Frequently Asked Questions
What you'd like to know and need to know before scheduling an appointment. If you do not find the information here you are looking for, please contact me via the contact page. I'd be happy to answer any questions or concerns.
How do you handle sanitation?
With any facial experience where I am coming into contact with my guests I sanitize my hands prior. It's not uncommon to notice me doing this multiple times throughout the service as well.
With waxing and hair removal I will also be sanitizing my hands prior and wearing gloves when appropriate. Sticks are only used once & are discarded right after. You will not witness any "double-dipping" within my studio. The Nufree Hair Remover, used primarily for body waxing, is self-preserving antibacterial/ antimicrobial so it is safe, clean and germ free. After the hair removal process Finipil may be applied. It is an antiseptic cream to protect against infection, while also soothing and moisturizing the skin.
All implements are washed and soaked after use for the proper duration in an EPA registered, hospital grade bactericidal (esp. pseudomonacidal), virucidal, and fungicidal disinfectant. It is prepared & used following the manufacturer's instructions. You will see a container on my lower shelf where this occurs during your visit. All laundry is bleached, it doesn't lend the prettiest colors to my towels but I'm a stickler about it! I regularly clean the floors with diluted bleach and wipe down all surfaces with Clorox wipes or equivalent. That goes from the counters to the mirror you hold to view your freshly arched brows.
What products do you use in your studio?
I use starpil all natural hard wax for facial waxings. I find it to be gentler on the skin. Simply apply, let cool, and peel away unwanted hair.
For large areas I also have a european all natural roll-on wax. Need your whole body done in under 3 hours, that's your go to.
Lastly, I use non-wax, Nufree Hair Remover for most body waxing within my studio.
• it is self-preserving antibacterial/ antimicrobial so it's safe, clean and germ free.
• it is completely botanical and safe for the entire body.
• it doesn’t dry and can be erased any time!
• it is scientifically tested and uses no animal products.
I offer both natural and simple skincare that can be tailored to your needs or desires. Currently in studio I utilize RD Alchemy, Naturopathica, Alchimie Forever (a Swiss based brand adhering to European cosmetics regulatory bodies) they share a mission in simple ingredients with herbal support for balanced radiant skin. Their products have minimal ingredients and/or ingredients that are recognizable and clinically effective. These lovely tonics create healthy skin and are not harsh. I offer TIZO mineral sunscreen.
I am not above drugstore skincare, favorites are Vanicream Cleanser, Bidoerma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream, and CeraVe Baby Cream. What is most dear to me in tending to skin is retaining its' pH, not disrupting it's acid mantle (sweat & oil production=protection!) allowing your skins' intelligence to do its' thing!
I believe the best anti-aging tool we have is being conscience of how we treat ourselves from our thoughts/inner self-talk, daily rituals to daily lifestyle, food and product choices. All of these have an impact on skin and well-being!
Schedule a facial and experience the difference.
Does waxing hurt?
Pulling hairs out of your body is not a painless procedure. But through my methods and the products used above, it will be as comfortable as possible. The first visit is by far the roughest, so don't give up on coming back after making it through that! Each time the hair can become less and less. You know what to expect and become much more tolerant of any discomfort.
What do I need to do before I'm waxed?
Make sure you have hair to pull! Preferably it should be the length of a grain of rice or the width of your pinkie nail (it makes a good measuring tool). It is absolutely fine if the hair is longer. You need not attempt any trimming of your own, I can tend to that if necessary. A few days before through to day of, exfoliate the area to be waxed.
Some recommend avoiding heavy exercise or showering within a couple hours of your appointment as this brings blood to the surface of the skin. The same is said about caffiene and/or alcohol intake. Others swear by taking a few ibuprofen before hand.
What cares and cautions should I take after my appointment?
Finipil may be applied right after your wax. It is available for purchase to use daily in helping to keep the follicle clean. Applying a cold compress afterward may help decrease any inflammation & residual pain.
I would recommend avoiding any activity that causes heavy sweating of the area, or friction of the area with tight clothing. If this cannot be avoided clean the area as soon as you can. When cleansing the area avoid products with fragrance. You may wish to avoid sexual activity the first 48 hours after any type of genital/anal waxing, as your freshly waxed skin could leave you susceptible to infection. Essentially, keep things dry and clean and be uber gentle.
After about 4 days you can go about daily exfoliation in preparation for your next visit. You may do so with a mechanical exfoliant (scrub or exfoliating gloves). A favorite acid based solution is Paula's Choice Skin Revealing 10% AHA Body Lotion. I carry Bushbalm products for body skin health that are exceptional for daily care and ingrown prevention.
The area stays hair free for 1-2 weeks. When the hair does start to come back in, it is sparse compared to before. You then start over with allowing time for proper amount of growth (see above). A 4-6 week cycle works for most people. I do not recommend shaving or trimming in between appointments. It causes a blunt edge, making hair feel coarser and makes it more difficult for wax or Nufree to grab the hair.