FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Most people inexperienced with waxing come to me with a lot of questions. Luckily, I have lots of answers. Here are some of the questions I get most frequently, but if you have others please feel free to shoot me an email at: waxmasterpdx@gmail.com

Q: Does waxing hurt?
A: Well sure, your hair is being pulled from the follicle in your skin, skin has nerve endings…you will feel it, it stings briefly, it doesn’t linger. But the thing I hear most from first time waxers is that it doesn’t hurt as much as they expected it to. And I often hear from experienced waxers that it doesn’t hurt as much with me as it did the last place they were waxed. Taking a couple of Advil or Tylenol before you come in can help some, and I use amazing before and after care products to keep the waxed area free of bacteria, soft, and soothed.

Q: How long will my skin feel tender after waxing?
A: Not long, and not much. The first time, you may be a little pink for a few hours, and just slightly tender to the touch until the next morning. The more you continue your waxing treatments the less sensitive the skin will be.

Q: How hot is the wax? Can it burn me?
A: Not a chance! I keep the wax at a constant temperature that’s just above the temperature of the skin (generally about 98.6-99). It feels warm going on, actually quite nice. Often people whose top layer of skin has been lifted by misuse of soft wax, think they were burned, but that is not the case. Which brings us to the next question…

Q: What is the difference between “soft” and “hard” wax?
A: “SOFT” wax is a thin spreading, very sticky wax that is removed using paper or cloth strips, taking the hair with it. It is great for larger, flatter, smoother surfaces of the body like the legs or back.  I NEVER use soft wax on the face or genitals, and only sometimes on the underarms, if my client doesn’t have sensitive skin. The bond of the sticky soft wax can be too much for sensitive facial skin, and it can actually lift off the top layer leaving a raw shiny spot that may scab, and even scar. I want to avoid this at all costs!
“HARD” wax is thicker wax that hardens as it cools, while encapsulating the hair, and has little to no influence on the skin. No paper or cloth strips are required to remove it, as the cooled wax is firm enough to be pulled off by itself. This is the wax I use exclusively on the face, and for Brazilian bikini waxing, and it works great.

Q: Is there any reason I shouldn’t wax?
A:
Yes! It is important that you let me know if you are taking any medications, and what skin care products you are using prior to waxing. If you are taking or have taken any of these medications within the last 3 months, we need to talk before we do any waxing:

  1. Accutane (Acne medication)
  2. Adapalene (Acne medication)
  3. Alustra (Retin A)
  4. Antibiotics
  5. Avage (Tazorac – Acne medication)
  6. Avita (type of Retin A)
  7. Clindamycin
  8. Differin (Acne medication)
  9. Doxycycline
  10. Erythromycin
  11. Isotretinoin (like Accutane)
  12. Madifloxicine
  13. Metronidazole
  14. Minocycline
  15. Renova (Retin A)
  16. Tazarac (Acne medication)
  17. Tazarotene (like Tazorac)
  18. Tetracycline
  19. Tretinoin (like Retin A)

Or applying topically:

  1. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
  2. Topical Antibiotics
  3. Retinol
  4. Salicylic Acid
  5. Exfoliants/Laser Peels/Microdermabrasion

    These medications and products may cause the skin to thin or to be extra sensitive to waxing. Thin, sensitive skin can lift with the wax. If you have taken Accutane within the last year it is not advised to wax for one year after you have stopped taking this medication.

Q: How long does waxing last? How often should I wax?
A: Waxing lasts from 2-4 weeks before soft re-growth starts to appear. You need to wait until the new hair is long enough to wax again before your next visit, which generally takes from 4-6 weeks. If you wax on this cycle, it hurts much less and the soft re-growth is hardly noticeable. Waxing will make the hair grow back softer, and after many years of regular waxing there will actually be less of it!

Q: Why is waxing better than shaving?
A: If you didn’t get the answer to that from the last question (hint: lasts weeks longer, no rough stubble!), then you’ll just have to try it to find out!