Category Archives: Waxing & Hair Removal

Great Waxing Starts with Great Wax

waxWe love our wax at Star Brows! I (Brow Boss) shop for the very best wax money can buy – with YOU in mind.

Our new friend, Aquamarine, joins our wax lineup. If you’ve seen us, you already know and love our French depilatory blue hard wax.

Why our wax is best

  • Dries fast so it’s more efficient
  • Goes on and comes off so easily that you leave feeling cleaner
  • Provides gentle results because the wax sticks to the hair – not to the skin, like some waxes
  • Formulated with revolutionary patented polymers for flexibility and strength
  • Imported from Europe and developed by renowned inventor Christian des Garets
  • Performs just above skin-temperature, so you’ll never be burned
  • Less sticky than most waxes
  • Formulations include soothing azulene essential oil

blue waxCall us today for your brow, face, or body waxing service!

xo Linda & Kelli

 

 

 

Clear-it and Peeling Cream

Valentine’s Day and Brazilian waxing inspired February’s Monthly Product Features: Peeling Cream and Clear-It.

If you’ve never tried Brazilian, or Bikini Waxing, now is a great time. The Product Features this month are great after-care for these services to help avoid those pesky bumps and ingrown hairs.

I use the same Berodin French Depilatory Wax for sensitive body parts that I use for brows. If you’ve had a bad experience using strip wax, you’ll be amazed at the difference. Check out the YouTube testimonial a client did for body waxing at Star Brows.

The special this month, Peeling Cream by Tu’el, is a great exfoliant for the face, as well.  It contains Lactic Acid (an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA), so it doesn’t just clear surface debris but goes gently and deeply into the cell wall to exfoliate.

It also contains Tea Tree and Lemon Grass Oils to disinfect naturally, as well as Chamomile Extract to calm and sooth.

Clear-it by Tu’el is a non-drying blemish control cream that helps keep hair follicles healthy after shaving or waxing. The active ingredient is Colloidal Sulphur. It also contains Allantoin for calming and soothing and Lemon Oil for disinfecting.

See you at the spa!

Star Brows Bikini Wax: A Vacation Must-Have

Hey everyone! Jenn Prentice from The Style Geek here. I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Linda while she’s off enjoying a well-deserved vacation. Speaking of vacation, Linda actually played a fairly significant role in helping me prepare for my vacation to Cancun this past August: She gave me a bikini wax.

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Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that until my visit with Linda two months ago, I had never had a bikini wax. Don’t misunderstand. I keep the nether regions nice and trim, but I’ve always been too scared of the pain of a bikini wax to actually get one. Needless to say, I walked into the waxing room at Star Brows with a bit of fear and trepidation.

Since I know Linda outside the spa, I was a bit worried about how seeing “The Nether” (as I shall henceforth refer to it) might affect our relationship. Once it came time to get bare down there, however, my mind was put completely at ease. Linda was a true professional (not that I expected anything less), and I didn’t feel at all weird in my less-than-elegant position.

The first step was to numb “The Nether” with some lidocaine. Unfortunately, the amount of lidocaine that Linda is legally allowed to dispense is rather small, so I can’t say whether it actually made a difference or not. That being said, I found the entire waxing process to be much less painful than I initially anticipated. (And as someone who has had appendicitis and a miscarriage before, I consider myself well-acquainted with pain.) In fact, on a scale of 1-10, I’d give the pain a 5. I mean, I only screamed once and blurted out expletives twice. That’s not too bad, right?

Linda encourages her clients to actively participate in the waxing process, if possible, by holding the skin taut while she rips off (maybe removes would be a better word choice here) the wax. I chose to “participate” more often than not, and I must say the times I stretched my own skin while Linda removed the wax were less painful than the times I chose to let Linda go it alone.

Aside from the pain, the other thing I was most worried about was that The Nether would have some weird reaction to the waxing and break out, thus shaming me out of wearing a bikini and forcing me to stay in a coverup during my entire time in Cancun. Fortunately, Linda waxes with Berodin Blue Hard Wax, a stripless French wax that helps prevent irritation. She also applies and sends you home with a bit of Platinum Soothing Creme to make sure everything stays nice and calm down there. (Side note: I’d recommend buying a bottle of the Soothing Creme to take home with you. True to its name, it is completely soothing.)

