First things first: Prep for your wax
In order to ensure everything goes smoothly during and after your wax, it’s important to be prepared for the initial appointment. We spoke to Jessica Frampton, co-owner of Fuzz Wax Bar in Toronto, for advice on prepping for a wax and caring for just-waxed skin.
Before you book an appointment, make sure your hair is long enough for the wax to grab onto (about ¼ inch or 6 mm). “This ensures there’s no damage to the hair follicles,” says Frampton. If you’ve just shaved, you should typically allow for at least three weeks of hair growth before waxing. (What’s the difference between men’s and women’s razors anyway?) And, as Frampton points out, the wax specialist can always trim the hair shorter.
In the days leading up to your appointment, be sure to exfoliate and moisturize skin regularly, which will help prevent ingrown hairs. Frampton recommends using a hypo-allergenic moisturizer. Fuzz Wax Bar carries several skin care products including a Canadian line called ‘I love my muff’. Maintenance kits include a gentle wash, a freshening spray, a natural moisturizing lotion and feminine refreshing wipes.
On the day of your wax, keep skin product-free says Frampton. “Don’t apply any oils, gels or lotions as they may prevent wax from properly adhering to the hair.”