Waxing Guide

Here’s all you need to know about waxing and how to get the best from it. If you’re still unsure, why not contact us and we’ll chat through what’s best for you.

Why hot wax?

We use natural protective oils as a barrier so your skin is protected during waxing. You will feel something, but your in the hands of experienced specialists, we’ll look after you.

Still not sure? Book a free consultation and we’ll chat through all your options.

These hair colours are more suited to Waxing

These hair colours DON'T respond well to laser treatment - so waxing is the best form of hair removal for you

Blonde

Red

Grey

These hair colours respond perfectly to Laser Treatment

Brown

Black

Still not sure? Book a free consultation and we’ll chat through all your options.

About Waxing

Hair colour or a medical condition may mean that you’re just not compatible with laser. So the perfect choice for you is waxing. To ensure a comfortable experience we only use hot wax with natural oils to protect and soothe your skin. You will feel something, but your in the hands of experienced specialists, we’ll look after you.

Before and after Waxing

Here’s a few things you can do to ensure the best results for your bikini wax.

  • Preparing for Waxing
  • What to Avoid
  • After your Waxing

Preparing for Waxing

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my treatment?

Clean your skin

We would ask all clients to ensure their skin is clean and free from any oils or moisturisers.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate lightly about 2-3 days before your wax.

Trim your hair

We would ask that you trim hair to about ¼ of an inch long, before your wax.

Pain relief

Some clients will take a mild pain reliever 30mins before their appointment.

What to Avoid

Some advise on what to avoid before and during waxing.

Tanning

Refrain from using false tan or using tanning beds before waxing.

Caffeine

Avoiding caffeine before your wax as it makes your pain receptors more sensitive.

Tight Clothes

Wear loose cotton clothing we would also recommend you wear 100% cotton underwear to avoid any skin irritation if having a bikini wax, if you are having a leg wax we would ask you not to wear nylon tights or skinny jeans afterwards as this could cause an irritation on your legs.

After your Treatment

Some tips on what to do after your treatment.

What to avoid after waxing

Directly after waxing your hair follicles remain open so please refrain from the following:

Hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24hrs after your wax. Sun beds or fake tan on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight. Perfumed products or thick creams.

Shaving

We know it’s tempting but don’t give in. We don’t recommend shaving in between your waxes, shaving will affect the consistency of your hair growth patterns. If you do shave you also increase the chance of getting ingrown hairs and we all know that’s not fun.

When to Exfoliate

Depending on how sensitive your skin is after waxing it is quiet safe to start lightly exfoliating about 3-4 days after your wax, just be gentle for the first week or so. We really do recommending exfoliating in between your waxing appointments to avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin.

 

Before and after Waxing

Here’s a few things you can do to ensure the best results for your bikini wax.

  • Preparing for Waxing
  • Preparing for Waxing

    Do I need to do anything to prepare for my treatment?

    Clean your skin

    We would ask all clients to ensure their skin is clean and free from any oils or moisturisers.

    Exfoliate

    Exfoliate lightly about 2-3 days before your wax.

    Trim your hair

    We would ask that you trim hair to about ¼ of an inch long, before your wax.

    Pain relief

    Some clients will take a mild pain reliever 30mins before their appointment.

  • What to Avoid
  • What to Avoid

    Some advise on what to avoid before and during waxing.

    Tanning

    Refrain from using false tan or using tanning beds before waxing.

    Caffeine

    Avoiding caffeine before your wax as it makes your pain receptors more sensitive.

    Tight Clothes

    Wear loose cotton clothing we would also recommend you wear 100% cotton underwear to avoid any skin irritation if having a bikini wax, if you are having a leg wax we would ask you not to wear nylon tights or skinny jeans afterwards as this could cause an irritation on your legs.

  • After your Waxing
  • After your Waxing

    Some tips on what to do after your treatment.

    What to avoid after waxing

    Directly after waxing your hair follicles remain open so please refrain from the following:

    Hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24hrs after your wax. Sun beds or fake tan on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight. Perfumed products or thick creams.

    Shaving

    We know it’s tempting but don’t give in. We don’t recommend shaving in between your waxes, shaving will affect the consistency of your hair growth patterns. If you do shave you also increase the chance of getting ingrown hairs and we all know that’s not fun.

