Tame The Unruly For Date Night

credit: Amanda Rodriguez

credit: Amanda Rodriguez

 By Amanda Rodriguez, Copy Cutie

Few things make a woman feel as good as pampering her body. When preparing for a date night, or simply a night out, there are a few rituals that come into motion. You may go out for a mani-pedi, or go get your hair done. We always tame the visible hair, but what about the hair we hide from the world? There is no need to be ashamed or feel uncomfortable in your own skin, ladies. I have seen the light, and it was shining from a place called Completely Bare.

At a recent intimate blogger’s event, this Copy Cutie got the inside scoop on Completely Bare’s goals, the type of wax they use, and some of their popular services to make you feel your absolute best for date night, or any night. Getting the inside scoop from founder Cindy Barshop and her lovely team at their 5th Ave location, here are some tips on what kinds of services may apply to you, and some of their FAQs!

Should I have a drink before I get a Brazilian wax?
Although it may relax you during a wax or your buzz may distract you, drinking is not necessarily the best choice before you wax. Alcohol is a stimulant and thins the blood, making you more sensitive.

Can I get an STD or die from waxing?
According to the Center for Disease Control, neither of these are an issue.

How many sticks should be used during a wax treatment?
Any reputable spa should use a fresh stick after each dip. Double dipping is a big no-no and is highly unsanitary.

I think I had a bad reaction to my wax. The next day I was really itchy. What can I do?
Wax that is applied when it is too hot, or is not removed quickly enough can cause the skin to itch after a treatment. This is called a histamine reaction. You should not worry, though, as there is a quick fix: hydrocortisone. A great topical cream, hydrocortisone helps reduce the itchiness. You apply it every couple of hours until the itching subsides. One should also avoid exercising until the itching calms down: you don’t want to keep reintroducing heat to the area, which can make things worse.

I was told I would be able to go up to 6 weeks between waxes. So why wasn’t that the case? Why did I see growth much sooner?
There are three elements that contribute to this:

1. Stage of growth
There are three stages of growth: growing, resting, transitional. At any given time approximately 80-90% of the hair follicles are in the growing phase and the rest are either in the resting phase (10-15%) or transitional phase (2-3%). This means that there is probably some hair underneath the skin growing that hasn’t reached the surface yet, or it is above, but isn’t long enough to be grasped. The rapidity at which this hair will pierce the skin varies from person to person.

2. Growth cycles
Different areas of the face and body do not grow hair at the same speed. Men and women also do not grow hair at the same rate. Basically, this means that everyone is different and that estimates are just that: estimates. You shouldn’t compare yourself to another person, or one body part to another.

3. Breakage
When hair is waxed, instead of being removed, it breaks above or even below the skin’s surface. This means you will see hair sooner and there is a possibility of getting an ingrown.

Can I wax during my period?
Absolutely. However, if you are sensitive during your menstrual period, you may want to avoid bikini waxing during those days.

What is a big no-no while lying on the table?
Interfering with the treatment in progress! Always leave the waxing to the professionals!!

Is it safe to use wax during your pregnancy? Can I get a Brazilian while pregnant?Yes!!! And it is completely safe! Not to mention that during pregnancy it can be hard to shave down there because a big belly is in the way.

What areas of the body can be waxed?
Wax can be used virtually everywhere! Frequently waxed areas for women include legs, arms, underarms, bikini, eyebrows, and face. Men tend to do chest, legs, arms, back, and shoulders. But once again, all parts are fair game.

How long do the results last?
Depending on your hair re-growth, the results can last between three to six weeks. Typically, hair growth is minimal the first week and increases the third and fourth week. Continued waxing results in reduced hair growth, so the time between treatments will increase.

Will the hair grow back thicker?
Just the opposite! It can feel thicker because after waxing you become used to hairless and smoother skin, as opposed to shaving. Typically, regrowth is finer, thinner, and slower.

Why wax at all?
Waxing is one of the best ways you can temporarily remove unwanted hair. It removes the entire hair from the root, whereas shaving removes hair from the surface of the skin. The hair grows back finer and slower since it is pulled out directly from the root. You can also wait longer in between waxing appointments as opposed to shaving every few days. Founded in 1998, completely bare prides itself on building confidence in both women and men by providing innovative, results-oriented services that resolve people’s hair removal needs.

Now, with all the questions that were answered, you may still be apprehensive about their wax. After taking a blind side-by-side test, I can totally vouch for their wax, and I have sensitive skin! Now that we’ve given you the scoop on the best place to handle your unruly hair, get ready to paint the town with confidence!