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Waxing FAQ

What kind of wax do you use?

For most of our services, we use a high quality cream wax that uses strips. We also use hard wax, depending on your hair type and the service being performed. It is not just the wax that makes a service great, though! There are many brands with differing qualities that fall under the categories of hard and soft wax. Experience, technique, before and after care, education, and quality of products all play a huge part in the waxing process. Your esthetician will determine the best wax to use for the service. We wax first timers all the time, so don’t be afraid to try something new!

Do you offer sugaring?

Currently, we do not offer sugaring. Waxing should give you the same result as sugaring though! The hair is being pulled from the root with both services so how long your wax lasts and the pain factors are similar.

Do you double dip?

Absolutely not! We adhere to all State Board of Cosmetology health regulations which include disposing of single-use implements. This means our wax sticks go into the wax pot one time, get used on just you, and then get immediately disposed of.

Does waxing hurt?

Everyone has different pain tolerances, hair thickness, amount of hair, etc. This all plays a part in how you will react when waxed. Of course pulling the hair from the follicle isn’t going to be the most pleasant thing in the world, but most people handle it quite well. Most people finish and say, “That wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!” And since it’s so quick, any pain goes away fast, almost like a big band-aid. The first time is always the worst, but if you stay consistent, it gets much easier! You can feel free to purchase numbing cream before coming in by clicking HERE.

Can I wax if I am pregnant?

Yes, but because of increased blood flow and hormones, you will be more sensitive. There is also a chance that your hair will start to grow in thicker (because of your pregnancy) and you will have more of it. For these reasons, we recommend starting to get waxed early on in the pregnancy. This way your hair regrowth will already be in a pattern by the time these issues arise and it will be less painful to get removed.

Can I wax at that time of the month?

Yes. You might experience more sensitivity and discomfort. This is true for the week before your period as well. You must also wear a clean tampon or cup during bikini/brazilian services. Also, make sure to take an anti-inflammatory beforehand to help reduce pain and swelling.

Why did only some hair grow back/in patches?

This is because of the hair growth cycle. The hair growth cycle consists of three different stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. All three stages occur simultaneously. Any one hair can be in any stage at the same time! This is to prevent us from having periodic phases of baldness when the growth cycle of an individual hair stops. The anagen stage is the stage we want to wax the hair in. The hair is still attached to the papilla and it will take much longer to grow back after removal. The catagen stage is when the hair is still in the follicle but isn’t attached to the papilla and is getting ready to shed. The final stage, telogen, is the resting stage where the hair is neither growing nor developing. Because of this crazy growth cycle, hair grows in when it pleases!

Do I really have to wait 3-4 weeks for my hair to grow?

Yes. This ensures your hair is long enough to get waxed. It also makes sure you don’t waste your time coming in and then having to leave because your hair is too short to be waxed! Also, if you shave, your hair grows back unevenly. When you wait, you reduce the chance of stubble appearing after waxing. This happens because hairs are too short to get waxed so they don’t get pulled from the root. So absolutely NO SHAVING in between appointments for the best results!

Are there any age restrictions?

We will wax guests of any age, as long as the guest is comfortable. Guests under the age of 18 need parental consent and no bikini/brazilian under the age of 16. If the guest is overly apprehensive, we believe it will be best to wait until a later date.

Will I get an erection?

Possibly, and it is completely normal but it should be short lived. Once the first strip of wax gets pulled off, things should calm down and return to normal.

How often should I get waxed?

Anywhere from every 2-6 weeks depending on your hair growth and the area you are getting waxed. We will work with you to figure out the best timing for your individual hair. Guests that wax consistently have the best results as hair grows back finer, softer, less dense, and more slowly. Stick with it!

Should I trim before my appointment?

There is no need to trim or buzz any hair before coming in to see me. In fact, we prefer if you don’t. Sometimes guests underestimate the amount of hair the wax needs to grab and end up trimming their hair too short. As a result, their waxing outcome isn’t as smooth as it could be because the hair was too short to pull. So as we always say, the longer the hair the better! If anything needs trimmed we will take care of it.

I have an event I am planning for. How do I prepare?

Start waxing at least 2 months ahead of the event. This allows you time to get over the first waxing experience (and any stubble that could be left behind) and into your hair growth pattern. It also prepares you for any reactions that your skin may have. If you’re getting your face waxed, come at least 4 days before! If you wait until the day of, you could possibly still be red for your event.

How long does waxing last?

It depends on the person and sometimes their ethnic background. It will usually last anywhere from 2-6 weeks (depending upon what areas are waxed). Shaved hair does not grow back in one cycle. Sometimes shaved hair will appear days after being waxed and this is usually because the hair was not grown to the proper length. After a few waxes the hair will grow back much finer and slower. So much better than shaving everyday, right?!

Why is there a difference between male and female brazilian wax prices?

Behr & Bush is a welcoming and affirming space. Waxing prices are based on body parts and services take different amounts of time based on what we are waxing. With this in mind, please schedule services that align with your sex assigned at birth so we can effectively and efficiently serve you.

What is an ingrown hair?

This is when a hair grows back into the skin and not up to the surface. Sometimes small, round, red, pus-filled bumps occur because the body responds to the hair as if it were an invading or foreign object. In some cases, the skin around the ingrown hair may become darker. This is known as hyperpigmentation. Exfoliation and bacteria-killing ingredients help to treat these issues and keep them at bay.

What is exfoliation?

Exfoliation is an artificial way to help remove dead skin cells. Our body does this naturally but slows down as we age. An exfoliant is any medium that removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. There are two different kinds of exfoliation: Physical and Chemical. Physical is when you use a scrub or brush. Some scrubs have granules with rough edges which can damage the skin, so make sure to choose one with gentle ingredients. These also just remove what is on the surface of the skin. Chemical exfoliants penetrate deeper and are more effective. There are many types but the most popular are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs- glycolic, lactic, and phytic acid) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs-salicylic acid and isodecyl salicylate). These dissolve the cellular cohesion between skin cells and then allows those cells to shed. Exfoliating a few times a week will help prevent ingrown hairs and keep the skin looking healthy, young, and glowing.

Will waxing make my hair grow back darker/thicker?

This is actually just a huge myth! Neither waxing or shaving will make your hair grow back darker or thicker. There is no biological purpose for this. Shaving blunts the edge of the hair at the base (thickest part) of the hair, which can indeed make the hair look both thicker and darker. Waxing won’t do any of that, though. Since the hair is being removed from the root, it actually will grow back more fine and soft. This is why being consistent with your waxing is key. If you go longer than recommended between waxes, your hair roots have time to thicken back up and your hair growth will return to normal. If you stay consistent, your roots don’t have time to thicken up, thus producing a much finer hair.