What You Need To Know Before You Get Your Upper Lip Waxed


A lot of people get their upper lip waxed. It’s completely normal to grow hair on your upper lip, no matter your age or your gender. Never be embarrassed to schedule a lip waxing appointment – just be prepared. Understanding how waxing works, who is a good candidate, how to prepare for your waxing appointment in Tucson, and the benefits of waxing over other types of hair removal will help you make informed decisions that will leave your upper lip soft, smooth, and perfectly hairless.

How Does Waxing Work?

The wax is warmed up enough to become spreadable, and your aesthetician will use a smooth spatula to apply the wax to your upper lip. A strip of cloth is set on top of the wax, and the wax begins to harden as it matches your body temperature. When the wax hardens, it fully encapsulates the hair on your upper lip. The strip of cloth is them pulled away, removing all the hair from the roots in the matter of a second.

How To Prepare For An Upper Lip Wax

If you ordinarily pluck or shave your upper lip, you’ll want to stop doing so within the two weeks leading up to your appointment. The hair on your lip needs to be at least ¼ inch in length for the wax to properly catch the hair shaft.

You also want to be gentle on your skin leading up to your waxing appointment. Exfoliating and acid peels will remove the top layer of the skin, making the skin very sensitive and prone to irritation. Waxing will also remove the dead skin, so combining them would be akin to double dipping. Leave the dead skin where it is.

Instead, focus on moisturizing. You should be using an SPF moisturizer on your face every day and your moisturizer of choice at night. Keeping the skin well hydrated will improve the way it responds to waxing. Avoid sun exposure or tanning beds for a few days leading up to your appointment, and be wise with your makeup the day of your appointment. Lipstick, lip liner, and foundation will disturb the process. Mascara would be fine, since the wax isn’t going anywhere near your eyelashes.

Who Shouldn’t Get Their Upper Lip Waxed?

Some people aren’t good candidates for waxing. If you have extremely sensitive skin, waxing will cause excessive irritation. People who take blood thinners may bleed a lot after a wax. If you’re on oral medication for acne or a topical exfoliating acne treatment like salicylic acid or retin-A, you’re more prone to experience an adverse reaction after getting your lip waxed.

If you aren’t sure if you’re a good candidate and you’re under a dermatologist’s care, ask her. She’ll know if any of the products you use wouldn’t bode well with waxing, and she might advise you of alternative products to use leading up to your waxing appointment.

The Benefits Of Waxing Your Upper Lip

Waxing is one of the most effective and longest lasting hair removal options available. If you’re looking to remove hair from your upper lip, there are plenty of reasons why waxing would be your best choice.

Waxing Is Quick And Efficient

Waxing will remove all of the hair at once, directly from the root. In the process, it will also remove dead skin cells and anything clogging your pores. The surface left behind is hairless, silky smooth, and less prone to ingrown hairs. This isn’t a benefit that can be experienced through any other hair removal method.

Short Term And Long-Term Hair Growth Benefits

Waxing removes hair from the root, and it takes your body a long time to regrow hair from the very beginning. Some people can wait as long as six weeks between waxing sessions. There’s very little maintenance involved because the hair doesn’t grow back quickly.

Over time, some of the hair may not grow back at all. Repeatedly waxing your upper lip can cause damage to the hair follicles. In this case, the damage is a good thing. The more damaged the follicles become, the less likely the hair is to grow back.

Are There Any Side Effects?

You might have heard that waxing hurts. It’s true. No two people have the same pain tolerance. Waxing may feel like a slight stinging sensation or a sunburn, depending on the way you experience and process pain. Either way, it’s over with very quickly and the remaining sensation of the pain will completely dull within a few hours.

If you have sensitive skin, you may be prone to irritation or ingrown hairs as a result of waxing. Most people experience at least some degree of redness after waxing that will completely dissipate within 24 hours.

Ready To Try A Wax?

Greentoes in Tucson offers a full menu of waxing services. Whether you want to remove the hair from your upper lip or the hair from your whole face, our experienced aestheticians will be pleased to give you the soft, smooth results you’ve always wanted.

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