Waxed Works - Specialist Waxing and Laser Hair Removal in Norwich. Intimate Waxes Using Peelable Wax
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HOW TO BOOK
Please telephone or e-mail us. E-mails can be actioned out of hours if you need us in a rush!
If you choose to book an appointment with us, you MUST have a minimum of two weeks hair growth since shaving or three weeks since waxing when you come in.
One of the many advantages to our clients of Waxed Works being a
successful, professional, limited company is that we can pass on informative, accurate and real world advice based not only on industry guidelines but also that which comes from providing thousands of treatments a year. We employ some of the most experienced Therapists in the country; they are continuously trained in the most up to date methods and products. Above all, waxing is their profession!
Some of the information on this page mentions intimate waxing specifically, but we also wax plenty of legs and underarms, in fact most things that have hair on!
This page has been designed as a repository of our collective knowledge. If you have questions that are not covered here, we encourage you to get in touch using the details above. The only silly question is the one you don't ask, after all!
What is the difference between an intimate wax and a bikini wax?
Bikini waxing is the removal of pubic hair outside of your underwear/swimwear. We don't distinguish between basic and hi-leg bikini waxing - they are one and the same in our eyes. Intimate waxing is the removal of hair inside your underwear. Our most popular treatment, the Hollywood, for example, is the removal of all pubic hair, front and back.
What Is the Hair Growth Cycle & what does it mean for me?
What is the Hair Growth Cycle?
The hair growth cycle is a complicated system that the body uses to control the growth of any given hair on the body. Whilst there is no need to go into the details of the Anagen, Catagen, Telogen and Exogen stages, it is true to say:
"For regular waxers (4 visits or more at 4-5 week regular intervals), all hairs will be in the same growth stage (anogen) and if they are removed by waxing they will have their growth cycle reset and will, on average, take about 4-5 weeks to reform in the follicle and appear above the skin ready to be re-waxed."
"For first time waxers (including previous shavers), all of your hairs are in different growth stages and as a result, approximately only half are above the skin at waxable length at any one time. The hairs are strong - that is, they have been growing for an extended period, the follicles are well below the surface of the skin and they have a well formed blood supply.
After a first appointment, it will take newly waxed hairs approximately 4-5 weeks to regrow to a waxable length. However, younger, sub-surface hairs will continue to grow and will appear above the skin in the days after getting waxed. After your fourth visit at 4-5 week regular intervals, all your hair will be in the same hair growth cycle and will be at the same, waxable, length at the same time. You will start to see the same effect as regular waxers after further appointments U(see above)."
What does it mean for me?
If you are getting waxed for the first time with an occasion in mind (wedding night, honeymoon, holiday, giving birth etc.), you should be prepared to see some regrowth in the first or second week after being waxed. We recommend that you try and have at least two appointments with us beforehand, or as many as you can fit in.
Your first wax is likely to be the most uncomfortable (and even then, it's not as bad as people make out!), but your waxes thereafter will be much easier as the hair follicles will be nearer the surface of the skin, as they haven't had months (or even years) to extend down into the lower skin layers. Also, hair follicles become
distorted when waxed, thus growing at a more upright (and easier to wax) angle.
Does it hurt?
This is entirely subjective and so is a little difficult to answer. First of all, we can confidently say that it doesn’t hurt anywhere near as much as is portrayed on television, in the movies or on YouTube! We generally find that the public has a misconception regarding what waxing is and what it involves. Equally, most unacquainted people associate waxing with, specifically, strip waxing.
Peelable waxing is a completely different method of hair removal and its development within the industry is fuelled by intimate waxing,
thus methods have been introduced to minimise discomfort. For example, peelable waxes are used in conjunction with a barrier oil which protects the skin from the wax. As it cools, the wax shrink wraps to the base of the hair and does not stick to the skin. The most modern range of waxes on the market are specifically engineered to be “gentle” on the skin and whilst the evidence is a little thin on the ground,
we have seen definite fluctuations in reaction whilst testing different waxes.
How long does my hair need to be before getting waxed?
This is key. Essentially, the longer the better from our point of view. Ideally the hair needs to be at least pinchable with the tips of your fingers, so about 4-5 mm. This usually means that you need to leave at least 2 weeks after shaving and a week after trimming before coming to see us. If your hair is of borderline length, you will be advised that the results may not be perfect.
How long will the results last?
Once you are a regular waxer you can confidently expect the results to last for 4 weeks. As with most things, some peoples waxes will 'last' longer and some shorter.
What is the average amount of time left by our reguar clients?
20% of returning customers leave it 3 weeks, 50% leave 4 weeks, 20% leave 5 weeks and 10% leave 6 weeks.
Why does my level of discomfort appear to fluctuate?
This is an interesting question, as it is subjective. For the 'average' person, it can reasonably be presumed that their first wax will be the most uncomfortable due to the 'strength' of the hair follicle. Studies have shown (although they are by no means definitive) that hair removal can be more painful when an individual is tired, stressed, dehydrated or hormonally imbalanced. Our experience appears to be that being waxed with a hangover,
during your period or when starting or ending 'the pill' can cause a variation in the usual levels of comfort.
Why have I noticed changes in the density of my hair growth/thickness of my hairs?