I’ll be honest, The Nether was a bit “sensitive” for the next 24 hours and I did notice a tiny bit of redness, but with regular applications of the Soothing Creme during the day following the waxing, the sensitivity and redness went away in no time. In fact, I’d venture to say that the worst part of getting the waxing was the fact that I couldn’t be intimate with my husband for at least 48 hours. (With The Nether’s skin so raw, any friction to the area can cause bleeding, further irritation, or even infection.) I mean, it’s so pretty down there, and you can’t even show it off!

The good news is, Linda’s waxing lasted for almost an entire month (that’s right, ladies, no razors, no scissors, no nothing for nearly 30 days), and I can honestly say I’ve never felt so comfortable in a bathing suit. Sitting? Running? Jumping? Swimming? The Nether’s new haircut made it all possible and worry-free.

So, for those of you who are afraid of bikini waxing – don’t be. Especially not with Linda. Her waxings are professional, (relatively) painless, and worth every penny. I can confidently say that Linda will become a regular part of my vacation preparation for years to come.

 

Post-Wax Body Care Kit – August Product Feature 2011

Summer means showing more skin, and we want it smooth and hair-free, right?! But don’t go to the Spa and get a bikini or Brazilian wax unless you have a plan for after-care. Otherwise, you may end up miserable, with bumps and ingrown hairs – Ouch! Not pretty.

The Monthly Product Feature for August is the Post-Wax Body Care Kit which includes Tu’el Clear-It Blemish Control, Tu’el De-tox Bath Gel, and FREE Pumice Gloves. These products keep the skin exfoliated between waxing services, help prevent ingrown hair and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth.

If you’ve never had this service or would like a refresher course on how to get the best outcome, check out these two popular posts: Ladies: 10 Reasons Why Brazilian Waxing is Worth It and Post-Waxing Care for Brazilians and Bikinis.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Monthly Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free Service Enhancements like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards.

This month’s featured products are: 2 oz. Clear-It Blemish Control $39 ($8 in Rewards) and 8 oz. De-Tox Bath Gel $24 ($5 in Rewards).

The Post-Wax Bodycare Kit includes both products: $63 ($13 Rewards) plus FREE nylon Pumice Gloves. Smooth summer skin guaranteed. 🙂

See you at the new spa!

 

Post Waxing Care For Brazilians and Bikinis

Going bare ‘down there’ is an increasingly popular option for women these days, but things can get seriously ugly if you don’t take care of your sensitive nether regions in the weeks post-wax.

The bumps after waxing within 24 hours are called folliculitis or inflammation of one or more hair follicles. Common symptoms of folliculitis include a rash, itching, or pimples. There may also be ingrown hairs that grow – either way, the treatment is similar.

So, how do you take care of the skin before and after a Brazilian wax?

Pre-wax pointers

  • Your appointment shouldn’t be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period.
  • Don’t use any lotions in your bikini area before waxing.
  • You need 1/8″  hair growth for the wax to hold onto, no more – no less.
  • Take your favorite pain reliever/anti-inflammatory 30- 45 minutes before your appointment.
  • Prepare an after-care kit from the list below ahead of time, so you can begin caring for your waxed bikini area right away.
  • You may not be a good waxing candidate if you have very sensitive skin, herpes, genital warts, an STD or any other skin condition or contagious disease. Regardless, the technician should be gloved and a thorough pre-wax interview and education should be done.

Waxing after-care

24-48 hours after

  • Don’t take a hot bath (shower is OK).
  • No tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms.
  • Use a cold compress to soothe the area.
  • Sexual activity should be avoided. Friction on the skin can cause it to become inflamed.
  • Don’t use products with harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes.
  • Apply only gentle moisturizers.
  • Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin, as this can encourage irritation or small pimples.
  • Avoid using a bar soap; it leaves a film on the body that could cause ingrown hairs.
  • Use tea tree, lavender oil, antibiotic ointment or hydrocortisone cream. Clear-it and Peeling Cream by Tu’el are my favorites.
  • Wear loose cotton undies.

