Your questions + our answers.
We want to make your experience at Bare as comfortable as possible so we're happy to answer any questions you might have.
How long does the hair need to be?
The hair should be 1/4″ – 1/2″ long (about the length of a grain of rice) to get the best and smoothest results.
Does waxing or sugaring hurt?
We won’t lie – there’s still a bit of an ouch factor especially if it’s your first time because we are pulling out hair from the root. However with regular waxing and/or sugaring, the hair should grow back finer and more sparse, so it should gradually become less painful.
Sugaring doesn’t not hurt, but with that said, the feedback we’ve received from our clients is that most find it less painful than waxing.
At the end of the day, the level of pain depends on the pain threshold of the individual.
How long will my wax or sugaring last?
It should last you about 3-6 weeks depending on the area and the rate at which your hair grows. The tiny hairs themselves typically start to grow back at around the two-week mark. Every person grows hair back at a different rate.
The beauty of waxing and/or sugaring is that it may reduce hair growth over time, meaning you’ll have less hair to remove each time a new appointment rolls around.
What’s the deal with “double-dipping”?
Not here! At Bare we practice strict sanitary guidelines. We always use a fresh pair of gloves, single use spatulas, and fresh towels. We also have feminine wipes on hand if you would like to freshen up beforehand.
What exactly is a Brazilian?
This wax differs from place to place, but here at Bare, it’s totally Bare. You can choose to leave a small strip in front but we take it all off underneath and in the derriere, too.
Can I still get a wax at “that time of the month”?
Sure! If you’re comfortable with it, so are we. We just ask that you wear a tampon.
Please note that it may hurt a little more than usual as you’re more sensitive during this time.
Is there anything I should know before waxing?
Just relax. We are experts and will make you as comfortable as possible. Make sure the hair is at least 1/4″ long. You can also take an Ibuprofen (like Advil) 30-60 minutes before your appointment (if your doctor allows). This can help control the pain, as well as any resulting inflammation. Do not apply any lotions, oils or creams to the waxing area prior to your appointment as it creates a barrier between the wax and skin.
Please avoid using retinoids and alpha hydroxy acids for a week prior to a brow and/or face wax. These products make skin more sensitive, which means that, in addition to ripping out your brow hair, the wax could also take off some skin.
Are there things I should avoid after my wax?
Stay away from tanning of any sort for the first 24-48 hours. Your skin is temporarily more susceptible to sunburn and sensitivity. If you still want to tan, we advise covering the area completely. Try to avoid friction and tight clothing after a Brazilian wax for 24 hours. Skip the lotions and potions for 24 hours. Use light exfoliation the day after to prevent ingrowns and to keep the area looking smooth longer.
Soft Wax, Hard Wax, or Sugaring? Which choice is right for you?
Soft wax is great for all body parts, but we recommend it on larger body parts such as legs, arms and back. The wax we use is a Canadian made cream wax that is great for all skin types. The wax is applied with disposable sticks ( we NEVER double dip) and then removed with strips.
Hard wax is great for smaller areas of the body, we recommend it for the face area, underarms and bikini/brazilian areas. This wax adheres to the hair and not skin, is not removed with strips. Many people prefer this method over the soft wax and say it less painful. We do not use hard wax on large parts of the body(ie. Arms or legs)
Sugaring is an excellent option for hair removal especially on the bikini/brazilian areas. We are so proud to use a local sugar handmade right here in BC. It’s completely natural, eco-friendly and oh so gentle on the skin. The sugar paste is applied against the hair growth and removed in the direction of growth. This makes it a great option because it produces less pressure on the hair shaft, leading to less breakage, and resulting in smoother skin. It is also heated at very low temperature so it will not burn skin. Once you get sugared, you’ll probably never go back to waxing! Just saying!
What is the appointment cancellation policy?
Appointments may be cancelled online or by calling us at the location where you made the appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Please respect our time as we will do the same.
Please understand that when you forget or cancel your appointment without giving enough notice, we miss the opportunity to fill that appointment time, and clients on our waiting list miss the opportunity to receive services. Our appointments are confirmed 48 hours in advance because we know how easy it is to forget an appointment you booked months ago. Since the services are reserved for you personally, a Cancellation Fee will apply.
Late cancels (within 24 hours from your appointment) will be charged 50% of the service(s) cost at your next appointment. Should the client be 15 minutes late or more and the service can’t be completed within the remaining time allowed, the client will be required to pay for their full service. No Shows will be charged the full service(s) cost at your next appointment.
Thank you for your understanding.
Will I get a confirmation?
As a courtesy, we may send you a confirmation email and/or call and confirm your service appointments two business day prior to your appointment date. However, if we are unable to reach you, and can only leave a message, kindly understand that it is your responsibility to remember your appointment dates and times to avoid late arrivals, missed appointments and the cancellation fee.
What do I need to know for a lash lift?
What is a lash lift? A lash lift is an all-natural, semi-permanent procedure that gives you the appearance of full, thicker lashes. The natural lashes are boosted from the root, giving them a lifted, lengthened appearance. You can think of it as a perm for your lashes. Many people choose to get their lashes tinted a darker colour to increase the effect.
How long does a lash lift last? Generally lash lifts last four to six weeks, but can last up to eight weeks. How long your lash lift lasts is completely dependent on how well you prepare and complete aftercare and your natural lash growth cycle.
For the first 24 hours after your lash lift,
- Don’t get your eyelashes wet
- Don’t apply mascara or eye makeup
- Don’t sweat
- Don’t go into a sauna
- Don’t use oil-based products
- Don’t rub your eyes
What do I need to know for a brow lamination?
What is a brow lamination? Brow lamination is basically a perm for your brows, as it gives them a set, uniform shape for an extended period of time. Instead of curls, a setting lotion helps brow hair stay brushed up and lifted upward for a fuller and fluffier brow look.
How long does a brow lamination last? Generally, brow lamination lasts from four to six weeks. Depending on how well you look after your brows, it can last up to eight weeks.
For the first 24-48 hours after your brow lamination,
- Don’t get your eyebrows wet
- Don’t go into a sauna, sunbed, steam room or swimming pool
- Don’t apply heavy creams, makeup, or makeup remover to your brows
- Don’t excessively rub or touch the treated area