If you are going for your first ever wax – or have just had a while in-between waxes – you might be feeling a tad nervous about your up-coming appointment. Lets be honest here, waxing isn’t painless, but the results can be worth it – especially when you can say goodbye to your razor and hello to smooth, hair-free skin for a few weeks.

So what are those magic do’s and don’ts when it comes to waxing? The Secret Oasis Spa in Fulham, West London, has the following top tips for getting the perfect wax in the most pain free way…

Know what to ask for

Whether you are getting your eyebrows or your bikini waxed, you need to know what to ask for. Do a bit of research online first to take sure you’ll be hair free in the places you need it most.

If you don’t know your half-leg from your Hollywood, take a look at our blog What to wax? A beginners guide to waxing to get your head around waxing jargon, so you can make your first appointment in confidence.

Start small

If you are a first timer, you might not want to go all out for that full body wax. Start with a less intensive wax, then if you are happy with how it goes, they you can book yourself in for additional treatments the next time.

Get exfoliating

Your skin will thank you for it if you regularly exfoliate, not just before your wax, but after it too. You’ll have better results all round and help avoid ingrowing hairs.

Invest in a good moisturiser

Keeping your skin hydrated will keep it smooth and silky soft too.

Don’t shave or trim prior to a wax

Sounds obvious but it’s going to be far easier for your beautician to remove hair if it’s longer – this will help ensure it is pulled out at the root. The ideal length for waxing is 1/4 – 1/2 and inch. The coarser the hair, the closer to 1/2 inch the better.

Pop a painkiller

Taking an over the counter painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen around 45 minutes prior to your appointment will help dull any pain. Avoid aspirin (it will increase blood flow and therefore pain).

Time it right

Waxing can be a lot more painful at certain times of the month. Unless you are waxing for a particular event and can’t avoid it, try to book an appointment when you don’t have your period. Periods = hypersensitivity, so you will find that waxing is generally more painful.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine

This may be bad news for some, but keeping off the booze and the caffeine for a couple of days before your appointment will make the experience a lot more pleasant and a lot less painful. Let’s face it, a hangover is bad enough, but a hangover AND a wax – that’s only for the really brave…

Don’t exercise before waxing

Normally we’d be encouraging the gym bunny in us all, but not before a waxing session. Exercise increases circulation, which will make your waxing experience more painful. So save your trip to the gym for the next day.

And don’t take a shower or bath immediately before waxing

Your hair will be softer and more likely to break, but do make sure any areas to be waxed are clean – wet wipes are great for this.

Find out what wax the salon uses

Different waxes need to be used at different temperatures. Generally speaking higher temperature waxes will be more painful. We only ever use Lycon wax, to give you the best experience, as pain-free as possible.

Sensitive soul?

If you have allergies, eczema, or skin sensitivity you absolutely need to tell your beautician before you begin. Some eczema drugs and creams will make waxing unsuitable. If you know you have problem skin, it may be worth talking about doing a patch test (just like dying your hair) before your appointment. Talk to your salon if you have any worries.

It’s your body

So if at any point you are not comfortable with how your wax is going, stop and walk away.

Always choose a professional

There are plenty of DIY waxing products out there, but even with all the will in the world, you are never going to get the same results as a trained, professional waxing technician. They not only have the skills and expertise, but they have also been trained in waxing in the most pain-free ways possible. A professional wax is almost always worth its weight in gold, so go have a chat to your local salon.

Live or work in the Fulham area? Check out our waxing page or get in touch direct for a chat on 020 7371 5118. You can email us on info@secretoasisspa.co.uk or fill in our online contact form to contact us for an appointment.

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