Body waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. Almost any area of the body can be waxed where there is hair. There are several types of waxes out on the market for waxing but Simply Mia’s uses the best premium pine waxes from Belgium. She uses both strip wax and blue hard wax. Strip waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth, muslin or paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair. Most strip waxes are made of honey or from a tree resin, such as pine. Hard waxing utilizes a wax that hardens when applied. In this case, the wax is applied somewhat thick and no usage of a cloth or paper strips is necessary. The hard wax is applied warm and allowed to set for a few seconds as it forms it’s own strip. One end is lifted slightly to allow the esthetician to grab and thus pulling to remove the hairs. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin or for thicker hairs in the genital areas. When the hairs are removed in a collective manner, there is some momentary discomfort. Your esthetician has been trained in the treatment to ensure you are educated and have a safe waxing experience. It is important to go over any and all medications or medical issues with your esthetician prior to a body waxing in case you are not a good candidate. Simply Mia’s has provided you with a page specific for contraindications. Please made sure you read this section carefully and to disclose anything on the contraindications to your esthetician.
As you can see from the diagram above… the hair follicle grows in the deepest layers of our skin. The follicle is attached to blood vessels and this is all in microscopic proportions. When the hair is pulled from the root, the blood vessel is detached and blood rises to the surface. This is why the skin looks so red when it is waxed. The same happens when you get a sunburn. It takes approximately 72 hours for the blood to recede and for the pore to return to normal conditions after the hair follicle has been removed. Normally you will see improvement and normal skin conditions within hours after a treatment. It is advisable not to tan or go into direct sunlight after body waxing, especially following a back waxing. This may result in blistering, peeling or even hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) in the areas where you have been waxed and can take weeks to heal. Do not submerge your body into water after a waxing such as bath, swimming pool, lake or ocean. A body of water consists of microorganisms (bacteria) and some can be harmful and enter your bloodstream. A shower is fine but should be done the day after the waxing. It is advisable to avoid any activity that involves sweating for at least 24 hours including intimacy and working out. Keeping your skin well hydrated after a waxing for 3 days is advised. A natural hydration oil such as Jojoba Oil or Grape Seed Oil are great topical conditioners as they contain Vitamin E which increases the healing capabilities in your skin. They are anti-inflammatory and also anti-microbial. The Jojoba oil is the closest oil to our own human sebum and has been used to hydrate and calm other conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Mia sells products by PFB designed to reduce redness and inflammation post waxing. Please refer to her PRODUCTS for more info on the Man Mask and Bikini Mask to be used for 3 days following treatment.
Hair grows in different stages. Therefore what you have waxed one day will not appear to the surface for at least 2 to 3 weeks, however because of the other independent stages of growth other pores will release hairs to the surface within days. The 3 hair stages are…
1: Beginning stages of growth at the bulb (papilla)
2: Within the many layers of the skin below the surface
3: Any hairs above the surface.
Hairs have individual growth cycles so some hairs may surface within days after waxing. These hairs were just below the surface. For those who are starting their first waxing treatments, it will take several (4 or 5) treatments consecutively to get as many hairs pulled together so you will notice smoother results for longer. Waxing can only be performed to hairs that are 1/4″ or more above the surface as the wax will not adhere to anything shorter. The hairs that have been removed by the bulb will grow again and start out thin. They work themselves up to the surface of the skin and break through at about the 2nd or 3rd week. This results in a soft growth rather than the blunt cut achieved by shaving.
Only a skilled esthetician can help you relieve problems with ingrown hairs. At the growing stage, you may find the surface itchy and you may want to scratch. It is advised not to scratch. This would be the time to apply the grape seed oil or jojoba oil. Using an exfoliant such as a salt scrub or sugar body scrub to the area once a week (gently using circular movements for about a minute to the areas) will help slough off the dead skins cells and allow your hairs to surface to avoid ingrowns and allow better product penetration. You can use such products as body lotions, oils and creams. Ingrown hairs can become an issue. An ingrown hair is when the hair is so thin that it can't break through the surface and curls up, sometimes causing a lesion (pimple) and can become infected and quite painful. The worst thing to do is to pick at them as you damage all the tissue in the skin layers and then could take months to heal completely leaving a darkened mark on the skin or a permanent scar. Any healing happens from deep within the layers and not on the surface. Please let your esthetician know about the ingrown hairs and she can address them at the time of your next treatment or offer solutions to help minimize the problem. Mia also sells PFB, a product used once or twice a day (roll on) that has ingredients to help reduce ingrown hairs and keep your skin soft so hairs can surface much easier. You can read more about this on the products page within this website. She may also want to schedule you for a ingrown hair treatment or a chemical peel.
You will want to come to the treatment freshly showered or cleansed in the area you will be waxed. Be sure to wear loose clothing for your ride home. Do not wear any lotions, oils or creams to the treatment. An esthetician may not prescribe any pain relievers or antihistamines prior to your treatment but most of Mia’s clients do take one Benedryl and double the amount of Ibuprofin (no aspirin as it thins the blood) prior to their treatment to minimize pain and any histamine response for sensitive skin. Be sure to read the section on Contraindications. Click here for more information on waxing for men. Mia sells products for the post care after waxing to calm and heal the skin and to prevent ingrown hairs. Please refer to the products page for more info.
To get more information about the best waxing experience in Seattle or If you have any further questions or concerns please email Mia and she will get back to you as soon as possible. Click on the link below to email her directly.