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What is a Brazilian wax?

A Brazilian wax is the removal of all pubic hair, front and back, using wax.

What’s the difference between waxing and sugaring?

Both waxing and sugaring are about the same in terms of effectively removing the hair and follicles.

There are two different kinds of wax, soft and hard.  Soft wax is applied with a spatula or rolled on and is removed with strip paper or cloth.  Soft wax is generally used for large, non-sensitive, areas with fine hair such as the legs, back or arms.  Hard wax is applied with a spatula and allowed to harden and then pulled off.  No paper or cloth is used with hard wax.  This allows exact placement of the product and more precise removal.  Hard wax is excellent for corse hair and best used in sensitive areas such as the bikini/Brazilian area and underarms.

Sugaring is a completely organic process using water, citric acid and brown sugar.  It’s different from waxes in that there is no paper or cloth used and it does not harden.  A proper sugaring is performed by a skilled esthetician using a specialized technique mastered with many hours of practice.  Having the consistency of honey, sugar seeps into the pore and surrounds the follicle, pulling the hair out in it’s entirety.  If the hair is too long or too thick the sugar can not penetrate to the skin and can break the hair off.  It is not recommended to use sugaring for the first time in an area as it can be more difficult until the hair is thinned out by regular waxing.  Sugaring is more effective as a maintenance treatment.

Although hard wax is more gentle to the skin, sugar is best.  For repeat services, sugar is faster and less painful.  Sugar is better if you are prone to ingrown hairs or may be allergic to some wax ingredients.  When heated, sugar can be used as a soft wax for larger areas.  Sugar is also easily removed with warm water and does not leave a sticky residue.  Sugar Lilly Wax Bar only uses high quality imported hard wax and home-made organic sugaring products.

How do I benefit from waxing?

Waxing reduces the hair growth when performed on a regular basis (usually every 4 to 5 weeks).  Both waxing and sugaring pull hair from the root, so it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. Shaving on the other hand, crops the hair at the skin surface so it grows back more quickly and exposes the follicle to foreign material and possible ingrown hairs.  Waxing is great for those who want to eliminate the effort of shaving several times a week.

Will I get ingrown hairs?

It’s certainly possible, however, there are several things you can do to reduce the chances of that happening.  An ingrown hair happens when the hair grows back into the skin, rather than through the pore.  Most commonly it occurs in areas where the hair is thick and curly.  The goal with waxing or sugaring is to remove the entire hair with the root, if the hair is broken off at the surface, the resulting remaining hair is sharp, not a beveled tip and can cause an ingrown hair.  It is important to exfoliate between services to keep the area clean and pores free of debris so that they won’t prevent the hairs from growing out.

Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker/stronger/darker?

Definitely not!  Waxing does not cause you to develop more hair of any kind.  In fact, if you have regular services, you will notice that your hair will become softer, finer and thinner over time.  When you regrow hair after waxing, the hair is brand new and it’s not the remaining shaft broken off at the thickest point as it is in shaving.  This is why a day or two after shaving the stubble is quite rough.  The only process known to stimulate hair growth is adding hormones, natural or artificial.

How often should I get waxed?

We recommend every 4 weeks as the skin will become less sensitive if done on a regular basis.  Depending on your personal hair growth, some clients can wait 5-6 weeks. The hair will grow back softer and finer.  The more regularly you wax, the easier it becomes.

How long should the hair be before waxing or sugaring?

The hair should be at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.  Do not shave for at least two weeks prior to waxing for the best results.  The longer the better, if some areas need to be trimmed, it can done at the time of the service.  If you must shave, please schedule 2 to 3 weeks later depending on your hair growth.

Can I shave between appointments?

Please do not! Shaving disrupts the hair growth cycle and can encourage ingrown hairs and infection.

Is it customary to add gratuity to my service?

The industry standard for gratuity is 15%-20%, but the amount you choose to leave is completely at your discretion.  It should depend on your experience.

What is your cancellation policies and fees?

Your appointment times are reserved especially for you. Should you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least 4 hours in advance. In addition, if you arrive more than
15 minutes late your appointment will be rescheduled and there will be a charge of $20 and future appointments must be prepaid.

Clients who miss their appointments without giving any prior notification will be charged $20 and future appointments must be prepaid.

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