Spring Break is over and thanks to all my clients who took advantage of the Valentine's and Spring Break package special! Today I want to address the expectation of beginning waxing. A lot of times first time guests are disappointed because they don't feel perfectly smooth after the first appointment. It will look smooth and clean, but because of the pattern of hair growth it will take 3 to 5 appointments to achieve the ideal effect. I've covered this before, but it is still a question that comes up a lot - when will the hair grow back? It is all ready growing before you leave the wax shop and there is nothing your waxer can do about that. Your hair grows in 3 cycles, so on your first visit there is hair above the surface of the skin - that is what we will remove, but also there is hair just underneath the skin that hasn't broken through or is just hitting the skin level and hair that is just starting to grow at the root level. You should expect a good result, I mean, if your waxer leaves huge patches or hairs that are 1/4 inch or more, obviously they will need to correct that for you or if they won't you need to find a waxer who will do a more thorough job. If there are hairs that are just above the skin - these will not wax out. It is not that the waxer is not doing a great job, it is just that is what your body does, and we can only do so much to fight nature. It will take 3 to 5 appointments to get the hair cycles in sync - no matter whether waxing, threading or sugaring are used. And, contrary to popular myths spread by the other types of hair removal - if a hair is removed at the root it will take as long to grow back as it takes - based on the formulation of the root and the distance below the skin and the rate of growth - how it was removed makes no difference to the hair - it doesn't care. Its coming back when it comes back - end of story. One type of hair removal will not last longer than any other. If you are lucky and your hair growth is slow - you will get to take longer between appointments once the cycles are in sync, but you still need to do the first 3 to 5 appointments 3 to 5 weeks apart. Usually 4 weeks is the ideal, but according to budget and time constraints some times 5 weeks can be acceptable. If your hair is especially coarse or fast growing 3 weeks will probably make you happier. It will just hurt less if the hair is still thinner and the root hasn't had as long to mature. 2 weeks is generally too soon - you'll always have hairs breaking through in between appointments because it will just not be ideal for getting the hair cycles to line up and 6 weeks is too long before the cycles are set. After you have the hair cycles in sync there are a few lucky ducks that can stretch to 6 weeks, but these people are pretty rare.
Once your hair cycles are in sync you can expect to leave the waxing shop clean and smooth and stay this way for approximately 2 weeks, then the 3rd week the hair will start breaking through and be ready to wax by week 4.
Tweezing is sometimes helpful to get completely smooth, but it is often just not feasible for your waxer to tweeze out 100 hairs that are barely out of the skin on your first few waxing appointments. It makes for a torturous appointment for both of you. If there are a few random ones, these are fine, but if you have a bit of stubble it is better to just live with it through the first few appointments. These hairs are just not ready to be waxed - they will be at your next appointment. You will be thrilled with the results once you let the hair growth cycles get in sync and above all else - Do Not get impatient with the hair break through and shave. Shaving in between appointments just lengthens the time to get everything lined up, keeps the hairs blunt and thick and sets you up for some pretty painful ingrown hairs. The new after waxing hair will be easier to live with, since it will be soft and have tapered ends, unlike shaved hairs that are thicker, blunt and can be itchy as they try to break past the skin level.