Willow Tree Body and Skin Care
Waxing is the process of hair removal from the root by using a covering of a sticky substance, such as wax, to adhere to body hair, and then removing this covering, pulling out the hair from the follicle. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different human hair growth cycle.
To ensure a successful waxing experience, please read and follow these instructions.
WARNING: Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications.
Please read the label carefully and consult your provider if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
Accutane (Acne medication) – You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.
Adapalene (Acne medication)
Alustra (Retin A)
Avage (See Tazorac – Acne medication)
Avita (See Retin A)
Differin (Acne medication)
Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
Renova (See Retin A)
Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
Tazarac (Acne medication)
Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
Tretinoin (See Retin A)
CAUTION: If you are currently using any of the following, please inform your provider. These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.
Other Acne medications not listed above
Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)
Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)
Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair
Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
PRECAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS: Please read these valuable guidelines.
Sunburned, irritated or areas with open skin cannot be waxed.
Moles cannot be waxed.
You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or Microdermabrasion.
Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.
Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
If irritation should occur, recommend you use an ointment such as Aquaphor to keep the area continually moist to avoid infection and scabbing.
No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a waxing treatment. Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators. Wait 2-3 days to wax before/after tanning with accelerators.
No hot baths for 24 hours following a body waxing treatment.
No abrasives for 24 hours following a waxing treatment.
No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm waxing treatment.
Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their menses.
FAQ’S About Waxing
FAQ’S About Waxing
What kind of wax do you use?
How does it feel?
All clients react and feel different towards hair removal. Our estheticians are extraordinarily sensitive to ensure your experience will be as comfortable as possible. Hair removal will never feel as good as a massage – but it will make a difference to find qualified and sensitive estheticians like us who use quality products.
What should I do or not do before waxing?
Be sure to arrive for your service clean and on time. Skin that is prone to break-outs or ingrown hairs will do best under sanitary circumstances. Also, it is not recommended to exercise or have a hot shower right before your service as this can increase the blood flow and make the wax areas more “sensitive.”
- Hair must be at least 1/4 inch long to ensure that the wax adheres adequately, so do not shave.
- Do not moisturize the area to be waxed that day.
- Use a loofah or body brush on a regular basis before waxing and between appointments.
- Do not get sunburn.
- After your wax visit remember to EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!! Starting 2 to 3 days after being waxed…exfoliate at least 2 to 3 times per week in the shower. Exfoliation will help get rid of the dead skin cells and help “lift” the hairs growing out.
How long will it last?
Typically you will need to get waxed every 3 to 5 weeks…. Having said this it is also important to note that each individual’s hair growth varies so the time frame between waxing should be determined by your own hair growth.
How long does my hair have to be for a service?
There needs to be at least 1/4 inch of growth for the wax to grasp the hair and remove it. Hair longer than one inch can be undesirable for waxing and may require extra time. 1/4 inch of hair can be grown in anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks for clients. There is large variable of hair growth from one person to the next.
What is the difference between a bikini, french cut & a brazilian?
A bikini removes hair from the outside of panty line.
A french cut is anything as much or as little as you want off the front. Includes bikini line. No Butt or Lips.
A full brazilian is everything gone front to back!
Will it be painful?
This depends on each individual, what may seem painful for one may seem painless for the other. We need to remember that we are pulling hair from its roots, most likely it will cause some discomfort.
How does wax effect differenct skin types?
As dead skin cells are removed in this process the skin can feel quite smooth afterwards. The waxing action does cause the skin to sting and many find our Fur Oil Serum soothing to the skin and to be helpful afterwards. Sometimes red bumps will occur after a treatment. If this occurs, it usually goes away in about 24 hours. After your skin becomes use to the waxing process this reactions becomes almost nonexistent.
Are there any possible side effects from waxing?
Although we cannot 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:
- Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and please wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.
- Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after waxing. Sweating can cause irritation.
- Avoid saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and other heated sources for at least 48 hours.
- Excessive heat and chemicals can cause irritation.
- Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofas for at least 24 hours after waxing. After that time frame, regular exfoliation may be helpful especially on leg, arm and bikini area to ease ingrowns.
- Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs.
- Routine waxing helps the skin get accustomed to the procedure and may minimize irritation.
Do you have products available to help condition the skin pre/post wax?
Products are available that can be applied topically to avoid in-grown hairs and condition the skin for better waxing results. We carry a variety of them, ask anyone of our staff to assist you with a selection best for your skin type.
Who should take precautions from getting waxed?
VERY IMPORTANT: 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. Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients taking 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. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
Also, please advise your esthetician if you are allergic to any foods – because if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put the extracts on your skin. Please be completely honest with your Esthetician about all allergies and medications you are taking – it is for your protection.
Can I book a spray tan or tanning application after a wax appointment?
Unfortunately no. The after wax lotion will create a barrier between your skin and the tanning solution. Ideally you should leave the after wax lotion on, then come back in a day or two for tanning.
Can I get waxed if I'm pregnant?
Yes. Unless otherwise advised by your doctor it should not be a problem however we do recommend that if you are in the last trimester of your pregnancy you limit your waxing to certain areas.
Can I go to a tanning booth after my wax appointment?
Definitely not. You should avoid heat following a wax treatment and tanning beds/booths take heat to the extreme. Also, the chemicals in tanning lotions will inflame the skin after waxing. Leave 2 to 3 days between waxing and tanning.