a scrub. Even better if the scrub has salicylic acid in it to kill bacteria and keep the pores from getting impacted. If you are already doing this, you may have to use a specific toner or cream in addition to the physical exfoliation.
2) Wear loose clothing. There is nothing wrong with being sexy and wearing sexy tight leather pants or jeans, but when you’re at home and no one is admiring your tight behind, free yourself (and your bikini area) and wear something loose (or nothing at all!)
3) Wax not shave! Shaving definitely brings on more ingrown hairs. I’ve had many clients tell me that they experience a decrease in ingrown hairs from waxing. Make sure you also have an experienced Esthetician (like me) who knows what they are doing.
4) Too much friction or rubbing. I know that being clean down there makes you feel sexy and I’m sure your partner loves it too, but try to refrain from sex the first 24 hours after waxing.
I’VE GOT AN INGROWN HAIR, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
1) If you are coming in to see your Esthetician, ask if she will remove it for you. This is a service that I do for my clients, but not all Estheticians will do this.
2) If it looks like a black head, go ahead and extract it yourself like you are extracting a pimple. If the hair doesn’t want to come out, don’t force it, otherwise you will bruise the skin or make it worse.
3) If it has gotten swollen and extremely painful, you may have to go in to see a doctor. This is a sign that you may have an infection.
Many times I have clients who come in and they are uninformed about what to expect post waxing. Many believe that you come in, it is pain free, and your skin leaves looking like it did before. I’m sorry to say, but there is always going to be post waxing reactions.
Here are some common normal reactions:
1) Your skin is red, inflamed, and bumpy. Expect your skin to be like this for around 24 hours, afterwards it should be smooth like a baby’s bottom!
2) You have some spot bleeding.
3) You feel tender and sore. You can use a cold compress to help ease the discomfort.
What is considered to be NOT normal:
1) You are bleeding non-stop. Depending on the severity, you may need stitches. If you are concerned, I would call your nurse/doctor to make sure everything is ok. I would also make sure that you tell your Esthetician.
2) Your skin has been torn or pulled off and the area stings as a result. Ice the area, put some neosporin, and try to avoid friction in the area by wearing loose clothing. You may experience post pigmentation (where the skin gets darker) and this will be temporary, but know that the pigmentation can last 3-6 months. If it is an area that may be exposed to the sun, make sure you cover it with sunscreen or it will get darker!
If you have experienced anything else that I may have not mentioned, feel free to drop me a note and I will make sure I address it.
Here are some common scenarios that I often encounter and my advice on what you can do to make the waxing experience less painful:
1) You come in a week before your period is expected to come.
You are usually the most sensitive the week before your period, so this is the time that you actually want to avoid. Try to book your appointment a couple weeks before or after your period, this is when you will feel less sensitive.
2) It’s been months since your last brazilian.
Coming in habitually will save you from pain in a couple different ways. One, because the hair is shorter there is less pulling that needs to be done to pull the hair out of the follicle. Two, the more you come the easier it gets, resulting in less surprises.
3) You come in and you forgot to trim.
If I see that your hair is super long, I will trim your hair, but if you come late to the appointment and my books are full, the trimming is not going to be as thorough. If your hair is super long, it is best that you trim your hair. When the hair is super long, there is much more torque involved to pull the hair out of the follicle and this is why it hurts more. The key to trimming your hair is that you want to make sure it doesn’t get too short, otherwise the wax cannot be performed. Just keep in mind that your hair has to be at least a quarter of inch long in order to get waxed.
4) Your skin was not pulled taut enough.
I often will put my clients in certain positions and I will have them help me pull their skin taut, since I don’t have enough hands to do the waxing and keep the skin taut all at the same time. When I ask my clients to do this, I notice that some are not pulling the skin as taut as they should. I try to counteract by pulling taut on my end, but if we both were pulling the skin at the maximum taut level, the pain level would significantly be lower.
5) First time or you know you have a low pain threshold.
If this is your first time or if you know that you have a low pain tolerance, then do yourself a favor and take a pain reliever at least half an hour before your appointment.