Your questions about Brazilian waxing……..answered!

We all have questions when it comes to waxing and when it’s brazilian waxing we sometimes hesitate to ask them. I’m going to go through the obvious questions people ask me to help put you at ease and hopefully get more confident to try it out. Once you get into the habit of it it’s definitely a treatment you will be glad that you started.

What is the difference between hot wax and strip wax and which is the best to go for?

Strip wax is the usual wax you see that is applied thinly with a spatula and then a muslin or paper strip is applied on top and pulled off to remove. Strip wax is generally used on the less sensitive areas such as the legs, back and chest but can be used anywhere and more often than not is as salons usually only use this type of wax.

Hot wax is used for more sensitive areas such as a brazilian or can just be used anywhere on people who have really sensitive skin. This is because the wax actually just sticks to the hair rather than the skin like strip wax. It is applied thickly and is patted dry before being gently pulled off leaving the smooth skin underneath. This also means that there is no stickiness left like strip wax which also seriously lowers the chances of any tugging as no strip is needed either. Not many salons use hot wax however at Eden Beauty I use strip wax on the regular bikini line then always use hot wax on the more intimate areas. This is why I have been told by many clients that I have provided the least painful wax they have ever had.

How long should my hair be for waxing?

Generally hot wax can grab shorter hair than strip wax often as short as 2mm compared with the 4mm for strip wax. It usually is long enough after about a week of not shaving however for larger parts of the body it is better to leave it around 2-3 weeks before waxing to avoid disappointment of any hair snapping and not being removed properly. Each appointment should also be between 4 and 6 weeks apart to ensure that all hairs have come through properly. Don’t ever worry about the hair being too long though as it can always be trimmed by the therapist prior to waxing.

What are the differences between the different types of bikini waxing?

Basic bikini wax: hair removed from the top and sides of bikini line area
G-string: same as basic bikini but slightly extended in and hair removed underneath
Brazilian: removes all of the hair from underneath and leaves only a strip of hair in front (hair is also removed from the area between the buttocks)
Hollywood: absolutely everything off!

Is the procedure carried out with discretion?

I always have the client lay on their back with a towel covering parts of the intimate area so maximum discretion is achieved. To get the underneath areas I do ask the client to lift their leg up for a short period of time and if needed they would need to turn onto their side but I find that some salons get clients to get on all fours which can be quite embarrassing and uncomfortable for them. To help minimise discomfort, the client is asked to hold the skin tight in various places but the therapist does assist and lead in this so don’t worry if you’re not sure!

How much time does the treatment take?

For an average brazilian/hollywood wax I usually book out 45minutes, however for new clients I allow 1 hour 15 minutes as everyone is so different so it’s hard to know before meeting with the customer. You do tend to find that after a few sessions it does take less time as the hairs follicles can get weaker and so making the hairs easier to remove. I even have some clients that only take up a 20 minute slot now, halving the time it used to take when they first came.

At Eden Beauty Leeds I’m afraid I do not offer this procedure on men,  however I do offer waxing on the other areas of the body such as chest and back so if you’re fella is in need of a little sprucing before that summer holiday I can still help out there. (that’s if they’re man enough to hack it!)

The in’s and out’s of Microdermabrasion

The in’s and out’s of Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of my favourite treatments going and I love to be able to pamper myself with one every now and again! Not only does it relax me but leaves my skin looking fresh and vibrant. To give you more of an understanding of it let’s begin with the basic questions you will be asking about this wonderful treatment.

What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic deep exfoliation treatment which aims to remove the top layer of the skin (the stratum corneum) and to help the skin to replenish and rejuvenate. It’s also amazing at treating skin problems such as acne scarring, pigmentation, clogged pores and wrinkles.

How does microdermabrasion work? 
Microdermabrasion is a pain free, non-surgical procedure that is used to exfoliate to the most outer layer of the skin. It actually causes the skin a very mild trauma that isn’t harmful so that the skin goes into “repair mode” and repairs itself in a more organised fashion. This creates younger looking more vibrant skin and is achieved by applying a fine abrasive head with a vacuum suction to the skin and dragging in an upwards motion. The abrasive head can come with a diamond, crystal or bristle tip. At Eden Beauty our machine has a diamond tip and the frequency can be changed to suit every skin including those most sensitive ones.

What are the effects of microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is great for a range of different skin problems as it resurfaces and rejuvenates. Anyone with dull skin, acne scarring, clogged pores, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, dryness or redness will see fantastic results after just a few treatments. However it is also a really good treatment for anyone with a normal skin as it helps to let any products used to penetrate deeper therefore making them work better. It leaves the skin extremely soft and smooth after each treatment, and who wouldn’t want that?!

What is the procedure of microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is such a simple and non-invasive treatment which can take between 15 to 60 minutes. It can be performed by a dermatologist or Beauty therapist with a machine designed specifically for the procedure. The machine is built with crystals such as sodium chloride, aluminium oxide, magnesium oxide and diamonds which are pressurized by the pump to produce an abrasion of the skin. The vacuum raises a small section of the skin which the machine works on and thereafter removes the crystals and abraded skin cells. Therefore, the speed of the machine over the skin and the number of passes made determines the effectiveness of the treatment. The skin is stretched to achieve tension in the area in order to get the best abrasion.  For best results it is recommend to have a course of six or twelve sessions depending on your skin concerns and each treatment should be between 7 and 10 days apart. You can however leave 4 weeks maximum between each session but just be aware the long term results wouldn’t be as good effective.
How much does it cost?
Microdermabrasion can range anywhere between £25 and a whopping £150 depending on where you go. At Eden Beauty we charge £30 for a single session, £45 for a luxury session or an amazing £130 for 5 single sessions. This is very competitive pricing but the quality of the treatments are still at a very high standard and I have had some fantastic results.

What are the side effects?
After the treatment is performed you may have visible redness all over your skin however it should not be bright red or painful and should subside quickly. If you have a fairly sensitive skin your skin can feel a little fragile and stingy for a little while but don’t worry this is completely normal, just avoid touching it while it feels like this.  If the person who performs the treatment does it wrong, you may encounter some bruising in areas where the skin wasn’t stretched enough. If bruising does occur, please contact the company who performed the treatment and let them know as this should not happen.

Overall microdermabrasion is a great treatment for everyone and I definitely recommend that you give it a try as you won’t be disappointed! If you would like more information or would like to make a booking give me a call on 0113 320 2213 or visit and I will be happy to help out.