As opposed to shaving, which chops hair off at the skin line and whose effects last only a day or two, waxing removes hair from the root, which means the smooth results of a professional wax can last up to a month. However, pulling hair out by the root does involve a certain amount of pain. It’s that time of year in the Lehigh Valley and Haven is the full-service salon and spa that can perform all of your waxing needs to get your pool and beach ready.
Most women who wax regularly will tell you that this short-lived pain is definitely worth it for a freedom and low-maintenance bikini line throughout the summer. So if you’ve decided that this is the summer you’ll finally take the plunge, follow these few simple steps to prep for the big event.
Make Sure Your Hair Is Long Enough
Generally, hair should be about one-quarter- inch long to be effectively grabbed by the wax and removed; so make sure to let your hair grow for at least a week before waxing. If your hair is fine or grows slowly, you may need to wait longer. Not to worry, if the hair is too long or unruly, your waxer can easily use clippers to trim the area down.
Get the Area Ready
Use an exfoliating scrub the day before the wax to slough off any dead skin cells. On the day of the wax, don’t apply lotions, creams, oils, or astringents to the bikini area. Moisturizers can prevent the wax from adhering to the hair correctly, and astringents can tighten the pores and increase the amount of pain you experience.
Expect Some Pain and, yes Awkwardness
Discomfort is only felt at the time of service and stops immediately after. If you are concerned about pain, take two Advil before your appointment to reduce inflammation. You may think that ice would be great to numb skin and reduce waxing pain, but applying anything cold to the skin tightens pores. The goal is to have the pores nice and relaxed.
Practice Effective After-Care
You shouldn’t use abrasive scrubs or go tanning for twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the wax. Once the area is no longer tender (in a few days), gently exfoliate in the shower to avoid developing ingrown hairs. Expect to return for your next wax in about a month.
Waxing is a great long-term hair-removal choice; it can work for almost anyone and on any part of the body, from lips to eyebrows to underarms to chests. Even pregnant women can get bikini waxes with no problem, or at least as long as they’re still comfortable.
Waxing is the ultimate no-pain, no-gain beauty treatment. But after that brief, fleeting moment of discomfort is a long stretch of smooth, hairless skin. So go ahead and wax on girl. Call us today to book your appointment: (484) 863-4855