Hair Removal FAQs
Thinking about getting a brazilian? Have questions from your sugaring appointment? Here are our responses to some common hair removal questions we get asked at Euphoria Spalon.
What types of hair removal services do you
offer at Euphoria Spalon?
We offer both waxing & sugaring.
What is the difference between waxing &
Waxing is performed with either hard or soft
wax. With soft wax, the wax is spread on the skin with a disposable applicator & then removed with a cloth
strip. With hard wax, the wax is spread
on the skin with a disposable applicator & then it is allowed to harden
before it is pulled directly off the skin.
Wax residue is removed with oil. Sugaring
is a technique where the hair removal sugar is molded over the skin & a
hand-flicking technique is used to lift off the sugar & remove the hair. Sugar residue is removed with water. Both methods are equally effective in
removing hair when performed by a well-trained esthetician. Here are some of the Pros & Cons for both
Sugaring can generally be done over & over in the same area as it is more
gentle on the skin. It is more
environmentally friendly as there are no sticks or strips used.
Sugaring services can take more time than waxing services & is considered more painful than waxing by some clients.
Considered less painful than sugaring by some clients. Often takes less time than sugaring.
Soft wax cannot be reapplied to the same area during a service. If hair does not come out then it needs to
be tweezed or left for the next visit. Can be too aggressive for some very sensitive skin.
I've heard sugaring is better than waxing because it won't rip or tear the skin/it's less painful/it removes the hair better/the results last longer. Are these all true?
Sugaring vs. waxing really is personal preference. For every person that swears by sugaring there is absolutely another who swears by waxing. The one that's better for you is dependent on a myriad of factors. While sugaring is, overall, gentler on the skin than some waxes, the waxes we have chosen to use at Euphoria or the gentlest options available and, the fact is, sugaring can STILL rip or tear the skin if you have very thin or sensitive skin. (We know this from personal experience on the receiving end.) We try to apply a light layer of oil or a light layer of powder to the skin prior to hair removal to help protect the skin as much as possible. Some people find sugaring to be less painful than waxing while other clients find the complete opposite to be true. Again, it's personal preference. And sugaring does not necessarily remove the hair any better than waxing. Because of the molding motion of sugaring, it is quite common for hair (especially fine, thin hair) to be broken at the surface of the skin before it is pulled out with the flicking motion. That means the individual hair was not completely pulled out by the root/bulb. This is far less likely to happen with wax. That being said, some clients swear that they see longer lasting results with sugaring. While we have not seen any scientific evidence to confirm this, we suspect it may be true due to the "trauma" the follicles experience with the molding & flicking technique associated with sugaring.
What ingredients are contained in your waxes
Our hair removal sugar contains sugar, water,
honey & lemon juice. Our soy wax
contains soybean, honey, chamomile, palmoil & rapeseed oil and is gluten-
& paraben-free. Our honey wax
contains honey & argan oil. Our hard
wax contains calendula, tea tree oil & titanium dioxide.
How do I know if I should have waxing or
It really boils down to personal preference. Your esthetician will discuss which option is
best for you based on your skin type, hair type, body area & personal
preferences. The only other deciding factor may be if you are receiving a spray tan or airbrush tan. In our opinions, sugaring is preferred if you plan on having a spray tan or airbrush tan the same day.
What’s the difference between a Bikini, a
French Bikini & a Brazilian?
A bikini service removes the hair from outside
the bikini or underwear line. A French
Bikini removes the hair from outside the bikini or underwear line as well as
1-2” of hair inside the line. A
Brazilian service removes most or all of the hair from front to back.
What do I need to do before my hair removal appointment?
Please come in with clean, moisturized
skin. If your physician gives you the
okay, you may wish to take ibuprofen or a similar pain reliever 20 minutes
before your appointment. Make sure your
hair is at least ¼” long but not longer than ¾ to 1 inch long. If your hair is longer than that, please consider
pre-trimming before your appointment or ask your esthetician to pre-trim the
area for you. (When hair is too long it
impedes our ability to properly remove the hair & may lead to additional
pain for you.)
What should I do after my hair removal
Proper at-home maintenance is key to maintaining
your results as well as preventing in-grown hairs and other complications. Keep skin clean with a gentle, water-soluble
cleanser that is fragrance- & alcohol-free.
Avoid applying any fragranced or alcohol-based products (like perfumes,
lotions, etc.) to the area for 24-48 hours.
