Waxing FAQ

Why wax in the first place?

Waxing is one of the best ways to temporarily remove unwanted hair. It is more effective than shaving

because it removes hair from the roots, not just from the skin’s surface. If waxed regularly over time, hair in

waxed areas regrows lighter and sparser.  For facial waxing, removal of unwanted facial hair allows for a more

youthful look and application of makeup goes on smoother and better.  Brow shaping can really open up the

eyes and a great shape can dramatically change your appearance. 

What areas of the body can be waxed?

Waxing can be done on almost any part of the body. A small area can be patch tested first for

sensitivity.  Most popular waxed areas for women are brazilian or bikini, legs, underarms and

eyebrows.  For men: chest and back. The exceptions for waxing are the beards and inside the ears.

For the most effective results, hair should be ¼ - ½ “ long.

How long will the results last?

After a client’s first waxing, the results can last 3 - 6 weeks depending on the individual’s hair re-

growth.  In most cases, hair growth is minimal during the first week or two and noticeably increases in

the third and fourth week. With regular waxing, the length of time between treatments will increase.

Will the hair grow back thicker?

No.  Regular and continued waxing usually results in sparser and finer hair re-growth.

Are there any health precautions to keep in mind?

When should you avoid waxing?
  • Accutane Patients: AVOID all waxing while on Accutane and for a minimum of 12 months after coming off the medication or consult your dermatologist about when to proceed.

  • Some physicians do not recommend waxing for persons suffering from diabetes or who have varicose veins or poor circulation as they are more susceptible to infection. 

  • Facial waxing is not recommended for clients currently using Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications or stop for 7 days prior to waxing.

  • Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.

  • Please be completely honest with your Skin Care Therapist about all allergies and medications you are taking - it is for your protection.

  • Women may experience extra sensitivity up to a week prior to the beginning of their menstrual cycle.


What are the possible side effects of waxing and how can they be minimized?

Although we can not predict or guarantee who may react, most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some hairs to grow out faster. Please follow these guidelines to minimize irritation and possible breakouts.

  • Treat skin gently afterwards - no sun exposure, abrasives or exfoliation for 24-48 hrs. on the area.

  • Wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.

  • Avoid saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and other heated sources for at least 48 hours.

  • Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofahs until at least 24 hours after waxing the area.

  • Regular exfoliation may be helpful for those prone to ingrown hairs on the body.

  • Routine waxing helps the skin get accustomed to the procedure and may minimize irritation.

  • Sunburned, irritated or thin skin areas should not be waxed.

What is the difference between a Bikini Wax and a Brazilian Wax?

A standard bikini wax is more conservative and generally involves removing hair to just inside the

panty or swimsuit line. Hair removal is limited to the top and sides of the bikini line.  

Brazilian waxing refers to hair removal from the entire pubic region from front to back. An option for

apprehensive first-timers is to start with a bikini wax and gradually work your way to a Brazilian.  (Please note that we only offer bikini line waxes at Revitalizing Touch).