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WAxing FAQ's

How long does the hair need to be?

For the best waxing results, you should have at least 4 weeks growth from your last wax, or 3 weeks growth from your last shave. You don’t need to worry about it being too long as it will be trimmed by your waxer if necessary. Waxing before 3-4 weeks will result in some smaller hairs being left behind, so I know it’s hard to live with the regrowth but please be patient and you will benefit from a smoother wax that will last longer.

Argh! I’ve less than 4 weeks growth but have an event / holiday coming up that I’d like to be waxed for what do I do?

No worries, you can still get waxed if you really need to, we can still remove a lot of the hair from as little as 2 weeks (on some people with fast hair growth even sooner) the only downside to waxing sooner than 4 weeks is that you may still have some little hairs left behind that are too short to remove, but that’s still better than going to your event hairy!

I want to be waxed for my event/ holiday coming up in a few months. What’s the best time to get my waxing done?

You get the best results with waxing after a few sessions so if you count back from your event every 4 weeks this will give you the schedule that will give you the best results. Doing your waxing this way will mean you’ll be smooth for 2-3 weeks as opposed to just 1 week after your first session. Just make sure you have at least 3 weeks growth for your first appointment. If your still not sure just contact us and we will work out the best timings for you.

How long will the results last?

If you have been shaving, or waxing irregularly you may notice regrowth in the first week or two. After 4-5 waxing sessions spaced 4 weeks apart your results will dramatically improve and you should have minimal regrowth in the first 2-3 weeks, with a noticeable increase in regrowth in the fourth week. Many regular clients say it feels like all the hair grows back in the final week and they’re then ready to be waxed again.

Is it awkward?

Not at all! We’ve seen it all before, and you’re probably one of a dozen people that day! As soon as you’re on the bed you’ll be absolutely fine and forget about everything, we’ll make sure of it. We love what we do and it’s really just another day at the office.  Whether it’s an eyebrow wax or bikini wax it really doesn't make any difference to us, we just want you to the get the best results possible!

I’m embarrassed about getting waxed, what can I expect?

Don’t be, seriously. I completely understand, what is an everyday occurrence for us is a big deal for you, especially if it’s your first time. We do this all day every day so there is no need to worry. We’ll take the time to explain everything that will happen at the start of your appointment and ensure you always feel at ease. The anticipation is always the worst part, the waxing is never as bad as you think.

I’ve heard horror stories about dirty salons, is waxing hygienic?

At Wax Central, Absolutely! I am very strict on hygiene in the salon. I never double dip the spatulas. This means once a spatula has touched your skin it is disposed of and not re-dipped into the wax pot. This eliminates any possibility of bacteria, hair or secretions being transferred back into the wax pot and reapplied on to you or the next client. I also wear a fresh pair of disposable gloves for each client and do not use towels or covers on the bed as they tend to trap hair, the beds are cleaned down with a hospital grade disinfectant after every use and are covered with a disposable fabric sheet. Any reusable tools such as scissors and tweezers are all soaked in hospital grade disinfectant after every client.

Does it hurt?

Honestly, not really! There will always be some slight discomfort with waxing, but this really only lasts for a few seconds (I promise!). You may have seen advertisements for “Pain Free Waxing” but when you’re pulling hair out of the body this is just not possible. To help minimise any discomfort we use the best wax on the market combined with a protective oil that is placed onto the skin before every waxing treatment. This means the wax only sticks to hair and not to the skin making waxing far less painful and less traumatic on the skin than traditional strip waxing.  As well as using the best wax I also use the best techniques. Our waxing style makes waxing quicker easier and as pain free as possible.

Is there anything I can do beforehand to decrease the discomfort of waxing?

Yes there are several things you can do. Avoid caffeine for a few hours before your waxing appointment, caffeine will make your pain receptors more sensitive.  Avoid waxing 3 days before and after your period, most ladies will already know your body will be more sensitive to everything during this week and waxing is no exception.For very sensitive people we also stock “No Scream Cream” which is a external analgesic that numbs the area and can be applied 45 minutes before your appointment.

What is Hot Wax (also called Hard Wax or Peelable Wax) and why is it better for sensitive areas?

Traditional waxing involves placing a very thin layer of wax on the skin and removing with a paper or cloth strip, this wax is perfect for less sensitive areas of the body such as legs, back, chest and arms. Hot wax is far kinder to skin and so is better suited to underarms, face, and all intimate waxing. A layer of oil is first placed on the skin, and the wax is applied in a slightly thick layer and let to set.

The wax shrink wraps itself around the hair as it cools and when the wax is fully set it is removed taking only unwanted hair away leaving the skin far less irritated than with traditional waxing. While hot wax is available for all areas of the body if required please note it will be double the price of a leg, back, chest and arm wax and is generally less effective at grabbing very fine hairs.

You use strip wax for legs, I’ve heard that strip wax is much more painful why don’t you use hot wax for legs?

I use strip wax for legs, backs and chests quite simply because it is the best wax to use for these areas. Strip wax seems to have picked up a bad name because of the horror stories associated with it for intimate waxing. While I would never use strip wax for sensitive areas, it is much more effective than hot wax for picking up fine hairs that you have on your legs, chest and back. I still put a layer of oil on the skin to help minimise any skin pain, and the strip wax that I use is so thin, that it looks like there is just a layer of oil on the skin. This means less tugging and a much more comfortable wax for you. Hot wax is available to use for legs, backs and chests and is double the brochure price of a normal wax due to the increase time it takes and extra cost of the wax..

