Aftercare is extremely important to follow as it gives you incredibly smooth, gorgeousskin but it also preps you nicely for your next wax. So, to get the most out of your waxing appointments;
Either bring or wear loose fitting, clean clothes to your wax appointment. You don't want anything hugging tightly against the freshly waxed skin as this will cause irritation.
In the few days following on from your wax appointment, your pores are open so this means they are more prone to infection. This is what then goes on to cause ingrown hairs, and we all know how pesky those can be! So for the next 24-48 hours after your wax appointment it is best to avoid;
Make-up & fake tan, this will sink into the open pores
Sunbeds & sun exposure, your skin will be very sensitive and therefore burn a lot easier
Exercising, as this causes sweat and friction - get your work out in before!
Tight fitting clothing, instead make sure it's nice and loose so your skin can breathe
Touching your skin where it has been waxed, as tempting as it may be!
Baths & hot tubs as these tend to harbour bacteria
Hot showers, keep the water luke warm otherwise it will prolong the healing process
Saunas & steam rooms, let your skin settle down
Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools
Do not apply deodrants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products other than those recommended by myself
Following these steps will help with the healing process however it is also best to follow certain aftercare to help prevent ingrown hairs even further. Some people are just prone to them but preventing them will help to maintain them and greatly lessen the amount that develop.
Let your skin settle down for the 3 days post wax, and then you can start to gently exfoliate the area. There are two products that I have found to work tremendously well and give amazing results, as have my clients that use also them. They are available for you to purchase here, and they are;
Lemon & Myrtle Anti-Bacterial Body Wash
This can be used absolutely anywhere on the body and its anti-bacterial properties work deep into the pores cleansing them thoroughly ensuring that your skin remains clear. Not only is it great to keep ingrown hairs at bay, it clears up any breakouts whether they may be on your face, chest, back, buttocks or legs. Lemon myrtle oil is scientifically proven to have 30% more anti-bacterial properties than that of tea tree oil.
This wash can also be used as a hand soap, shower wash, bubble bath, shampoo (strips any itchiness from scalp), pet shampoo (diluted, effective cleanser), on plants as a pest control, and used to wash your make up brushes. It really is stuff of wonders, and you only need a tiny amount each time!
Ruff Stuff Daily Body Scrub & Moisturiser
As this is daily it is so easy to introduce into your routine. Not only is this your exfoliator which takes away your dead skin cells enabling your new hairs to push through easily, it doubles up as your moisturiser too in which it keeps your skin soft and smooth so again the new growth won't cause any irritation.
Step into the shower, wash yourself with the Lemon & Myrtle soap, and the step away from the running water. Scoop up a tiny amount of scrub and gently massage in to your skin in circular motions till it starts to dissolve. Then, rinse away the excess, step out of the shower and pat yourself dry! This ensures the oil absorbs in and is not rubbed away. It is that easy!
The sugar is gentle but effective. The coconut oil is ever so nourishing - and also naturally anti-bacterial! The scrub comes in 3 delicious flavours, Peppermint, Citrus and Herbal. Not only have the essential oils been chosen for their sensational scents, they deliver a protective purpose to you, too:
‘Citrus Blend’ is the unmistakable smell of summer, the Amalfi coast, limoncello or good old-fashioned lemon drizzle cake. It is an uplifting and subtle mix of citrus loveliness! Mandarin has a range of health benefits; it has been used for centuries to protect wounds from infection, improve circulation and remove toxins. Lemongrass and lemon oil can relieve stress and anxiety whilst also having powerful antiseptic properties. Citrus Blend can really help to lift your spirits in the morning!
‘Herbal infusion’ is a relaxing and soothing blend for both body and mind, with Rosemary, Sage and Bay, it will change your boring morning shower into a Swedish sauna experience – if you shut your eyes and imagine hard enough. Rosemary can help to improve skin hydration and elasticity by increasing the blood flow to the surface of the skin; it is naturally antimicrobial and antiseptic. It can lift your mood, clear your head and improve mental fatigue. Sage and Bay both have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits as well as smelling divine!
