By Caley Skinner
Prepping for a waxing session can be nerve-wracking – how do you get ready for this (often painful) beauty ritual? We asked Ici Paris Spa Director Gordana Tirnanic the tough questions - check out our Q&A for a mini-master class in waxing etiquette!
What are some signs of a well-run spa that can be relied on for good waxing results?
A well-run and reputable spa should participate in regular inspections done by Health Canada; these guarantee that hygiene standards are met. Spas should promote the use of disposable applicators and cartridges as well as an overall clean environment. Plus - no double dipping!
Is there an ideal time to book a waxing appointment?
We always advise not to come in right before or after your periods because the body is more sensitive at that time.
What should be worn to a waxing appointment?
Loose clothing is always better.
How does shaving between waxing appointments affect the experience?
When you decide to shave between the waxing appointments please make sure to come at least 2 weeks after you’ve used the razor. Otherwise, the hair will be too short and won't pick up. Shaving also makes hair coarser, which results in a more painful waxing experience - plus, coarse hair breaks easily, and that leads to ingrown hairs.
What are some ways to prep for a waxing appointment?
The ideal length of the hair that is to be removed is about 5-6mm. If the hair is longer, trim it (especially in the sensitive areas like bikini or underarms). Do not use lotions or creams right before waxing. Try to avoid sun exposure, pools, and hot yoga before and after waxing. The skin should be free from cuts, cold sores, burns, etc. We always advise our clients to exfoliate before the appointment, plus, the skin should be well hydrated.
How long should the waiting period between waxes be?
The waiting period should be from 2-4 weeks, depending on the area.
What is a common waxing mistake, and how can it be avoided?
Sometimes the outer layer of skin is removed during waxing; this leads to superficial burns, scabs, and potentially hyperpigmentation. This mistake can easily be avoided: choose the proper wax and prepare the skin beforehand by hydrating and exfoliating. Sun protection creams should be used in the case of minor burns.
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