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Frequently asked questions

First time waxing?

It can be scary not knowing what to expect on your first wax but here at Perfect Pear we talk through the whole process at your first appointment. We do always advice to wax three times (with a 4 week break between waxes) before making the decision if waxing is for you. You will need at least 3-4 weeks growth of hair before it can be successfully removed by waxing.

How long does my hair need to be?

If this you first time waxing, your hair needs to be just under a centimetre long or 1/4 inch. If you have been shaving, we would usually say 2-3 weeks growth before you wax.
In most case if you wax regularly you would leave 4-6 weeks before waxing depending on your individual hair growth. 

Hot Wax or Warm Wax?

This is a question more of preference and technique. While hot wax can be better for the skin as it doesn't exfoliate as much, it can also burn when put on the same area too many times. The UK has a vast selection of warm waxes and when used correctly it can be fast and better than a hot wax.
Hot wax can take longer therefore prolonging the process because we have to wait until the wax dries to remove it, while warm wax is removed straight away with the strip.
We use the mixed berry hot wax and the aloe vera gel wax which is for extra sensitive skin.

Waxing After Care?

​For 24 hours after waxing:
  • No hot baths or showers (cool to lukewarm water only).
  • No saunas, hot tubs, massage or steam treatments.
  • No tanning (sunbathing, sun beds or fake tans).
  • No sport, gym work or other exercise.
  • Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands.
  • Wear clean, loose fitting clothes.
  • No prolonged period of time in water.
  • Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the waxed area.
  • Exfoliation only 3-4 days after.

What do you need to do before waxing?

Let your hair grow and avoid the razor! Simple. If you have concerns that your hair is too long, please leave it be and if it is required we will trim it before the wax.  
If you have a history of ingrown hair, exfoliate the skin 24hours before your appointment to make it easier to remove and get a better finish.

What are the risks of waxing ?

​While choosing whether waxing is for you, you will need to consider some risks. Below are the most common: 
  • Burning
  • Bruising 
  • Tearing
But also take into consideration:
  • If you're pregnant, take birth control, hormone replacement or antibiotics: Your skin may be more sensitive in these instances, so it's best to do a patch test and see how your skin reacts for 24 hours before getting an eyebrow or leg waxed. 
  • If you're a smoker or have rosacea: Waxing can irritate dilated capillaries (weak or broken blood vessels), which are commonly found in people with rosacea, as well as smokers. If the capillaries are very red, you're going to want to avoid removing hair in that area as not to further irritate it. 
  • If you take blood thinners, have diabetes, phlebitis or want post-cancer hair growth in the side-burn area removed: These all relate to medical conditions, so it's crucial that you get your doctor's approval first. No questions asked. 
  • If you use powerful exfoliators on your skin: Strong exfoliants like glycolic and salicylic acids strip cells from the skin and can sometimes cause irritation. So waxing, which is another form of exfoliation, could potentially make skin red, bleed, or even turn scabby. It's recommended to stop using these products in the area you're getting waxed for at least three days before, and three to four days after the hair has been removed. 
  • If you've had a lot of sun exposure. If you've been in direct sunlight for a long period of time, you'll want to wait at least a day or two before getting hair removed—or longer until your skin has healed if you got burned.
When should I not get waxed? 
Put simply, you should avoid waxing if you have a chronic condition like lupus, AIDS, or any other disease that compromises the skin barrier. Doctors also recommend steering clear of waxing if you take Accutane, or if you've stopped taking it less than a year ago (this generally goes for any type of prescription acne medication). Lastly, you should never get waxed if you're undergoing cancer therapy such as chemotherapy or radiation.
We advise: If you're ever unsure or have a health condition, consult your doctor first.

What areas should I not wax?

  • Irritated, inflamed, cut, or sunburned skin.
  • Anywhere you're using Retin-A.
  • Any area that has a rash, recent scar tissue, a skin graft, pimples, cold sores, moles or warts.
  • Anywhere you're getting dermabrasion services or have gotten them in the past three months.
  • The inside of ears and nose, and on eyelashes, nipples and male genitals.
  • Any place you've recently gotten Botox or collagen injections in the last seven days.
  • Anywhere that has been waxed within the last 24 hours.
  • Areas you're using any alpha hydroxy acid over 8 percent.

 

What type of facial should I have ?

Choosing a facial can be quite difficult if you don't know what the treatments achieve. At Perfect Pear we will have a consultation before your first facial to advise which will suit your expectations and skin type. Please feel free to book the one you think will suit you best or pop in for a chat.