The most important thing to do before and after waxing clients is to use the most professional pre and post-wax products from Miss Cire for a safer, more comfortable waxing service that protects skin and helps reduce post-wax breakouts. Our pre-wax products work to cleanse and soothe skin and prepare it for a successful waxing treatment and the ingredients in after-wax products like ours can protect from free radical damage, inflammation, and dryness – three main contributors to post-waxne.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people think that pre and post-waxing care products are a simple ‘one-two punch.’ Pre-wax gel, wax, post-wax care, repeat, right? There’s a very fine line in keeping things simple and exploring the nuances of skin to truly present yourself as an authority to your clients for more than just hair removal – but their skin’s needs as well. Learn the ins and outs of professional pre and post-wax products and things to do before and after waxing to build trust from your growing clientele further.
Smooth the wax over hair in the same direction as hair growth with firm and even pressure and round it out at the end to make what’s called a “lip” at the opposite end of the hair growth pattern. Once the strip has cooled over skin, flick up the lip to give you the means to pull off the strip. Hold skin taut at the lip and pull the strip off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Follow with Miss Cire Post-Depilatory Moisturizing Emulsion.
A bad-a$$ post-wax care lotion protects freshly-waxed skin from exposure to anything that will cause infection, ingrown hairs, or breakouts. A good post-wax lotion or ingrown hair serum can also prolong smooth results. Look for the following ingredients in after-wax products to achieve all this and more!
The Best Ingredients in After-Wax Products
Sunflower Seed Oil
This post-wax care oil removes wax residue, helps keep skin moisturized and reduces the appearance of fine lines, and works to keep pores clear while protecting freshly waxed skin from sun damage. (Still wear your sunscreen, though!)
Green Tea Extract
It’s a cleansing, calming ingredient that helps reduce skin irritation, redness, and swelling while protecting against bacteria.
It’s high in antioxidants to help reduce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and free radical damage.
Grape Seed Extract
Speeds skin recovery after waxing and helps protect from hyperpigmentation and breakouts because it’s high in antioxidants and anti-microbial properties.
This hydrating and cooling ingredient helps soften, refresh, and revitalize skin while tightening pores as it clarifies and soothes post-waxed skin with its anti-inflammatory abilities.
Gotu Kola Extract
Promotes collagen production and increases antioxidant levels in skin that’s replenishing itself after hair removal.
Use Miss Cire Post-Depilatory Moisturizing Emulsion, a post-wax care lotion that does everything skin needs to keep it protected and flourishing after hair removal.
The things to do before and after waxing are super-important to the health of skin and the results of your waxing services. Prepare your clients with the following before and after waxing tips on your website, in their booking confirmation email, or in an SMS as soon as they schedule a waxing appointment with you.
24-48 Hours Before Waxing
- Exfoliate a couple of days before waxing to clear clogged pores and remove dead skin cells.
- Be sure that hair is about a ¼-inch long on the service area.
- Drink lots of water, eat your veggies, and take probiotics to bolster the skin and gut microbiome (the networks of good bacteria that keep skin protected) .
During the Appointment
Professional waxers should only use the highest-quality professional pre and post-wax products, like cleansing and soothing pre-wax products, salon-grade wax and waxing accessories, and the finest ingredients in after-wax products from their post-wax care lotion to their recommended home care products such as Miss Cire Ingrown No More Serum.
The Day of Your Appointment
- Take pain relievers about an hour before if needed.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing – cotton or linen is preferable.
Immediately After Your Appointment
- Use a cold pack if necessary (hopefully, pro waxers provide this for their clients in-house).
- Keep the area moisturized and hydrated.
- Wait to shower until later in the day or the next day.
- Try to keep calm and relaxed – internal chill helps with outer inflammation.
- Keep skin clean.
- Always wear sunscreen of at least an SPF 30.
In Between Appointments
- Exfoliate at least once a week to keep skin clear and help with skin cell renewal
- Always keep the area clean, hydrated, and nourished.
- So nice, we had to say it twice: Always wear sunscreen of at least an SPF 30!
Just as important as the things to do before and after waxing are the things your clients shouldn’t do at home. Here is a list of the DON’TS for clients before and after their appointment.
Before Your Appointment
- Avoid booking your appointments around the time of your period. If you’re very sensitive at that time of the month, we recommend rescheduling.