‘Original Mint’ has a fresh invigorating scent of peppermint against the subtle coconut backdrop, evoking memories of tropical holidays and mojitos. Peppermint essential oil is naturally anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory and has long been used to relieve stress and mental fatigue. As with all the varieties, the coconut oil base is not just moisturising but naturally high in Vitamin E and Lauric acid which is both anti-bacterial & anti-fungal, perfect for skin protection.
Which will you choose???
HOW TO PREP
To prep yourself for a wax it's best to have at least 3 weeks of growth since last shaving, and 4 from last waxing. If it is any longer I can easily trim the hair for you; you may take it too short doing it yourself.
Gently exfoliate the area the night before as this helps encourage the hairs to come out more freely when being waxed.
Shaved hairs are thicker, stronger, and therefore tougher to get out. After the first initial wax it is considerably easier to endure as the hairs will be finer and weaker. Over time the hairs will become extremely fine and you may even be able to go longer inbetween appointments.
If you do feel you may still want some help then you are okay to take an Ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment.
Wear or bring loose fitting, clean clothes to your wax appointment. You don't want anything hugging tightly against the freshly waxed skin as this will cause irritation.
Any fake tan will be lifted by the wax, and any make up will be wiped from the area if that is the skin you wish to target (i.e facial waxing). It's be to come au-naturelle to avoid this!
If you would like to freshen up before an intimate wax, complimentary wipes are supplied for you in the attached en suite. There are other toiletries in there for you to use too, including tampax should you get caught short before your intimate wax appointment.
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The treatments and also what you will need to do are explained to you and it gives you an oppurtunity to ask myself any questions prior.
You complete a thorough consultation sheet and you must notify me of any changes to this at any future appointments.
Feel free to charge your phone or tablet with any of the available plugs for you whilst you are having your treatment done.
At the end of the treatment I will go through the aftercare in depth for you so you are confident with what care comes after your appointment and when you should need to visit again.
All of the products used are of course 100% vegan & cruelty free.
I chop and change between a strip wax and a hard setting wax in all waxing treatments as they have different qualities so I choose the correct one for the area ahead. Both waxes are from the incredible, world renowned Cirepil, Perron Rigot.
I cleanse thoroughly prior, and soothe with a calming cream post treatment - both smell absolutely gorgeous, everyone always comments on them.
My strip wax is hypoallergenic as well so it is fantastic for those who have sensitive skin.
If you are still finding areas are a little too sensitive after having strip wax, then solely hot wax only can be used. As it isn't sticky it doesn't directly attach to the skin therefore no pull against it.
HOW TO PREP
If you would like to use your own usual application of brow make up as an example to show myself at how you like to do them then please do, if not please remove all make up from around the brow area.
Please refrain from applying fake tan to your face prior to any brow appointment. Not only will the tan be lifted from the wax, it also reacts with and discolours the tint; making it considerably darker than it should be.
It is worth looking at my Instagram Feed (link in main menu above), as there are mutliple examples of all the differing tints so you can clearly see what sets them apart. This way you can get an idea of them and what you may like to try first.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TINTS
The tints and pigments from each brand come in a variety of different shades giving people plenty of choice, these shades can also be mixed together. Not only can they be mixed together but when tinting the brow, this can also be left on for different durations until the desired effect has been achieved.
Henna brows is a completely natural tint that gives warm, earthy tones and a powdery, soft finish. It is derived from the plant known as hina, or the henna tree. The natural properties of henna help promote hair growth exponentially. It's incredibly stimulating and so if hairs are laying dormant it can encourage them to grow back through! I myself have seen my brows get fuller from use of henna tint as I overplucked my own when I was a teen!
It can even penetrate white and grey hairs that wouldn't respond to regular tint. Henna lasts 1-2 weeks on the skin and up to 8 weeks on the hair. This greatly benefits those with fairer hair. The henna tint that is used for eyebrows is different to that which is used for body painting, so it does not fade to orange!
HD brows is a 7 step process that uses regular tint, which gives more of a blocky, full look. The treatment is finished with a makeup application so it's great for a night out.
The tint used lasts 1-2 weeks on the skin, and up to 4 weeks on the hair. The darker you go, the longer it lasts - however I like to build up to this and start with a natural tint on your brows. Baby steps!!!
