Between the airport snacks and luggage Tetris, there’s one more thing women are thinking about before they head out the door on summer vacation: hair removal. We’ve curated these summer hair removal tips for traveling that won’t interrupt your plans. And if you follow along in order, this could even be the last year you ever have to worry about it. Sounds better than a poolside piña colada, doesn’t it?
First, it’s important to know that some hair removal methods are low-maintenance while others are more involved. With some services, you can immediately hit the boardwalk, wear that romper, do brunch on the patio. Others require more careful attention, time, and planning.
Waxing, razors, erasers, creams, and lasers… We’re exploring them all. In this article, you’ll find out which you need to do first, second, and third, all scheduled around your summer vacation.
Hair Removal Tips for Before Traveling
Waxing is the most effective, long-lasting, and low-maintenance way to remove unwanted hair. And it lasts up to three weeks. Music to your ears if you don’t want to be bothered on your holiday.
Professional waxing sessions can guarantee you smooth skin, but if you’ve never been for a professional waxing appointment you may feel hesitant to book this service. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out this blog for tips about booking services even during hectic times and read on here for tips on how to prepare for that waxing appointment!
Preparing for your waxing appointment
For the beautician to be able to perform the hair removal session, your hair needs to be between one quarter-inch to one half-inch. When the hair is too short, the wax will not be able to grab onto it.
Additionally, a body peeling should be performed around twelve hours before waxing. This allows you to prep and exfoliate dead skin, as well as prep the hair roots, making the hair easier to remove.
How to make waxing last longer
It’s important to regularly moisturize and exfoliate your skin. This will help stretch the treatment and prevent excessive skin irritation.
One final way you can prepare for a professional waxing session is by finding the best beauty salon near you! Visit Booksy to find a beauty salon offering waxing services and book an appointment in a few taps!
Hair Removal Tips for During Travel
The good news is if you got a professional waxing service, you probably won’t need to worry about touch-ups on vacation. While you probably won’t need them, we like to play if safe. Here are some emergency touchups options you can turn to if hair shows up before you’re ready to head home.
On-the-go hair removal options to use on vacation:
Razor shaving is likely the single method that needs no explanation. We were all 11 once, so we understand that warm water, shaving cream, and a fresh razor is best. Followed, of course, by a soothing moisturizer.
Hair erasers like this one are seeing a comeback from the early 2000s. These are buffers with a fine grit surface that literally smooth away your hair. You must be careful not to over-buff though, or you’ll get an abrasion. This method works really well for any body area and doesn’t require water, oils, or soaking.
Hair Removal Cream
If you can spare the room in your suitcase, a hair removal cream can also help with any touch-ups. These creams work by melting away your hair with body-safe chemicals. You apply it per the instructions on the bottle, and wipe away carefully.
Book a Spa Day
Vacations are made for relaxing so indulging in a Spa Day is a wonderful use of your free time. Spas offer a variety of massages, facials, manicure and pedicure options, and many more luxurious services.
Of course, each spa is different so you can read all about what to expect on this blog. It doesn’t matter if you’re a world away from your local spa because booking from the Booksy app is simple.
Hair Removal Tips for After Traveling
Laser hair removal
This is where the “never have to shave or wax again” becomes a reality. Laser hair removal permanently gets rid of hair from your arms, legs, back, or any other areas of the body.
During the treatments (3-5, depending on the individual) a special laser head is used on your skin, which emits a controlled light beam. This beam is absorbed by the melanin in your hair. The laser pulse turns into thermal energy, destroying the structures responsible for hair growth.
After a properly selected amount of treatments, the hair doesn’t grow back and the skin remains smooth.
Book your consultation
Of all the hair removal service options available, this is the one that is the most high-maintenance, but the payoff is worth it.
This procedure requires no sun exposure for 4-6 weeks prior to your first treatment. That’s why this works best after you’ve had all your summer vacation fun. Or even save this for fall or winter since you naturally get less sun exposure anyway. Of course, you don’t have to wait for pumpkin spice season to roll around as long as you’re diligent to follow the recommended steps.
During the consultation, the cosmetologist will determine the thickness and color of your hair. They will also perform a laser test, necessary to select the optimal treatment parameters.
Laser hair removal isn’t for you if you have any of these conditions:
- Skin diseases
- Having a tan
- Taking photosensitizing medication
When your goal is a hair-free vacation followed by a hair-free life, then these steps will get you there. First, get waxed. Waxing is super effective and lasts a long time, even through a three-week-long vacation.
Then you’ll be heading to the salon for your laser hair removal consultation. Your beautician will give you a customized procedure to follow for the next four to six weeks while you prepare for the laser appointments.
Then comes the final hair removal services you’ll ever need: laser hair removal treatments. After the last session, you’re hairless for life.
Ready for that journey? Head to Booksy to book your appointments with a professional!