Do not exfoliate for 48 hours after your appointment. After that, though, you will want to exfoliate
regularly (about every 2-3 days) with a sugar scrub or oatmeal scrub. (Ask your esthetician how you can make one of
these scrubs at home.)
How often do I need to get waxed/sugared?
This really depends on how fast your hair grows
& it’s different for everyone. The
average time between facial hair removal services is 2-6 weeks & for body
hair removal services it’s 4-6 weeks.
Some people see hair re-growth within just a couple of weeks – even days. This is common especially for those with
coarse, dark hair. Some clients don’t
see hair re-growth for as long as 3-4 months.
That tends to be the case for people with light hair & fair
skin. You will know best how often you
need to come in for services. And, in
our experience, the more regularly you receive services, the less hair you will
see over time.
Can I receive hair removal services when I have
We generally don’t recommend that you do. It’s best to receive hair removal services 1
week after the first day of your period through the next three weeks. Hormone levels during your period may cause
you to feel more pain than you normally would during a hair removal service. Additionally, it is very difficult for our
estheticians to wax around a tampon string and we cannot risk unnecessary blood
exposure. If you find you have your
period when you are scheduled for a Bikini, French Bikini or Brazilian; please
reschedule your appointment.
I noticed I have some hairs remaining after my
waxing or sugaring appointment. What’s
up with that?
Unfortunately, this sometimes happens. With waxing, we are not able to re-wax over
the same area and so sometimes we have to leave hairs behind – especially if
they were too short to be picked up by the wax. With sugaring, it may not be feasible for your esthetician to sugar over certain curved areas of the body or on loose skin. We will always try to tweeze any “stragglers” but there may be
situations where we may have to leave those behind too & we’ll discuss that
with you during your appointment. You
may wish to schedule another appointment within 1-2 weeks of your initial
service or you may wish to shave. If you
choose to shave, do so within 3-4 days of your appointment but do not shave
again before your next hair removal service.
I just recently got waxed or sugared & I have hair
coming back already. Why is that?
There are a number of reasons why this might
happen. One reason is that hair is always
in three different stages of growth at any given time. It may just be that you have new growth
coming in as part of one of those cycles.
Unfortunately, that’s beyond our control. Another reason is that some people grow hair really fast. We see this a lot with
people with coarse, dark hair or those on pre-natal or other vitamins &
supplements. First-time waxers/sugarers and clients
who have gone a long time without waxing/sugaring will also see re-growth quicker than
those who stay on a waxing regimen. Another
reason you may see hair growth right away is if you have fine or weak hair that
breaks during a hair removal service. All
of these reasons are quite common & ordinary. You may wish to schedule another appointment
within 1-2 weeks of your initial service or you may wish to shave. If you choose to shave, do so within 3-4 days
of your appointment but do not shave again before your next hair removal service.
I have ingrown hairs and/or weird bumps from
waxing/sugarin. Why did I get them & how can
I get rid of them?
Ingrown hairs & clogged follicles can
happen when hair, debris, oil & dead skin get trapped in the follicle. Some people are naturally prone to ingrown
hairs – especially if they have oilier skin or curlier hair. It is best to keep skin clean & exfoliated
after waxing. Check out our post-waxing
instructions above & ask your esthetician about scrub possibilities as
well as our ingrown hair prevention products available for purchase.
I have some bruising on my skin after my hair
removal service. What happened &
what do I do now?
You typically should not see any bruising after
a service … but there are cases when this might happen. We usually see it happen on the inner thigh
area where the leg connects to the pelvic area – especially on first timers,
clients who have gone a long time between services and those with very fair or
thin skin. We recommend applying a cool
compress or cold pack for 10-15 minutes a couple of times a day until the bruising
I’ve got a special event (wedding, honeymoon, etc.)
or I’m planning something special for my special someone. When should I come in for my waxing/sugaring?
We recommend receiving hair removal services
3-4 days before your special event or special occasion. We do not recommend receiving Bikini, French
Bikini or Brazilian services on the same day you expect “traffic” from your
special someone as the area needs to remain clean & may still be sensitive.
It seems like my hair grows faster during
certain times of the year. Does that
You bet! Some clients notice fast hair growth in the
summer months and some in the winter months – it’s different for everyone – but
totally common. When you get goose bumps
(like when you’re cold) sometimes your hair will push up to the surface of your
skin. And, in the summer, when weather
is warmer, many people notice their hair grows faster or thicker because of