Female Waxing FAQs
Female Waxing FAQs
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.
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.
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 bikini and underarms, 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.
Worried that your hair (especially your pubic hair) may be too long for a wax? Well don’t! If it needs trimming down, we will do this for you as part of your treatment, so please don’t attempt this at home!
For these reasons, we now charge in full for the treatment, at the time of booking. We are unable to hold or reserve any slots in our treatment diary without advance payment. If you do not wish to pay in advance for your treatment, we will always accommodate walk-in appointments where we can. Walk-in appointments cannot be pre-booked and as such do not require advance payment – see the next question for more details of these.
Please note that any advance payment is fully refundable if you wish to cancel or change your appointment, as long as you give us a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. If you need to cancel or change your appointment within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment time, then we’re sorry but no refunds will be issued, unless we manage to fill your slot with another client.
We really appreciate your cooperation here and ask for your understanding on these matters.
That said, 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 worth checking if you are in the area and passing anyway.
You can ring 0115 924 1454 for Nottingham or 0116 430 0444 for Leicester 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 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. This way, you will secure 10% off your next booking as well AND will automatically entered into our prize draw to win that treatment back, so you won’t have to pay anything at all for it!
Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday 8:30am – 6pm
Please note that for now, we are closed in Leicester on a Monday.
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 is in place and none of our usual discounts (e.g. 10% maintenance or student/corporate discount can be used. We also require advance notice of around a week for breakfast waxes.
Meanwhile, nkd Leicester can be found in the gorgeous little enclave of St Martin’s Square, which is in the Cathedral Quarter/just by The Lanes. We’re a 2-minute walk from both Highcross and Leicester Market and we’re next door to Flappers and Gentleman hairdressers.
In the event that we manage to fill your late-cancelled or late-changed appointment slot with another client, we will be happy to issue you with a refund on that occasion, or transfer your payment to another appointment if you wish to rebook. This outcome cannot be guaranteed, however, for obvious reasons.
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.
For subsequent appointments as a repeat client, we politely request that you arrive 5 minutes before your appointment time to ensure a prompt start.
For all bikini and intimate waxing treatments, we will leave some tea Tree Oil paraben and fragrance-free personal wipes on the treatment couch for you. These gentle, all-over wipes containing naturally-antiseptic Tea Tree Oil, are suitable for all body parts, even the most intimate and sensitive of areas. We suggest that you use these to freshen up at the point that your therapist leaves the room for you to get undressed ahead of your treatment.
In fact, nkd is extremely proud to be the flagship salon Group 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!
You may have come across other, so-called luxury waxes in the past, which are all different colours and ‘flavours’ including chocolate and hazelnut. We just don’t get that! Quite frankly, we don’t care what the wax tastes like – and we suspect you don’t either – as long as it’s kind to the skin and does an excellent job at pulling the hairs out.
For all body waxing, we therefore 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 bikini, intimate and underarms, 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 bikini line!
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).
We should also point out that quick is not always good! Some waxing salons boast of being able to carry out a Brazilian/Hollywood wax in 10 -15 minutes. This is entirely possible, but they will be doing it using strip wax (as opposed to the far more superior non-strip wax that nkd uses for all intimate waxes) and their strips will be very large. The larger the strip = more hair pulled out in one go = more pain! At nkd, we deliberately apply the wax in smaller strips, because although it takes a little longer this way, it is far more bearable for you!
To encourage you to come back regularly, we’ll give you 10% off your next treatment if you rebook on the day for 6 weeks’ time or less. 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.
For best results, please don’t shave, tweeze or use hair removal creams between appointments.
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 that manky old seasalt scrub that you 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 wonderful job at removing dead skin and can leave you feeling beautifully soft and smooth. 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.
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.
