Waxing and Threading FAQs

By Stephanie Smith

During my time as an aesthetics instructor, I learned that not everyone has the same tolerance to waxing and threading.

In general, those with oily skin have a higher pain tolerance. My threading and waxing technique is customized so that all skin types have an experience that is as comfortable as possible.

Client comfort takes priority over speed. In addition, there will be less breakage, so you will have a longer-lasting wax/thread, with less regrowth.

Waxing and Threading FAQs

  • How long should my hair be for waxing? Hair length must be between ¼-½ inch long at the time of waxing.

  • When is the best time to wax? Be aware that hormonal changes can increase sensitivity, so conditions such as adolescence, pregnancy, or being within one week of your cycle can increase discomfort. You must avoid sun exposure for at least 3 days after waxing.

  • How long does threading last? Threading is usually scheduled every 5 weeks, and new hair growth becomes visible around weeks 2 to 3. New hair will be thinner and lighter in color.

  • How long does waxing last? Waxing is usually scheduled every 4 weeks, with new growth becoming visible around week 2. Like threading, the new hair growth will be thinner and lighter in color.

  • Can I thread or wax if I use Retin-A? Threading is safe for all skin types, and while using Retin-A, Tretinoin, and prescription acne medications. The above prescription products cause the skin to become very thin and delicate. As a result, waxing is not recommended, as it can lift delicate skin, leaving a scab.

  • How can I avoid developing ingrown hairs after waxing? On day 3 after your waxing treatment, I encourage you to use a gentle scrub on the site where the waxing occurred. This will enable the fine baby hairs to emerge from the surface without any irritation. Thereafter it is recommended to exfoliate with a gentle scrub 2 to 3 times per week.