Everything you wanted to know about waxing but were afraid to ask
Dreaming of hair-free legs, arms, or back? Have you been considering waxing but have yet to try it? Wondering what is the difference between a Bikini, Brazilian and Manzilian? Well, we had questions…so we went to the expert Tanja Bjazevic, LMT, LPA at Williamsburg’s European Wax Studio at Mind and Body Focus and asked her everything we ever wanted to know about waxing but were afraid to ask! Tanja gave us great answers to our 12 questions below. Enjoy!
As soon as possible. For best results you will need to come for 3 waxings so that we can remove all three stages of hair. Waxing appointments should be booked 3-4 weeks apart. So start waxing 9 weeks at least before vacation date. Hair grows out in stages ( anagen, catagen and telogen) and our goal is to “catch up” with those stages and be ahead of the game. After first three waxings, you will be on a waxing schedule of 4-6 weeks and you will be hair free longer in between waxings. Each time, after the first wax, you will have only 1/3 of the amount of hair which means, less hair to wax, and so it will be less uncomfortable each time.
After the first treatment, you will notice hair about 5 days later and that is the second stage hair already coming out called anagen, active growth cycle. Don’t get discouraged, that’s normal and you are on the right path towards a smooth and silky skin.
Eyebrow shaping and waxing can take up to 25 minutes, full leg wax 45 minutes, bikini wax 20 minutes, Brazilian wax 45 minutes, full back wax for men about 30 minutes. and so on…
A bikini wax means removing hair outside the panty line. A Brazilian wax means removing all of the hair from front to back with a possibility of leaving “landing strip” or triangle on the front. In the last few years it has become a popular wax for men too and it’s called a Manzilian.
For women best time is when they are not on their cycle because we are more sensitive at that time and we can experience more “pain” even that pain is actually just 10-15 seconds of a stinging sensation.
You should arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled treatment. You will have to fill out and answer few questions regarding your skin history. A table will be ready, covered with medical paper for your comfort. If we are removing hair from your legs then you will remove clothes only from that area, for a bikini wax we provide disposable bikini underwear, and for facial wax we protect your hair with the hairband. Unless you request someone you came in with to be in the room, it’s going to be only you and the waxing professional.
I do not describe waxing as pain, but stinging, just like when you remove band aid. On sensitive areas if we apply pressure after we remove wax stinging goes away fast because we trick the brain with a different kind of sensation. You should do that after removing band aid also :-). An hour before your appointment you can always take pain pill of your choice. Make sure you eliminate coffee or caffeinated tea that day because caffeine stimulates blood flow and makes our sensory receptors more alert. Make sure you drink plenty of water and a little bit more if you enjoyed alcohol night before. Alcohol makes you dehydrated.
Waxing over time will make your hair thinner because by removing hair with the follicle we are destroying blood flow to it and once hair is not able to receive nutrients for growth, dies. People are not aware that sometimes over tweezing or over waxing eyebrows leads to that. I would be monitoring teenage girls or take them to professional waxing place where they are going to clean up brows without changing shape or making them thin. I have had tweens as young as 12 needing an eyebrow wax. Kids these days are more aware of their self-image and we have to make them comfortable but avoid damage, because in their twenties or later they might want different shape and they will have the eyebrows left to do this new shape if they didn’t mess them up at a young age.
The space and practitioner should be clean and neat. You should feel comfortable around waxing professional. Waxing service is very personal thing for both sides. A referral, like for any other personal service, is a good start. Also, it’s very important quality of wax they are using. Soft cream wax and hard wax are good for any skin and hair type, especially, sensitive skin. Personally, I do not like honey waxes because they are very sticky and if your skin is dry (especially in winter months) that wax will stick to the skin and will lift your skin during the wax and that hurts more and can cause bruising in some areas. I do not use any type of honey wax in my office. I do not want wax to stick to the skin at all if possible.
We see more and more men clients in our office. They come for back wax, shoulders wax, ear, nose and even eyebrow wax.
I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist and Licensed Aesthetician since 2005, and a Master since 2008. I have been serving HR, even clients from West Point and Chesapeake with an office in Williamsburg since 2007.
And just for our readers, Tanja Bjazevic is running a special 25% off first waxing – here are the details – until April 30, 2017
Tanja Bjazevic is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Licensed Aesthetician since 2005, Master Aesthetician since 2008. She has been serving Williamsburg, HR, even clients from West Point and Chesapeake with an office in Williamsburg since 2007.