Male Waxing FAQs

Male Waxing FAQs

First of all, our advice would be to relax and not panic! You’ll be in safe hands with us.

We recommend that you take certain steps at home before your wax in order to prepare the area – see the next question for more details.
You’ll need to arrive 5 – 10 minutes early for your first appointment, so you can fill out a consultation card, which your therapist may discuss with you in the privacy of your treatment room.

Your therapist will then explain the details of the treatment you have chosen and tell you what to do next, e.g. to what extent you should undress. She will leave the room for two minutes so that you can make yourself comfortable on the treatment couch before returning to work her magic.

For a more detailed account of what will happen, especially if you’re booked in for an intimate wax, click here 
We’re not going to lieof course if you pull the hair out from its root it may hurt a little, and more so in some areas than others. But we’re absolutely confident that our specialist skills mean that your nkd wax will hurt less than waxes from other, generalist beauty salons, where waxing is just a small part of their treatment menu, alongside many other treatments. If you don’t believe us, check out our latest reviews, which are proof positive that many clients actually look forward to their next nkd wax!

Don’t forget also that nkd’s waxing expertise is such that we teach other therapists and salons from across the UK the latest advanced waxing techniques. And technique really is king– a poor waxing technique will lead to snapped, ingrown hairs and more discomfort for you.

Finally, you’d expect us to say this, but waxing regrowth hurts so much less than waxing full growth, so the first wax will be the worst, and the more frequently you return ( we recommend every 4 – 6 weeks) the less it will hurt (and that’s a fact).

No, please don’t. If your hair needs trimming down, we’ll do this for you as part of your treatment, so please don’t attempt this at home. Apart from anything else, you risk taking too much off which could mean we’d be unable to carry out your wax!

Worried that your hair might be too short, on the other hand? The high quality of the wax we use means that we can reach the shorter, finer hairs better than most other waxes. However, we still recommend a minimum of 4 weeks’ regrowth to get the best results. If you have removed the hair via waxing/shaving/tweezing or any other way any less than 4 weeks ago, then please bear in mind that although we may still be able to carry out your wax, you are likely to get some regrowth quite soon after your treatment. We advise that you do not book an appointment if you removed your hair less than 3 weeks ago.

Of course it depends what exactly you’re having done and the extent of your hair coverage, but we guarantee that you’ll be amazed by the efficiency with which nkd therapists work. It’s especially hard to give timings for male treatments due to the difference in hair coverage levels between different men. For example, it can take a whole lot longer to mow one man’s massive meadow compared to tweezing another man’s tiny torso! Because men are generally hairier than women and the hair is thicker and coarser, male waxing treatments will take longer than the equivalent female waxing treatments.

As a general rule, we’d allow 30 minutes for a full back and shoulder wax, but some backs will take less time than that to wax and others will take more. We also allow 30 minutes for an abs and chest wax, 10 minutes for a brow wax and 40 – 50 minutes for a male Brazilian/Hollywood wax.

First-time clients who are not regularly waxed may need to allow a little longer, and you also need to account for the time it takes you to get dressed and undressed and pay/book your next appointment.

We recommend that you get into a 4 – 6 week waxing cycle in order to get the best results from your wax. If you keep it regular, your hairs will start growing through at the same time, which means that your skin will soon remain smoother and hair-free for longer in between appointments. Sporadic waxing, on the other hand, means that your hair won’t be in the same growth cycle, so you’re likely to get some regrowth soon after your appointment from hairs that had not broken through the skin at the time of your last wax, or hairs that were far too short to wax.

To encourage you to come back regularly, we’ll give you 10% off your next treatment if you come back for the same kind of wax within 6 weeks. This is a win-win for everyone – you’ll get better results and will pay less for your wax (and it will hurt less!), and it’s easier and quicker for us to wax regrowth than full growth.

If you haven’t got a future appointment booked in, we’ll text you after 4 weeks to remind you that you’ve got 2 weeks left to come back and take advantage of your 10% maintenance discount.

For best results, please don’t shave, tweeze or use hair removal creams between appointments.

