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Waxing


Q. What is waxing?

A. Waxing is a method of epilation i.e. a temporary removal of hairs from your body. Here at Vamp, we use a combination of strip wax (efficient for larger areas) and non-strip (for more sensitive and smaller areas). 

The wax is warmed in a professional wax heater and then applied in a thin layer using a one-use-only spatula. A paper / cloth strip is then pressed into the wax, and removed very quickly – leaving clean and fresh skin. For non-strip wax it is applied similarly, but a little thicker and then allowed to harden for a few seconds, there is no strip (the clue is in the title!) and then the wax is removed. 

Q. Exactly what are all the steps involved?

A. If you are like me, you’ll want to know exactly why, and what’s coming next. No surprises please! 

  • Cleanse; the area to be waxed. Make sure the skin is freshly clean, and that the hair we are about to remove is free from natural oils so the wax gets a good grip.
  • Barrier; a light oil is then used to prevent the wax from sticking to your skin.
  • Wax; on it goes! It is nearly always in the direction of growth. We’ll agree on the temperature of the wax on a hairless bit of you like the inside of your wrist. 
  • Strip; if necessary, a cloth or paper strip is firmly rubbed on.
  • Remove; the wax, (strip,) and hair! Speed is our friend here - your mum was telling the truth about pulling off a plaster!
  • Pressure; We will put some gentle pressure on your skin to quieten the nerves and soothe, just for a second or two.
  • Oil; after oil is used to clean any traces of wax.
  • Cleanse; last time!
  • Lotion; We will apply some great lotion that keeps the skin clean and cares for you after you’ve left the room. 

Q. What can I do to help?

A. Exfoliate your skin in the treatment area with a clean loofah or mitt gently for a couple of days beforehand. This ensures the your skin is as free as possible from dead skin, and helps the hairs to stand up, ready for removal.

There are some wipes which you can use privately whilst you are preparing for your treatment.

You will need to move around a little, and your therapist will show you where you need to be - it’s a team effort for some treatments!

Q. How do you know what I want waxing? Can you do this bit, and that bit too?

A. On our price list we include a thorough break down of everything that is included in each treatment but if you're requiring a 'bespoke' don't hesitate to ask. 

Q. How long does hair need to be before you can wax?

A. The wax products need about 5-10 mm of hair to grip (a bit more than a ¼ inch in old money). Varied results will be achieved with shorter hairs, but after the second treatment, much more of your hair will be growing at the same rate and the results will be more consistent. If your hair is longer or just natural – then please don’t clipper or shave in advance – your therapist will do what ever is necessary.

Q. They say it grows back thicker and much more noticeable. Discuss.

A. This is a combination of the hair growing process, an “old wives tale” and an optical illusion, I’m afraid. 

Hair is constantly growing nearly all over our bodies. Different areas of your body produce hair of a specific length, and then it falls out to be replaced by a new shaft of hair. This process is continuous, and due to the number of individual hairs you have – you can imagine that there is always hair between 0mm – 5mm in the treatment area. These young hairs are usually fine, and don’t stand out from the crowd (so to speak) making them difficult to see.

If you take 5mm as the minimum length (and as I said results can vary) that waxing removes - then you will initially get very clean looking skin. During the forthcoming growth cycle – much more of the hair will grow at the same rate – the ones you couldn’t see before, plus the replacement ones pulled out by the wax – making it look like the hair is growing back thicker since you can see it all against the cleared skin.

On your next treatment, a much bigger percentage of your hair will be growing at the same rate, and therefore more will be removed. And finally, once you repeat the process the follicles get used to producing less and less hair.

That’s cleared that one up then, eh?!

Q. Does it hurt?

A. Everyone has a different pain threshold. Some say it is uncomfortable, but it is only for a brief moment, and your therapist is determined to minimise any instant of discomfort.

The short answer is, probably ‘yes’, but just a little and only for second or two – and the big bonus is that the more you do it – the less it hurts!

If you are really worried, then taking an anti-inflammatory painkiller an hour or so before your appointment is said to work wonders.

Q. But ‘ouch’, I’ve seen those videos on the net!

A. Yeah – We have too, and we have to say they represent nothing in comparison to a professional waxing service.

  • They only seem to use retail products vs professional

  • We've not seen any that use proper hygiene procedures
  • There’s no pre-cleanse or pre-wax process
  • The strips aren’t applied properly
  • The removal of the strips is incorrect
  • Critically, no pressure is applied after strip removal
  • There is no aftercare lotion
  • They seem to be filmed for sadistic amusement

If you broke your arm would you call a builder? If you wanted your kitchen re-done, would you ask your Doctor to do it? No, I thought not. These videos do not represent the professional services that Vamp offer - let’s move on, eh?!

