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7 tips to get your best wax ever


Let’s be blunt: if there’s hair on your body, it can definitely be waxed off. There’s facial waxing (upper lip, brow or chin), bikini waxing, leg waxing, underarm waxing and, of course, Brazilian waxing. Here are a few tips to make sure the professional waxing service you receive is the best it can be.


If your current salon does not offer waxing, get a trusted recommendation. You want a pro with experience and a gentle touch.


If you’re getting a wax anywhere from the neck down for the first time (arms, legs, bikini), your hair growth must be a minimum ¼ inch in length. After that, you’ll need to wait 3-4 weeks between waxings, depending on your hair growth.


Your esthetician has seen it all. This is her job! So if you’re getting a Brazilian and she asks you to get on all fours so she can get access to, ahem, everything, there’s no need to be embarrassed.


Don’t go in the sun for 24 hours after waxing. You’ll also need to stop using any product with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) 48 hours before your waxing service, and not start using them again until 48 hours after. Skip aggressive scrubs for 48 hours after, too.


The better you maintain your skin, the better results you’ll get with each waxing service. Post-wax, after any tenderness has subsided, prevent ingrown hairs under your arms and at the bikini line with an exfoliator like Quick Refiner or Pumice Peel. Bioelements Cactus Cloth is ideal for your legs and arms, and a Face Brush is perfect for the face. Exfoliating removes dead skin, and prevents clogged pores, ingrown hairs and bumps.


A soothing skin serum will calm and cool visible redness while it locks in moisture. Make sure you don’t wear any irritating fabrics that can irritate the skin, too – opt for underwear made from soft cotton post-bikini wax. You should also avoid exercise right after, as sweat and workout clothes can trigger irritation. And keep the temperature down in the shower – super-hot water can inflame just-waxed skin.


You may want to avoid waxing while menstruating, as it can raise your skin’s sensitivity. Also, medications can make you more sensitive as well – avoid waxing when taking Retin A or other prescriptions. Talk to your esthetician if you have any concerns. And never book a wax if you have a sunburn! (Of course, you always wear SPF, right?

Are you worried about your first wax or are you a seasoned pro? Share your questions – or tips of your own! – in the comments below.


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Comments (6)

Ann Koenig says:
May 20, 2011

I absolutely LOVE Stress Solution for post waxing, and so do my clients. I also recommend Decongestant Cleanser used with the Cactus Cloth in the shower is also great for those prone to post-waxing bumps! So simple, yet so effective.

Susan Thao-Johnson says:
May 21, 2011

I always spritz some Calmitude Hydrating Solution on my clients after a face wax. They love that it calms the redness down and they can go run off to do errands without looking like they just got waxed! Stress Solution and Decongestant Cleanser for post waxing is definitely also amazing!

sarah says:
May 24, 2011

Barbara, is there a way to contact you personally to ask a question? Thanks!

Barbara says:
May 24, 2011

@Sarah – You can email Just mention you have a question for me (Barbara) and it will be directed my way. Thanks!

Linda Montigel says:
May 30, 2011

Hope I can find this site again!!!!! Awesome!

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