Article written by Stephanie Ivonne
Besides school, activities and time with friends, life as a teen is already busy, so why waste any more time shaving and tweezing hair. Are you interested in going for your first wax but are still unsure what exactly you’re getting yourself into?
With all the questions, you may be asking yourself, we will help prepare you on what to expect!
The biggest question we hear is “How painful is it?”. Well, it’s not gonna tickle, especially since it varies…more painful would be the bikini area, while brow waxes generally are the least painful. Although you are removing hair from the follicle with a strip of wax; but it’s not as bad as you may think. Imagine the quick sensation of ripping a band aid off…it is pretty much the same as waxing and is performed quickly.
“What should I expect?” Once you arrive at your appointment, you will be asked what part of the body you would like waxed but also what are your preferences… (i.e.: if you’re going in for your first brow wax, are you hoping to have a high arch? A thicker brow? Bring a photo of reference to get as close as you can to achieving your ideal look). It’s up to you how noticeable you want your waxing to be. You can clean up an area to still look natural or you can choose to have a change and allow others to notice your new look. You will have the area cleansed with an alcoholic substance to remove any bacteria. One hint of advice, talk to your therapist as they will keep you calm and distracted with Movies/ Tv Shows or even fun conversation so time will pass quickly. After your wax is over, they will wipe the area with a calming agent that will also remove any excess wax that may be left behind.
After your wax, you will most likely experience some redness and tenderness for a couple of hours. Redness will appear more on those with sensitive skin or lighter complexions. Avoid spending the next 24 hours in direct sunlight to avoid sunburn to the area and avoid pools and tubs where the areas could be submerged and collect bacteria in the opened follicles.
What should I do to make my session go much ‘smoother’?”
Ask your parents for a dose of Tylenol 30 minutes prior to your appointment; it will help ease any tenderness you may have during and after the wax.
You must avoid shaving and tweezing once you begin waxing to truly notice its benefits. Hair will not only become softer, thinner, and more sporadic in growth, it will also become easier to wax. Shaving and tweezing will reverse all the progress you have worked for, so toss those razors!
Remember there are many others your age getting waxed all the time so you are not alone. It is a long-term commitment you will need to follow up monthly to guarantee you are getting the best out of your wax. Speak with your parents and remember although beauty is sometimes pain, waxing is wonderful for long term hair removal. Starting young will help with future growth. Once your appointment is booked, you will not only feel less discomfort after each visit but you can go smoother longer in between appointments! Once you see the difference, you will never go back to your old ways!