Waxing

Waxing Salon

Avissa Salon|Spa is Ann Arbor’s favorite place for waxing services. Our lead estheticians offer a full range of waxing services for both female and male clients.

Are you scared? Are you new to waxing? Have you had a bad waxing experience in the past? Well let us put those fears to rest. Our staff is fun, professional and very approachable so please feel free to ask any questions that you may have. No question is too personal or embarrassing. Trust us, we’ve heard just about everything!

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Waxing FAQ

Waxing FAQ

We have compiled some of the questions that we are asked most frequently about the waxing process.  If you don’t see an answer to your question please feel free to call or email us.

 

What is a Brazilian bikini wax?

A Brazilian wax is the complete removal of the hair on the pubic region, the labia, and the butt crack. You do have the option, however, of either going completely bare or leaving a small landing strip or triangle of hair above the vaginal area.

What is the difference between a bikini and an extended bikini wax?

A Bikini wax is the removal of hair 2″ from the sides and 1″ off the top of a modest panty line. An Extended Bikini Wax is anything more than that excluding the labia and between the buttocks. Note that hair removed from the inner thigh will be charged as such.

How long does my hair need to be to wax?

We require that you have between 2 to 3 weeks of hair growth for the best results.  Honestly, the longer the better for your first wax. It is EXTREMELY important to have enough hair growth when you come for your appointment. This allows the wax to grab the hairs easily.  If your hair is too short to wax, you may need to reschedule your appointment.  Please understand that if you choose to go ahead with the service that some hair may be left behind and we don’t tweeze.

Does Avissa Salon|Spa double dip?

The health and safety of our clients is our number one priority. We are setting the highest examples and standards of salons and spas in the industry here at Avissa Salon|Spa. Our waxing sticks are dipped into the wax once, applied once, and then discarded.

Do I have to be naked?

No, not completely.  We will need you to undress from the waist down, including your underwear.  I know it can be a little nerve wracking for you but please remember; we do these EVERY day ALL day.  We do our very best to put you at ease, so please don’t feel embarrassed.  It will be over before you know it.

I have my period! Do I need to cancel?

No! Not a problem.  Just use a tampon and we work around it. Honestly, it happens all of the time.

How often should I wax?

The average is every 4 weeks.  That estimate holds true for everything: brows to Brazilian to underarms.  Because our hormones dictate our hair growth, some clients may experience slower or faster rates of growth.  We can schedule accordingly.

What kind of wax do you use?

We use the GiGi Milk Chocolate Crème Wax which is formulated with Cocoa Seed Extract that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. This wax is great for sensitive skin and the luscious chocolate aroma creates an aromatic waxing experience. We love it!

Hard wax is also available upon request.

Does waxing cause ingrown hairs?

Possibly. Some people get ingrown hairs no matter what method of hair removal they choose. Exfoliating daily and using an ingrown eliminator such as Tend Skin or GiGi No Bump Scrun will help keep ingrown hairs away.

Will I be absolutely smooth after my first wax?

It’s possible but not likely. It is common that after the first wax or two you may feel a bit of stubble. This occurs most frequently with clients that have thick, dark and coarse hair. Leg waxing is the most common area that this happens with.  Because your body has three different hair cycles, each lasting approx. 4-6 weeks it is important to wax consistently every 4 weeks the first three to four times you wax so that you can get each hair cycle on its own waxing schedule.   After the third or fourth wax you will find you are smoother for a greater length of time than when you started the waxing process.  Everyone’s body is different and therefore will have a different experience.

Will it make my hair grow back darker and thicker?

Not at all!  If you think about it, when you shave you are cutting the hair off at midshaft, which is the fattest part of the hair.  So when it grows back it appears as though it’s thicker and darker but it’s not.  When you wax, the hair is removed at the root and therefore a new hair will grow from that follicle.  Waxing does not cause you to grow more hair follicles or change the pigment of the hair. In fact, if you get your wax done regularly, you will notice that your hair will become quite sparse and not as coarse.

How much does a Brazilian hurt?

I’ m not going to lie.  It’s not fun, but it’s nothing you can’t handle.  It’s quick and any pain experienced diminishes in minutes.  It’s like a band aid being ripped off.  The anticipation is the worst part.  The average Brazilian wax takes between 10 and 30 minutes.  It depends on how much hair the client has to remove.  The next thing you know you will be saying, “That wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be”.

What if I have a really low pain tolerance?

We suggest taking a mild pain 30 minutes before your appointment. This can help to lessen any pain you may experience during your services.

How long does it take to do a Brazilian?

It all depends on the client.  Usually 10-30 minutes. The first time is the longest, and then the monthly maintenance is much faster.

Why should I wax?

Waxed hair grows back smooth and fine, unlike the stubble that grows back when you shave. Each time you wax, the hair follicle weakens and can eventually die, leaving you with less hair. Waxing also lasts significantly longer than other hair removal methods.

Anything else I should know about waxing?

