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How to prepare for a wax after shaving during lockdown 

By Zoe Greenwood, September 3 2020

For the past five months, we have been trapped inside of our home during a global lockdown. This has meant that our leg hair has come out to play and has taken free reign. As all beauty salons were unable to open during the lockdown, many of us have resorted back to shaving. 

Fortunately, beauty salons are back in business to serve our loyal customers. If you are looking to book a wax appointment but resorted to shaving during lockdown, there may be a couple things to be aware of. 

Keep reading to find out how you can prepare for a wax after shaving during lockdown. 

How long do I have to wait?

If you have been shaving frequently during lockdown, you will need to wait for your hair to grow back. Luckily, as opposed to waxing, shaving doesn’t completely remove the hair follicle. This means that shaving is the quickest hair removal method to grow your hair back. 

You need to allow your hair to grow out to at least half an inch. This should take roughly between 10 days and 14 days. To be certain, try waiting 2 to 3 weeks. You need to grow your hair out so that the wax has something to grip on and therefore pull out. 


Before a wax, you should moisturise your skin well. Sufficient moisture on your skin allows the wax to settle more easily. However, be sure not to moisturise on the day of your wax appointment, as this may be too much and make the wax ungraspable. 

Skin that is well-moisturised makes it easier for hair to regrow. 


Be sure to exfoliate the day before your appointment. This will remove dead skin cells and help prevent razor bumps. If your skin is blocked by exterior debris, such as dry skin, it won’t be as focused on penetrating the hair follicle. The wax may pick up more of the dead skin, instead. 

Don’t exfoliate on the day of your wax as this can sometimes irritate your skin. Waxing should never take place on rashes or irritated skin as it could make it a lot worse. 

Pain killers 

If you have a low pain threshold or have not waxed in a while, you may find your first wax back to be mildly painful. Taking a paracetamol or two before your appointment may help the process be more comfortable. However, only take the paracetamol if you really feel that you have to. You shouldn’t take it unnecessarily, and never take over the stated dose. 

Wear comfortable clothing 

If you are getting a wax treatment, the last thing you want to be doing is wearing tight clothing such as skinny jeans. Your skin may be slightly irritated or inflamed, so any friction or rubbing may make your skin more irritated. 

Try wearing loose, baggy clothing. Something soft that you can slip on and off easily. By booking with LeSalon, you can have the entire wax appointment from your own home. This means that you can wear whatever you want, and don’t have to leave the house.

Don’t trim your hair 

Many people who are growing out their hair tend to trim it to keep it at a manageable length. In many cases, the hair is trimmed too short unknowingly. If your hair is too short, the wax may not be as easy to perform. 

You may be tempted to trim the hair, but we recommend resisting and leaving it to grow as much as possible in the timeframe. 

Don’t work yourself up

It is understandable that if you haven’t waxed in a while, you may be nervous. You may imagine the pain to be worse than you remembered. If you are relaxed, it is more likely to be a relaxing, pain-free experience. 

Try to avoid excessive caffeine before your appointment, as this may increase your heart rate. It is important to remain as relaxed as possible. 

It is simply a case of easing back into the waxing process. You have done it before, and you will get used to it in no time. Your body just needs to get used to the process. 

We hope that you enjoy your first wax back, and slip back into the routine quickly.  

Zoe Greenwood

Zoe Greenwood

After graduating from Brunel University with a degree in Journalism, Zoe has since gone on to become LeSalon’s marketing executive where she oversees and produces content for the blog and social platforms, covering online interviews with female entrepreneurs, beauty tips and trending news.


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