Your first wax after lockdown
It’s been a tough 3 months but now there is light at the end of the tunnel and with only a few weeks to go an announcement that we may be able to reopen, now is the time to begin to prepare for your first wax after lockdown. In fact, this blog will also help you if this is your very first wax too and would like to know how to prepare for it.
How to prepare for your first wax
First of all, if you are new to waxing, read this blog, Waxing at Queen B, this will introduce you to waxing and all the amazing benefits of regular waxing.
If it is your very first wax, it can be a bit daunting, but don’t worry, every wax therapist at Queen B is a specialist.
Please let us know if it is your first time so we can add a little extra time to your service.
If you are used to shaving or have been using a razor during the lockdown, it is imperative that you stop shaving at least 2 and a half weeks before your visit. This allows adequate time for your hair to grow at least ¼ inch to ½ inch (If you have coarser hair, it should be at least ½ inch).
Why is your hair length important?
The reason we need your hair to be a certain length is so we can ensure the hair is completely removed from the root.
To measure your hair length, grasp the hairs and pull them up. If you’re unable to grasp the hairs without also pinching your skin, they might not be long enough yet.
Please do not grab the hairs too abruptly or you may risk accidentally pulling them out entirely.
This is really important because the wax needs to stick to the hair to successfully pull it all out from the root. If the wax doesn’t adhere correctly, it might break the hair in half and will probably cause skin irritation or ingrown hairs.
Ensuring correct hair length will benefit your future waxes too. When you make sure that all the hairs are removed on the same cycle, they’ll grow back at the same time, too. Read more about your hair growth cycles.
Please be aware that if your hair is less than ¼ inch long, you will probably need to reschedule your appointment so your hair can grow a little bit more. If in doubt, please call us and arrange a quick consultation so we can advise you before you book.
Exfoliating your skin a few days before waxing can also make hair removal easier, and getting rid of dead skin cells makes ingrown hairs less likely, pick up a bottle of Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser to help but please do not use it 24 hours before your visit.
Will all hair be removed on my first visit?
Waxing is very rarely perfect the first time due to the way hair grows and the 3 phases of hair growth.
To be removed successfully, hair has to be growing in the first phase (anagen stage). It’s not until your 3rd or 4th visit that waxing will be completely effective, as by this time most of your hair will be in the same growth phase.