Hair removal expert Phuti Mgkotlho, founder and owner of Spruce Wax Bar in Morningside, Joburg, offers advice on waxing:
1. When is the best time to wax?
‘Wait 3-4 weeks after your last shave or wax as the hair needs to be 5-6mm in length for the best results. Try to avoid waxing at least four days before and four days after your menstrual cycle as the skin will be more sensitive.’
2. What’s the best soultion for ingrown hairs?
‘Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! It’s best to do this the day before you wax and then again two days after you’ve waxed, then every other day. Use a coarse dry body brush or a recommended AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) lotion or cream to get rid of dead skin cells.’
3. What’s the benefit of professional waxing?
‘There’s definitely less pain and there shouldn’t be any bruising or ripping of the skin. Remember that your therapist will always make it as close to pain-free as possible by using specific techniques, like using her hands to support the skin with every pull. We also manage to reach areas that you can’t.’
4. What mistakes should I be careful of making?
‘Don’t trim the hairs too short. Straight after waxing, try to follow an at-home care routine like avoiding hot baths and sun exposure. And don’t judge yourself or be embarrassed – your therapist has done loads of Brazilians, and trust me, all she cares about is removing every single hair!’