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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
How long should my hair be to get a wax?
You'll get the best results if you let the hair grow to about ¼ inch so the wax can fully grab the hair.
Do I need to prepare for my wax?
Nope! Our Wax Specialists will take care of everything and walk you through our Our 4 Steps to Smooth™ process. We just kindly request that you arrive on time.
What is your COVID policy?
You can view our full COVID policy here.
Where can I learn more about your hygiene standards?
Read more about our hygiene standards here.
How old do you have to be to get waxed?
European Wax Center's policy is to require guests under 16 to have parental consent for bikini waxing services. Each location has their own young guest policy when it comes to providing bikini line waxing services on minors. You'll need to inquire with the center directly or check with your local center for state and county guidelines to see what their age limit is. (Oh, and just in case you were wondering…there’s no upper age limit, either. We welcome everyone!)
Can I wax if I'm having my period?
Sure, we can absolutely wax you if it's that time of the month. But do keep in mind that the area will be more prone to sensitivity and you may experience more discomfort than usual. In order to successfully complete the service, you will need to wear a tampon.
What’s the difference between a bikini line, bikini full and bikini Brazilian wax?
Bikini line is a basic tidy. We wax the sides (called your panty line) and across the top. If you’re wearing a bikini, this will prevent any hairs from "peeking out."
Bikini (full) is the next step and allows you to take off as much or as little hair as you like off the front. If you want to leave a small "landing strip", triangle or nothing at all, it’s up to you!
Bikini Brazilian goes from the front all the way to the back with an added butt strip. This is perfect for a completely nude look or you can leave a neat triangle on the front. Choose your style!
How long will my wax last?
Usually your wax will last between 3–4 weeks but everyone’s rate of regrowth is different, so results will vary between guests. But remember, with the right products, you can help extend your results longer. Just ask your Wax Specialist to point you in the right direction.
It's my first time waxing. Does waxing hurt?
It depends on your tolerance for discomfort. With waxing, you're removing hair from the root. The good news is that our licensed Wax Specialists will make sure you're as comfortable as possible. Need more proof? Top magazines and reviewers have said it’s virtually painless thanks to our exclusive Comfort Wax®.
Will I be in the hands of an expert?
Absolutely! All of our friendly Wax Specialists are licensed aestheticians. They're also required to successfully complete our in-house training program to ensure every Specialist can provide the same level of excellence.
I'm pregnant! Can I still wax?
First, congratulations! Secondly, yes, you can still wax. However, you may experience more skin sensitivity due to the hormonal changes your body's going through.
Our Wax Specialists will make you as comfortable as possible during the service. If you're in the last two months of pregnancy, we recommend checking with your doctor first.
Can I still wax if I've just had a facial?
You can still wax if you received a basic facial that includes a cleanse, steam, exfoliation and mask.
If you received a specialty facial that includes, but is not limited to, an alpha (AHA) or beta (BHA) hydroxy peel, microdermabrasion or any other deep exfoliation treatment, then you need to wait at least 7 days to receive a wax service.
You should check with your doctor to ensure it's ok for you to wax after having any medical-grade facial treatment.
Can I wax if I tanned the day before?
We recommend waiting at least 24–48 hours between waxing and tanning due to potentially increased skin sensitivity. Because waxing exfoliates the skin by removing the top layer of dead surface skin cells, you're more likely to experience sunburn.
And, friendly reminder: If you are going to go in the sun within 48 hours of waxing, we recommend wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.
Can I still wax if I have a sunburn?
Sorry—we won't perform services on sunburned skin or skin that's irritated or unhealthy. When your skin has healed, we'd love to have you back!
Can I wax if I'm on medication?
It's always best to refer to your doctor if you have any questions.
For prescribed creams like Retin-A or Differin, we advise that you stop use 7 days prior to your wax reservation and to not resume use until 7 days after your wax service.
Note: We will not wax you if you're on Accutane. It's very dangerous to wax while on Accutane and a doctor's note will be needed to receive services.
Remember: it's important that you inform or update our Guest Service Coordinators about the medications you're taking so we can provide you with a safe waxing experience.
Are your products tested on animals?
No! All of our products are cruelty-free and formulated without parabens and mineral oils.
What can I use at home to extend the results of my waxing experience?
Our 4 Steps to Smooth™ process is designed to keep your newly waxed skin smooth and silky. To better maintain your results, it's best to use our entire line of film-free products.
Try our daily Ingrown Hair Serum, twice a day, which will help slough away dead surface skin cells so your hair grows back in without obstruction. Trapped hair can lead to ingrown hairs and irritation that causes itchiness and bumps.
Next, wash daily with our Body Wash which is formulated with a hair growth minimizer to help visibly reduce the appearance and thickness of hair re-growth in between waxes.
Then smooth on our Body Lotion which contains special plant enzymes that soften and decrease hair length and density, allowing for softer and thinner hair regrowth.
Our final step is using our Exfoliating Gel which helps prevent ingrown hairs by keeping hair follicles clear after waxing. We recommend using this at least three times a week, but it's gentle enough for daily use.
What kind of products do you use?
We use our proprietary hard, stripless wax made exclusively for European Wax Center called Comfort Wax®.
First, we cleanse the area to remove any makeup, oils or lotions that could prevent the quality of your wax from taking place.
Next, we protect the skin with our soothing pre-wax oil.
Then, it’s time for your wax! Guests have told us our exclusive Comfort Wax® makes the waxing experience much more comfortable.
Finally, we rejuvenate the area by applying either our Ingrown Hair Serum or one of our hair minimizing lotions.
Don’t forget: Both of these deluxe beauty products are available for purchase at all of our locations and online!
Wax Pass FAQs
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Can I walk-in or do I need a reservation?
We love walk-ins! However, if you make a reservation, we can guarantee that you'll be treated on time. Otherwise, depending on the number of reservations we have any given day, there may be no available times for walk-ins.
I forgot to cancel my reservation. Do I get penalized for this?
We'll give you a courtesy call the first time you miss a reservation.
On your second missed reservation, you'll be notified about our No Show Policy.
Our No Show Policy states that guests with 3 or more no-shows in a 6-month period may be restricted from booking reservations over the phone and be placed as a “walk in only” guest, meaning they need to book their reservation directly at the store when they're ready to be serviced.
We want all guests to have the opportunity to book over the phone and ask that you call, even at the last minute, to cancel a reservation.
If you have our app, you can cancel within that as well.
If I'm running late for my reservation will you still take me?
We pride ourselves for running on time so that every guest has an amazing waxing experience.
But we know life happens and there may be a time when you're running late. That's why we have our late policy. We do this so our Wax Specialists can stay on schedule while offering a luxurious wax experience. We ask that you call and let us know if you're running late so we can best accommodate you.
Our late policy states: If you're more than 9 minutes late for your reservation, you'll be marked as a no-show which could result in a reschedule on all or part of your services.
Waxing service refunds
We offer a 5-day performance policy on all waxing services. If we failed to remove all unwanted hair while performing a service, we'll gladly touch up the originally serviced area, at the original store of service, within 5 calendar days of the original service date, at no charge.
What are EWC Rewards®?
EWC Rewards® is the program that rewards you for keeping your waxing routine and sharing your love of European Wax Center with others. For full program details, click here.
At this time, Gift Cards are available for purchase in-center only.
We love any cause for celebration, especially birthdays! When you create an account and sign up for our newsletter, you'll receive $10 off a product or service of your choice to be used in your birthday month.
Terms & Conditions FAQs
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