There are so many wedding beauty tips and tricks out there it can be overwhelming. Good news, we have some amazing beauty pros in Rewards by Wine Country Bride we can go to for advice. So we called Allyson, manager of the Santa Rosa European Wax Center, to ask for a rundown of what we need to know about waxing.
Allyson has been with the European Wax Center since they opened about 4 years ago and she loves to share her own experiences with new guests and get the word out about the benefits of waxing.
E: Thanks for talking with us about waxing. We’re excited to chat with a pro. So. . . asking for a friend. . . Is it painful? Can you tell me you’ve seen it all?
A: [laughter] I totally get it, I was really nervous too my first time. But afterward everyone is always relieved and they usually say that it was easier than they thought it would be. It’s not a cake walk, but it’s quick. European Wax Center specializes in speed waxing. So if you take a full Brazilian as an example, at other salons it can take 45 minutes to an hour for a Brazilian wax, at EWC we get it down to an average of 15 minutes.
E: Thanks, I feel better knowing it goes quick. What else do I need to know to prepare for my first appointment? [blushing] And ps my friend is still super nervous about showing it all to the waxer.
A: What I tell new guests is to wear comfortable clothes and remember that the areas you have waxed will be sensitive so plan to keep those comfortable clothes on and no working out or physical activity for 24-48 hours after your visit, especially if we’re talking about a bikini or a Brazilian wax. And after care is really important too, you need to keep the skin clean and comfortable to prevent infection, so no going in the river or a hot tub right away. We are in the business of revealing beautiful skin and we have great products for before and after hair removal. We actually have a great aftercare product that I love with glycolic acid and tea tree oil. It works to prevent ingrown hairs. My boyfriend even likes using it and it’s great for all kinds of blemishes and breakouts.
As far as showing it all is concerned, our aestheticians see a variety of ages and body types. Remember this is what they do all day long, they’ve seen a lot. They’re not really looking at you, they’re actually studying your hair to see what directions it’s growing in so they can remove it. It’s normal to be nervous but remember this is their job.
E: Thanks, I’m feeling better already. I mean, I’m sure my friend will feel better when I tell her about this chat we had. So of course we’re always looking for wedding related tips. If I’m getting married and I want a bikini wax for my honeymoon in Hawaii, when do I need to get that done so my skin isn’t irritated when I’m trying to wear a bathing suit?
A: We recommend you start as early as possible to get your hair on the same growth cycle. If a guest has a trip or an event coming up I recommend starting 2-3 months before and plan to come in every 4 weeks. After the first visit it gets easier and faster because the hair is coming in finer and it’s all on the same growth cycle. Earlier is better, but if you have less time just remember that the first 24-48 hours you’ll be sensitive and red. Everyone’s reaction is different but there’s always some sensitivity. So if you got your bikini line done you wouldn’t want to get on a plane right after and have to sit for so many hours, and you definitely shouldn’t be getting in the ocean until at least 48 hours after your appt.
E: Can you tell me more about your experience? Or give us recommendations on waxing services? We need your expertise.
A: Of course! I do underarms and Brazilian and I love it! Waxing reduced the dark pigmentation I had in my underarms and I’m just more comfortable and less itchy. I’ve shown my girlfriends my underarms how fine the hair is as it comes back and they say it’s not even noticeable.
At EWC, we offer a complimentary service for new guests, both men and women. [Check out their website for all the details] And I love getting men to try nose waxing. They’re really hard to convince but once they go for it, they like it better than trimming or tweezing.
E: What!? I may or may not know a guy who could use some nose waxing. . .
A: [Laughter] Right! A lot of guys think it will be more painful than tweezing individual hairs but they report that it just feels like pressure and it’s done much faster than pulling individual hairs. We offer a complimentary nose, ear, or brow waxing to new male clients.
E: Awesome, I’m glad to know you offer services for both men and women. We’re focused on brides most of the time, but I can think of a few guys who could use some waxing in those areas you mentioned. [Laughter] Thanks for much for your time Allyson, it was great to talk with you!
We’ve enjoyed partnering with European Wax Center as a Rewards vendor and at The Wedding Expo!
You can have your cake and eat it too with our Rewards by Wine Country Bride program, learn more about saving hundreds of dollars on your wedding here.
Win 6 months of Full Body Waxing from European Wax Center
You can meet Allyson in person along with European Wax Center aestheticians and ask them all your questions at the upcoming Wedding Expo on January 21st! They’re also giving away 6 months of waxing in the grand prize and Brazilian wax package discounts in the Cake Pull. Click here to purchase tickets to the upcoming Wedding Expo