You should refrain from using waxing as a hair-removal method if you are using Retin-A (currently or in the last 3 months), Isotretinoin (currently or in the past 4 months), other keratolytic medications (that increase skin exfoliation), or are sunburned or recovering from a recent laser or chemical peel.  Also, if you have received Botox, Juvederm or any other injectable less than 72 hours prior to waxing please let your esthetician know.

I’m scared! Can my friend/spouse come into the appointment with me?

Our policy is to allow only the client in the treatment room.   We have found that this allows us to give the absolute best and most professional service available.

Can I bring my child in the appointment with me?

It is completely a personal decision.  If you have an infant and they are comfortable in their car seat or a child that can occupy themselves during your appointment, then absolutely.  However, you are our main focus during your appointment.  We adore children and sometimes inquisitive children may touch hot wax pots or get in the way of a perfect brow wax.

How important is it that I am on time for my appointment?

Very!  We value our guest’s time and we stay on schedule when it comes to our appointments. We are also usually fully booked. If a client is more than 5-10 minutes late for an appointment, we will usually have to reschedule. Although that may sound strict, if we take a guest late, chances are we will be late for the next appointment and thus creating the domino effect.  Please call if you are running late to find out if we will still be able to take you or reschedule.  Additionally, we want you to have time to relax and take a breath before your appointment.

 

BEFORE WAXING
• Do not apply moisturizer before coming in.
• If you are prone to acne, you are prone to ingrown hairs!
• You can take aspirin a few hours before waxing if you are sensitive
• You can also buy and apply over the counter numbing cream one hour before.
• Please don’t shave for at least 10-14 days before you come in.
• Let the technician know if you have never been waxed before, be aware and ask questions.
• Do not sit in the sun or use tanning beds, you could get ingrown hairs later.
• Do not use any abrasive body or facial scrubs.
• If you have had a bad experience before, tell us about it so it isn’t repeated.
• Do not wax if you just gotten over a cold (facial waxing).
• Don’t wax if you are have using any acne medication, Retin-A, glycolic or hydroxy acids.
• Don’t take a shower before you come in for a brow or lip wax, it makes the skin weak.
• You can however take a hot shower before bikini waxing, it will make waxing easier.
• Don’t wax the day you get married or a special occasion. It is not the time to experiment.

AFTER WAXING
• Don’t touch the waxed area with dirty hands.
• If prone to ingrown; useTend Skin or GiGi No Bump Scrun to keep ingrown hairs away.
• Hydrogen peroxide is great after waxing. It will bleach your hair out, be careful.
• Don’t go home and take a hot shower.
• You can go home and take a semi warm bath.
• Don’t work out after a wax. Your sweat can cause irritation.
• Don’t get burned by the sun.
• Use a sun block if going outside.
• No tanning booths.
• If you breakout, don’t panic, just came back in and let us take care of it for you.
• No rough sex afterwards if you are waxing for the first time. You could become irritated.
• Sometimes a light layer of skin can come off when waxing, don’t worry; it will be fine in a couple of days. It feels like a light sunburn.

Waxing tips

Waxing tips

BEFORE WAXING
• Do not apply moisturizer before coming in.
• If you are prone to acne, you are prone to ingrown hairs!
• You can take aspirin a few hours before waxing if you are sensitive
• You can also buy and apply over the counter numbing cream one hour before.
• Please don’t shave for at least 10-14 days before you come in.
• Let the technician know if you have never been waxed before, be aware and ask questions.
• Do not sit in the sun or use tanning beds, you could get ingrown hairs later.
• Do not use any abrasive body or facial scrubs.
• If you have had a bad experience before, tell us about it so it isn’t repeated.
• Do not wax if you just gotten over a cold (facial waxing).
• Don’t wax if you are have using any acne medication, Retin-A, glycolic or hydroxy acids.
• Don’t take a shower before you come in for a brow or lip wax, it makes the skin weak.
• You can however take a hot shower before bikini waxing, it will make waxing easier.
• Don’t wax the day you get married or a special occasion. It is not the time to experiment.

AFTER WAXING
• Don’t touch the waxed area with dirty hands.
• If prone to ingrown; useTend Skin or GiGi No Bump Scrun to keep ingrown hairs away.
• Hydrogen peroxide is great after waxing. It will bleach your hair out, be careful.
• Don’t go home and take a hot shower.
• You can go home and take a semi warm bath.
• Don’t work out after a wax. Your sweat can cause irritation.
• Don’t get burned by the sun.

Men’s Waxing

Most people think facial waxing is for women only. That’s not true. Just because you are a man, doesn’t mean you can’t have your eyebrows under control (unibrows do not have to be a part of being a man). Our lead estheticians, Shohreh Sarem, has extensive experience with hair removal for men.

Hair Removal for Men:

  • Neck waxing
  • Nose hair removal
  • Eyebrows
  • Ear hair removal
  • Buttocks
  • Male Brazilian (Brozilian)
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Toes

Hair Removal For Him – CLICK HERE

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