waxing by leigh
- aftercare advice -

Please don’t be concerned if you notice some slight soreness, small bumps and redness; this is completely normal and only a temporary reaction, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over the next 24-48 hours. If you experience persistent redness or irritation or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You must keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 - 48 hours

This means:

  • No hot baths or showers (cool to lukewarm water only) and should be a shower not a bath.
  • No saunas, hot tubs or steam treatments.
  • No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans).
  • No sport, gym work or activities that cause friction and heat.
  • Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands.
  • Wear clean, loose fitting clothes. It’s a good idea to bring clean loose clothing to wear on the waxed area afterwards to prevent bacteria entering the newly waxed skin and allow skin to breathe.
  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
  • Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other than those recommended by your therapist.
  • To soothe and protect the skin, regularly apply an antiseptic cream to the waxed area for 3 days following your treatment. Always wash your hands before applying any product.

I stock only the most effective and reasonably priced aftercare products that I use myself and trust to work. If you would like to know more about these please ask at your appointment.

To prevent ingrown hairs and dry skin: from 2 days after your appointment gently exfoliate the skin 3-4 times a week using an exfoliating cloth or suitable scrub. If you have purchased Ruff Stuff Scrub, it is gentle enough to be used daily and you can use it from the first day after waxing. Some clients also benefit from a gentle AHA exfoliator used weekly. AHAs can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, therefore it is advised an SPF of at least 30 is worn. 

Moisturise the area daily using a light non-perfumed lotion. This will keep the skin supple, prevent dryness and flaking and help new hairs to grow through the skin’s surface, reducing the opportunity for pesky ingrown hairs.

Wearing tight fitting underwear that digs into the crease of the leg can cause ingrowns as well as underwear that has lacy texturing or fabric that doesn’t breathe. Ideally cotton knickers are best at preventing ingrown hairs. Tight fitting clothing can also cause ingrown hairs, such as skinny jeans and tights.

If you are new to waxing or haven’t had a wax for some time you may notice regrowth after a few days. It can take up to 3 or 4 treatments for your hair to get in a synchronised growth cycle that gives longer lasting results (see my blog about this).

To maintain your smooth appearance I recommend regular waxing initially every 4-5 weeks for the first 3-4 waxes. After your 3rd/4th regular wax the time between needing waxing may increase up to 6 weeks, however each client is different in this respect. Some areas of the body may need more frequent waxing such as underarms and the upper lip.

Please refrain from using any other method of hair removal between waxes, such as epilators, tweezing & shaving. Results will not be optimal if you do this, you need to allow the hair to grow so it’s at an ideal length to be waxed at your next appointment.