DON'T BE SHY

Wax it!

Knowledge is power.

The more you know, the less scary your waxing session will be.

 

 

Why do people wax?
The reasons are endless! Being more hygienic, an improved appearance and feel, sports benefits for athletes (swimmers, cyclers)... People find that beautifully smooth skin is easier to maintain and more comfortable than shaving every day, not to mention worrying about that unattractive razor burn or stubble.

 

Who waxes?
Anyone wanting to rid themselves of unwanted hair ... male, female, young, old, married, single, blue collar, white collar, you, me, us, and them. It's really across the board.

Is the wax organic or vegan?

Yes, vegan (with no animal by-products like bee's wax) and organic (made from blended tree resins instead of synthetic resins.) They contain soothing organic essential oils and botanicals like aloe vera gel, as well as calming ingredients like azulene and titanium dioxide. They are all hypoallergenic and made for sensitive skin. 

 

How long should the hair be?

Hair must be 1/8th of an inch long for fine hair and 1/4 of an inch for course/thick bikini hair (between two to three weeks of growth). If it's too long, it will be trimmed for you (at no additional charge), otherwise your waxing experience will be painful and could cause unsightly bumps and ingrown hairs. If it's too short, your waxing results will not be superior, as not all the hairs will be waxable. You will be advised to wait. If you insist on getting waxed anyway (for that trip to Tahiti tomorrow), it may result in necessary tweezing, which is not only torturous for you, but also your bikini waxer. YOU WILL BE CHARGED EXTRA. So... DO NOT PRE-TRIM AT ALL or shave for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your waxing session!

 

Should I shower before my waxing session?

It's not necessary. If you don't feel especially fresh, don't worry, you will be provided with a hot wash cloth and a private space to freshen up. 

 

Do I get naked?

If you are scheduled for a nether region waxing session, yes, you'll need to disrobe from the waist down. There's just no way around it. I will provide you with a towel to cover yourself with, but it will be tossed aside the moment your waxing session begins. If you are not comfortable doing the yoga "Child's Pose" for the behind, please let me know. There are other positions that are less compromising and just as accessible. Nonetheless, you will be mostly naked until the end.

 

Will it hurt?

Ever snap a rubber band to your wrist? That's what it feels like... it's immediate and the discomfort diminishes quickly. Waxing hurts the most the first time. When you return for this service again, there will be less hair to remove, thus less discomfort.

 

What can I do?

If discomfort is your concern, here are a few tips: 

 

  1. Relax. Take a deep breath or three when the warm wax is applied. Exhale when the wax is pulled off. 

  2. Don't get jacked up on caffeine, it only heightens your sensitivity. 

  3. Avoid alcohol, it increases the acidity in your skin and therefore ups your sensitivity level. 

  4. Dull the nerves. Take ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment to help take the edge off. 

  5. Take a few Tums to reduce the acidity (PH balance) of your skin. If you're naturally sensitive, redden easily or have very pale skin, it's likely you have a naturally high PH. Also, if you had to have that triple latte or that happy hour cocktail, your PH will be higher and your skin more sensitive. Pop those Tums about 15 minutes prior to your visit to counter those goodies. 

  6. Hydrate your skin. Drink lots of water and moisturize the day of your visit. 

  7. Scrub, scrub, scrub! Exfoliating will help get rid of dead cells around hair follicles and soften the skin, providing an easier exit for hair.

  8. Avoid waxing sunburned skin. Also avoid waxing over rashes, warts, moles, cuts or pimples. Nipples are okay. 

  9. For us females, the most sensitive time of the month is the first few days before and after starting our menstrual cycle. Consider yourself warned and schedule yourself appropriately. (Yes, you can be waxed during your menstrual cycle. If you find yourself in this situation, don't worry, you don't need to give up your appointment at Lotus Blossom. Just come in clean, use a fresh tampon, and we'll git 'er done.)

  10. Bring a friend. It's a tight space but it's been done before. Hand holding is permitted but your friend may be put to work!

 

How long will the results last?

Some people can go 6 weeks with great success. For best results, start with 2 - 3 weeks of hair growth. Your legs or bikini may not be super smooth after your very first visit. You'll need at least 4 waxing services, 3 to 4 weeks apart, to have your legs stay beautifully smooth for the longest amount of time, 3 to 6 weeks for your bikini. Yes, it is a commitment but you will love the results. Go ahead... toss that razor!

 

What if I'm only waxing for a special occasion?

You want that smooth bikini body for your vacation in the tropics? Or the bald kitty surprise on your wedding night? For best results and no surprise reactions for you (or your wedding partner), it's recommended that you start with at least 2 waxing sessions, each 4 to 6 weeks apart, prior to your big event. Try to time it so that your last session before the event is 1 or 2 days prior. This will ensure the smoothest possible result and eliminate any unwanted surprises!

Should I tweeze hairs as they grow in?

No! After your first waxing, you may notice new hair growth. This is common and completely normal. There are 3 stages of hair growth and each individual hair is on 1 of the 3 stages. When hair is removed from its follicle it stimulates the regrowth, or regeneration, of the next hair. The goal with waxing is to synchronize the stages of hair growth so the hairs are regenerated on roughly the same cycle. So, don't tweeze, shave, or use a depilatory cream. Come in every 4-6 weeks like clockwork. Over time, if you are consistent with your waxing sessions, you will have longer periods of smoothness. 