    When to Exfoliate

    Depending on how sensitive your skin is after waxing it is quiet safe to start lightly exfoliating about 3-4 days after your wax, just be gentle for the first week or so. We really do recommending exfoliating in between your waxing appointments to avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin.

     

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Waxing FAQs

Here we answer some of the regular questions our clients have asked over the years.

  • Before Waxing
  • After Waxing

The Treatment Process

Tanning, sun exposure and fake tan

Shaving, waxing & exfoliation during treatment

Medication and medical conditions

Ingrown Hairs

Getting the best results

Comfort during treatment

Before Waxing

Can I wax if I have had laser hair removal?

Yes, but if at all possible we would recommend continuing with laser on the area until you have achieved the final result you are happy with, if there was originally a mix of light and dark hairs laser would have only successfully removed the darker hairs, laser will have no effect on the lighter hairs so these can be waxed after your course has been completed if needed.

Can someone who has sensitive skin be waxed?

Absolutely, we would recommend that you have a patch test 24 hours before your wax just to ensure everything will be fine, this will put your mind at ease to as it will determine if your skin is suitable or not. Sometimes if you have a sensitive skin the heat of the wax may need to be adjusted so when booking you are booking your appointment or speaking to your therapist mention it to them and they will adjust the temperature accordingly.

Do I have to cancel if I get my period?

Absolutely not, we would ask that you use a tampon. You may be more sensitive but it is not necessary to cancel, It happens all the time and is not a problem at all.

Do I need to do anything before my wax appointment?

We would ask all clients to ensure their skin is clean and free from any oils or moisturisers. Exfoliate lightly about 2-3 days before your wax. We would ask that you trim hair to about ¼ of an inch long, before your wax. Wear loose cotton clothing we would also recommend you wear 100% cotton underwear to avoid any skin irritation if having a bikini wax, if you are having a leg wax we would ask you not to wear nylon tights or skinny jeans afterwards as this could cause an irritation on your legs. Avoiding caffeine before your wax as it makes your pain receptors more sensitive. Some clients will take a mild pain reliever 30mins before their appointment. Refrain from using false tan or using tanning beds before waxing.

How long does my hair have to be to be waxed?

You will need at least 2-3 weeks growth in order to achieve a clean wax, this does vary from person to person. For your first wax we would definitely recommend 3 weeks growth. It is REALLY important for the hairs to be long enough so that the wax can grab them otherwise hairs will break or will not be removed completely. If your hairs are not long enough we recommend rescheduling otherwise you may be disappointed with your result. We would ask that hair be trimmed to about ¼ of an inch long.

I have never been waxed before and am embarrassed?

Don’t be, seriously. We completely understand, what is a everyday occurrence for us is a big deal for you, especially if it is your first time. We do this all day every day so there is no need for you to worry. We will take our time to explain what will happen and ensure you feel at ease. Our therapists are very professional and will make sure you never feel uncomfortable.

I’m pregnant can I wax?

Yes, there is no reason why you can’t get waxed while pregnant, unless you are told not to by your doctor. It might get a little bit more challenging the bigger your bump gets but have no have no fear you’re in safe hands.

Is it hygienic to wax?

Definitely, we have a strict hygiene policy our rules are always obeyed and never compromised. We never double dip our spatulas – so the wax in our pots is 100% completely clean. We wear disposable gloves always. Work areas are completely sanitised with hospital grade disinfectant after every client. Our specialist wax therapists have over 6 years experience and are experts at what they do they would never comprise your safety while waxing.

Is waxing safe?

Absolutely, waxing has been used for years as a method of hair removal. All of our waxing therapists have over 6 years experience and because we are a dedicated hair removal clinic it’s what we do, all day every day. We use the highest quality waxes and only use hot wax for all specialised intimate waxing treatments so you can be assured of the safest most comfortable wax possible.

Is there anything I can do beforehand that will decrease the sensation?

Avoid Caffeine before your wax appointment. Take a mild pain reliever. Avoid waxing if you are premenstrual. Most importantly, Relax, you’re in safe hands.

What happens during a wax appointment?

Firstly we will ask you to fill in some paperwork , your therapist will bring you to a treatment room and ask you to remove your clothing, for intimate waxing we do ask that all items of clothing be removed from the waist down, we pop you onto a treatment couch and give you a towel to cover over the treatment area so you feel comfortable, your therapist will then come in and wax.

