Disclaimer: I am a licensed cosmetologist, but if not done properly waxing can be dangerous. Consider the following. Please read medication labels carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
Accutane (Acne medication) – You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.
Adapalene (Acne medication)
Alustra (Retin A)
- Avage (See Tazorac – Acne medication)
- Avita (See Retin A)
- Differin (Acne medication)
- Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
- Renova (See Retin A)
- Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
- Tazarac (Acne medication)
- Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
- Tretinoin (See Retin A)
PRECAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS: Please read these valuable guidelines.
Sunburned, irritated or areas with open skin cannot be waxed.
- Moles cannot be waxed.
- You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or Microdermabrasion.
- Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.
- Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
- Waxing cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years.
- If irritation should occur, recommend you use an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to keep the area continually moist to avoid infection and scabbing.
- No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a waxing treatment. Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators. Wait 2-3 days to wax before/after tanning with accelerators.
- No hot baths for 24 hours following a body waxing treatment.
- No abrasives for 24 hours following a waxing treatment.
- No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm waxing treatment.
- Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their menses.
Before and After:
(sorry about the lighting in the before, I was in mirror in the bathroom, which has horrible lighting)
What You Need
- Wax warmer or microwavable wax
- Pre-wax cleanser
- wax strips
- Wooden applicators
- Wax remover for the skin (or you can use baby oil or petroleum jelly)
- After- wax lotion, or aloe based gel
Here is what I used:
I am a professional, so I can buy professional products like Deplieve, before I was a professional I used Parissa wax, which works amazing, you microwave it for one minute, and it comes with wooden sticks, and waxing strips.
Where to wax?
This photo shows how to find your perfect eyebrow shape! Use an eyeliner to mark the spots illustrated!
A (from diagram) ~ hold a pencil or straight edge from the very outer corner of your nose to the inner corner of your eye. Any stray hairs that exceed this point should be tweezed. You don’t want to have your brows start too far in, or too far out for that matter…this is a great starting point.
B (from diagram) ~ now take the same pencil and angle it from the outer corner of your nose to the very outer corner of your eye. This is where you want your brow “tail” to end. You can tweeze any that go further than this point.
C (from diagram) ~ last, hold your straight edge from the outer corner of your eye and go straight thru the eyebrow…this is the ideal spot for your arch to be. Tweeze any hairs in this area that are strays, concentrating on the arch area, but remembering not to over-tweeze.
Proper cleansing and care:
Use pre-wax cleanser on eyebrows and surrounding skin. When done with waxing remove any remaining residue, with wax remover, baby oil or petroleum jelly.
Here is what I used:
Again, professional products, the Parissa wax comes with a liquid for after waxing.
How to properly apply wax and wax strips:
Apply wax evenly in the direction of hair growth using applicator (wooden stick) to the hair shaping the underneath of your brow. Be careful! You want enough wax to thoroughly cover hair, but not so thick that the wax seeps onto hair that you don’t want to remove. Apply strip in the direction of hair growth, leaving some leftover strip at the end not attached to hair like a tab (say hair grows from left to right- leave leftover strip on right side). Press and firmly smooth hand over strip in the direction of hair growth a couple times, to ensure wax is attaching to hair and has slightly cooled. Grasp onto the end of strip that isn’t attached to hair. Hold skin taut with one hand, and remove strip in opposite direction of hair growth in one quick pull, all the way to the other side. Don’t pull up, which might be your natural inclination. Press hand down on skin to help relieve some of the pain, after strip is removed. (Sounds silly, but it works!) If a little bit of wax with hair remains, simply put strip back on hair and pull off.