Your waxing FAQs answered! Tips from the best salon in Minneapolis

Waxing has been used as a mode of body hair removal for thousands of years. It’s easy to see why this practice has remained in vogue: warm wax, a skilled esthetician, and unwanted hair are the only requirements. Notice that we did not mention a high pain tolerance as a prerequisite! Contrary to popular belief, the pain isn’t that bad, says Liza Jackson, an esthetician who performs waxes at our St. Paul location. Today, she’ll guide newbies through the procedure and share helpful tips on everything from prep work to pain-free waxing.

Why would someone choose waxing for their bikini area over other hair removal techniques? One word: longevity. Unlike shaving, waxing removes hair at the root, so regrowth is a lot slower. “Waxing removes the hair from the root versus being cut at the surface, which will keep your skin smooth (and irritation-free) for weeks,” Liza says. Results from waxing last three to six weeks, depending on your hair growth cycle. And when hair does grow back, it’s typically finer than before. “Results become more consistent as the waxing becomes more consistent,” Liza says. “Go every four weeks for the best outcome.”

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How should I prepare for my first bikini wax? Follow in the footsteps of Elsa from Frozen and let it go…or grow, that is. Hair should be at least a quarter of an inch long in order to be removed by the wax. “Many professionals tell clients to let hair grow until it reaches the length of a grain of rice for reference,” Liza says. “I prefer to let them know to not do anything ‘down there’ for three to four weeks before coming in for the initial wax.” Some clients prefer to schedule their appointments around their periods. Although you technically can get waxed while you’re menstruating, many clients wouldn’t want to. “The skin may be a bit more sensitive than usual, and the service may be a bit more painful than it would otherwise,” Liza explains.

What should I do on the day of the appointment? First, relax. Nobody is going to judge you for your choice of underwear or the way your hair naturally grows. (Trust us, we’ve seen it all.) “I would recommend taking some deep breaths, relaxing in the knowledge that you are in good hands and that we will make it through with speed and humor,” Liza says. That morning, Liza recommends continuing a regular practice of exfoliation to prep the skin. She also suggests taking an over-the-counter painkiller and skipping caffeine. “Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen 30 minutes before the service can be very helpful,” she says. “For my clients who prefer not to take meds, I tell them to stay away from caffeine before the service, and guide them through the 4-7-8 breathing technique, which can relieve anxiety instantly.” (P.S. For the 4-7-8 treatment, inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of seven, exhale for a count of eight, then repeat. It’s that easy—and also a great way to relax before falling asleep at night.)

What happens during the actual appointment? You’ll talk with your esthetician about your desired results, disrobe (you may wear panties in some cases; in others, paper underpants may be provided, or you may opt to go commando). Your esthetician will explain what she’s doing every step of the way. “We guide you through all the steps before starting the service—you will be able to ask any questions that may still be lingering,” Liza says. “I check on how you are doing while performing the service, and we will get through it swiftly and virtually pain-free.” Afterward, you’ll get dressed and leave with a confidence-boosting secret. If you’re like most clients, you’ll savor the smooth feel of your skin and be amazed that you ever felt nervous about waxing. “The most popular phrase I hear after a service is, ‘Wow, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,’” Liza says. Ready to join their ranks? Book a bikini wax today at the best salon and spa in the Twin Cities.