Hair removal is on the rise and has been for the past several years. In addition to women, waxing among men has become popular as well. Many men have come to realize the benefits of being hair free like many of their female counterparts. If you are new to the world of waxing, and don’t know what to expect, read on to learn more.
After graduating from the Aveda Institute as a fully licensed esthetician in 2009, Diane has specialized in the art of body waxing.
"One of the pleasures I have as a waxologist is my great clientele base. I had the opportunity to wax a number of the cast members of The Lion King, which included Simba. The cast members were required to be totally hair free due to their costumes so it was a joy to accomplish this for such a great dance troupe. I also have a large number of military clientele not exclusive to Texas, but internationally.
It is my pleasure to keep the community and visitors of San Antonio hair free with a minimal amount of pain as possible."
Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different growth cycle. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, pubic area (called bikini waxing), legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair.
Waxing on sensitive body parts is best performed by an expert such as a licensed esthetician. Most parts of the body can be waxed, including nose and ear hair. Areas individuals should never wax include eyelashes and eyelids. These areas can be severely damaged if waxed.
Strip waxing (soft wax) is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth, as parallel as possible to the skin to avoid trauma to the skin (i.e, bruising, broken capillaries, ingrown hairs caused by hair follicle trauma and lifting of skin). This removes the wax along with the hair.
Strip-less wax (as opposed to strip wax), also referred to as hard wax, is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin. Strip-less wax does not adhere to the skin as much as strip wax does, thus making it a good option for sensitive skin as finer hairs are more easily removed because the hard wax encapsulates the hair as it hardens. The strip-less waxing method can also be less painful.
Benefits of Waxing
There are many benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal. It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. It is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer.
What Should I Expect?
Remove clothing. You will be asked to remove your underwear in a treatment room. By removing your underwear you protect your clothing as well as provide optimal working conditions so that I can get all of the unwanted hair!
Prep the area. I will cleanse the area to eliminate potentially dangerous bacteria that may exist on your skin. I will also ask you about what areas you would like to leave hair.
Other Information About Waxing & Medical Contra-indications Waxing Contra-indications
Skin that is being treated with Retin-A, Renova or other strong exfoliates like glycolic acid products Accutane (oral or topical acne medication or if you are using over the counter acne medication), products containing Alpha Hydroxy, Tetracycline or any other skin thinning treatments, if you are taking blood thinners. No waxing on sunburned skin. If you have Diabetes, you should have a written release from your physician stating that in his/her opinion, is it safe for you to have body waxing performed.
Red Waxing Bumps
Waxing bumps do happen, and often look like a razor burn or just red, irritated skin. The simple truth is that everyone reacts differently to waxing, and although not pretty, a mild case can be considered a normal reaction. The good news is there are steps you can take to lessen bumps or avoid them altogether.
Fight the bump. Hydrocortisone cream is another option that most people have in their cabinet which will help soothe irritation and any itchiness.
Stick with it. Usually waxing bumps lessen over time as your skin adjusts if you continue to wax somewhat frequently.
Last note about waxing:
I prefer not to tweeze your hair but will when necessary. This takes some getting used to on your part, but the reason for this is that it will make your waxing service longer (female 30 minutes, male 45 minutes). Perfect waxing means wax is applied and removed and all the hair comes off. Now you have a smooth, stubble free area that remains hair free in-between appointments. This only occurs if the hair is long enough to be pulled out by the follicle. Tweezing interrupts this from happening. So we ask that you be patient for about 1 month, don’t tweeze, shave or use a depilatory cream, come in every 4 to 5 weeks and in 3 months your hair will start growing back on the same growth cycle so you will have longer periods of being hair free and you will love your waxing results!
How Should I Prepare?
Apply Some Heat By taking a warm, not hot shower or bath, or applying a warm compress right before waxing will open up the skin’s pores and soften the skin, allowing the hair follicles to come out easier (this is not always possible). This not only helps with the pain factor, but helping prevent irritation from the wax pulling on the skin.
Be Clean. Come freshly showered.
Be Dry. Cleanliness is appreciated, but please skip on the lotion, you'll get better results if your skin is less oily.
Be Hairy. Your hair should be at least ¼ of an inch in length (which makes it long enough to lay flat on your skin). Please don't shave for at least two weeks prior to your appointment to ensure that your hair is long enough! Also, if you've 'let it go' down there please trim any longer hairs to the proper length prior to your appointment.
Be Comfortable. If possible, wear loose clothing, if possible, that day to prevent irritation in the post-wax phase.
Be Relaxed. Reportedly the more relaxed your muscles are, the better your hair removal results will be!