I can also lighten the eyebrow before tinting to give a more vibrant colour. For instance, lightening dark brows before tinting them with the chestnut shade to really bring out the gorgeous, red tones from the tint.
If I have not seen you for an eyebrow tint before, or if it has been longer than 6 months since your last treatment, or if you have had any major changes i.e medication or pregnancy etc, then a patch test is required at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. This can be booked online, it is one of the first options you will see on the booking system. It only takes 5 minutes (if that!) so it's super easy and quick.
Oil based products will strip the tints so check your moisturisers, make up removers, cleansers, shower gels etc. Completely avoid cleansing over the brow after you've had your tint, and use gentle products around them. Pat them dry after bathing instead of rubbing as this will also lift the tint much quicker.
You can always purchase a tint lock serum which has bonds that help strengthen and protect the tint if you find you keep forgetting to skirt around your brows whilst the tint is there.
From having your skin waxed and excess hairs tweezed, you will have open pores. For the following 24-48 hours following on from your appointment it is best to avoid make up, sunlight, fake tan, and anything that you feel will irritate the open pores as this will lead to break outs.
HOW TO PREP
Please remove all eye makeup and contact lenses before coming for your lift. Contacts can be put back in half an hour after the treatment.
If I have not seen you for an eyelash lift before, or if it has been longer than 6 months since your last treatment, or if you have had any major changes i.e medication or pregnancy etc, then a patch test is required at least 48 hours prior to your appointment. This can be booked online, it is one of the first options you will see on the booking system. It only takes 5 minutes (if that!) so it's super easy and quick.
An eyelash lift does exactly what it says on the tin, it lifts the natural eyelashes up and out fanning them out beautifully. It gives your lashes a curl you didn't even know was possible, and you don't need to have naturally long eyelashes to have a lift either! It's a great alternative to eyelash extensions and wearing mascara. View some incredible eyelash lift results by clicking 'Instagram Feed' from my menu above. The lift lasts you 6-8 weeks.
For the 24 hours immediately following on from your eyelash lift please avoid;
Heat, including hot showers, saunas, cooking over stovetops, opening hot ovens and dishwashers
Water, please avoid getting them wet at all including oils, lotions, creams, face washes, make up wipes
Side sleeping, as your eyelashes are still malleable (shape-shifting), so a side sleeper or face sleeper may notice mishapen lashes from being raised or dropped. Sleeping on your back is best.
Avoid direct sunlight right after your treatment, as this can weaken the lift lotion and fade the tint.
Avoid face washes and oil-based beauty products as this can also cause lashes to drop prematurely.
Organic castor oil or coconut oil may also been used 5+ weeks after your lift to condition and nourish lashes, however this will cause the lashes to drop prematurely so it must be done when they are coming to their end.
To help maintain your eyelash tint, completely avoid cleansing the area. Doing so will strip the tint. Cleanse around the area with gentle products and pat the area dry, don't rub.
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For the lift you will be laying down with your eyes closed. A shield or rod will be glued close to your top lash line. Different size shields and rods give different results. The smaller the shield, the more dramatic the effect. Your eyelashes will then be glued back onto the shield.
Once complete, a perming solution will be applied to the eyelashes. The duration of this varies due to hair type and desired effect. This will then be removed and a setting lotion is applied over the eyelashes for 6-10 minutes.
Once the setting lotion has processed everything including the shields is removed ready for your eyelash tint.
When tinting eyelashes Blue Black is the only shade I tend to use for lashes as it gives so much depth to them, black on its own can sometimes give out grey tones. Brown is beautiful if you would like a subtle change, and great for those with fair/red hair.
Whilst tinting eyelashes a barrier cream is applied under the eyes which also doubles up as a soothing eye mask - two treatments in one! The mask is enriched with nourishing shea butter, almond oil, chamomile and Vitamin E and D.
Tracking down eyalsh lift products that were vegan was SO difficult! Before I became a 100% vegan & cruelty free business, I had to promote myself as ethically sourced also, until I eventually found what I was looking for.