What is the difference between a Brazilian and Hollywood wax?

A Brazilian is the removal of the hair in the intimate area, including the labia and bum, a small strip of hair is left, the size and shape depend on your own personal preference. A Hollywood is the removal of all of the hair in this area including labia and bum.

What is the difference between a wax and a maintenance wax?

A full wax is needed by someone who has never been waxed before or for someone that hasn’t been waxed in over a six week period and has full growth. We allocate a full 30mins for this treatment so that you can relax and we can take our time to ensure a clean wax is achieved. A maintenance wax is for someone who has been waxed previously at Urbana within a 4-6 week period. We allocate 20mins for this treatment because we are just maintaining the reduction of the hair rather than having to remove a full growth of hair in the area.

Why is there a price difference?

Basically because you have less hair we have to spend less time waxing. We value all our customers and want to reward them for their loyalty. This along with our loyalty card system is our way of saying Thank you, which we feel is a very important thing to do. We appreciate you coming in to have your regular waxing with us.

Will it hurt?

Honestly, it depends on the person, some people think it’s a breeze and others say, well, let’s just say it doesn’t feel like a massage. The vast majority of people say it’s the anticipation and thought of it which is the worst part, the wax itself is fine. Some parts are worse than others but over time it gets better as the more you wax the hair the weaker it will become. We only use hot wax for all of our intimate waxing treatments this allows the follicle to open more and is a lot less painful than strip waxing. We’re a chatty bunch in here so generally the time passes by before you realise what’s happened.

After Waxing

Can I shave in-between waxes?

We know it’s tempting but don’t give in. We don’t recommend shaving in between your waxes, shaving will affect the consistency of your hair growth patterns. If you do shave you also increase the chance of getting ingrown hairs and we all know that’s not fun.

Do I need to avoid anything after my wax appointment?

Directly after waxing your hair follicles remain open so please refrain from the following Hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24hrs after your wax. Exfoliation for 24hrs and use light exfoliation for up to 3 days after waxing. Sun beds or fake tan on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight. Perfumed products or thick creams. Don’t wear tight clothes as they will cause friction on the area. All of the above may cause skin to become irritated in the treated area, it is important that you follow these guidelines to ensure the result from your wax is long lasting and to ensure your skin safety.

How do I exfoliate and how often should I be doing it?

You should exfoliate using gentle to medium pressure on the skin, very rough and aggressive exfoliation is not recommended especially in the bikini area. Regular light exfoliation done 2-3 times a week is more effective than 1 session using a heavy handed approach as this will traumatise your skin. Exfoliating mitts are widely available and when used in conjunction with a light scrub prove to be a very effective combination. If you need something stronger products are available which contain Salicylic Acid (from the willow bark tree) to further help the skin shed its dead layers , this in turn prevents hairs getting trapped underneath the skin.

How do I get rid of ingrown hairs and will the red marks they leave fade away?

Light exfoliation as explained above should help but if you are prone to ingrown hairs it is worthwhile investing in a good after wax product to help the skin chemically exfoliate(Not as in bad chemicals, using an active ingredient in a product) as opposed to mechanically(Scrubbing). This will also help the red marks to fade over time. If you must use a tweezers , ensure that your skin is clean and the tweezers has been disinfected and also that you have a antibac wipe or cream to apply over the area after the hair has been removed, this will ensure that the follicle doesn’t become infected.

Is waxing permanent?

No, waxing can weaken the hair over time but not completely remove it permanently, if you stop waxing hairs will regenerate in the follicles.

What is an ingrown hair?

If you are prone to ingrown hairs you will normally see bumps appear a couple of weeks after waxing these are normal and are nothing to worry about. It is however very important to use a product specifically designed to help with ingrown hairs and begin to exfoliate at this stage otherwise you will find more hairs becoming ingrown.

When can I start exfoliating again?

Depending on how sensitive your skin is after waxing it is quiet safe to start lightly exfoliating about 3-4 days after your wax, just be gentle for the first week or so. We really do recommending exfoliating in between your waxing appointments to avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin.

When will I need my next wax?

This varies from person to person but an average of 4-6 weeks for most people, you will find the more you wax the cleaner they become and the less frequently you will need them. The trick is not to leave too long of a gap in-between so that you are catching each growth cycle as they are coming through.