- Avoid tight clothing or those made of synthetic materials.
- Before and after, forget caffeine or alcohol. You want your mind and body to be calm and to reduce blood thinning for a less painful service.
- Avoid eating foods high in sugar, trans fats, or white flour. These foods deplete resources that need to go to the skin for protection and healing.
- Stay away from your retinoid products at least five days before your appointment to avoid skin lifting or ask your doctor when it’s safe to wax after using retinoids.
- Always avoid excess sun exposure or not wearing an SPF.
After Your Appointment
- Skip the gym. pools, sex, baths – or any kind of wet situation that could facilitate bacteria growth. Showering hours after your service is cool, though .
- Forgo harsh products, fragrances, chemicals or rough exfoliants, or retinoids 24-48 hours after your appointment.
- Avoid tanning, fake tanning, tanning beds, or sun overexposure.
- Avoid not wearing an SPF of at least 30 every day.
If you’re a waxing pro, it’s important to understand each client’s skin type fully. Avoid the use of products that will cause skin issues made worse by waxing. To save time, money, and inventory space, only use the best pre and post-wax products for sensitive skin so they’re more universal for all skin types.
Here are some before and after waxing tips for you and your clients to help prevent post-wax breakouts. You’re giving them the best pre and post-wax products during your services, their “homework” should focus on the skincare they use, lifestyle, diet, and mindset at home to reduce their chances of “waxne.”
Skincare: Use product ingredients in after-wax products and home care that hydrate – even if you have oily skin. Apply non-comedogenic lotions and moisturizers according to skin type over damp skin to lock in hydration.
Lifestyle: Sweat can attract bacteria, and working out or having sex can cause inflammation and irritation over a freshly-waxed area. Try to keep things dry, and clean and avoid any friction from synthetic clothing on a treadmill or otherwise at least 24 hours after waxing.
Diet: The body works to protect itself from the effects of sugar, trans fats, and white flour, for example. These foods can cause hormonal disruption, inflammation, and a weakened immune system. Eat foods that strengthen the body’s immune system to help it to keep skin on track and post-wax breakouts at bay.
Mindset: High-stress levels can also affect the immune system, hormonal changes (which can lead to excess oil production), and inflammation that can cause acne. Keep your stress levels balanced.
Use these before and after waxing tips to help clients have a cool, calm, and collected Brazilian wax service.
Let It Grow
If it’s your first time waxing “down there,” make sure hair is ¼-inch long. If you’re between waxes, don’t shave; let hair grow out. Don’t let hair get too long either, keep it just at the size-of-a-grain-of-rice mark. Depending on your growth rate, wait at least three weeks before your next Brazilian hair removal.
Be Kind to Your Hoo-Ha
Your pre-Brazilian wax care should be to exfoliate two days before your service and no later than that. The day of your service, take a warm shower and use a small amount of lotion while skin is still damp to moisturize skin and hair. Your pre-wax lotion ingredients should be lightweight and absorbing.
Get Out the Granny-Pannies
Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably made from cotton or linen to your appointment. You want things that are breathable, flowy, and comfy AF after getting a Brazilian waxing service done.
Skip Alcohol and Caffeine
Drinking these can cause dehydration and tighten pores, upping the ante for difficulty and pain.
Check Your Meds
Be sure that any medications you’re taking don’t make skin more sensitive to waxing. Let your wax pro know if you have any allergies or are using Accutane, Retin-A, or anything else that can cause injury or irritation.
Have a No-Workout Day
No gym, no swimming, no sex, or sauna; anything that will cause sweat, bacteria, or friction is a no-no. Wait at least 24-hours before getting all hot and bothered to avoid any post-Brazilian drama.
Your pre and post-Brazilian wax care should always be soothing, calming, hydrating, and build up skin’s defenses. Your waxer should be using the best post-Brazilian wax products like Miss Cire Post Depilatory Moisturizing Emulsion, which has pre-wax ingredients such as Witch Hazel vs. Alcohol and other ingredients that help close pores and protect from bacteria from entering your follicles.
Shaving is a No-No
Shaving in between waxing can up the chances of ingrown hairs, and, therefore infection and post-wax breakouts. Shaving also messes up your hair growth pattern, increasing your chances of getting those things after Brazilian waxing services down the line.