Will I get ingrown hairs?

It's possible. Waxing removes the entire hair, root and all, from the follicle. Your skin naturally hardens and thickens over the area that was waxed so it is important to keep that area gently exfoliated. Use a gentle scrub in that area about 2 days after waxing and continue to exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week thereafter. Remember, I said gentle! The most common cause for ingrown hairs that I see with my clients is that they will forget to exfoliate for a few weeks and try to “catch up” on their exfoliating by scrubbing very hard. Unfortunately this does not work and actually makes the problem worse. By scrubbing too hard you will cause micro scratches in the skin which will stop the hairs from growing through as the skin heals.

If you are prone to ingrown hairs try the wax:one care solution (€23) which work as your exfoliant, moisturiser and anti-inflammatory all in one. You can use this as both a preventative measure or as a treatment against ingrown hairs.

How can I prevent ingrown hairs?

For the next 24-48 hours AVOID on the waxed areas:

-   use of exfoliating products (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) products, loofahs, scrubs, etc.)

-   direct sun exposure and tanning beds

-   creams with fragrance or ingredients that may irritate

-   deodorant: it results in irritation and clogging of open follicles

-   wearing tight clothing: results in irritation and inflammation

-   excessive heat, such as that from hot tubs and saunas. Luke warm showers are okay.

-   exercise, if it may cause chaffing or sweating

After 24-48 hours, start regular exfoliating and moisturising, which will help keep skin soft and prevent ingrown hairs.

Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker/stronger/darker?

Absolutely not. Waxing does not cause you to grow more hair follicles or cause the hair to grow back thicker. In fact, if you become a regular waxer, you will notice that your hair will become quite sparse and not as coarse.

When hair is shaved, it is cut off at the thick part of the hair, which is why you can feel stubble the next day. A properly waxed hair is removed from the root, and when the hair starts to grow back it is a new hair, very fine at the tip, so no stubble.

The only things known to stimulate hair growth are hormones: natural or artificial.

What brand of wax do you use?

We use wax:one, It’s brand new to the market and has blown me away. The skin is cleansed and a protective oil is placed over the skin, the wax is then applied and shrink wraps itself around the hair as it cools.  When the wax is fully set, it is removed taking only unwanted hair away leaving skin far less irritated than traditional waxing. We’ve previously used Lycon, Waxperts and Perron Rigot in the salon, but wax:one offers the lowest melting point and feels only warm to the touch. It is applied super thin so less tugging on your skin, and never snaps even with the toughest of hair. It also uses a 2 in 1 pre and post wax oil, meaning skin is soothed throughout the wax leaving the skin far less irritated! We know you’ll love it as much as we do!

What should I wear while I am getting a bikini wax?

Please wear underwear that you don’t mind getting a little bit of wax on, I always try not to get any wax on your knickers but sometimes it’s inevitable that a little bit might stray so please do not wear anything that you are extremely fond of. Also the smaller the better, big underwear tends to just get in the way. Alternatively I can provide you with paper underwear.

Do I have to cancel if I get my period?

No, just know you are more sensitive three days before your period and three days after your period. Simply wear a fresh tampon and tuck the string in out of the way.

Is it ok to wax while pregnant, and this there anything I should know?

Yes, you can absolutely get waxed, but be prepared for it to sting just a little bit more that usual.

We recommend that you wax throughout the entire pregnancy to avoid discomfort. Keeping up a regular waxing schedule throughout your pregnancy will make your waxing far easier in the last trimester, which is when it can be the most sensitive due to the increase in hormones and blood flow to the area.

You can also wax right up to your due date. It’s totally safe and it doesn’t bring on labour! That's an old wives tale. If it worked i’m sure we’d have a long line of pregnant women outside each morning who are just ready to have their baby!!

Aftercare products that contain BHA’s are not recommended for use while pregnant so you will need to use a regular exfoliator and moisturiser.

Are there any medical conditions or medications that would make me unsuitable for waxing ?

You will be unsuitable for waxing if you are using any of the following medications:

-   strong AHA’s or BHA’s  in skincare products or medication

-   Any medication than thins your blood such as Asprin

-   Any Steroid medication in the last 3 months: topical or oral

You will be unsuitable for waxing if you have any of the following medical conditions:

-   Any infectious skin disorder such as impetigo, warts, cold sores, lice, ring worm or any other contagious skin infections

-   Diabetes – Please bring a letter from you doctor that waxing is ok for you or I will have to refuse treatment due to the increased risk of infection due to slower healing, and greater possibility of burning due to lack of sensation.

-   Recent scar tissue – If you have had an operation in the last 6 months please note that it will not be possible to wax over the area. I will be able to wax around it so please contact me if you have any questions.

-   Sun Burn or use of a sunbed in the last 24 hours – sun burn is skin damage and to wax over it will cause your skin to lift, and will result in a burn like mark left on the skin.

To book an appointment the quickest and easiest way to book is through our online booking system, click the book button above to see all available times and days that are free, for all other questions please leave a message below.

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