You should try and exfoliate and moisturise your skin in the area to be waxed for a couple of days before your appointment, which will help you get the best results from your wax. If you don’t regularly exfoliate the area to be waxed, you’re likely to have a lot of dead skin there which will be trapping hairs underneath it. By exfoliating and removing the dead skin, you’ll be releasing those hairs, which we can then wax (we obviously can’t remove any hairs that are still below the surface of the skin). Otherwise, you’re likely to see some regrowth quite quickly after your appointment.

It’s really important to moisturise regularly too, to keep the skin supple. For the same reasons as above, we want to avoid dry, flaky skin in the area to be waxed.

If you’re having an intimate wax, then consider which products you’re going to use to exfoliate and moisturise the area beforehand! You need a gentle exfoliator, preferably unperfumed, that’s not going to scratch the skin or irritate the area. Likewise with moisturiser – choose an unfragranced gentle one, which is not going to irritate or sting!

Please do have a shower on the day of your wax to ensure that you’re clean and fresh when we see you. Don’t heavily apply any cream to the area to be waxed on the day of your appointment though.

We’ll always try and accommodate walk-in appointments where we can, but the reality is we’re usually so busy that we can’t! As such, our advice would be to always give us as much notice as you can to avoid disappointment.

If you want a short appointment – such as an eyebrow wax or thread – then we’ll often be able to fit you in if you pop by. We do sometimes have other, longer slots, available at short notice on certain days, so it’s always worth giving us a quick call to check.

But generally speaking, if you want a longer appointment, if you’re at all restricted in the time you can come for your wax (e.g. if you want to come between 5 and 8pm in the evening, or on a busy day such as a Friday), or you want to see a specific therapist, then advance notice is most definitely recommended!

You can ring 0115 924 1454 and speak to one of our friendly receptionists when we’re open, or leave a message if we’re closed, and we’ll call you straight back the next morning.

You can email us on, with details of which treatment you’d like and when, and we’ll reply ASAP.

You can book an appointment online here, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for with online booking, then we’d recommend that you give us a ring.

Or of course, you can pop by our lovely salon and book in person!

Once you’ve been for your first wax, we’d always recommend that you book your next appointment before you leave the salon, so you can be sure of securing your next slot at your preferred day and time.

Monday – Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday Closed

During busy times, we may open earlier. E.g. from 9am between Monday –Thursday and from 8am on a Friday and Saturday. If you would specifically like one of these early appointments, then please ask and we’ll see what we can do (advance notice is required).

We also offer breakfast waxes on certain days. These super-early morning/pre-work appointments mean that you don’t have to work a full day inbetween showering and getting nkd – and we’ll buy you breakfast at the end of it (really!).

Three breakfast wax appointment slots are available: 7.30am, 8am and 8.30am. Please note that for all breakfast wax appointments, a minimum spend of £25 and prepayment in full is required. We don’t offer any discounts for breakfast waxes. We also require advance notice of around a week for breakfast waxes.

nkd is located in Nottingham city centre at 27 Pelham Street. Pelham Street is the hill that runs up to Hockley, from the city centre. So if you’re walking from the Market Square, you walk up the hill, keeping Zara to your right. You will pass Space NK, Sweaty Betty and Homemade café on your right hand side, and Thurland Street on your left. We’re further up the hill on the left, before you reach Hockley. We’re opposite Wired Café and Bodycraft Tattoo Parlour and next to Michael Levin, the jewellers.
We request prepayments in advance for a number of treatments, including all longer and more expensive waxes, costing £35.00 or more, all male intimate waxes and all breakfast waxes. Unfortunately, we do have a lot of clients that either fail to show up altogether, or cancel/change their appointment at extremely short notice. As a small, independent business, this is a real problem for us, as we simply can’t afford to pay our therapists to stand around doing nothing! It’s also unfair on other clients, who would have happily booked in and paid for that slot if it had been free.

Male intimate waxing clients are required to prepay for their appointment in time at the point of booking. This policy has been successful in deterring those creepy men who get some kind of weird kick from calling up to book in a male intimate wax even though they have no intention of ever having one!

For other appointments, e.g. those costing £35.00 or more, we also request that you make your prepayment at the time of booking. If you’re unable to do this for any reason, then we will need to take the prepayment at least 24 – 48 hours before your appointment. If we can’t get hold of you at that time (we will try several times) then we are likely to cancel your appointment out of the book.

