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    Welcome to The Waxing Blog: Smooth Talk from Waxing the City. If you want to know more about waxing and skin care for men and women, you're in the right place. Alex Jimenez and Summer Hartshorn — two of Waxing the City's premier CEROLOGIST™ Technicians — answer your questions about waxing. There's no such thing as a dumb question. At Waxing the City, we strive to make you as comfortable online as we do at any of our four locations.

    Entries in waxing the city dallas (4)

    Monday
    Feb012010

    Waxing Q&A: Stubble After Waxing

    I try to visit Waxing the City whenever I can, but because I don’t live in Denver I have to schedule appointments when I visit. For those times that I have to go elsewhere, I find that when I have a Brazilian, some of the hair seems to be broken at the skin as opposed to being pulled out. What is the cause and how can this be prevented? When it comes to waxing, I wish I lived in Denver.

    Thanks for supporting Waxing the City even though you live in another state. I hope that these tips will help you in your search for great waxing!

    What you’re talking about is stubble. There are many variables when it comes to stubble after waxing, here are a few that I feel are the most common causes:

    Time
    Are you waiting the appropriate time in between your waxes?

    Typically, it’s best to wait 4-5 weeks between waxes, depending on your growth. This is a good amount of time for all the hair to grow in and grow in evenly. If you don’t wait long enough some hairs will grow in but others will still be at the surface of the skin.

    If you shaved before your wax then you must wait 2-3 weeks after your last shave. The hairs need to be long enough for the wax to adhere to the hair and pull it from the root. If you shaved, be patient with your first couple waxes, it takes a few before the hair starts to grow in finer.

    When the hair is finer it pulls from the root easier. When the hair is coarse it tends to break at the surface instead of pulling out. This is when you may feel stubble.

    Wax
    Are they using a hard wax or a soft wax (the one with strips)?

    Waxing the City prefers to use a hard wax, which is commonly called blue wax because of its color, for all bikini services. The hair on the bikini area grows in all different directions and the wax needs to be applied in small controlled areas. Hard wax is ideal for those hard to reach areas because it is gentler to the skin. Hard wax goes on the skin warm and then cools and hardens acting like saran wrap to the hair. As it hardens it lifts itself from the skin making the pull less painful.

    Soft wax is used for speed waxing on large areas like legs, backs and arms, where the hair primarily grows in one direction. The soft wax is applied in one large piece and then removed with the strips. The cerologists at Waxing the City don't believe that the bikini area is an area to "speed wax." This technique can cause hairs to break.

    Cerologist (AKA esthetician)


    One of the things that sets Waxing the City apart is that we do one thing and do it to the highest degree of excellence.

    So, if you are unable to visit one of our studios, you are going to a spa or a salon that does not only waxing, but also hair, manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, etc. And, the person you are seeing is an esthetician not a trained cerologist.

    Nothing wrong with that, but here are some things to consider:

    We think it’s always a good idea to ask around and find an esthetician that has more experience with hard wax and body waxing. A lot of spas specialize in facials/body treatments, which doesn't allow the technician to have much experience with waxing.

    Try to find someone who enjoys waxing or a salon that has someone on staff who specializes in waxing. This will change your whole experience. Look for someone who is trained and who can help remedy any problems you might be having and who will work with you to get you on a good waxing schedule. Get to know someone and their technique so your services can stay consistent.

    Good luck and happy waxing!

    Alex
    Waxing the City- Dallas

    Wednesday
    Nov042009

    Waxing Q&A: Can you leave your wax pots on overnight?

    We recently were asked if it is okay to leave your wax pots on overnight...We do. 

    I would encourage you to look at your manufactures directions though if you were wondering about doing this at home and/or work.  You may want to see what the recommendation is on the wax that you use also. 

    We use a high quality professional wax product and it melts at a low temperature so it is safe to leave on overnight.  We have tried entry-level, over the counter wax pots that are sold to the general public and have found that even at the LOWEST temperature setting it keeps the wax very hot. Too hot for the wax that we use in our salons actually.  Therefore we use a double burner model that we get from a professional supply house. They are more expensive but worth it to maintain the integrity of our wax and for the safety of our clients.

