When should I start getting ready for hair removal?
As far before your event as possible! The specific time answer differs depending on what you have been doing with the hair so far and what your goal is. In general, for a virgin wax if you were shaving, waxing, tweezing, or doing other forms of hair removal we want four solid weeks of growth to ensure a good, clean removal.
Yes, you read that correctly, that is four weeks with no removal ZERO shaving or trimming. You can do a "quick dirty wax" sooner but you'll have hair filling in quicker after your wax and you'll be charged the same as a regular wax as we'll use extra product and it will take us longer to do the wax. And sadly, unless you put in the grow-out time, it won't be our standard for good results.
Since it will take us longer to do a wax when it is too short and there is more tweezing involved; it is a pain for both of us...we require three weeks of growth on repeat waxings for clean removal.
Optimally ALL the hair is 1/3 inch on a virgin wax and ALL is at least 1/4 inch long on a repeat wax. Remember one hair that hits 1/4 inch is not what we are going for here. Look carefully at the undergrowth; it should be long enough too. Ideally, this isn't your first wax either.
The boss always says (especially important for people who are shavers), by the third wax in a row you get your smoothest results and they start lasting longer with less fill in between waxes because most of the old short hairs that are stuck under the skin from shaving are pushed up to the surface by the time the third wax takes place. As there is less hair each time, your skin recovers faster too. Thus you'll look perfect on your event day without a tell-tale shadow if the last pre-event wax is the fourth one in a series.
For example, let's say you want to look great for your ten day adventure to Costa Rica. To be on the safe side we should plan a series of three waxes one month apart so that the fourth one lands three days before you get on the plane to go. Start from your departure date and work backwards.
If you are leaving on December 5 and want the best results then WAX ONE is September 1. WAX TWO is October1. WAX THREE is November 1. WAX FOUR is December 2 and you are off to a smooth vacation.
While a first time wax will still look and feel smoother as well as last longer than shaving, it isn't as perfect or long lasting as we know it can be on the 4th go. See below for more information.