On a serious note, then of course you would only remove your underwear for certain intimate waxing treatments. You keep your knickers on for basic bikini and G-string bikini waxes, for which reason we recommend that you wear an appropriate pair which you don’t mind coming into contact with wax and oil. You will need to remove your knickers for Brazilian and Hollywood waxes.
Your therapist will start removing the hair on top of your pubic bone first, before moving down to your labia, and finally around the back. At times, she will help you position your legs in certain ways so that she can get to all of the hair, and will ask you to stretch certain bits of skin to keep it taut while she waxes.
When it comes to removing the hair from around the back, our preference at nkd is to keep you on your back while we do this. We don’t like turning our clients over and getting them on to all fours, and will avoid this positioning whenever we can. Instead, we’ll ask you first to pull your legs up into a backward roll type position and keep them hugged into your chest. If we really can’t get to all of the hair that way, if you don’t feel comfortable in this position or can’t get into it, or if you’re pregnant and don’t want to lie on your back for too long, then we may turn you onto your side, or over completely, to reach the hair around the back.
As with all waxes, once we’ve finished, we’ll tweeze out any remaining hairs before asking you to check the area to see that you’re completely happy with it.
nkd sells a handpicked range of the best and most effective products that are specially formulated to be used on delicate and sensitive areas. These include exfoliators, moisturisers, shower washes and gels, all of which will help look after, soothe and calm the area you get waxed, as well as helping to prevent ingrown hairs. We also sell more specific products, such as specialist ingrown hair solutions for problem areas, and anti-regrowth solutions to help reduce the amount of hair that grows back.
We recommend that you talk to your therapist about these products when you come in for your appointment. We’d also strongly advise against picking out any old scrub/cream from the back of your bathroom cabinet to use before and after your wax. The fact is that the vast majority of exfoliators and moisturisers shouldn’t be used on intimate areas, and doing so could sting in the short term and lead to longer-term irritation and skin upsets which are then hard to clear up.
It’s definitely not an issue for us, but if you’re still not comfortable with getting a wax while you’ve got your period, then please be sure to book your future appointments around your monthly cycle, as our 24-hour cancellation policy does also apply to menstruating women!
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.
Some clients, however, 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 aftercare section.
We will of course adapt our positioning accordingly in order to keep you in comfortable, safe positions while ensuring that we can still remove all of the necessary hair.
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 Nottingham 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 regular post-treatment surveys to all active clients, 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 in excess of 7,500 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!
Please note that only one special offer, promotion or discount can be used on any single visit.
For more details of all of our promotions and to read the full terms and conditions, see our special offers page.
We’re not going to tell you that having a wax is cleaner, or more hygienic, or give you a list of any other reasons why you should have one. Plenty of people choose not to wax or remove their body or facial hair in any other way, and that’s fine with us. We’re busy enough at nkd with clients who want to get a wax for themselves, so we’re not in the business of trying to persuade or convert anyone to remove their hair if they don’t want to.
Of course, if you do want to remove your facial and/or body hair, then we think that waxing is the best way to do it. The results of waxing last far longer than shaving, and result in finer, weaker regrowth as opposed to strong, stubbly shaving regrowth. Waxing is cheaper than IPL and Laser and the results are clearer. By this, we mean that once the hair has been waxed, you know for certain that it’s not going to grow back for 4 – 6 weeks, as opposed to so-called permanent hair removal methods, which you can pay the earth for only to find that within a few years, the hair has come back.
On subsequent visits, we’re able to treat the minor without a parent or legal guardian present, as long as the parent or guardian has previously signed to say they agree to this.
Please note that it is nkd’s policy not to carry out any male or female intimate wax (e.g. a Brazilian or Hollywood) to any minors under the age of 16, even with parental permission. A basic bikini wax or G-string bikini wax (or speedo wax for male clients) will be offered as an alternative.
16 year-olds and over do not need parental permission for any treatments.
No upper age restrictions are in place!
nkd reserves the right to refuse to carry out a treatment on a client for age reasons, even when parental permission has been given.