Are you getting sick of razor burn, accidental cuts, and constantly having to shave even though the results aren’t long-lasting? If you feel this way, like so many people do, you should think about trying leg waxing. It’s time to ditch the razor and make your first appointment at a waxing salon.
Before going in for your leg waxing appointment it’s important to prepare. Prepping your skin will make your leg waxing experience easy while achieving the best possible results. Keep reading to learn exactly what you should do before your first waxing appointment.
Your Hair Length Matters
Don’t shave before your appointment! To get smooth legs, your leg hair should be at least a quarter inch long when going into your waxing appointment. This is about the length of a grain of rice and should occur after letting your hair grow for about two weeks after shaving. Of course, it all depends on how fast your hair grows. You may end up waiting longer if your hair grows at a slower rate.
Having your hair this length makes hair removal easier because the wax will be able to properly remove your hair without affecting your skin. Hard wax is the best wax to use because it adheres only to the leg hair and not to the skin. Going to a salon that offers hard wax for leg waxing is important especially if it is your first time.
Take a Shower Before the Appointment
You should plan on taking a shower before your leg waxing appointment. Hot water makes your pores open, which makes hair removal easier. Too hot of a shower can dry out your skin so make sure you pick a temperature that works for you.
After your shower, it might be tempting to apply products to your legs but this is not recommended. Avoid putting any type of product on your legs for at least several hours before your leg waxing appointment. Your legs need to be completely clean so the wax can properly adhere to your hair.
Schedule Your Appointment for the Perfect Time
You may be planning your leg waxing appointment to fall right before a vacation or event. That way, you’ll be able to show off your freshly smooth legs in a bathing suit. When preparing to schedule your appointment you should consider the timing of the waxing. Certain water-based activities should be avoided immediately after leg waxing.
Swimming, tanning, being in a hot tub, and being directly in the sun are all things to avoid for a bit after waxing. Heat, chlorine, and salt can irritate your skin. Talk to the professional at your leg waxing appointment to know how long to stay clear of these activities.
Check Your Legs Out
Before you are going in for your appointment, it is important to check in with your legs. Chapped skin, sunburns, new scars, and open sores should not be waxed. If you have any broken skin, think about rescheduling your appointment to prevent further damage or irritation.
Let your waxing professional know about any moles or beauty marks on your legs. These can be protected by waxing around them while any hair close to or in the moles can be tweezed. The professional will most likely notice any moles or beauty marks, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Research What to Do After Your Leg Waxing Appointment
After your leg waxing appointment, you will want to avoid tight clothing that won’t allow your skin to breathe. Tight clothing could cause sweating, irritation, redness, and rashes. Wearing loose clothing to your appointment is the best way to go as it will allow your skin to breathe directly after your appointment.
Don’t begin exfoliating your legs or using perfumed lotion immediately after your appointment. Exfoliating can help prevent ingrown hairs while the regrowth process is happening, but that may not be for some time after your appointment.
There are many steps needed to prepare yourself and your skin before getting waxed. Now that you know how to prepare for your first appointment, it’s time to stop the chore of shaving and enjoy the benefits of waxing.