Fluffy. Sleek. Bold. On point. Eyebrows truly are one of the most (if not the most) important facial features. And it takes far more than the DIY tweezers and magnifying mirror mashup to make brows look their most brilliant: Bow down to the waxing gods (ahem, Waxxpot Waxx Specialists) who help accentuate our eyes and make us look put together (oh, and who have totally talked us out of some not-so-flattering brow shapes for our face). Thankful AF they continuously keep us groomed and looking gorgeous on date nights, bright-eyed on Zoom calls, and overall fab for every event in between.
If you’re ready for brows that wow, book your brow appointment! And then follow these best practices before you go.
What to Do before an Eyebrow Wax
Numerous articles focus on how to prep before a bikini wax or Brazilian wax. Length of hair before waxing. When to exfoliate. When to moisturize (and when not to). We ourselves have brought up the topic on the Waxxpot Bare Essentials Blog. And we get it: Pre-bikini/Brazilian wax steps are vital. But what to do before an eyebrow wax is equally important. Brows on for our essential tips!
- Know before you go: Like different bikini wax styles, there are various eyebrow shapes. Decide what type of brow shape you want and what works for you. (Tip: Make it easy on yourself and view our different brow shapes guide.) If unsure of which brow shape works best for your face, don’t fret. Your wax esthetician can help steer you in the right direction.
- Hair length matters with a brow wax just as it does when prepping for a bikini one. Attempt to grow out your brow hair to 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch in order for the wax to hold the hair properly.
- Lay off the cosmetics if you can (particularly eyeshadow, brow filler or brow powder). It’s best to arrive to your appointment makeup-free. You want your esthetician-slash-Waxx-Specialist to actually see what hair—baby hairs included—you have and what needs removed, right? Yes, you might be thinking, “But my waxer will clean my brows before my wax anyway, won’t she?”. That’s correct—but, unfortunately, any makeup residue can still clog freshly opened pores.
- Honesty is the only policy. Inform your esthetician if you’re taking topical facial and/or skincare medications like Retin-A, Accutane, etc.; using semi- or potent exfoliants like salicylic, alpha hydroxy or glycolic acids; or have any skin conditions. You may not think it matters but it does. Why? Some skincare ingredients or prescriptions can make skin overly sensitive or cause it to peel. You don’t want waxing to exacerbate it further.
- Same goes for if you’ve recently had Botox, injectables, dermabrasion or other cosmetic/facial treatments performed on and/or around the unwanted hair area. Discuss with your Waxx Specialist when you should come in if you’ve partaken in one of these skincare treatments.
- Let’s not bake in the sun. There’s no way you’ll want to wax sunburnt skin (or that an esthetician will do so). Wait a couple of days so your skin can heal.
- Self-tanning before your wax? Probs not your best move, either. Waxing can remove the self-tanner hue right along with unwanted hairs.
- Avoid tweezing between waxes: Plucking a stray brow here and there is fine in an emergency only. But here’s the thing: It’s super-easy to become overzealous with the tweezers and go pluck wild. And it takes months for the brow hairs to grow back. Better to let your Waxx Specialist do it for you.