Dip your toe into the world of waxing with a professional brow waxing service. This classic treatment can help you get rid of wayward hair. It’s often more precise, quick, and effective than plucking or threading. Plus, it’s a simple way to test out a waxing service before you commit to something more, like a bikini wax.
If you’re ready to clean up your brows and achieve long-lasting smoothness, here’s what you need to know.
Like other forms of waxing, eyebrow wax lifts hairs from the follicle and pulls them from the root. When you tug the hair from the follicle, it takes longer to grow back. Therefore, you’re left with smooth skin that can last longer, usually two to six weeks. Additionally, the wax pulls multiple hairs at the same time. Doing so results in a quick and efficient process that creates precision results.
There are two types of wax, hard wax, and soft wax. Soft wax is usually reserved for larger areas, like the underarms. Hard wax is less aggressive, only sticking to the hairs, not the skin. It’s a better choice for facial hair.
Your esthetician should talk you through the process, although it follows a similar pattern. First, they’ll consult with you about skin sensitivities and get an idea of your expectations for the final look. Your eyebrow area will be cleansed to remove makeup, dirt, or oils. Next, a pre-wax oil is applied to prevent the wax from sticking to your skin.
Hard wax doesn’t require fabric strips, so your esthetician will apply the warm melted wax directly to the hairs being targeted. Once it sets for a few moments, your esthetician will pull your skin taut with one hand while methodically pulling up the hard wax opposite the hair growth. A quick motion to pull the hairs coupled with holding your skin taught minimizes discomfort and takes only seconds. You’ll likely need the process repeated on areas where hairs remain, like your other eyebrow and between your brows.
After waxing, a quick once-over with tweezers may be required before a soothing cream is applied to minimize redness. From beginning to end, most eyebrow waxing appointments last fifteen to thirty minutes.
Generally, you’ll want to stop using exfoliating acids or retinoids two to three days before your waxing session. Try to arrive at the salon with clean skin, free from makeup or other products. Additionally, skip a tweezing session before going to be waxed. This way, your brows will be a fresh canvas for your esthetician to sculpt and shape.
After getting your eyebrows waxed, you may notice some redness and sensitivity. Be gentle to your skin during this time. Experts advise skipping swimming in a pool, ocean, or lake and not immediately going to the gym to avoid exposing open pores to bacteria. Soothing creams, like topical Benadryl, can calm your fresh skin and reduce post-waxing bumps. Finally, apply a light layer of sunscreen to your brows for the next few days, as recently exfoliated skin is more likely to sunburn.