Q:Benefits of Waxing?

1-You will have less regrowth in between appointments.

2-Your hair will grow back progressively finer and sparser.

3-Your skin will get gentle exfoliation.

4-Your skin will be less prone to inflammation.

5-You will have less annoying itching and prickliness.

6-You will avoid the risk of nicks and cuts.

Q:How long does my hair have to be for a clean wax?

A:Your hair needs to be at least ¼” to ½” for a nice clean wax. For most people, this means waiting 2-4 weeks (minimum of 2 weeks) from the last time you shaved. The longer you wait, the better the wax will be.

Q:How long will my wax last?

A:A wax will typically last for a minimum of 3 weeks if you allow your hair to grow out to the proper length prior to waxing.

Q:What are ingrown hairs and how do I prevent them?

A:Ingrown hairs are thin hairs that cannot push through the skin. The best way to prevent this is to exfoliate 4 to 5 times per week. Speak with your licensed esthetician for retail options.

Q:Is Bleeding and Bumps After Waxing Normal?

A:Bleeding after waxing is normal in first-time/new waxers and is more likely to happen in sensitive, tight pore areas like the underarms or bikini and Brazilian area. The bleeding usually subsides on the same day as the wax.

Q:Why has my hair grown back so quickly after my waxing treatment?

A:Waxing is supposed to leave you with smooth, hair-free skin for up to six weeks. Bear in mind that this is a ballpark figure and an average rather than a rule, with most people seeing a return in regrowth much sooner. If your hair is growing back much quicker, here are few reasons why:

1-Your hair’s personality

Some of us have fine, blonde hairs that grow sparsely over the skin and when they appear they’re almost invisible to the eye. Others have thicker, darker hair that has a denser growth and is highly visible, which can make it look like it’s come back quicker.

2-Your ethnicity

Your ethnic background determines the texture of your hair. People from Mediterranean and Asian backgrounds tend to have darker, thicker hair that grows at a faster rate than people from European and Nordic areas. Unfortunately, there’s little you can do about this. Having said that, waxing your hair is far better than shaving it. By waxing your hairs, you allow them to grow back finer and softer. Plus, over time with regular waxing treatments it will appear sparser.

3-You’ve returned for a wax too early

Have you gone back for a follow-up wax too soon? You need to give your hair plenty of time to grow back before you book a new appointment, or you’ll remove new hairs and leave behind the ones that are still sitting under the surface and waiting to sprout. These ‘hiding’ hairs will grow as planned because you haven’t been able to remove them from the root.

4-You need to leave longer between waxes

This may sound similar to our previous point, but it’s a little different. What we mean is that you need all your hairs to be growing at the same stage (see here for more info on the hair growth cycle) to make the most of your wax. Leave your hair to grow for as long as you can before you wax it. Then keep up with regular maintenance appointments that are spaced out. Synchronising your hair growth will help your skin feel smoother for longer.

5-Medical issues

Lastly, your hair may be growing back quickly after a waxing treatment due to a diagnosed or undiagnosed medical issues. Hormone fluctuations caused by conditions like Polycystic ovary syndrome and some medications can all be potential factors as to why your hair is growing back at a faster rate.

The positive of waxing is that, unlike shaving which leaves the hair feeling stubbly and thick, your hairs are pulled from the root. This means that when they do grow back, they’re softer and finer to the touch because of their tapered tip. You’ll also benefit from a longer hair-free period as each hair shaft grows back from scratch, compared to shaving or depillating (where the razored hair grows back out almost immediately).

Q:How Often to Wax?

A:The average time to go between appointments is three to eight weeks. Part of this downtime is waiting for about a quarter-inch of regrowth before it can successfully be removed (see more about waxing length).

When you first get waxed, you may continue to see hair or see hair again in as little as just a couple of days. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the technician did a poor job, so don’t freak out and run to another salon. Although there could have been breakage (something you should bring up with your technician during your next visit), it’s likely that some hairs simply weren’t long enough yet to be grasped.

Generally, you should get waxed every two to four weeks after your first appointment. This helps remove the hair that was growing underneath the skin at your last appointment. After that, how regularly you should get waxed depends on how noticeable the hair is, how much it bothers you, and your budget.

Q:Why Winter Is The Best Time To Start Waxing Regularly?

A:Contrary to popular belief, starting waxing in winter is a fantastic time to get into a regular routine. This is not about aesthetics. It’s completely up to you what lies beneath your thermals and at nkd we would never comment or pass judgment on that. But from an effectiveness point of view, you will reap the rewards from your waxes in the summer and will get far better, longer-lasting results from your treatments then if you start to put the work in now.

To understand why this is, you need to understand the basics of the hair regrowth cycle, which is made up of three main phases.

1st Stage – Anagen. This is the active, growing phase of hair and is by far the best time to get a wax. When anagen hair is removed, the waxed area remains hair-free for longer because the hair was removed at its earliest, or youngest stage of development. Waxing anagen hair should also eventually lead to a reduction in regrowth. If the hair is repeatedly removed from the full depth of the follicle, the structures that surround the hair follicle which are responsible for hair growth will eventually weaken.

2nd stage – Catagen. The catagen phase signifies the end of the active growth of a hair. During this short, transitional phase, the lower part of the hair is cut off from its blood supply and from the cells that produce new hair, and what is called a club hair starts to be formed.

3rd stage – Telogen: The hair follicle enters its third and final phase, called telogen as the club hair is completely formed. This is the resting phase, during which the old hair falls out in preparation for the development of a new anagen hair. This is the worst time to get a wax because during this stage, brand new anagen hair may already be developing below the existing visible surface hair, which won’t be picked up by your wax. The results of your treatment therefore won’t last as long, because even though all of the old hair was removed, new hair could start to break through your skin soon after your treatment. (You can tell when you have pulled out hair during the telogen stage, because you can see the white bulb at the hair’s root).

So in order to get the best results, it is vital that you establish a regular routine for your waxing to ensure that you try and catch the hair in the anagen growth phase every time you come and get nkd. The best and easiest way to train the hair on any given body part into a growth cycle is to do what we recommend new clients do, and come every 3 – 4 weeks for a few waxes. During this time, you may notice that the waxed area actually starts to look even hairier than it did before, which is another reason why winter really is the best time to get into this cycle! But this is good, because it means that all of your hair is coming through at once, instead of at different times. Once you get to that stage and if you keep the routine up (by coming every 4 – 6 weeks for a wax), only then will you start to notice longer-lasting and better results from every treatment.