waxing by leigh
- FAQs -

I’ve written a fully comprehensive list of 
does, don’ts, what to expect and everything in between

What do I need to know before the appointment?

  • You must have a MINIMUM hair growth of 3 full weeks from last shaving/hair removal cream and 4 full weeks of hair growth from last waxing/epilating.
  • Gently exfoliate and use a light non-perfumed moisturiser on the areas to be waxed for 3 days before your appointment. On the day of your appointment don’t apply moisturiser.
  • Bring loose, clean clothing to wear over the area being waxed, this helps skin healing. Cotton is a good material to wear right after your wax.
  • Sunburn & sun exposure - Avoid sunbeds and sunbathing for 7 days before and after your wax. Your skin will be more sensitive and dry which could result in skin lifting or increased inflammation post wax. I will not wax on or near sunburnt or excessively dry skin.
  • Arrive well hydrated, it really makes a difference to how your wax feels.
  • Avoid caffeine a few hours before your appointment, if possible.

Hygiene Standards

Please arrive clean for your appointment; shower on the day of the appointment but if you are coming straight from work it’s not a problem, I will provide you with a freshen-up wipe to use. I have a wash/dry toilet which you are welcome to use prior to your wax.

I exercise a high standard of cleanliness within my salon;

  • I wear disposable gloves for each client and wash my hands after each client. Handwashing facilities are available and alcohol gel is also available to use.
  • The treatment bed is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each client. The bin is changed between clients.
  • I do not ‘double dip’ the spatula back into the wax once it’s made contact with your skin meaning a spatula that has touched the skin never goes back into the wax pot.
  • The salon is kept clean at all times and undergoes a regular deep clean.
  • Tweezers and other tools are thoroughly sanitised between each client.

What is involved in intimate waxing?

When having intimate waxing (G-string, Frontal Hollywood/Brazilian, Diaz, Brazilian, Hollywood) you will be required to remove underwear from the waist down, socks are optional 😉 I need to easily access the hair to be waxed. Don’t be shy, I’ve seen so many different lady bits and I have waxing done myself so know how it feels. I have worked as an NHS healthcare professional for a good few years and there’s nothing I haven’t seen in that time, trust me. All I am interested in is getting all the hair thoroughly removed and ensuring you’re happy and comfortable. Some stretching of the skin around the area being waxed will be required and I will ask you to assist with this (such as pulling up the pubic area by stretching the lower abdomen upwards) and I too will be stretching the skin as I apply the wax. Peelable wax (a.k.a hot wax/non-strip wax) is used for intimate waxing, underarms and the face, for your comfort. 

What should I expect during the appointment?

Prior to your appointment taking place there will be a pre-waxing consultation to complete. This enables me to know if waxing is safe & suitable for you.  It is important you are honest when completing the consultation because the information you provide allows me to adapt your treatment if required.

If you are a new client of mine, I will briefly talk and demonstrate to you the waxes I use. The waxing process will be explained as I go along so you don’t get any surprises.

After your wax is complete I will provide you with aftercare advice and you will leave feeling as smooth as a dolphin! You can book your future appointment via the online booking system. 

When waxing is not able to be carried out.

If you are taking/have taken Isotretinoin (brand name Roaccutane/Accutane), I won’t be able to wax you for at least 6 months from when the treatment is finished. If you are taking/have taken oral/Intravenous corticosteriods, I won’t be able to wax you for 3 months from finishing the course. If you are currently taking/have taken oral/Intravenous antibiotics please contact me to discuss as some antibiotics can cause severe skin reactions and hypersensitivity. The above medications temporarily weaken the skin. A patch test prior to waxing would need to be carried out after the time period when waxing is contraindicated. 

I can work around skin tags, moles, and pimples but I won’t wax skin that is infected, irritated, chapped or suffering from sunburn.

Any concerns, conditions or medication can be discussed prior to your appointment and will be flagged up when you complete the online consultation questions. 

How long does the hair need to be for waxing?

Hair needs to be the length of a grain of rice.

