It’s springtime and it’s that time of year again ladies, that’s right shorts, sundresses and miniskirts. Its time to pull those Sasquatch legs out of storage, and take a trip over to your local spa or salon and get ’em waxed. It’s a time of mixed feelings, fear of the pain, yet the light at the end of the tunnel, smooth sexy legs that go on for miles. Whether you are doing your legs at home, or getting a bikini wax at your local day spa we have some tips that will help you look and feel your best this summer!
Waxing – It’s better when using Numbified
To start with, if you have never been waxed before, don’t try it on your own. Waxing can be a painful process, and the last thing that you need is to get stuck halfway through a wax job, and not be able to bring yourself to finish it. Tell me that isn’t something that’s happened to us all. Secondly you should do your homework. Research the place that you are going to get waxed. There are a number of things to look out for when choosing a day spa to do your waxing for you. First of all, double check to make sure that they even perform the kind of waxing that you need done. Some salons only wax legs. Others will do bikini waxes, but only for women. Its true for you men out there, If you are thinking about getting your junk waxed, most places won’t do it. Don’t worry it’s not a discrimination thing, its a training issue. Waxing male genitalia is bit more complicated than female counterparts, and in most states, it requires special training to be allowed to do it legally. Trust me, you definitely don’t want a novice getting anywhere close to the boys.
The second thing to do when researching a day spa or salon is to check the reviews. Sure you are going to see some 5 stars and 1 stars, but you can mostly ignore those. 5 star reviews are often faked by the company, and very few of the 1 star reviews can be taken seriously, as many people use 1 star reviews to manipulate companies into refunds or free services. 2 star and 4 star reviews are going to be much more realistic, but the 3 star reviews are going to be the best. Usually written in a balanced and fair manner, they can outline issues with a salon, without too much bias, and key you in on troublesome issues.
Some of the things to watch out for in particular are reviews of unsanitary conditions. Imagine if you were to go to a doctors office, or a hospital and there was mold growing in the trimwork, or they skipped important steps like using gloves for examinations, or washing their hands, or failing to disinfect your arm for a shot. Sanitary conditions are just as important when choosing your spa as when choosing your doctor. You definitely don’t want to come home from getting a bikini wax, and not be able to show it off to your partner because it’s red and puffy from an infection. Remember waxing is partially invasive, as it tears hair out by the roots, and some skin does come with it, this does open you up to infection, if the conditions are not sanitary.
Once you have checked for issues in the reviews, give the spa a call and ask about their sanitary procedures. Make sure that they at a very minimum wear fresh clean gloves, fresh wax strips, and sanitize the area fully before starting. Many places will use isopropyl alcohol for sanitation, and that is a great way to get rid of a wide range of bacteria. Other places count on the heat from the wax to kill germs, but even in a hot wax the temperature rarely gets above 105 degrees. That may sound hot, and it might feel that way to you, however that is right in the middle of the danger zone for bacterial growth. In fact the temperature they use is often the same temperature used in incubators for growing bacteria, because bacteria grow fastest in that temperature range.
Once you have established the safety level of the spa, go ahead and book your appointment. Keep in mind that you will want your hair to be at least ¼ of an inch long, otherwise the wax won’t be able to get a decent hold on it. Usually 2-3 weeks of growth will get you to this level. So if you have been keeping up shaving over the winter, (ha ha ha) then let it grow out.
Now to the part you all have been waiting for. Pain management. Many salons and day spas will allow you to numb the area that you will be waxing before hand. Make sure that you clear this with your professional ahead of time, and find out their exact requirements and procedures for numbing as well. Some will want you to come numb, others will want to apply the numbing product to you themselves, or under supervision to make sure it is done properly, and that a safe numbing agent is used. If your salon has a numbing product that they like, check to make sure it’s Numbify before agreeing to use theirs.
Numbify is well known, as the strongest numbing agent on the market, and when you are going in for a wax, that’s what you want. Waxing is painful enough, and while there aren’t any over the counter numbing agents that will completely eliminate the pain, Numbify comes close! Using a combination of healthy natural ingredients alongside lidocaine, a potent numbing agent, it really makes the experience a lot more pleasant.
Having tested numbify side by side with dozens of other lidocaine based numbing agents, There really isn’t a comparison. If your salon doesn’t provide Numbify, it’s easy to get a small bottle of cream, gel or spray from Amazon, or from their website Numbify.com.
Remember a little research when picking a salon for waxing can go a long way, to making your first, or 100th waxing experience a lot more pleasant. Don’t forget to look for Numbify – with Professional Numbing Power!