Waxing in Bishops Stortford

My name is Helen Ellis, I'm a fully qualified and insured beautician working in the Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire area.

Contact me to book your waxing treatment either in the comfort of your own home, or at my salon in Stevenage. I'm happy to travel to the Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire area to treat you. Prices start from £6 for a lip or chin wax.

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Waxing gives a semi-permanent hair removal treatment that removes the entire hair including the root. After waxing it will take four to six weeks for a new hair to grow back, however depending on an individuals hair growth cycle, some individuals will see start to see regrowth in as little as a week. Just about any area of your body can be waxed, this includes bikini area, legs, face, arms, eyebrow, abdomen, back and feet.

There are plenty of advantages to waxing vs other forms of removing hair, it can effectively remove large amounts of hair at once and provide a longer lasting method of hair removal, than either shaving or using hair removal creams. Repeated waxing of an area over long periods of time can cause hair regrowth to become softer.

There are two types of waxing available-

Strip waxing (using soft wax) works by spreading wax thinly over the skin. Paper strips are then applied and pressed firmly on to the skin, sticking the waxing strip to the skin. Against the direction of hair growth, the strip is then stripped off quickly, as slose as possible to the skin to avoid irritating the skin. This removes both the wax and the hair.

Strip-less wax, which is also referred to as hard wax, is applied thickly and doesn't require paper strips. The wax hardens when it cools, allowing easy removal by myself without the aid of strips. This waxing method is beneficial to those who have sensitive skin. Strip-less wax does not stick to the skin as much as strip wax does, making it a good option for sensitive skin as finer hairs are removed easier because the harder wax coats the hair as it hardens. The strip-less waxing method is slightly more time-consuming and can also be less painful, it's best for smaller areas such as underarms, bikini line and face.

After care advice

Please note the following that the following reactions are quite common after a wax treatment and are perfectly normal, temporary reactions. Any of the below symptoms should subside within 24-48 hours-
  • Slight soreness
  • Small bumps and redness
  • If you experience persistent soreness and redness please do not hesitate to contact me.
  • Keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 to 48 hours. This means-
  • Avoid extreme heat for 24 hrs. This includes very hot baths/showers, steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzi's as this can aggravates the skin and the pores are still open. You could also pick up an infection from public places.
  • No massage or heat treatment for 24 hours.
  • Exposure to UV light, including sun beds and sunbathing, must be avoided for 24 hours following treatment, as burning can occur.
  • No fake tan for 24 hours.
  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
  • Deodorant or anything perfumed should not be applied to the area that has been waxed for 24-48 hours as this could make the area very sore.
  • For women make-up should be avoided following facial hair removal for that day although mineral make up is fine.
  • Tight clothing should be avoided following any waxing treatment for 24-48 hours as this can aggravate the area that's been waxed.
  • Waxing removes dead skin so the skin may be a little lighter immediately following treatment but colour will return to normal within a few hours.
  • A heat reaction may be seen on the skin for several hours following treatment and this is quite normal. This will vary from a mild redness to a much stronger skin reaction and some people have red dots on the waxed area for several hours.
  • If the aftercare advice given is followed the skin will return to normal within 24 hours. If the reaction is still present after this time or worsens, it may be that you have had an allergic reaction to the wax, and you should seek medical advice from your GP.
  • Prices are on the right hand side of this page (if you're on a mobile scroll down), or to read more about the pro's and con's of waxing please take a look at my waxing blog post.