Shavers need at least 21 days hair growth from last shaving.
Regular waxers need at least 28 days hair growth from last waxing.

I understand it may be difficult to let the hair grow but I need hair to wax. If you come with less than the minimum hair growth required then simply put I can’t wax you and it would end up just being a very painful and ineffective wax for you. 

Will it hurt?

It really frustrates me to see any waxer state that waxing is painless! It isn’t but it can be LESS painful if carried out by someone who is skilled and uses good quality products. I only use peelable wax (a.k.a hot wax or non-strip wax) on more sensitive areas of the body such as the bikini area, underarms and face. Strip wax is used on other areas such as the legs and arms as the skin is not as fragile and sensitive here. I do my best to ensure your wax is as comfortable and quick as possible.

There are lots of reasons your wax may feel more uncomfortable on some occasions; hormones, lack of quality sleep, being run down, hungover, stressed, dehydrated, illness/medication, etc.

What result should I expect?

Everyone is different because there are lots of factors involved, therefore it’s difficult to be specific about results for you. In most cases there is minimal hair regrowth for the first 3 weeks and a noticeable increase thereafter.

If it is your first ever wax or first wax in a while then you should expect to see stubble and early hair regrowth until you’ve had around 3 waxes, each at 4-5 weeks apart. 

It takes around 3 waxing treatments each at 4-5 weeks apart to synchronise the hair growth cycle. You should then have slower hair regrowth and you can leave longer gaps between appointments – please don’t be tempted to remove any early regrowth yourself – step away from the razor/tweezers/epilator! You need to persevere for slower, finer and sparser hair regrowth and it’s worth it, I promise. Following aftercare between waxes is absolutely key in allowing the new weaker hair to grow out through the skin and not become ingrown and cause you problems so listen to my advice and do your aftercare!

I’m going on holiday and need waxing.

You can have a wax just before your holiday but please note; if you’ve not had waxing before or haven’t been waxed in some time then having just one wax before your holiday won’t give you the results you want. Hair regrowth will come through in a few days rather than remaining hair free for weeks if you only have one wax before the holiday. It’s a good idea to be organised and book in 2/3 waxes before your holiday in order to get the hair into a synchronised growth cycle which in turn will give you longer lasting results.

Will waxing be the perfect hair removal solution for me?

It may well be and this can be ascertained over a few appointments. There may however be a more suitable hair removal method out there for you. I can talk to you about your individual needs at your appointment. 

I’m pregnant, can I be waxed?

Yes, you can be waxed from week 12 of your pregnancy onwards and I advise only up to 38 weeks. Please note I do not wax new/non-regular clients who are in their 3rd trimester. A patch test is required 24 hours prior to your waxing appointment. I understand the needs of a woman who is pregnant during waxing and you will be in safe hands.  

Can I be waxed during my period?

I have written a blog about waxing during your period, please refer to it for more information.

Of course you can be waxed during your period! You may be more sensitive just before and for the first couple of days of your period. Therefore, you may wish to plan your waxing appointment to avoid this time. For intimate waxing I use peelable wax (a.k.a hot wax/non-strip wax) for your comfort.

You can be waxed wearing your usual period product or if you usually wear a pad it is fine to be waxed with nothing in place. If you wear a tampon please ensure the string is tucked up and out of the way for the wax. I wear a menstrual cup and LOVE IT! If you’re interested in trying a menstrual cup, you’re welcome to ask me about it because I am very passionate about more people using them and I think mine is brilliant and it has changed periods for the better for me. 

Can I bring someone along to my appointment with me?

My insurance covers one individual other than myself, however there are exceptions and if you would like to bring someone along to the appointment you MUST contact me first so we can have a chat about this.

Also if a person under the age of 16 is attending for waxing then a parent/guardian is required to be present for the waxing treatment as the consenting adult.

I’ve had waxing before and it was a horrible experience, I’m feeling nervous.

It’s understandable if you’ve had a bad waxing experience elsewhere but be rest assured I take great care and consideration in ensuring your appointment with me is comfortable, dignified and relaxed. If you have any questions or worries that you want settling please talk them over with me.