International Day of Waxing

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

It depends on the area you want to wax, your hair type, and what style of hair removal is most important to you. For beginners, Wax Strips and Sugar Wax are great options. If you have more experience waxing, Warm Wax or Hot Wax. For smaller sensitive areas with short and coarse hair (bikini, underarm, etc.) Hot Wax is the best choice. 

Since waxing removes hair from the root, results last much longer than shaving and other methods. Generally speaking, waxing provides smoothness for about 4 weeks. But everyone’s different, so results can vary anywhere from 2 – 6 weeks, depending on your hair type. Longer results aren’t the only benefit: over time hair growth is reduced and becomes softer and sparser since regular waxing weakens the hair follicles.

It can be surprisingly easy to wax, but like all beauty regiments the more familiar you become with the technique the better your results. Try Wax Strips for a mess-free introduction to waxing. 

Everyone’s seen a movie or videos about the perils of waxing – so is it really that bad? The truth is that whenever you remove hair from the root, you are likely to feel some discomfort. But this feels more like plucking your brows or pulling off a bandaid. The initial sensation only lasts for a second, but the results last for weeks.

The discomfort can also depend on your hair type or the body area. Waxing your arms or legs will feel different than more sensitive areas like the underarm or bikini. But like other beauty routines, it gets easier and more comfortable over time as the hair becomes weaker and finer.

Check out our article on this very question: Does Waxing hurt? 

We certainly think so. Waxing gives you smooth skin that lasts for weeks longer than shaving. Shave today and you’ll have prickly stubbly skin within 24 hours, wax the same area and you’ll be salon smooth for weeks.

Waxing removes hair from deep within the follicle. Anytime hair is removed in this manner, as with tweezing, threading, epilators or waxing, some redness or bumps may appear. Generally, this sensitivity to the hair removal process will disappear within 20-30 minutes depending on your complexion and skin sensitivity. If you are a first-time waxer or have very fair skin, redness or bumps may last longer.

Waxing removes hair from deep within the follicle. Each hair follicle is fed by blood capillaries so when hair is removed from areas where your hair is particularly coarse, deep-rooted or strong, it’s possible to see redness or tiny dots of blood immediately after waxing. Don’t be concerned, this simply means that you’ve successfully removed hair from deep within the root.

There are several reasons hair may not be fully removed:

Hair Length: If your hair is too short the wax may not work effectively. Previously shaved hair can be short, coarse or stubbly. For first time success, it’s important for hair to be long enough for the wax to grip effectively. We advise a “two-week rule”, allowing hair to grow for two weeks before your first waxing treatment. For best results hair should be at least ⅛” of ½ cm long.

Product Type: Although most products work for most hair types, some products are better for coarser hair than others. Try Hot Wax for short, coarse hair in smaller or sensitive areas or Warm Wax for coarse hair on larger areas.

Technique: How well a product works depends most on how it’s used. The amount of wax applied (too much with some styles or too little with others), the direction the wax is applied or how quickly the wax is removed can all impact results. Make sure to read our easy to follow instructions for the best results.

Hard Waxes & Wax Strips: resin-based waxes can be cleaned with any type of oil. These waxes do NOT clean with soap or water.

Sugar Waxes: sugar-based waxes can be easily cleaned with warm water and soap. Even the epilation strips can be washed and reused.

Check the packaging! If you see ‘washable’ and ‘sugar’ on the front of the packaging: This is a sugar-based wax. It can be cleaned with water and soap. But, if you see ‘salon’ or ‘express’ on the front of the packaging: This is a resin-based wax. It can only be cleaned with oil, Azulene oil or or any household vegetable oils.

Depending on the type of wax you’ve used it is fairly easy to remove wax from an area you don’t want to remove your hair.

Sugar Waxes: Simply wash off the wax with warm water and soap.

Wax Strips: Warm the wax strip and then slowly remove or peel off the wax strip in the direction of hair growth. Remove excess or residual wax with oil.

Warm Wax: Generously apply any type of oil to the waxed area and rub in circular motions until wax dissolves.

Hot Wax: This is the most difficult to remove, especially once it has firmed up. You may have to just peel the wax away and remove the hair. You can also try using oil but this may not be effective for thicker layers of Hot Wax. Be careful where you apply Hot Wax!

For best results, particularly for first time waxers or regular shavers, hair needs to be long enough for the wax to effectively grip it, but not so long that the hair will break at the surface instead of being removed from the root. We advise a ‘two week rule’: allow two weeks hair growth following your regular form of hair removal for your first waxing treatment. Your hairs need to be minimum ⅛” or ½ cm for best results.

However, because some people’s hair grows faster, and some slower, a simple way to check is to pinch one hair between your thumb and finger. Pull up gently. If it lifts the skin a little, then it’s long enough to wax.

We do not advise this for beginners to waxing, the inner nose area is sensitive. However, if you insist, be careful doing this and check out some YouTube videos before starting. You may find that Wax Strips (Brow Shaper) work well or for coarser hair Hot Wax.

Absolutely! For those new to waxing, we recommend starting off with pre-lined Waxing Strips. They’re very easy to use and do not require any heating or difficult techniques.