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Before you Wax…

So you’ve booked a wax. Here are a couple of tips to lessen the pain (and increase the longevity of the hair-free feeling).

  • If you’re worried about the pain and haven’t had waxing before, take 1 or 2 paracetamol about 30-40 minutes before your appointment. This can help reduce surface discomfort.
  • Ensure your hair is long enough to remove completely from the roots – it should be at least 0.5 centimetres. If you’ve shaved the area within the last few weeks, it might take a couple of waxes to get your hair into a cycle of growth that allows the most effective wax finish.

After your Wax…

You’ve just invested time, money and a little discomfort in order to be hair-free – so it makes sense to look after it. We don’t just make this stuff up for the sake of it! So, read on…

Immediately after your Wax…

It’s normal immediately after your wax for a little bit of redness and a prickly heat-type rash to appear. This should disappear after a few hours and is normally due to a histamine reaction. Because waxing removes the hair at the root, it’s important to keep the area clean and bacteria-free. This means:

  • No sunbathing for at least 12 hours (have your waxing done at 48hours BEFORE you go on holiday)
  • No swimming in a chlorinated pool for 24 hours
  • Same for spa baths or saunas
  • Avoid applying any topical lotions for at least 12 hours (fragrances and other lubricants can cause a burning sensation)
  • Also, avoid touching the waxed area to ensure it remains bacteria-free
  • Use a tea tree oil-based product to apply to the area for its anti-bacterial qualities.

3-18 Days after Waxing

  • As your skin closes over the follicles, the next consideration is to ensure you prevent ingrown hairs. This is when new, often softer hair can get trapped under the skin. A few simple measures can easily avoid this situation. Here’s where the “do’s” come in:
  • Use a soft brush or exfoliating glove to buff the area gently every 2-3 days – this is particularly important after about day 3 through to about the 10-day mark. It doesn’t need to be hard scrubbing, just a gentle exfoliation.
  • Use a product like ‘Bump’ over the area after showering. This product contains lactic acid, which helps ensure dead skin cells are buffed away, allowing your hair back through the follicle opening.
  • The added bonus of following the aftercare advice (apart from your skin looking hair-free and smooth for longer) is that it will make your next wax much quicker and less painful.

How long will your Wax last?

  • If you’re a first-time or occasional waxer, you will likely notice some new hair growth within 2-3 weeks due to the naturally staggered hair growth cycle. This part of regrowth will be sparse, with about one-third of the hair normally present soon after the remaining hair begins growing in.
  • Regular waxing will leave the area hair free for 3 – 6 weeks. Over time the density of hair in the waxed area may also start to decrease.


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