    I'd recomend doing some more research on the wax product and pot you are using and if you have more questions please feel free to contact me.

    Hope this was helpful,

    Summer
    Waxing the City- Dallas

     

    Monday
    Aug312009

    Waxing Q&A: Is That a Tan Line on My Eyebrows? 

    Sometimes AFTER I get my eyebrows waxed I can see a very defined line where the hair was removed. Typically it doesn’t go away for at least a week, sometimes even two. Any ideas why this is?

    It's hard to say exactly why you can see a very defined line along your brow, but the first thing that comes to mind is that this is probably a tan line.

    The first question I have for you is how frequently are you waxing your brows? You also mentioned that this only happens to you  “sometimes.” So, my second question would be to see if you notice this line only if it has been a longer period of time since your previous wax.
     
    Also, you may notice this line in the summer months more or if you are exposed to the sun.
     
    My guess is that this line doesn't go away for a week to two weeks, enough time for which the new skin is exposed to the sun and has a chance to get "some color" or that the skin surrounding the new skin has faded in color.

    My advice to you to help minimize this issue is:

    1.    Get brow shaping’s on a more regular basis. I recommend every 2-6 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.

    2.    You could play with make-up to try and blend this line.

    3.    Try a self-tanner, but be very careful if you go this route, it will be hard to match your skin tone.

    I hope this answers your question and these tidbits help!

    Always,

    Summer
    Waxing the City- Dallas

    Tuesday
    Jul212009

    Waxing Q&A: Waxing Safety 101

    Hi, I'm thinking about getting my first bikini (maybe Brazilian) wax. I've heard good things about Waxing the City, but I do have some questions.

    I pulled out some magazine articles about waxing, and I'd like to hear your take. One of the articles says that the wax should be 99 to 101 degrees and that the cerologist should either use a new pot every time or not double dip. Another says that a salon should incorporate an anesthetic into the wax. I want to wax, but I need to know!
    Thanks!

    My name is Summer, I am one of the owners of Waxing the City. I received your email and would like to ease your mind about the concerns you have about waxing. Your safety and your comfort is our number one concern, and you’re right, if you’ve never been waxed before it can be a little intimidating. What makes it even harder is that there is a lot of misleading information out there regarding hair removal. There was an article in a recent issue of Women’s Health magazine that was great and really informative, but anyone that didn’t read the entire article – because all the “good stuff” explaining the facts about waxing safety wasn’t until the end of the article – would be scared away.

    But, asking questions and getting all the information you can is the best way to ease any nervousness.

    Rest assured that at Waxing the City we take all precautions to provide a clean and safe environment. We have our sheets and towels professionally laundered, our instruments are soaked in barbacide which is diluted to appropriate FDA standards, our cerologists wear new gloves for each client and, last but not least, our wax is heated to the appropriate and safe temperature, 140 degrees to 160 degrees, to avoid the spreading of any disease-causing bacteria.
    The following are some facts about bacteria and wax:

    To survive and reproduce, bacteria needs time and the right conditions: food, moisture, and high temperatures. Other factors affecting bacterial growth and reproduction are pH, oxygen and light. The ideal temperature for bacterial growth is between 40 and 140 degrees, what the Food Safety and Inspection Service calls the "danger zone.”

    The fully heated wax pot temperature is greater than 140 degrees, making it a hostile environment for bacterial growth. A bacterium also needs moisture for growth, and there is no moisture in depilatory wax.
    Pasteurization, which occurs at 159 degrees, renders the Hepatitis B virus inactive, meaning that there is no risk of spreading HBV in this manner; nor HIV, which is much less resilient than HBV. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has no record and has received no reports of cross-contamination from waxing services.

    I hope this answers your questions about waxing safety. Please feel free to contact one of our salons if you have any further questions.


    We will look forward to seeing you and providing your first
    waxing experience.

    Sincerely,

    Summer
    Waxing the City- Dallas