Pre-Brazilian Waxing Prep:
Particularily for Women Your skin is often more sensitive the time near your period, and waxing can be more painful than normal. So your appointment shouldn't be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period. It is up to you, just wear a tampon and let me know prior.
Pain Helpers Take Ibuprofen 30- 45 minutes before your appointment if you’re worried about pain. Limit caffeine for several hours prior to appointment. I use a numbing spray prior to every waxing, this will help with the discomfort by 50 to 90% in most clients. Taking antacids (Tums) prior to their appointment also helps.
Keeping your body sleek and hairless is no easy task – you know that. But what you may not know are the pros and cons of increasingly popular Brazilian waxes. Named for the place that evokes images of sand, surf and teeny tiny bikinis, a Brazilian wax is designed to keep your most intimate areas hairless, or near hairless, for extended periods of time. Some swear by the practice, but nearly everyone has a desire to swear during the specialized treatment. It can be quite uncomfortable and the financial cost also can sting too.
Brazilian waxes grew in popularity in the U.S. after the show "Sex and the City" put a focus on them. Soon everyone was interested in achieving a perfect bikini line.
At its core, a Brazilian wax requires three things: a trained aesthetician, wax and cloth. But that doesn't mean it's easy or pleasant. You need to know what to guard against, what you'll likely experience and how often you'll need to schedule an appointment with Diane.
When you arrive for your bikini waxing appointment you'll be handed a small garment – a very small garment. It's really more of a paper thong. The tiny piece of paper, which is attached to a piece of elastic, is meant to cover only the strip of hair that will remain. You'll be asked to lie on a table wearing nothing from the waist down but the disposable G-string. Since longer hair is difficult to remove with wax, you may be given a trim. Once the trimming is complete, your aesthetician will ask you to move your legs to better expose the areas which require waxing.
Let's be honest – waxing hurts. But there are several ways to minimize the discomfort. Ask Diane if there's a topical anesthetic cream she can apply for pain relief. Talk about the type of wax she plans on using. Soy-based hard waxes are best because they stick to hair but not skin. Consider taking an anti-inflammatory in advance of your treatment. In addition, help your aesthetician when you can. If she asks you to pull the skin taut, it's in your best interest to do so. It's easier to remove hair from taut skin than relaxed, loose skin. And finally, relax as much as possible. Resisting what's to come will only make you more uncomfortable.
A trained aesthetician is key to a successful Brazilian wax. Steer clear of too-good-to-be-true bargains and amateur-looking spas. The wax shouldn't have been used in previous appointments, because of the obvious threat of spreading germs and disease. The same goes for the tools being used during the process; it's vital that they're sanitized between appointments. If your current aesthetician doesn't wear gloves or test the temperature of the wax on her own skin first, you're not dealing with a professional.
Why Get a Brazillian Wax?
By now you may be asking, "So why would I want to go through that procedure?" While there can be some unpleasantness during a Brazilian waxing, it has multiple benefits. A hair-free lower body appearance will allow you to hit the beach in a bikini without being self-conscious or flaunt that sexy lingerie. Unlike shaving the bikini area with a razor, Brazilian waxing keeps your skin stubble-free and you won't have to think about re-growth for several weeks. Since the hair is literally pulled from the shaft, you'll get the longest lasting, smooth results with a Brazilian wax. Many people regularly undergo a Brazilian wax without complaint. Your skin sensitivity and the professionalism of your aesthetician can make all the difference. With a little research and a bit of discomfort, you could be hitting the beach Brazilian style.
I specialize in waxing males from head to toes. Many estheticians refuse to work on men. I keep it professional and make you feel at home. My clients come from all walks of life including many different age groups, race and religions, marital status or sexual preference.
Men who shave are now opting to avoid the itchy ‘five o’clock shadow’ and go for a longer-lasting, smoother solution. Swimmers and body-builders tend to get all of their body hair removed, especially before competitions.
Brazilian waxing for men is generally to feel clean and smooth. Erections during treament is usually an adrenal response from the waxing service that you have no control over. It's not a problem, as long as you treat me with respect and understand that I am a professional esthetician. Any clients making suggestive remarks whether male or female, the waxing service will end, and full payment would be due whether the waxing was completed or not.
After your waxing session, you’ll want to follow the post-waxing care tips listed below. Following these guidelines will help to ensure you avoid unwanted discomfort and help you achieve the best results possible. For any guideline that does not indicate a specific measure of time, please use your own judgment based on the unique condition of your skin.
Here are some things that need to be avoided for best results:
Outdoor sun exposure for 24 hours.
Make-up if face waxed.
Moisturizers and lotions for 24 hours.
