Waxing Preparation and After Care

Woman applying cream for waxing preparation and after care

Remember that waxing preparation and after care are as important as the actual waxing treatment!

Hair removal is a treatment used by both women and men to give them the benefit of smooth skin for a variety of reasons.  The most affordable and popular way to achieve this is by waxing.  However, this is an ongoing task which includes care of the skin between waxes if problems such as itching, bacterial infections, ingrowing hairs and scarring are to be avoided necessitating the use of antibiotics.

Prior to your waxing appointment

  • It is recommended that a hair re-growth of 0.5 – 1cm be achieved before another appointment is made (approximately three weeks depending on your personal speed of growth).  The reason for this is to give the wax ‘something to get hold of’ ensuring that the hair is able to be pulled out by the root and will not break.
  • Exfoliating opens up follicles (which minimises the possibility of ingrowing hairs).  We recommend that this is done to the areas to be treated the week before your appointment.
  • Do not apply any lotions or creams to the areas to be waxed on the day of your appointment.
  • If the possibility of discomfort or pain worries you we would suggest taking a pain killer such as Panadol around two hours before your appointment – we would say, however, that the thought may be worse than the deed.
  • We would advise that there may be some temporary reactions to a waxing treatment such as redness, minor bumps and soreness.  These are common, especially if this is your first treatment but should disappear over the next one to two days.  If the problems persist after this time, or if you have any queries, please contact us.
  • After you have had a waxing treatment
  • Ensure the waxed area is kept clean and try to avoid excessive heat or friction for the following one to two days.
  • Avoid touching the waxed area with fingers for a minimum of two days to avoid any transfer of infection.
  • For the same reason do not use public swimming pools, saunas,  hot showers or spas for a minimum of two days.
  • For one to two days avoid gym work, sport or strenuous exercise.
  • To help avoid friction wear loose fitting, clean clothing on the waxed areas.
  • Do not apply lotions, deodorants, powders or body sprays etc. for 24 hours to the treated areas unless your therapist has recommended them to you as they may cause irritation.

After around a week following treatment you may see small amounts of re-growth.  Your hair has a growth cycle and it may take several waxings to obtain a standard re-growth pattern and the maximum results.  Our recommendation is regular treatments of between four and six weeks to keep the smooth appearance which is desired – do not shave between your waxing treatments.

Prevention of ingrown hairs

The term ingrown hairs refers to newly growing hairs which cannot pierce the surface of the skin and instead curl back under the skin inside the follicle which the body treats as an unwelcome foreign body.  This can result in an infectious growth as the body tries to eject it.  These can be caused through a variety of hair removal treatments blocking the follicle opening such as electrolysis, waxing or shaving and occurs in both genders.  Using appropriate measures detailed below this problem can be avoided.

Exfoliation helps after waxing

  • This removes the top layer of dead skin cells
  • Before taking your daily shower use a dry coarse body mitt (on dry skin) – this dry bushing is essential.
  • We recommend this type of exfoliation be started three days after your waxing session and be done two or three times a week.
  • If ingrown hairs do happen then PFB Lotion should be applied daily to dry skin for up to seven days.

Moisturise after Waxing

  • Moisturise every day from three days after your waxing.
  • This helps to nourish the skin and protect it preventing the problems of irritation and flaking.
  • With the exfoliating treatment eliminating the problem causing the ingrown hair the moisturiser will soften the skin and make it easier for the hairs to grow through the skin’s outer layer.