At JFJ we are proud to use depilatory wax manufactured by Perron Rigot.
With over thirty years of innovation and more than twenty patents behind them, Perron Rigot is considered the industry leader and is the product choice of some of the best salons in the world. JFJ uses Perron Rigot’s hypoallergenic range of waxes enabling effective and comfortable hair removal for even the most sensitive skins.
For the non-initiated, hot wax involves applying a layer of wax directly to the skin and then allowing it to set before peeling it away together with the hair. Strip wax uses the same method of applying wax but a strip of paper is used to pull away the hair.
We don’t understand why they call it ‘hot wax’ as it’s actually not as hot as the strip wax and as it sets it goes cold really quickly!
When the hot wax is applied to the skin with a spatula, it coats the hair with a thick layer. As the wax cools it becomes firmer contracting around the hairs and gripping them tightly. The wax remains on the skin until it becomes opaque, setting to form a slight tacky consistency. It is then peeled off the skin with a fast movement.
Advantages of Hot Wax:
It works well onto small patches of strong coarse hair
The wax grips the hair better than strip wax
It does not leave a sticky residue like strip wax
Compared to strip wax it is almost pain-free
Have you ever wondered why an intimate bikini wax is called a Brazilian?
Brazilian bikini waxes were introduced to New York in 1987 by 7 Brazilian-born sisters (the J Sisters). The Brazilian remains a popular hair removal method in the US.
Brazilian waxes differ from regular bikini waxes because hair is removed in the front, and everything in between. A “landing strip” is typically left in the front, but some clients opt for everything to be removed. This is called a “Hollywood” wax.
The following rules are very important. At JFJ we are proud to follow them all the time! I have been a waxing therapist since 1986 and in Portugal, where I originally come from, this technique is very popular.
The following rules need to be followed to achieve effective and pain-free waxing!
Because you only need 6mm of hair for the wax to grip onto, your waxing therapist may trim pubic hair to the correct length. A general rule of thumb is that fine hair needs to be over 6mm, coarse hair needs to be 1.3cm. Any shorter and it’s too hard for the wax to grip onto, you’ll be sent home if hair isn’t long enough.
The waxing therapist will liberally apply a special powder or pre-wax oil to the skin. The powder or the oil will keep the hot wax from sticking to skin. The waxing therapist will dip a wooden waxing stick into a pot of hot wax and then spread it onto your skin and hair. The wax is peeled off when cooled. It is a lot less painful than strip wax.
Hot waxing is less painful if smaller strips are applied to smaller areas at a time. There is a limit to how fast the therapist can be if she does it properly and takes her time. Waxing usually starts in the front and moves toward the back. You may be asked to help hold skin taut.
Once the waxing is complete, the therapist will tweeze any stray hairs and she may trim the remaining landing strip.
The waxing therapist will spread soothing lotion over the waxed areas. If you later develop bumps, redness or ingrown hairs, gently exfoliate the area with a body scrub such as Aveda’s Beautifying, Smoothing or Rosemary Mint Polish and then smooth on a lotion. To keep ingrown hairs at bay, make sure to exfoliate the area in the days leading up to your appointment.
Typically, you’ll need to wax every 3 to 6 weeks and trust me, the first time hurts the most. The more you wax, the less painful it becomes.
The downside of a Brazilian wax…while it lasts 3-6 weeks, the hair will grow back (albeit finer and lighter) – and you’ll have to do it again.
Hair has to be a certain length before it can successfully waxed. Hair needs to be a 6mm if it’s fine, 1.3cm if it’s coarse.
You may experience red bumps or ingrown hairs, caused when hairs grow curled under the skin. Avoid ingrown hairs with regular exfoliation.
Book your appointment for at least a week after your period. It’s best to wax mid-cycle, right around the time you’re ovulating, this can be less painful. As for the embarrassment factor – we like to think getting a Brazilian can’t be any more embarrassing than a typical visit to your gynaecologist’s surgery. These technicians have seen it all before.
My next post will be about men’s waxing, its jargon and all the tips and tricks of the trade.
Trust me, relaxing-waxing at JFJ is as pain-free as it gets!