When you go for a wax, the first question that usually comes to mind is how much is it going to hurt? Perhaps, a more important question may be, how long should your hair be to get waxed?

Waxing can be a daunting experience, but ladies, it shouldn’t be!

Waxing is the hero of all hair removal methods. Warm wax is applied to the skin and sticks to the hair like spaghetti to meatballs and Chuck to Blair. The wax is then used to pull the hair from the root, removing the entire hair from the follicle.

You’ve heard the benefits and now you want to plan your first appointment, but not sure of all the facts and figures? Well not to worry, we’ve got you covered.

We caught up with Mariette, owner of SkinPhD Queenswood Quarter who addresses 5 of the most important facts you need to consider when waxing.

The Perfect Length Is Key

For the best waxing experience, the length of hair is key. Too long and it’ll break and be difficult to remove. Too short and the wax won’t be able to get a grip, elongating the waxing process and potentially causing more pain or irritation. This is especially important for first-timers, who in a way are going into the process blind, which can be a little scary.

“For the best results, it is recommended that individuals going for a wax grow their hair out to at least 1/4 inch or 6 mm – the ideal length for optimal smoothness.” says Mariette.

Depending on where you’re getting waxed, you can either trim hair the day before or shave far enough in advance so that hair grows to this optimum length for your appointment date. Once you’ve begun waxing, book your appointments in conjunction with your hair growth, typically every three-to-five weeks.

Moisturize and Exfoliate Often

How you take care of your skin before and after waxing has a tremendous impact on the results. Mariette says exfoliating and moisturizing are a must.

“Keeping your skin moisturized will ensure healthy, hydrated skin. Wash before you wax – this will help open the pores and prevent you from getting ingrown hairs.” says Mariette.

Hydration is also key, especially in winter when hair is dry and more likely to break when waxing. Use after-wax lotions and exfoliate to keep the skin free from bumps and ingrown hairs.

Never Shave Between Waxes

The biggest mistake spas and salons see clients making is shaving between waxes. Ladies, this is a big no-no!

People may think that this is a quick fix for stubble, but shaving only removes hair at skin level, so it reappears in one to four days, and over time the skin itself becomes course.

The disadvantages of shaving are countless, especially if you’re trying to reap the benefits of waxing. Once you commit to waxing, you need to stick to it.

“Once you commit to regular waxing and no shaving, hair will eventually start to become finer and grow more slowly, which will increase your time between waxes, ultimately reducing the appearance of hair.

If you start shaving between your appointments, you continually cut the hair and stimulate its growth.” says Mariette.

Sticking to scheduled appointments are important

Keeping the correct timing between waxes ensures the best results and can also help with planning for specific events, holidays or out-of town visits. It’s important that you maintain your routine waxing schedule year-round – commitment is key. Once you start the waxing journey, there’s no turning back.

Even if winter months have you worrying less about leg hair, if you take a hiatus while you’re bundled up you’ll be reversing your progress come spring and have to start all over again.

“Booking appointments in advance is important so that you can schedule in those dates and diarise it beforehand, to ensure you won’t miss out on any important timelines. If you’re planning a holiday getaway, it’s best to schedule your waxing appointment ideally 2 to 3 days before leaving” says Mariette.

Leave Waxing to the Professionals

Though there are many at-home waxing kits on the market, which look and seem easy enough to use, there’s enough digital online evidence to prove that you should always leave your scheduled waxing appointments up to your professional service provider.

“At home waxing kits possess many risks such as severe burns and skin damage. Some DIY wax kits are not suitable to sensitive skin and can cause rashes and blisters. Without a trained professional, you risk removing skin with the hair—in some cases even up to two layers of skin.” says Mariette.

A well-trained therapist should and would be able to make one feel very comfortable whether it is your first or hundredth treatment. They should also make the experience very tolerable and give you reliable advice on which products are right for your skin post-treatment.

Situated in Queenswood, Pretoria, the SkinPhD Queenswood Quarter salon offers a wide variety of beauty treatments from massages and waxes to advanced facials and aesthetic beauty treatments.

SkinPhd offers over 20 waxing options from back, stomach and arms, to full legs, bikini, lip and brows.

To book a wax at SkinPhD Queenswood, call 087 898 1078