 

Can I exfoliate after waxing?

Yes, daily! Before and after. Avoid gritty body scrubs in the genital area (it’s okay to use them on the rest of your body, but The Ultimate Buffing Cloth works best all over, and it's available at Lotus Blossom). One day after waxing, begin exfoliating gently at first, and more vigorously as the hair begins to grow back. This will also help the hair grow out and upward instead of turning back into the skin.

 

Can I go to the pool or spa after waxing? 

Avoid spa visits right after your waxing session. Get your pedicure prior to your leg wax. Avoid saunas, whirlpools or any chlorinated swimming pools (and tight swimming suits) for at least one day after waxing. If it cannot be avoided, apply tea tree oil prior to and directly after swimming. After body waxing, stick to a shower rather than a bath for the rest of the day. And it’s best to finish your shower with a cool rinse on the waxed area. Stay away from HOT showers!

 

Can I work out after waxing?

Work out before, since doing anything that makes you sweat may irritate the freshly waxed area, especially if you’re wearing tight fitting, nylon workout attire. Avoid those materials the day of your service. Not only can tight clothes irritate freshly waxed areas, weeks later it can encourage the hair to grow back into the skin causing ingrown hairs. Go for cotton or breathable clothing, especially the same day. “Dry-fit” workout clothing is the best. And if you're planning for a special occasion, you may want to schedule your waxing session one to two days prior to your event.

 

Will I get bumps or ingrown hairs?

You can stop bumps before they start. Invest in a $5-$16 scrubby cloth and scrub, scrub, scrub (gently at first, then go for it when that hair starts growing back in). If you see a bump sneaking up, apply Tea Tree oil and don't pick it. An ice pack may be applied also, to reduce inflammation. The Tea Tree oil will kill the bacteria, reduce redness and swelling and promote healing. If you already have some ingrown hairs, it's likely you didn't have an experienced waxer. If you have a lot, you may want to start with the Bikini Groom and Soothe treatment a day or two before you get waxed.

 

Are there any side effects from waxing?

As with anything, some side effect may occur, but are far less likely with an experienced esthetician. Most are short lived and include: 

  • slight tingling or sensitivity

  • slight inflammation or swelling

  • numbness or lack of sensation

  • stinging, redness or bumpiness

  • wax “burn” (flaking, scabbing, or removal of the skin) 

  • bruising 

  • hyper/hypo-pigmentation (discoloration of skin) 

  • ingrown hairs or “pimples”

  • irritation or itchiness with re-growth 

 

Do certain products or medications increase the risk of side effects?

Yes. Some include Accutane (Isotretinoin), topical retinoids such as Adapalene (Differin), Retin-A and Re-nova, topical acids like TCA, glycolic, lactic or alpha hydroxy acid, steroids, antibiotics, and the birth control pill with Ortho-Tricycline. Wax burn and bruising is common among users of these products. If you're taking any blood thinners such as aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, and Vitamin K, bruising will occur. If possible, discontinue use at least one week prior to waxing (6 weeks for Accutane/Isotrentin). If they cannot be avoided, be sure to note these products on your consultation form.

Do I need to arrive early for my appointment?

No. It's best if you complete and submit the online Skin Care & Waxing Consultation Form prior to your visit, otherwise you will need to fill it out when you arrive. 

Do I need to confirm my appointment?

YES! When you schedule your appointment online you will immediately receive your appointment details via email and/or text message. You select how you want to receive this information when you create an account. A confirmation request will be sent two days (48-hours) prior to your scheduled appointment date and time. If your appointment is still not confirmed the morning of, every effort will be made to reach you to confirm it.

  • If I can't reach you, your appointment block will be released and given to the first person on the wait list for that day. So make sure your contact information is up to date, especially your cell number! 

  • If you "NO SHOW" for your appointment and you have a pre-paid visit as with a wax package, promotional deal or VIP Club credits, you forfeit the visit and the credits will be deducted from your account. 

 

 What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

No worries. Just let me know. If you were unable to do it online, SEND A TEXT!  To reiterate: A no call no show results in a forfeit of your package visit. 

 

For all clients, 2 no-shows will result in deposits for future services. You will be asked for a credit card payment up front (equal to the service cost) to secure your appointment.  

What if I can't find an available appointment for weeks out?

Add your name to the waitlist. Select your desired date and scroll down past "Sorry, they're booked" to the bottom of the page. Click on "Add to Waitlist."

Still have questions or concerns?

A text message to my cell is the fastest method, but you can also send an email. Please remember, I am a one-woman-show so I cannot answer if I'm with a client. I try to reply to emails daily, but some days get away from me. If you have not received a response by the end of the day, please try again. And if you had a service scheduled by me via text, but did not receIve a booking confirmation, TEXT ME AGAIN! 

Thank you for choosing Lotus Blossom!

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Lotus Blossom . Holistic Skin Care . The Overton Center in Nob Hill

1308 NW 20th Avenue . Suite 4 . Portland OR . 97209 . Call 971.361.6137 . Text 310.867.4692

 

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