48 hours +

  • Exfoliate using a mold resistant material like Ayate (made in Mexico from the fiber of the agave plant) so you don’t introduce bacteria.
  • Use an acne medication or AHA lotion.
  • Try to gently tweeze out ingrown hairs.

What to do if “problems” occurs:

  • Resist the temptation to pick.  If ingrown hairs are not remedied with gentle tweezing, the use of regular exfoliation and the correct products, then it is a good idea to go back to see your waxing specialist who should be trained to extract stubborn hairs.
  • Call your health care provider if symptoms last longer than 2 or 3 days or  if the infection spreads. If the area is infected,  a doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic lotion or a systemic antibiotic if it is severe.
  • There are other reasons for bumps and redness, that may be unrelated to the waxing like warts, STDs, herpes, fungal infection etc. Practice safe sex, just in case it is communicable.

See you at the spa!

Ladies:10 Reasons Why Brazilian Waxing Is Worth It

Brazilian Waxing

As I write my very first blog post, you may be thinking about getting your very first “Brazilian” wax. There are other methods of hair removal, but nothing takes the place of waxing.

Here’s why:

1. It is fast. (The first time, allow up to an hour or so, but it normally takes 20-50 minutes.)

2. Maintenance can be done monthly (as opposed to shaving, which needs to be done almost daily).

3. For the results you get, it is well worth the cost. I charge according to how long it takes. (There is a maintenance price offered if you come on a regular basis.)

4. The hair follicle is pulled by the root, so over time (barring hormonal and other unforeseen variables) it is discouraged from re-growing, and the hair can become softer and less dense.

5. The discomfort involved with this procedure is mainly associated with a sudden sensation as the hair is removed, but quickly diminishes.

6. It is a professional service and feels like pampering. I use essential oils, light candles, play music and use clean, fresh sheets.

7. Women prefer the “clean” feeling they get.

8. Skimpy swimwear requires grooming.

9.  Ingrown hairs mostly associated with shaving are painful.

10. Body hair is not considered fashionable.

Exactly what is Brazilian waxing?

It is a type of waxing  involving the bikini area. This procedure normally involves the complete removal of all hair in the bikini area, front to back. Some types of Brazilian waxing leave a small line of hair. It is named after Brazil, the country with which it is most often associated and from which the modern practice originated. In Brazil itself, it is not called Brazilian waxing, but simply depilar (to wax, to pluck hairs). In Middle Eastern societies, removal of the body hair is considered a proper form of hygiene, necessitated by ancient local customs. Contemporary sources indicate that the French nobility also practiced waxing during the 17th century.

And what is the process, you ask?

The client begins by completing a Wax Questionnaire. If this is not done where you go – run! The lack of a proper intake shows the level of care the salon takes in general.

You will remove your clothing from the waist down, use a disinfectant wipe and apply Lidocaine – a topical anesthetic. The procedure starts with the professional trimming the hair to about 1/8 of an inch, if needed. (Some service providers like to have you come already trimmed, but don’t overdo it or the wax won’t be able to grab the hair.) Then, a light application of oil is spread over the area to be waxed. This prevents the wax from sticking to the sensitive skin. Next, wax is applied in sections over the area from which hair is to be removed. The wax is allowed to harden briefly, then one edge of each wax strip is pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. The waxer then works  her way around the body. This procedure removes the wax, hair, and any dead skin cells lying on the skin surface. Finally, a soothing and healing post-wax essential oil  is applied, as well as an antibiotic ointment.

The skill and experience of the service provider is key. The first time you do it, you may need “breaks” and a slower pace to acclimate to the new experience. Most say they have less discomfort during subsequent treatments. There are over-the-counter products available if you are very sensitive. I don’t recommend any waxing immediately before (or during) your period when you are generally most sensitive. About a week after your period, if you can time it that way, is the ideal time.

