You wax your eyebrows religiously. And you never skip a lip wax when having your brows shaped. But did you realize there are way more face wax offerings than just brows and your unwanted ‘stache hairs? Belly up to the wax bar, everyBODY, because wax services abound for facial hair removal. Here are some face wax FAQs.
Is it normal to get a face wax (you know, besides your brows)?
Absolutely. And let’s be real: We all have facial fuzz we’d like to remove. Anyone who says they don’t is lying.
What are the types of facial hair?
- Eyebrows: Read up on eyebrow wax.
- Lip: For those with more lip fuzz than we’d like, remove unwanted hair in seconds. We suggest tacking on the treatment when you get your brows done.
- Ear: Waxing offers a more exact hair removal option than trimmers (and obviously is an easier alternative to a razor!). Waxing is quick, a bonus for the sensitive ear area.
- Chin: Hair here tends to be coarser and because waxing pulls it from the root, the regrowth is slower, finer and softer.
- Nose: Waxing is quicker and less painful than tweezing nose hairs. Ouch! And, sure, you can trim nose hairs, but as a good reminder, they do serve a purpose—and your wax specialist will determine the appropriate amount to get rid of.
- Cheeks: Waxing offers a precise remedy for finer hair found on cheeks.
- Sideburns: Those with darker hairlines are great candidates for having sideburns waxed.
Tip: You can get any part of your face wax, or (better yet) book full face waxing.
Are there facial wax benefits?
Is it a good idea to wax your face? Yes, and here’s why:
- It’s less irritating than epilations and creams.
- Slower regrowth—and finer, softer, less regrowth over time. This makes hair less noticeable and waxing less painful going forward.
- You’re smooth and for a longer length of time.
What to expect during a face wax?
Either hard or soft wax is applied to skin. The wax is then swiftly removed in the opposite direction of hair growth. The best part? The roots of the hair go along with it.
How long does face waxing last?
Post-wax, you won’t begin noticing regrowth for two to three weeks. (But—read again the previously mentioned talk about regrowth with regular wax usage. Bonus, no?)
Does face waxing hurt?
Some describe facial hair removal as painful; others (ourselves, included) refer to it as a mild discomfort. It really boils down to a variety of factors. Pain tolerance. Skin sensitivity. What facial area you’re waxing and how much hair you’re taking off.
Mild stinging may occur post-wax. But we can’t stress this enough: The more you wax, typically the less it hurts each time.
Any face waxing side effects I should expect?
Again, it depends. And it mostly has to do with your skin sensitivity. You may experience redness or the waxed area might feel more delicate to the touch. The best trick: Apply a cold compress to your face.
Why should I go to a wax salon and not face wax at home?
Ever gone tweezer happy in front of a magnifying mirror? Unless you’re a professional, the eyebrows you shaped yourself will probably not be the best for your face. Leave it to the wax specialists.
And, a reputable wax salon employs people trained to provide the best hair removal techniques, so your risk of side effects—ingrown hairs, irritation—decreases significantly.
Waxing versus tweezing, threading, bleaching, shaving
Waxing versus tweezing?
Waxing is quicker—the smooth results last longer than if you tweeze. And when you tweeze, you’re more susceptible to breaking small hairs—definitely not ideal.
Waxing versus threading?
We have nothing against threading. But we personally prefer waxing because it’s quicker. And, we find it to be less painful than threading.
Waxing versus bleaching?
Bleaching is messier, and it can irritate your skin.
Waxing versus shaving?
Case in point: When you shave your legs, how long before you feel stubble? Fairly soon, right? That’s the same as if you shaved your face. Enough said.
- Eliminate any retinol creams, peels or acid-type products or medications from your skincare routine a few days prior to avoid irritation.
- Moisturize the night before—hello, soft skin. (Important, as softer skin keeps hairs intact with less chance of breaking.)
- Exfoliate 24 to 48 hours before (not the day of).
- Wash away any moisturizers and makeup on wax day.
- Avoid the sun (or tanning salon) before your appointment. You won’t be able to wax sunburned skin.
Waxing Aftercare Instructions
- Avoid the sun or anything that draws heat or drives you to sweat, i.e., saunas, steam rooms, the gym. Waxing opens pores—and you don’t want pores to clog because it can lead to irritation.
Plus, when you wax, the surface layer of your skin goes along with the unwanted hair, causing your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight.
- Hands off. Touching the newly waxed area also equals clogged pores.
- Try to avoid makeup for 24 hours post-wax. Same goes for harsher-type skin products like retinoids, peels or acid products.
- Book your next wax appointment—and make sure to exfoliate in the meantime. It lessens the chance of ingrown hairs and readies the hair to be removed from its root.