Anecdotally, we have noticed that clients who 'come off the pill' can notice an increase in the density of their hair growth and/or thickness of individual hairs. Equally, regular waxers usually notice that their hairs grow back less coarse and tough.
What do I need to do before hand?
Moisturise and exfoliate! In the days leading up to your appointment, you must moisturise the area being waxed. Waxing over dry skin can be dangerous due to the increased chance of skin lifting. If your Specialist adjudges your skin to be too dry, she will ask that you delay for a few days in order for your skin to rehydrate. Exfoliation in the days leading up to your appointment will aid in leaving your skin in the ideal state to be waxed. Please don’t trim, shave or epilate any of the hair in the area you wish to be waxed. If you have shaved or trimmed in the days leading up to your appointment, we are highly unlikely to be able to wax you.
What is the process/etiquette?
New clients will be welcomed and asked to fill out a consultation form. Your Specialist will then invite you into the treatment room and discuss any pertinent points on the form and then your particular waxing needs. Once you have both agreed upon your treatment, your Specialist will give you further instructions regarding which items of clothing to remove and will then leave you for a short period. An individual intimate wipe sachet is provided for you to freshen up with. Your Specialist will knock on the door and check that you are ready before re-entering. Your Specialist will cleanse the area being waxed with a specially formulated gel, then a layer of oil will be applied to form a protective barrier between the skin and the peelable wax. After your treatment, the area will be re-cleansed and then various aftercare products will be applied depending on your needs. You will then be left to get dressed and your Specialist will then meet you again in the reception area.
I am male and worried about arousal during an intimate wax. Should I be?
No. It is not uncommon for men to become involuntarily aroused due to the necessary manipulation of the genitals, particularly on their first visit. Your Specialist will not be embarrassed and will ignore it and we ask the same of you. We do insist that you be mindful of the questions you ask our Specialists and the nature of the conversations you engage in.
Can I be waxed when pregnant?
Yes. There are no restrictions on waxing when pregnant and we have lots of experience waxing heavily pregnant ladies who come in right up to their due date. Your Specialist will adapt her technique to account for your growing bump!
Can I be waxed during my period?
Yes. We ask that you use a fresh tampon before your appointment and that you are hygienically presented, but other than that there are no restrictions regarding what time of the month you come in.
Will my hair stop growing back if I continue to wax?
In short, there are no guarantees. In our experience, it appears that clients who have been coming to us regularly for years (and in some cases, months) experience reduced hair growth density (bald patches are not uncommon), thinner hairs and less discomfort over time. The science backs this up, as hair follicles can be deformed when hair is forcibly removed from them, causing the blood supply to the follicle to become less coherent and the hair root to be less well entrenched. Equally, hair that is removed as soon as it is at a waxable length will have its follicle closer to the surface of the skin than hair that has had an extended opportunity to grow down into the lower layers. However, that said, it is not always the case and some people notice no change in hair growth at all. Long gaps between waxing can 'reset' any gains achieved.
What is blood spotting?
First of all, it is not uncommon and is nothing to worry about. It is not caused because the skin is damaged or ripped. Hairs in the Anogen (growing) stage of the hair growth cycle are all supplied by tiny blood vessels called capillaries. When an Anogen hair is forcibly removed by waxing, a small amount of blood may travel up through the channel in the skin that the hair was previously in. Our Double Dipping policy means that areas with blood spotting present will only come into contact with a spatula that is immediately disposed of, rather than being placed back into the wax pot.
Is waxing better than shaving?
It rather depends on the definition of better, but by and large, the answer to this is a resounding yes! Shaving is cheaper, more convenient and less uncomfortable than waxing, but that’s about it in the advantages column. Waxing lasts far longer before hair is visible, does not cause stubble, will hopefully reduce your hair growth over time and is less inclined to cause irritation and ingrown hairs. As an interesting aside, shaved hairs have square ends in cross section, whilst waxed hairs have a natural taper, which is why shaved hair looks more dense due to the way light is refracted across the end of the hair.
What are the possible side effects of waxing and how can they be minimised?
Although we cannot predict or guarantee who may react, the vast majority of our clients do not experience reactions beyond mild erythema (skin reddening) for a short time after their wax. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some to grow out faster, but this is uncommon. In the days after your wax, some folliculitis (small white spots) may occur, but its appearance is directly related to how diligently you follow our aftercare advice (see the separate section on this website).
What should I do after being waxed?
Please see the aftercare advice section for an in-depth discussion of your aftercare.
How long does it take?
On average, it takes 30 minutes for a regular intimate wax to be performed. However, for new clients we need to allow 40 minutes in order that we can go through the consultation process and allow for a gentle pace with plenty of explanation.
When is waxing not suitable?
Although we have a thorough consultation process which covers contraindications (reasons why waxing is inadvisable), you should be aware that the following will mean we cannot wax you if the area is affected by:
Damaged skin - Abrasions, sunburn, eczema, and rashes will not be waxed over.
Prescribed medicines - Accutane products (for, amongst other things, the treatment of acne) are an absolute bar and current guidelines state that you must not have taken Accutane in the whole year before your treatment. Other prescribed medicines that affect the skin must always be checked with your doctor before waxing.
Skin treatments - Recent chemical peels, bleaching and lasering of the skin may bar you from waxing and you should check with your doctor before coming to see us.