I recommend working with a licensed  Esthetician (skincare professional) to perform this procedure. There can be complications, side effects, or contraindications to the treatment, and a skincare professional can address these best.

As a professional, I need to include a few words of caution:

  • There is a risk of infection if done on a person with a weakened immune system.
  • Folliculitis can occur with sensitive skin. It usually appears as small, white-headed pimples around one or more hair follicles — the tiny pockets from which each hair grows. These may itch, but on occasion they’re painful. While most cases are superficial and short lived, often clearing up spontaneously within a few days, deep or recurring folliculitis may need medical treatment.
  • On rare occasions tearing may occur and an MD will need to do a stitch or two. If a thorough health questionnaire is not given, contraindications may be missed.
  • It may flair a Herpes outbreak if you are prone. (You can take a medication from the MD to prevent this.)
  • Waxing during a “healthy” pregnancy is fine.

Here are my tips for a successful experience:

  • Use a licensed professional (an esthetic or cosmetology state license is required to be posted for public view).
  • Check to see if they carry professional insurance in case something goes wrong. (You can ask to see a certificate, but even so, some insurance companies that cover all other waxing won’t cover this procedure).
  • Make sure the working conditions of the waxing salon, as well as the  supplies, are clean and sanitary.
  • Get all your questions answered up front before you start (preferably on the phone when making the appointment), and be sure to discuss medications you take, medical history, contraindications, and other concerns.
  • Think about taking an anti-inflammatory  before your appointment to help reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Discuss post waxing care before you leave the salon. I use a special essential oil to help calm and soothe the area after the treatment. At home you may need to use a product that helps prevent “acne.” Again, ask your professional what she recommends for YOU.
  • Hard (strip-less) wax is best, it is designed for sensitive areas – I use Berins.

See you at the spa!

Shaping the Eyebrows with Perfect Precision Part 3

Shaping Your Eyebrows with Perfect Precision Part 3

See Part 1 and Part 2

Let’s get started:

1. Placement is first. Are the brows placed too high or low in relationship to the eyes? Is the head and tail of each brow sitting on the brow shelf? Adjust by removing hair on the top line to bring it down, and remove hair from the bottom line to bring it up. Over time this can improve as regrowth happens. Adjust only a few rows of hair at a time.

2. Trimming is next. Be conservative and cut following the angle you want the brow to move to. The brow hair should not be longer than the width of the brow base. Trim the hair by combing up and cutting, then comb down and cut. Be conservative and cut following the angle you want the brow to move to. The brow hair should not be longer than the width of the brow base.

3. Next, remove hair in between the two brow heads. A good rule of thumb is to line the brow head up with the inside edge of the nostril. If the brow starts at the tear duct it will draw attention to the “well” under the eye, as this creates a circle visually. You want the viewer’s eye to travel from the brow down the nose and into the aesthetic triangle or mid face triangle.

4. Shape the beginning of the brow first. The head lines up with the vertical nasal edge, closer to the bridge of the nose than the tear duct. It should be gauzy; I prefer a natural irregular border on the head of the brow. This is where hand tweezing comes in; several hairs can make all the difference. You may also need to ventilate the hair in the head. This is usually a thicker area and may be out of balance with the tail.

The width of the head should be 1/3 that of the arch (if from the crease of the lid to the high point of the arch is 1 inch; the head should be 1/3 of an inch). The head is the thickest part of the brow.

5. Now let’s shape the arch. The arch is proportionate to the structure of the face. It should echo the shape of the eye opening. The head of the brow should gradually taper to the high point of the arch which is located just outside the iris and is 2X the width of the lid. The arch moves into the tail slowly, without an abrupt angle.

6. Finally we shape the tail. The tail will end in a soothing airbrushed point in an imaginary line directed to the top of the ear, never toward the jaw. As you age you may prefer the tail lifting somewhat. The shape of the tail will echo the upper lip when properly placed. If the descent of the arch is too steep it will not be long enough to end on the brow shelf with the head.

The eyebrow should make a soft movement from thicker to thinner. No bows, swoops or extreme egg shapes at the arch. Fashion may dictate thicker or thinner, but the silhouette is always defined as what looks best on your own face.