Waxing FAQs

Here we answer some of the regular questions our clients have asked over the years.

  • Before Waxing
  • Before Waxing

    Can I wax if I have had laser hair removal?

    Yes, but if at all possible we would recommend continuing with laser on the area until you have achieved the final result you are happy with, if there was originally a mix of light and dark hairs laser would have only successfully removed the darker hairs, laser will have no effect on the lighter hairs so these can be waxed after your course has been completed if needed.

    Can someone who has sensitive skin be waxed?

    Absolutely, we would recommend that you have a patch test 24 hours before your wax just to ensure everything will be fine, this will put your mind at ease to as it will determine if your skin is suitable or not. Sometimes if you have a sensitive skin the heat of the wax may need to be adjusted so when booking you are booking your appointment or speaking to your therapist mention it to them and they will adjust the temperature accordingly.

    Do I have to cancel if I get my period?

    Absolutely not, we would ask that you use a tampon. You may be more sensitive but it is not necessary to cancel, It happens all the time and is not a problem at all.

    Do I need to do anything before my wax appointment?

    We would ask all clients to ensure their skin is clean and free from any oils or moisturisers. Exfoliate lightly about 2-3 days before your wax. We would ask that you trim hair to about ¼ of an inch long, before your wax. Wear loose cotton clothing we would also recommend you wear 100% cotton underwear to avoid any skin irritation if having a bikini wax, if you are having a leg wax we would ask you not to wear nylon tights or skinny jeans afterwards as this could cause an irritation on your legs. Avoiding caffeine before your wax as it makes your pain receptors more sensitive. Some clients will take a mild pain reliever 30mins before their appointment. Refrain from using false tan or using tanning beds before waxing.

    How long does my hair have to be to be waxed?

    You will need at least 2-3 weeks growth in order to achieve a clean wax, this does vary from person to person. For your first wax we would definitely recommend 3 weeks growth. It is REALLY important for the hairs to be long enough so that the wax can grab them otherwise hairs will break or will not be removed completely. If your hairs are not long enough we recommend rescheduling otherwise you may be disappointed with your result. We would ask that hair be trimmed to about ¼ of an inch long.

    I have never been waxed before and am embarrassed?

    Don’t be, seriously. We completely understand, what is a everyday occurrence for us is a big deal for you, especially if it is your first time. We do this all day every day so there is no need for you to worry. We will take our time to explain what will happen and ensure you feel at ease. Our therapists are very professional and will make sure you never feel uncomfortable.

    I’m pregnant can I wax?

    Yes, there is no reason why you can’t get waxed while pregnant, unless you are told not to by your doctor. It might get a little bit more challenging the bigger your bump gets but have no have no fear you’re in safe hands.

    Is it hygienic to wax?

    Definitely, we have a strict hygiene policy our rules are always obeyed and never compromised. We never double dip our spatulas – so the wax in our pots is 100% completely clean. We wear disposable gloves always. Work areas are completely sanitised with hospital grade disinfectant after every client. Our specialist wax therapists have over 6 years experience and are experts at what they do they would never comprise your safety while waxing.

    Is waxing safe?

    Absolutely, waxing has been used for years as a method of hair removal. All of our waxing therapists have over 6 years experience and because we are a dedicated hair removal clinic it’s what we do, all day every day. We use the highest quality waxes and only use hot wax for all specialised intimate waxing treatments so you can be assured of the safest most comfortable wax possible.

    Is there anything I can do beforehand that will decrease the sensation?

    Avoid Caffeine before your wax appointment. Take a mild pain reliever. Avoid waxing if you are premenstrual. Most importantly, Relax, you’re in safe hands.

    What happens during a wax appointment?

    Firstly we will ask you to fill in some paperwork , your therapist will bring you to a treatment room and ask you to remove your clothing, for intimate waxing we do ask that all items of clothing be removed from the waist down, we pop you onto a treatment couch and give you a towel to cover over the treatment area so you feel comfortable, your therapist will then come in and wax.

    What is the difference between a Brazilian and Hollywood wax?

    A Brazilian is the removal of the hair in the intimate area, including the labia and bum, a small strip of hair is left, the size and shape depend on your own personal preference. A Hollywood is the removal of all of the hair in this area including labia and bum.

