Does waxing hurt?

The most common question asked and understandably so. To answer transparently, we can’t quite compare it to a walk on the beach. However, between the techniques we’ve developed and the high quality of products used, we’re sure to make the experience as painless as possible for you. It’s also important to keep in mind that everyone has a different pain tolerance. What may be uncomfortable for one guest may be a breeze for the other. In addition, the more you wax the easier it gets as the hair regrows thinner and sparser than before (which means the roots aren’t nearly as strong).

What kind of wax do you use?

At Sirens & Sailors, we like to cocktail our wax to our services. We use a combination of soft Italian cream wax and the highly reputable (and our favorite) hard wax, Mermaid Wax. Our professional waxes are ideal for even the most sensitive skin types.

How long should my hair be before waxing?

Unlike most places, we actually prefer to measure the hair based off of hair cycles. Meaning, we recommend a minimum of 2-3 weeks of growth since your last shave or trim. There are multiple hair cycles to keep into consideration and the encouraged growth time ensures you’ll get the smoothest and longest lasting results leaving you as smooth as a pearl.

Why wax instead of shaving, laser or electrolysis?

When waxed consistently, hair grows back slower, finer and sparser. Shaving cuts your hair, it doesn’t remove your hair—so the quantity and thickness remain the same. Electrolysis and laser hair removal don’t work for everyone, which makes waxing a fabulous universal alternative. Those treatments are also very expensive, which makes waxing a great option that’s far kinder to your treasure trove (bank account).

How long will results last?

Because waxing allows the hair to be removed fully, by the root, you’ll get to enjoy a minimum of 1-2 weeks completely hair-free. Unlike shaving, where you’re cutting the hair at the thickest part, the hair shaft, you get that pesky stubble almost immediately (not to mention razor burn, yikes).

I’m nervous. Is there anything I should do before my wax appointment?

We understand that taking the dive on for your first wax experience can be nerve-racking. Those pre-wax jitters are completely normal and we strive to keep you comfortable throughout your experience from start to finish. To help prepare, it’s best to avoid any and all caffeine and nicotine at least 4 hours before your wax appointment. These substances tend to constrict your blood vessels which can result in heightened sensitivity. Lastly, feel free to take a couple ibuprofen approximately 30 min prior to reduce any possible inflammation you may experience.

Can I get waxed if I’m on my period?

The simple and sweet answer is Yes. However, because of your change in hormones you may be a bit more on the sensitive side. If you do happen to be on your period at the time of your wax, all you’ll need is a fresh tampon and it will be smooth sailing from there on out.

I’m pregnant, is it safe to wax?

Unless specified otherwise by your physician, Yes, you can absolutely get waxed while you’re pregnant and leading up to your delivery date. As your safety and comfort is a top priority to us, we will do our best to wax you before and after your little one arrives. After delivery, discuss the recommended time with your doctor on when you can safely resume your waxing services.

Is waxing sanitary?

Yes, waxing is absolutely sanitary. Not only do we sanitize and disinfect using hospital-grade disinfectants, we NEVER EVER double dip our waxing sticks. Between each guest we “flip our room” meaning we thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces that were in use to the guest prior. There is complimentary hand sanitizer available at all times as well.

Will my hair grow back thicker or darker?

A common misconception that often gets asked to this day. Waxing will do just the opposite. Because we are removing the hair from the root, it will grow back softer and finer over time.

Can I shave or trim just a little bit between appointments?

Unless you want to walk the plank, do NOT shave or trim between waxes. Because we are synchronizing your hair cycles with each wax, it’s crucial to keep the razor and trimmers away.

Can I tan before or after my wax appointment?

In order to ensure the most comfortable wax experience, we recommend that you avoid sun exposure for at least 48 hours before and after your wax. Waxed skin is more photosensitive and is more susceptible to burning. If you arrive at your appointment with a sunburn, regardless of severity, we cannot and will not wax you for your skin's integrity has been compromised.

Can I get waxed if I’m taking Retinol, Retin A, Renova or Accutane?

These medications increase the rate at which your skin exfoliates so waxing could potentially remove skin as well as hair. Please let your esthetician know immediately if you are on any medications. Also be aware that chemical peels, laser, and micro-dermabrasion can also affect skin integrity.

What should I do for Aftercare?

Your skin may be sensitive following your wax. Any red bumps or irritation should subside within a few hours. Make sure to avoid sun exposure, tanning, hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, sweaty workouts, sexual activity, heavy lotions and exfoliation for 24-48 hours after your service. After those initial 48 hours after your wax, you’ll want to start daily gentle exfoliation. We recommend using a body brush with natural bristles (which we have available for purchase at all times) in small circular motions to keep dead skin cells at bay. Don’t forget to moisturize and continue your SPF use everyday.

How can I prevent ingrown hairs?

Using a body brush to exfoliate helps assist the regrowing hair to grow up and out of the skin rather than get trapped under the surface. We have S&S Engraved Body Brushes available for purchase in store. We also carry professional treatment products if you need an extra boost of ingrown treatment and prevention. Feel free to ask your esthetician if you have questions or concerns.

What is Sirens & Sailors Cancellation Policy?

We kindly ask that you give a FULL 24 hours notice to reschedule or cancel your appointment. Less than 24 hour notice will result in you being charged 50% for ALL SERVICES BOOKED. No-Call/No-Show's will be charged 100% for ALL SERVICES BOOKED! If you are running late, a grace period of only 5 minutes is given, at 6 minutes you are considered a "No-Show" and will be charged 100% for all services booked. We respect your valuable time, we kindly ask that you do the same. We reserve the right to refuse service.

What is Sirens & Sailors Child Policy?

For safety reasons and insurance purposes, no child under the age of 12 may accompany you while you are having a service. Children are ONLY permitted in the salon when the child is receiving a service. We do not have the facilities to care for children. We feel as a business, children who visit the salon during their parents' appointments or children who are unattended in the lobby pose a safety issue. We are unable to carry out your treatment if we also need to keep an eye on child safety. We love children, but due to safety hazards present in our environment such as sharp implements, hot wax, and chemicals, we cannot assure their safety in a professional environment. Nor do our facilities have the capacity to accommodate carriers and strollers. Parents will be charged the full price of repairing or replacing any damaged equipment, furniture and/or property resulting in misuse by their children. We appreciate you for understanding and adhering to our Child Policy. Thank you.

Does Sirens & Sailors accept credit and debit cards and/or cash as payment?

Sirens & Sailors accepts most major credit & debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, and Discover) as well as cash. Any card transactions will be charged a 3% processing fee. We do not accept personal checks. Gift Certificates are available for purchase, please see associate for details. Please keep in mind, all “sails” are final. Thank you.