After-Waxing Care: The Do’s & Dont’s

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Before and after eyebrow threading, Viv's in-Houz spa, Nairobi

Proper after-waxing care keeps your skin free of irritation, inflammation, & bumps/ingrown hairs. The care depends on the area waxed, when you waxed, & your skin sensitivity.

In this post, I highlight some general recommendations.

A professional waxing specialist should provide you with detailed aftercare information specific to the waxed area.

First day after-waxing care

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid friction and irritation.
  • Apply a cool compress (e.g with ice cubes) or a cool shower to reduce irritation and sensitivity, if needed.
  • Don’t wear tight or non-breathing clothes to avoid infection; the waxed skin needs air.
  • Avoid touching the waxed skin; the empty follicles are easily infected by bacteria and need some time to settle down and close.
  • Avoid hot baths or showers.
  • Avoid direct sunlight and use a sun scream to protect your skin.
  • Avoid sunbathing and artificial tanning.
  • Avoid saunas or steam baths.
  • Don’t swim.
  • No sex if you had Brazilian/Bikini waxing.
  • Avoid perfumed products, lotions, and creams, which can irritate sensitized skin.
  • Avoid tanning products.
  • Avoid products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) which may irritate waxed skin.

2-3 days after-waxing care

  • Continue to wear loose-fitting clothing to reduce friction.
  • Continue to avoid perfumed oils and creams. You can apply mild gels such as aloe vera to help soothe the skin if needed.

Between-waxes care

Do a gentle scrub after the third day. Routine cleansing and exfoliating is the easiest and most effective way to prevent bumps from forming after you wax. Removing dead skin and other debris can help release embedded hair and prevent additional ingrown hairs.

Sample gloves used in home body treatment by Viv's in-Houz Spa, Nairobi

Make sure you use a mild scrub or exfoliating cloth every other day, at a minimum, to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and other debris.

How to sooth inflammation

  • In case of irritation after waxing you can have over-the-counter creams or gels to soothe the skin like Hydrocortisone cream.
  • Gels containing tea tree oil can help soothe inflammation and reduce your risk of infection
  • Aloe vera gel also has soothing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Importance of maintaining a consistent waxing regime

Once you start waxing, it’s important to maintain your appointments. They’re typically spaced four to six weeks apart to align with your hair’s natural growth cycle.

A waxing therapist with Viv's in-Houz Spa, a mobile waxing service in Nairobi, showing materials used during sugar waxing.

Irregular appointments and the use of other hair removal techniques between appointments disrupt your growth pattern. This increases your risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.

If your skin is still irritated as your appointment nears, call your waxing specialist to advise on whether you should reschedule.

You should also check in if you’re on or close to beginning your menstrual cycle. Although your waxing specialist can still perform the service, your skin may be more sensitive than usual during this time.

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Last Updated on August 9, 2022