    What is the difference between a wax and a maintenance wax?

    A full wax is needed by someone who has never been waxed before or for someone that hasn’t been waxed in over a six week period and has full growth. We allocate a full 30mins for this treatment so that you can relax and we can take our time to ensure a clean wax is achieved. A maintenance wax is for someone who has been waxed previously at Urbana within a 4-6 week period. We allocate 20mins for this treatment because we are just maintaining the reduction of the hair rather than having to remove a full growth of hair in the area.

    Why is there a price difference?

    Basically because you have less hair we have to spend less time waxing. We value all our customers and want to reward them for their loyalty. This along with our loyalty card system is our way of saying Thank you, which we feel is a very important thing to do. We appreciate you coming in to have your regular waxing with us.

    Will it hurt?

    Honestly, it depends on the person, some people think it’s a breeze and others say, well, let’s just say it doesn’t feel like a massage. The vast majority of people say it’s the anticipation and thought of it which is the worst part, the wax itself is fine. Some parts are worse than others but over time it gets better as the more you wax the hair the weaker it will become. We only use hot wax for all of our intimate waxing treatments this allows the follicle to open more and is a lot less painful than strip waxing. We’re a chatty bunch in here so generally the time passes by before you realise what’s happened.

  • After Waxing
  • After Waxing

    Can I shave in-between waxes?

    We know it’s tempting but don’t give in. We don’t recommend shaving in between your waxes, shaving will affect the consistency of your hair growth patterns. If you do shave you also increase the chance of getting ingrown hairs and we all know that’s not fun.

    Do I need to avoid anything after my wax appointment?

    Directly after waxing your hair follicles remain open so please refrain from the following Hot showers/baths, steam rooms, saunas, swimming pool and exercise for 24hrs after your wax. Exfoliation for 24hrs and use light exfoliation for up to 3 days after waxing. Sun beds or fake tan on the area or expose the area to direct sunlight. Perfumed products or thick creams. Don’t wear tight clothes as they will cause friction on the area. All of the above may cause skin to become irritated in the treated area, it is important that you follow these guidelines to ensure the result from your wax is long lasting and to ensure your skin safety.

    How do I exfoliate and how often should I be doing it?

    You should exfoliate using gentle to medium pressure on the skin, very rough and aggressive exfoliation is not recommended especially in the bikini area. Regular light exfoliation done 2-3 times a week is more effective than 1 session using a heavy handed approach as this will traumatise your skin. Exfoliating mitts are widely available and when used in conjunction with a light scrub prove to be a very effective combination. If you need something stronger products are available which contain Salicylic Acid (from the willow bark tree) to further help the skin shed its dead layers , this in turn prevents hairs getting trapped underneath the skin.

    How do I get rid of ingrown hairs and will the red marks they leave fade away?

    Light exfoliation as explained above should help but if you are prone to ingrown hairs it is worthwhile investing in a good after wax product to help the skin chemically exfoliate(Not as in bad chemicals, using an active ingredient in a product) as opposed to mechanically(Scrubbing). This will also help the red marks to fade over time. If you must use a tweezers , ensure that your skin is clean and the tweezers has been disinfected and also that you have a antibac wipe or cream to apply over the area after the hair has been removed, this will ensure that the follicle doesn’t become infected.

    Is waxing permanent?

    No, waxing can weaken the hair over time but not completely remove it permanently, if you stop waxing hairs will regenerate in the follicles.

    What is an ingrown hair?

    If you are prone to ingrown hairs you will normally see bumps appear a couple of weeks after waxing these are normal and are nothing to worry about. It is however very important to use a product specifically designed to help with ingrown hairs and begin to exfoliate at this stage otherwise you will find more hairs becoming ingrown.

    When can I start exfoliating again?

    Depending on how sensitive your skin is after waxing it is quiet safe to start lightly exfoliating about 3-4 days after your wax, just be gentle for the first week or so. We really do recommending exfoliating in between your waxing appointments to avoid ingrown hairs forming under the skin.

    When will I need my next wax?

    This varies from person to person but an average of 4-6 weeks for most people, you will find the more you wax the cleaner they become and the less frequently you will need them. The trick is not to leave too long of a gap in-between so that you are catching each growth cycle as they are coming through.

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