The products had to comply with my beliefs, but also give beautiful results. I was so happy once I had come across the brand that I use now.
The tint I use is from Refectocil, which is a hugely recognised brand worldwide. I find that they give brillaint long lasting results with vivid colour behind it.
WHAT CAN IT DO?
The A|C|C|O|R® Cosmetic Corrector is a unique plasma pen device that is your alternative to skin tightening surgery and botox.
It is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a device that delivers an ionised electric arc to the skin surface to tighten and firm it. This can treat drooping eyelids, crows feet, frown lines, pigmentation, remove skin tags, and more!
The plasma arc very rapidly vaporises the skin in the desired location and tightens the surrounding area. This makes the results permanent, however genetic ageing will continue. The procedure is almost painless and the results are often immediately visible. A single procedure is enough to make the eyes appear more open, to firm up the eyelids and to smooth the areas of skin around the mouth and nose. There are no injections required nor is the skin cut in any way. Compared to surgery there is a significant cost saving.
The results from the treatment should last for as long as a comparable surgical procedure, in some cases a course may be advised.
A patch test and consultation is required at least 2 weeks prior to the treatment. This can be booked online by clicking the 'Book Now' button and selecting 'Plasma Pen Patch Test & Consultation'. Please allow an hour for this as I like to go over the procedure with you in great detail explaining every last bit to you, and even showing you examples pre, during and post treatment. The cost of the patch test is £25, this can be redeemed against the treatment cost if booked within 3 weeks from your patch test date. Below I have included some information to give you a small idea of what to expect but this is explained further in the consultation.
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The treatment itself is relatively uncomfortable, depending on your tolerance to pain. The plasma arc produces a stinging feeling once in contact with the skin. An anesthetic cream is used to numb the area before the treatment starts, to reduce such sensations.
Immediately after the procedure the treated area may feel tender with slight burning and tingling sensations, but this should only last for a few hours. Following on from this expect it to progress into some swelling, redness and mild discomfort in the treated area which would last for a few days to a week. Swelling is most likely and most common in the surrounding eye area. A lot of people plan this for when they have time off work as you aren't looking your best self!
The formation of brown or black crusts/scabs on the skin surface will occur. Do not pick them, it is important they are left to heal without any interference – these crusts will fall off in a few days.
There are certain things that you can do to help speed the healing process and recovery but we can go through this in your consult.
Feel free to email me with any questions you may have regarding treatment using the form below, or, book your patch test in now by clicking the button.
HOW TO PREP
This is a treatment which will enable you to wake up with make up! Whether you'd like a natural hair stroke effect, a full powdery ombre or a combination of the two, this will be the one for you if you'd like it to last. I use a machine (the digital method) to implant pigment into your skin in the desired effect you'd like. This will only need yearly top ups to keep it looking fresh. Just think of all the time you'd save in the mornings, and to have no worries about needing to apply make up on holiday!
The pigments come in a variety of shades so there is one for everyone.
The treatment cost includes a top up at 4 weeks. The initial treatment is essentially creating a base to work upon, at the top up we can reassess and make any changes (if any!) and finalise the brow ready for your yearly top up.
The consultation is thorough, and we will take our time to work together to create the brows you will love. Numbing cream is needed to be applied at least 30 mins prior to treatment, in this time we can talk it all through of what you desire and I can also draw on with a make up pencil a shape to show you, this will be my guide. Until you love the shape we create together with the pencil I will not begin. I believe brows are so important and so I want you to be madly in love with yours once they're all finished!
The brows are likely to scab over, this is what we want to see. As with any scab upon healing, it will get itchy. They will get darker, they will disappear, and they will slowly fade back into the true colour of what they will be. This process is exactly what we want, and this takes around a month in total. It is then that we can top up, make small changes if you would like them and then after that it should only be yearly top ups needed from then on, thus dependant on how you care for them, lifestyle factors etc etc.
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Many forms are to be completed, ensuring you are well for the treatment and to cover all questions you may want to ask me. Numbing cream is the first to be applied to ensure the best effect from it.
You and I will work together drawing and creating your perfect brows with a make up pencil first. Until you love the look I will not begin with the machine and pigment.