5 things most women don’t know about lip waxing:
- Hard wax (the one I use) is way gentler then strip wax. It wraps around the hair and it doesn’t really stick to the skin. You can definitely feel the difference.
- Some people might experience irritation that turns into a little white bumps on their lip a day after, when they first start waxing. No, it’s not allergy. It’s a histamine reaction in response to the trauma of the hair being yanked out of the follicle. Here is how to avoid it (or minimize it)
– take Advil and anti-histamine (the non-drowsy one if you are driving) about 1 hour before your appointment
– wax on a regular bases (about once a month). It’s not that your skin “gets used to it”. The truth is that waxing will keep the hair weaker and pulling it out creates less trauma to the skin.
– I can give you a hot compress (yes, hot is better) to increase circulation which helps preventing any issues.
– I can also apply Benadryl cream if you are prone to breakout.
– I don’t recommend any alcohol (or witch hazel- that name should give you a hint) based products. Drink that alcohol, don’t put it on your skin 😉
- Don’t worry too much about redness. I use a soothing, protective cream after the wax to soothe the skin. I also apply a light concealer to hide any redness (most of clients don’t usually get any redness, if they do, it’s gone within 10 min or so)
- You will NOT get more hairy just because you start waxing. The hairs are either genetic (some people are blessed with darker fuzz) or hormonal. No matter what, dark hairs will start popping up as we age. Think about it, you will not get grey hair just because you start coloring your hair. It happens no matter if you color or not.
- Even the gentlest wax can cause the skin to lift, it’s quite rare but we always want to avoid it.
Don’t wax skin that is irritated or if you used scrubs, peels and certain meds that thin the skin or if you are diabetic. Waxing in small sections and a good technique can also prevent that issue.
- (bonus one). Laser definitely can help but it’s not permanent either and it only really removes the dark hairs. If you are blessed with light fuzz- you’d better off with waxing it off.
If you’d like to add a lip wax (I can also de-fuzz your chin) to your next nail appointment we can do the wax while you are soaking off the gel polish. $10 and I will take care of the fuzzies for you.
Ps. In case you wonder I am also a certified waxer….. so no, I’m not a nail salon offering wax