Linda Ruberto

www.starbrows.com

Shaping Your Eyebrows with Perfect Precision Part 2

 

Choosing a good salon: Part 2 (See Part 1 and Part 3)

  • Are the waxing supplies and surrounding area very clean?
  • Waxing contraindications should be discussed with you.
  • A health assessment needs to be done and a consent form signed.
  • Is the service provider licensed to perform the service and is the certificate posted? (This is mandated by each state.)
  • Proof of liability insurance should be available.

Terminology: There are a few terms I like to use to describe the process of shaping eyebrows.

Aesthetic triangle – An inverted triangle in the center of the face (also called the mid face contour). It extends from the chin to the side of each eye, with a line under the brow bone (brow shelf) where the head of the brow and the tail rest. This is the communication hub of the face.

Head – The part of the brow closest to the nose (1/3 the width of the arch area). The head of the brow is placed so that the eye of the viewer is drawn down the side of the nose and not into the socket under the eye. The nasal edge of the head should be gauzy and natural – no sharp border. If the eyes are close set or small the head should be shaped more horizontally (not droop down).

Tail – The part brow closest to the ear. The shape echoes the top line of the upper lip.

Top Line – The top contour of the brow.

Bottom Line – The bottom contour of the brow.

Arch – The high point of the brow located on the outside (lateral edge) of the eye’s iris.

Eyelid area – Measured from the base of the lashes to the crease of the lid. If this area is very small (Asian eyes) consider shadowing the crease area to diminish the excessive arch area.

Arch area­ – Measure from the crease of the lid to the arch (2X the width of the lid).

Base cutting – Trimming the hair to the skin without extracting the follicle root.

Brow Shelf – The top line of the aesthetic triangle, located beneath the brow bone. The head and tail of the brow should sit on the same plane.

Ventilating – Lightening up a heavy brow or brow part. Go into the dense parts of the brow with a tweezers and take as many hairs out as it takes to ventilate and balance the brow. The head may be very dark and thick and the tail is light and thin.

See you at the spa!


Shaping Your Eyebrows with Perfect Precision Part 1

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Stop! Read this before removing any hair.

See Part 2 and Part 3

  • Waxing and tweezing damage the hair follicle root. Over time you may not grow hair back where you want it and hair thins as you age. I recommend keeping a very natural brow in your youth, so you have hair left to work with when you get older.
  • I almost never recommend shortening the tail of the brow. There are very few sebaceous glands in this area and regrowth is negligible.
  • Hard wax (strip less) is best for the delicate eye area. It doesn’t adhere to the skin and is designed for sensitive skin. I like Berins or Cirepil.
  • You will need to use sunscreen after you wax for at least 3 days – make sure it offers full UV protection (zinc oxide is one ingrediant you want to see on the label).
  • Don’t tan or use products that contain AHA or BHA for at least 3 days before (or after) you wax.
  • If you are on an RX for a skin condition, waxing may not be recommended. Hand tweezing is best in this case.
  • First consider your style: Natural (some clean up mostly on the underside of the brow), High Fashion(strong arch, crisp lines, tweezed to perfection, hair from above and below the brow), Bohemian (take out the obvious hair but leave the top of the brow untouched, keep a shaggy head, and lightly tweeze the underside of the brow).
  • Consider a practice run: Use cosmetics to experiment with the look you want. You’ll need: an eyebrow pencil (to draw in “faux hairs where you want regrowth), brow powder (to soften the pencil and fill in gaps), and a white highlighter cream (to erase hair you want to remove).
  • To access the proper placement of the brow, stand about two feet away from the mirror.
  • Consider the width of the bridge of the nose and how the closely the eyes are set when following the recommended guidelines. Some adjustments may need to be made. Use eyebrow cosmetics to experiment.
  • Consider base cutting before removing hair from the root when you are unsure of the outcome.
  • Look for scaring or growths in the body and border of the brow and leave hair longer around these areas (the “comb over” effect). No hair will grow in the scar tissue.

See you at the spa!