Hot water, Saunas.
Shower is better then taking a hot bath.
Exercise for 24 hours.
Deodorant with aluminum if underarms are waxed.
Salt glow / stimulating body or facial treatments.
Chlorinated Water, Tanning, Body Sprays, Perfumes, Scrubs, Talc’s.
For 24 hours after waxing, many people should avoid tanning and swimming pools due to the irritating effects of chlorinated water. It makes sense to avoid perfumes, scrubs, and any skin irritants the day of the waxing service.
Tight clothing for legs / bikini.
Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin, this can encourage irritation or small pimples.
Short-term abstinence. Sexual activity should be avoided for at least 24 to 48 hours.
To help in ingrown hair prevention, exfoliate at home beginning 2 days after their waxing session. Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub daily on areas waxed, use with a clean wash cloth then rinse. Loofahs or mesh sponges harbor bacteria and can cause breakouts.
Fight the bumps. If you get any ingrown hairs I do have several products for sale to get rid of pesky ingrown hairs.
Be sure to set a reminder to schedule your next appointment. Maintaining a regular waxing will reduce unwanted hair growth as well as reduce the pain you may have experienced on your initial waxing session.
What is waxing?
When hair is removed with wax, the hair is pulled out from the follicle. When it grows back, it is finer not a stubble. Shaving the hair is cutting it off at the level of the skin, so when it grows out you have stubble and a greater chance of having in-grown hair.
Do You Provide Your Services to Men?
Yes, absolutely. All body waxing services available to our female customers are also available to men, including Brazilian body waxing.
What is a Brazilian?
All hair is removed in the pubic area, all the way back to the buttocks and anus.
Does a Brazilian Wax Hurt?
No doubt this is a sensitive area, and you are getting this coarse hair removed from the follicle on delicate skin.
Should I Wax or Tan First?
Definitely wax first if you want to keep your tan for longer. Just make sure you leave a little bit of time in between the two so your skin can heal. Waxing tends to irritate the skin, and make it vulnerable for the first couple of days. So you don’t want to irritate it by hitting it with heat right away. I suggest about 3-4 days in between if you’re going to tan.
What Type of Wax is Used?
Two types of wax are generally used. Hard wax and strip wax. Hard wax should be used in the more sensitive areas. Hard wax does not stick to the skin and if used correctly will result in minimal discomfort. For large areas such as backs, legs, etc., I use strip wax, as this is ideal for quick and thorough waxing.
Skip the coffee: Sure, there are few things in this world we’d skip caffeine for, but a Brazilian wax is one of them. The stimulants in coffee can make your skin extra sensitive, so switch to decaf for the morning and drink a cup after your wax instead.
Exfoliate before: Even though the goal of waxing is to remove hair, the process also exfoliates your skin. Use a body scrub about two days beforehand so that there isn’t any extra dry, dead skin hanging around that can make it harder for the wax to grab hairs.
Invest in numbing cream: Do not — we repeat, do not — use ice to numb the area before waxing, because it will tighten and close up your pores, making the waxing much more difficult. Instead, use a numbing cream about 30 minutes before your appointment to help dull the pain.
Go right after your time of the month: Your pain threshold is higher just after your period ends, so plan your appointment for a few days after your time of the month.
Take aspirin: 45 minutes prior to your appointment, take two aspirin and drink a glass of water. That way, by the time you’re getting waxed, you’ll be fully prepped.
Soak in a warm bath first: If you have the time, soak in a warm bath for about 20 minutes before the appointment to open up your pores and soften the hair, which will make the waxing easier.
The services below are available to both female and male clients. I provide a clean, relaxed atmosphere and use only the best products to ensure that you have the best experience possible using my service.
I've been going to Diane for over a year now, and I've always been happy with the results. My appointment is always on time and Diane makes the appointment quick and easy. I would recommend Diane to anyone!!
The best! Painless! Professional! Perfect! I have never had a more competent waxer. Quick painless and perfect every time. Don't risk going anywhere else!
Always does a great job, and love that I can watch TV to help take my mind off of it :) Would highly recommend.
I have been seeing Diane for 4 years now. She does a great job and makes me feel very comfotable! I highly recommend her!
This was my second time getting a Brazilian wax. Pretty uncomfortable the first time around, but so worth it. The result were so amazing I had to go back. The second time around was like a walk in the park. Diane is so professional and information! Definitely not painful the second time, due to my hair being so much thinner from the first wax. I'm addicted!
It's very important to feel comfortable with you waxologist, right?!? She is that and so much more. She is professional, has a clean office and very decently priced!! I won't go to another person for my brazilians