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Some Questions & Answers



Why is waxing a good hair-removal choice?

Waxing is one of the most effective methods to temporarily remove unwanted hair. It is longer-lasting than shaving because it removes hair from the roots, not just from the skin’s surface. With regular waxing over a period of time, hair regrows lighter and sparser. For facial waxing, removal of unwanted facial hair allows for a more youthful look and makes application of makeup easier. Brow shaping can really open up the eyes and a great shape can dramatically change your appearance.

What areas can be waxed?

Waxing can be done on almost any part of the body. Most popular areas for women are brazilian or bikini, legs, underarms and eyebrows. For men: brazilian, chest and back.

Is four or five days of hair growth long enough before receiving a waxing treatment?

Unfortunately, no. Hair should be at least 1/4 inch long, translating to 14 to 25 days of hair growth. Hair growth does depend on the individual. But in most cases you'll need two weeks of growth after your last waxing or shaving before you'll be ready for your treatment.

Is it safe to get waxed?

Laura uses fresh hospital grade latex-free disposable gloves for every waxing service and she never double dips waxing sticks, as this could transfer bacteria to the warm wax pot and on to other clients. The skin is cleaned before each treatment with disinfectants, and sterilization equipment is used on all non-disposable implements and tools which eliminates any chance of cross contamination.

What should I wear to my treatment?

This depends on the area to be waxed and your personal comfort / modesty level. Suggestions:

Avoid wearing clothes that will fit tightly over the area to be waxed. This can cause uncomfortable chafing or rubbing after your waxing. For the back or chest, wear a darker colored soft shirt as wax can stain lighter colored fabrics.

Do not wear stiff or scratchy fabrics because without hair as a buffer you will find your skin to be MUCH more sensitive. For the underarms, you may wear a tank top or you can remove your shirt. For most hair patterns, ladies may keep their bra on. Disposable underwear will be provided for those having bikini or Brazilian waxing done.

How long can the results last?

After a client’s first waxing, the results can last three to six weeks depending on the individual’s hair re-growth. In most cases, hair growth is minimal during the first week or two and noticeably increases in the third and fourth week. With regular waxing, the length of time between treatments will increase.

Does waxing hurt?

It depends, but for many people the answer is mildly and briefly. Your first time receiving a body waxing can be uncomfortable because after shaving for years, the hair grows extremely coarse. The more frequently you receive body waxes the more the hair will begin to grow thinner. Removing hair directly from the follicle is never comfortable; but, since Laura is highly skilled, it is likely that your waxing experience will be more comfortable than most.

Can the pain be reduced?

Laura recommends taking a NON-ASPRIN pain reliever one hour before your appointment. With continuous waxing, hair becomes finer and sparser, and waxing becomes less uncomfortable.



How long does electrolysis take?

Although many clients start noticing improvements right away, the total number of treatments required varies from person to person. Clients who adhere to the recommended treatment schedule usually accomplish their hair removal goals in a year to year and a half. Factors such as hair growth cycles, the quantity and structure of hair, previous use of temporary hair removal methods, heredity, hormone function, normal physiologic changes, certain medications and stress may influence how long the treatments may be needed.

How long do the results last?

Hair treated properly by electrolysis will never grow back. Hormonal issues later in life may cause new hair to grow especially for women around the lip and chin. These are new follicles that did not produce hair in the past and therefore could not have been treated. Only hair that has emerged from the skin can be permanently treated.

Is electrolysis painful?

Most clients say electrolysis isn't as painful as they expected. Many people compare the sensation to the feeling of a hair being plucked. It isn't comfortable, but most would agree that it's hardly unbearable. Some parts of the body are more sensitive than others, and adjustments can be made that may help to make the treatment more comfortable.

How does electrolysis compare to laser hair removal?

Electrolysis is the only method that can legally claim to offer permanent hair removal. Laser offers permanent hair reduction, and it can offer quicker results for some people -- generally those with dark hairs and light skin complections. Electrolysis is often needed to treat light hairs, hairs that are growing at odd angles from the skin or people with dark complections. Many clients begin with laser hair removal and then finish off with electrolysis. Some laser hair removal studios in the Louisville area refer their clients to Laura for just that purpose.

How does surrounding skin react to electrolysis?

Immediately following treatment, there may be a slight redness and/or swelling which usually disappears within a few hours. Occasionally, small whiteheads or tiny scabs may occur. It is vital to follow post-treatment care that Laura recommends. But most clients do not report any significant problems.

What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the science of permanent hair removal utilizing probe devices. A fine sterile probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged which destroys the hair growth tissue.

Are all hairs eliminated in one treatment?

Deep, coarse hairs cannot always be eliminated with one treatment; thus, breaking down the hair germ cells may require additional treatments.Only hair that is visible (meaning emerged through the skin) can be treated. Because of the cyclical nature of hair growth, new hairs as well as hairs emerging from a dormant phase will also require additional visits to acheive true permanence.

What is the normal growth cycle of a hair?

All hairs have varying growth cycles and aren't visible on the surface of the skin at the same time. Hair normally goes through its usual cycle and then sheds and replaces itself. Following active growing periods, most hair follicles go into a dormant stage. The period of dormancy may last for an indefinite period of time, however, replacement hairs usually appear within three to 12 months. The appearance of these coarse replacement hairs from dormant follicles shouldn't be mistaken as regrowth from previously treated follicles.

Can unwanted hair be removed from anywhere on the body?

Unwanted hair can be safely removed from most areas. The most common areas include the hairline, bridge of nose, eyebrows, upper and lower lip, cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck, shoulders, arms and underarms, breasts, abdomen, bikini line, legs back and chest. Laura J. Crawford offers full brazilian hair removal for both women and men.

Still have questions about electrolysis?

If so, just contact Laura J. Crawford and she can provide some quick answers.


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