The more notice you can give us please to cancel an appointment the better, but we require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice and we are unable to fill your appointment slot, or if you fail to turn up, we will retain any prepayment on your account/charge you in full for the missed appointment and will require prepayment in full ahead of all future appointments.

We also request a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to change an appointment time.

You need to call us on 0115 924 1454 to keep us informed of your movements. If we can move your appointment time back, we will do, but if we have another client booked in immediately after you and no other therapists are free, we’ll be unable to do this.

Depending on the time of arrival, late arrivals may be offered a reduced treatment or turned away altogether, but you would still be charged in full for the original appointment booked.

If you’re a first-time client, you should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time to fill out a consultation card. This will involve you giving us your main contact details and any basic medical details we need to know about (e.g. whether you have sensitive skin or any known allergies, eczema, have used acne creams on the area, etc). Your therapist may speak to you about the information you have given us on this card in in the privacy of your treatment room before your treatment starts.

For subsequent appointments as a repeat client, we politely request that you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment time to ensure a prompt start.

We have a customer toilet that you’re welcome to use. If you know that you’ll definitely be doing this, please arrive a few minutes early, so that your wax can start on time.

For all male intimate waxing treatments, we will also leave an individually-wrapped hygiene wipe on the treatment couch for you (sorry guys but this will be femfresh – male hygiene wipes don’t seem to exist!). We suggest that you use this to freshen up at the point that your therapist leaves the room for you to get undressed ahead of your treatment.

Absolutely not. Every new client at nkd will have a pre-wax consultation, during which we’ll ask about your skin type and other relevant medical details, which we’ll then make a note of on your file so we can be sure to use the most appropriate products for you.

For all body waxing and most facial waxing, we use Perron Rigot’s Cirépil Cristal Ocean strip wax, which is a rosin-free, non-fragranced, hypo-allergenic formula, especially developed for sensitive skins. For smaller and more sensitive areas, including male intimate waxing, we use Perron Rigot’s revolutionary Cirépil Euroblonde non-strip wax. Both of these waxes are extremely kind to the skin, even in the most sensitive areas of the body.

nkd uses the best and most advanced depilatory wax available in the world right now, which is a brand called Perron Rigot, from France. Perron Rigot has almost 40 years’ expertise in depilatory waxing products and more than 20 patents to its name.

In fact, nkd is extremely proud to be the flagship salon for Perron Rigot in the UK. We work very closely with them and even run wax training courses on their behalf to teach other beauty therapists and salon owners from across the UK how to wax like we do!

For all body waxing, we use Perron Rigot’s Cristal Ocean wax, which is a rosin-free, non-fragranced, hypo-allergenic formula, especially developed for sensitive skins. We remove this type of wax with paper strips. For smaller and more sensitive areas, including male intimate waxing, we use Perron Rigot’s revolutionary Euroblonde non-strip wax, which was the first-ever new-generation disposable peelable wax, which has since been imitated by so many others. Non-strip wax means that we peel the wax directly off the skin (without the use of paper strips), and is the only type of wax you should consider letting near to your trunk line!

Most definitely, YES. Following the correct at-home aftercare procedures are absolutely vital in making sure that you get the best results, for as long as possible, from your treatment. After all, what’s the point in spending all that time and money finding a reputable salon and the best waxing therapist who can give you the perfect wax, if you are not going to look after the area as well yourself so as to prolong the results?

Our full aftercare advice can be read here and is well worth a look at, but in a nutshell, we strongly advise the following “scrub and rub” policy:

Moisturise the waxed area daily. Ingrown hairs are often caused by dry or flaky skin which does not allow the hairs to grow through. It is imperative that you use a suitable moisturiser, however, especially for your intimate bits! For this purpose, we especially love products containing natural antiseptic properties such as tea tree oil.

Exfoliate the waxed area several times a week to get rid of dead skin cells. Again, think carefully about which products you use here. We do not recommend delving into the back of your bathroom cabinet for your wife/girlfriend/partner’s manky old seasalt scrub that she used a couple of times three years ago! Anything too grainy could scratch or irritate the skin and we advise against anything that is heavily fragranced.

