Handling Discomfort

“No Pain,  No Gain”

“Beauty is Pain”

“Life is pain, Heiness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

Now we’re not your gym coach, we’re not spinners of fairy tales, and we’re certainly not The Dread Pirate Roberts.

We’re waxers. We’re not going to lie to you, it doesn’t feel good. But it’s so worth it! We promise.

We are often asked how much waxing will hurt. We prefer to refer to waxing “pain” as discomfort. This is because there is a level of pain, but its not excruciating for most people. For most people the waxing experience is a mild discomfort that gets better with time.

Our blanket answer to the question “does it hurt” is…”it depends.” Pain is a personal thing and everybody’s pain tolerance is different. Sometimes people come in with really thick, coarse hair. We’re quietly crying for them and thinking, “This is going to hurt so bad.” But, they get on the table and it’s over before they know it. The walk out amazed saying, “Wow, I hardly felt a thing.”

Then we will have clients with a little bit of peach fuzz and they are sweating bullets after just the first strip of wax. Just goes to show, you never can tell.

Since pain is such a subjective topic we are here to give you some pointers to help make your waxing experiences as painless as possible.

  1. Stay away from caffeine before your wax. Caffeine excites the nerve and makes it more sensitive. If you can’t function without coffee, make your appointment first thing in the morning. And bring that extra-tall triple latte in with you!
  2. Take 1-2 ibuprofen about an hour before coming in. This doesn’t take away all the pain, but it certainly takes the edge off. And, since ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, it can help in the recovery.
  3. Wear loose comfortable clothing
  4. For women: most women find that they are less sensitive after menstruation. Try scheduling your appointment a few days after your cycle.
  5. Breathe!  We have some breathing techniques that can help if you are really struggling during your wax. You’re not in this alone, we’ll walk you through it.
  6. Get on a regular waxing schedule and stick to it! Maintaining your wax every 4-6 weeks is a huge help to keeping pain down during your wax.

We know you’re really nervous for your first time. Everyone is! But honestly, most people say it didn’t hurt nearly as bad as they thought it would. So just to relax and know that we will take care of you. It will be over before you know it!




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