Sugar waxing has been an excellent method of hair removal for centuries, but its popularity is relatively new here in the States, so many people are hesitant to try it. At Unique Threading Salon, we would like to reassure you that our sugar waxing services are effective, less painful than traditional waxing, and all-natural. If you are interested in taking advantage of our services, there are certain things you should do, and others that you should not. If you are planning on coming in for a sugar wax, consult this blog for some things you should and shouldn’t do.
DO: Exfoliate Daily
Exfoliation is key for the best results after your sugar wax. One of the advantages of this hair removal method is that it naturally exfoliates while removing hair, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect to exfoliate. For the first 24 hours after your wax, leave the area alone, but after that, begin a daily exfoliation routine. You might try a sugar or salt scrub, but if you have oily skin or are looking to cut down on costs, consider instead using an exfoliating glove or loofah. You might talk to your wax technician about your skin type and what method is best for you.
DO: Prevent Friction
One of the quickest ways to develop ingrown hairs is to introduce friction. Therefore, if you are having your body waxed, make sure to wear loose clothing that won’t rub against your skin. Avoid skin-to-skin contact as well to reduce your chances of ingrown hairs.
DO: Practice Good Hygiene
After your wax, you want to be especially diligent about hygiene, in particular after you work out. When you work out, sweat and bacteria accumulates on your skin, and the longer you sit in that, the more likely it is that your hair follicles will become clogged, becoming ingrown hairs. Make sure to take a shower immediately after you workout. If you’re pressed for time, you can also use a baby wipe in a pinch.
DO: Use a Cold Compress
If you are feeling discomfort after your wax, you can apply a cold compress to decrease the inflammation. After waxing, it’s normal for your skin to appear red and puffy due to increased circulation to the area. When you apply a cold compress, it helps to restrict the blood vessels and eases the discomfort. Your skin will likely be sensitive to heat after your treatment, so make sure to opt for a cold compress over a heating pad for your pain.
DO: Book Your Next Appointment
The key to maintaining a hairless, smooth look is to get on a regular waxing schedule. When you are in for your first sugar wax, make sure to book your next appointment for three to six weeks afterwards. Hair grows in cycles, so in order to get the best results, it’s important to time your waxes to correlate with this cycle. Ideally, the hair will still be soft. If you wait later than 6 weeks, it will grow stronger and more bulbous again.
DON’T: Pick At Ingrown Hairs
When you find an ingrown hair, it can be tempting to pop them the way you might a pimple (though you shouldn’t pick at those either). Don’t pick at them. When your hair becomes ingrown, bacteria accumulates around the infected follicle, causing inflammation. Trying to squeeze them only further aggravates the inflammation and infection and slows the healing process. If you have concerns about ingrown hairs, talk to us when you come into your wax appointment.
DON’T: Work Out After Waxing
After your wax, you should not be participating in any activity that is going to cause you to sweat. The salt in your perspiration will be irritating to the area, plus the friction against the tender area is only going to cause further aggravation.
These are just some of the things you should or should not do when it comes to waxing. When you’re looking for sugar waxing in Chelsea, contact us!