As well as an exfoliator, consider an exfoliating cloth, which can do a brilliant job at removing dead skin and is particularly great for helping men to scrub their backs. If going for one of these though, make sure you buy one that you can regularly put in the wash so that it doesn’t harbour germs.

Your therapist will talk to you about all of these products when you come in for your wax.

We do sell a hair growth inhibitor (also called a hair retardant) which can be an extremely effective way of significantly reducing the amount of regrowth in a specific area. Thalgo’s Biodepyl 3.1 is a topical solution which contains the active ingredient Capislow. Capislow has been proven to result in regrowth up to 2 times slower, resulting in a reduction of up to 55% in body hair. It has also been proven to result in fewer and sparcer hairs per cm2, while the hairs that do grow back are finer and softer.

Biodepyl 3.1 is available in both concentrate and gel formulas, depending on which body area you plan to use it on.

Please note that the use of this product will not permanently stop all hair in growing back in the area you use it on, but instead will notably discourage growth when used in conjunction with waxing. Please ask your therapist for more details.

As with every new client, you will have a quick consultation with your waxing therapist in the treatment room, during which she will explain about the treatment you have chosen to have. The therapist will then leave you to undress your bottom half. We will provide a towel that can be used to cover parts of yourself for modesty during the treatment.

Your therapist will then come in, do her stuff and bingo — smooth as a baby’s bottom. You may need to help the therapist at times; for example by pulling the skin taut in certain areas while she applies and removes the wax, but she will lead you in this process. She will also inform you as she goes along about any changes in position she requires you to take.

There will be cleansing wipes in the treatment room for you to use before your treatment. For your own sake and that of your therapist, please do make sure that you arrive as clean and fresh as possible.

A Hollywood wax removes all pubic hair from your pubic bone at the front, your scrotum and the base of your penis, and from your buttock cheeks and crack.

A Brazilian wax is as above, but instead of removing all hair from your pubic bone at the front, we leave a “landing strip” of hair which can be as thick or thin as you like.

We currently only employ female waxing therapists.
It will depend on what treatment you’re having. E.g. if you’re having a back wax, then no!

On a serious note, then of course you would only remove your underwear for certain male intimate waxing treatments. Your therapist will advise before your treatment starts. She will also provide you with a towel for you to cover yourself before and during your wax.

Sometimes this may happen and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. We know from our regular clients that it happens to some of them on every visit, and never to others. Our therapists are trained to ignore it and wax round it (so to speak!) so if it does happen, we’ll just carry on as normal.

However…. due to the nature of intimate male waxing treatments we must take into consideration the safety of our therapists. We therefore demand and expect professional behaviour on the part of our clients at all times. If at any point inappropriate comments or actions occur on the part of the client, the therapist will abruptly end the treatment. In these cases the client will be asked to leave the premises by management. We would not rebook this client for future appointments and may notify the police if appropriate.

Of course it’s very rare that we need to take these steps and we have a fantastic relationship with our valued intimate male waxing clients. We hope you understand, however, why we have a duty of care to our employees to state this policy on our website with the intention of it deterring any rogue clients.

It shouldn’t be no, but it is quite normal for a heat reaction to be seen on the skin for several hours following treatment. This may vary from a mild redness to a stronger skin reaction, including red dots on the waxed area for several hours. If nkd’s aftercare advice is followed the skin should return to normal within 24 hours.

As we mention above, the superior waxes that nkd uses are extremely kind to the skin, and won’t irritate it like cheaper, mass-market waxes you may have come into contact with in the past might have done.

We also take other steps at nkd to help minimise any soreness. For example, before applying any wax to your skin, we will always cleanse and sanitise the area first, before applying Jasmine Oil to prep the area and which helps make sure that the wax encapsulates the hair as opposed to sticking to the skin. This means that when we remove the wax, it won’t pull at your skin as much as other waxes do. Once we have removed all of the hair, we will then apply some moisturising milk and refreshing gel to help soothe and calm the area.

