HOW TO: Return to getting waxed

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Who is ready for the world to get back to “normal”…whatever that is?

Personally, I’m planning to travel to a beach far, far away! Prior to, I would like to get my first Brazilian Wax. You read that correctly, I have never been waxed! Only my eyebrows, which I’m assuming is significantly easier than the bikini area!

I have no idea what to expect, except a tad bit of pain.

If you haven’t had a wax AT ALL this year, I am sorry to say, you can expect the same. Especially your first wax out of quarantine, as shaving can strengthen your hair as opposed to waxing which (over time) thins and softens hair.

Here are some TIPS to help you get back into the routine, courtesy of Barbara Galagusz with Skin Trade:

#1 – Do not shave the area being waxed for at least 14 to 21 days before you wax. Hair can be 1/4 inch long but typically, 1/2 inch long is preferred for your first waxing.

#2 – Do not tan the area to be waxed right before the waxing! If it is sun burned, most will not be able to wax you. If you have a tan, you run the risk of the wax causing an abrasion on that area and…. it will be painful post waxing.

#3 – If you have any sensitivity, pre medicate with a pain reliever such as Ibuprofen 30 – 45 minutes before the waxing procedure or try Numb-IT and put on 20 minutes before the waxing.

#4 – Some say, between 3:00 – 5:00 PM you are the least sensitive to pain.

#5 – Try to schedule your first waxing at a time when you feel rested and not stressed. Caffeine, nicotine and heavy alcohol consumption can make you feel over sensitive during your treatment.

#6 – A couple of days before you wax, exfoliate in the shower. Take a loofah or synthetic sponge or glove, add some body wash and with a circular motion rub gently the area that is going to be waxed. This will remove dead skin, allowing skin to grip shorter hairs.

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