Unfortunately, men’s backs and chests are particularly prone to ingrown hairs. As a general rule of thumb, scrub and rub is our recommendation, in other words exfoliate regularly and apply plenty of moisturiser to the waxed area. This is because ingrown hairs usually occur when the hairs are prevented from growing through thick, dry skin and so they get trapped under the surface. By exfoliating regularly to remove any dead skin, and moisturising daily in order to keep the skin supple, you will minimise the risk of ingrown hairs forming.

Note that ingrown hairs can also be caused by poor therapist technique, whereby the hair is snapped off instead of being pulled out from the root, which could be one reason why you’ve suffered from them in the past.

nkd sells aftercare packs which contain everything you need to prevent ingrown hairs, or you can buy individual products and specialist treatments from us with the peace of mind that they’re suitable for even the most delicate of areas (and if they are not, we’ll tell you). Products with natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties are especially good for this use.

Some clients do still suffer from ingrown hairs even when they follow our aftercare advice. In this instance, we sell a range of highly-effective specialist ingrown hair solutions which will sort the problem out in no time. These ingrown hair solutions are also great for men who suffer from nasty shaving rashes/bumps around their beardlines.

For more detailed advice about the prevention of ingrown hairs, see the male waxing aftercare section.

Because put quite simply, we are without doubt, the best waxers in Nottingham and among the best in the whole of the UK. We regularly welcome clients who have travelled from London and other cities back to Nottingham for their nkd wax. We carry out tens of thousands of waxes each year and our highly-skilled therapists are true experts in their field.

We’re so good at what we do that we even teach others how to do it. We regularly run advanced wax training courses from the training school within our own salon, and from the London HQ of our wax supplier, Perron Rigot. Every year, we carry out a live waxing demo at the UK’s largest beauty trade show in London as well, such is our expertise and experience.

We have extremely high professional standards and place a huge amount of emphasis on internal staff training to ensure that no therapist ever slips into bad habits behind the privacy of her treatment room doors.

We send out a post-treatment survey to every client after every visit, which is tantamount to continuously mystery shopping ourselves. We read each and every response we receive and we take action where necessary. To date we’re thrilled to have received some 5,000 survey responses, the vast majority of which are overwhelmingly positive.

That’s why we’re confident that once you’ve got nkd, you’ll never do it anywhere else!

Yes. We offer 15% to students every Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday and 20% off between 2 and 4pm on those days. There are no student discounts on a Monday, Friday and Saturday. Please bring an up-to-date and valid student card with you to every appointment. We’re sorry, but no student ID, no discount.
We do a range of special offers and promotions, most of which are aimed at rewarding and thanking our existing clients for their loyalty and custom.

10% maintenance discount: If you return within 6 weeks for the same kind of treatment we’ll automatically apply a 10% maintenance discount to your bill. Everyone’s a winner with this deal, as waxing regrowth is so much quicker and hurts a lot less than waxing full growth and you get to save money in the process.

Have 10 treatments and your 11th is free: We operate a loyalty scheme whereby once you’ve had ten treatments, your 11th treatment will be on us. Remember to bring your loyalty card with you to every appointment to get a stamp.

Recommend your friends to us and reap the rewards: We’ll put £5.00 credit on your account to spend on treatments for every friend you recommend to us who subsequently comes in for a treatment. As an added bonus, your friend will get 10% off their first treatment as well.

Please note that only one special offer, promotion or discount can be used on any single visit.

For more details of all of these promotions and to read the full terms and conditions, see our special offers page.

We’ve gone to every effort to make this website as interesting and informative as possible for any clients interested in male waxing. We’re sorry however if we’ve missed off anything you’d still like to know. Don’t forget about our male waxing aftercare pages and our male waxing treatments and prices pages, where all treatments are listed along with descriptions of what is involved in each treatment.

You can get in touch to ask any further questions you have in a number of ways. You can call us on 0115 924 1454, email, fill in this form or pop by and see us in person.

If you’ve got any questions about male intimate waxing that we haven’t answered, then you can also get in touch as above. If the information you’re looking for is contained on this website, we may direct you back here. Alternatively, we may ask for your name and a telephone number to call you back on, to verify that you’re a genuine caller. We hope you understand that not all intimate male waxing telephone enquiries we receive are genuine and that we have a duty of care to protect our staff from nuisance callers.