Q. What happens if I get aroused?

A. Some men can respond to the slightest thing. Let’s face it - sometimes it only takes the wind to change direction, eh? However, you’ve got to remember that this is a professional service for hair removal only, and in the unlikely event that this happens to you - “Don’t Panic!”. Your therapist is trained to ignore it and will carry on. There’s no need to be embarrassed if it happens. You can’t help it, and it’ll probably go down pretty quick anyway.

Q. How long does it take?

A. The average intimate can be done in about 15 - 20 minutes. Allow a few minutes for aftercare advice, and another 5 for a consultation if this is the first time we’ve met.

Q. How long does it last?

A. We’re all different, but on average - plan for a 4 week cycle for best results.

Q. I’ve got a holiday / bodybuilding competition / modelling session / special date / wedding*.

A. You should plan ahead! For best results, allow for at least 2 treatments spaced at about 4 weeks apart (less if you are very hirsute or a fast grower) and a week afterwards to make sure your skin is in tip top condition.

Q. I have been using a steroid medication (either direct on my skin or by mouth).

A. These types of drug can cause the skin to thin and not withstand the waxing process. Tearing a layer of skin off with the wax would not be funny, and therefore, please be open and honest with your therapist at your consultation. The body needs at least three months to recover from these drugs.

Q. I have been using Roaccutane for acne.

A. This is a very serious, but very successful drug. Unfortunately it can cause severe dryness and like steroid medication increase the fragility of the skin. Waxing can only be performed after your skin has had at least six months (or perhaps longer in some cases) to recover.

Q. I’ve got sunburn / windburn, a recent scar, a new tattoo, a sore bit, rash / graze, hairy mole, varicose vein, etc.

A. There are some skin conditions that can’t be waxed at all, and there are some we’ll just work around. We’ll work it out at your consultation!

Q. I think I’ve got a contagious skin condition.

A. Again, medical advice should be sought. Passing on the benefits of modern waxing techniques for men is great – passing on your infection isn’t! Your therapist may decline to treat you, or any portion of your skin that has a problem.

Your therapist is fully trained to take no risks in your waxing treatment, and that’s why only disposable equipment is used during the process. The bench, the floor, the taps, the door handles, and all hard surfaces are sanitised regularly. Your safety, your comfort and health are paramount.

Massage


Massage


What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

You will be required to fill out a consultation form. Afterward the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.

It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so that we are aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.

 

Do I have to be completely undressed?

We ask for you to just keep your lower underwear on. You should undress to the level you are comfortable. 

Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.

 

Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?

Yes. Once you are undressed and on the bed under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.

The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.

 

What do I do during a massage treatment?

Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.

Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.

 

Will the massage hurt?

This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range.

Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.

 

How often should I get a massage?

"Some is better than none."

What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you.

However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place. 

Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.

 

If I want a really deep massage shouldn't I see a male therapist?

No. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women.

It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work (which we do) And of course, during your session it is perfectly ok to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure. It's your session!

And remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.

 

Can I talk during my session?

Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.

In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.

The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up! It's OK!

 

How will I feel after my massage treatment?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.

If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day - much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.

After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.

 

How many sessions will I need?

Honestly, its hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body's tissues.

 

When should I not get a massage?

In our opinion there are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That's it. 

There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But its always better to err on the side of caution.

Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.

 

What if I get an erection during my massage?

Sometimes it happens. Yet, most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed.

Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection.

An educated, professional massage therapist understands this and it will not be an issue for him/her. If you are still concerned, I recommend wearing more fitted underwear (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.

Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, he/she may stop the session to clarify the client's intent, and may decide to end the session immediately.

Lashes


Lashes


What are Nouveau Lashes?

Nouveau Lashes are semi-permanent eyelash extensions composed of single strands of synthetic eyelashes that are virtually weightless and curved to replicate a natural eyelash. Nouveau Lashes are applied directly to the individual natural eyelash, one at a time. Available in various lengths, thicknesses, curvatures and colours, there are endless options for design. The result is a long lasting and natural looking extension of your natural beauty.

 

How long will they last?

By following the proper aftercare instructions, your new lashes will last as long as your own natural lash cycle, you can shed up to 5 eyelashes per day. Your natural lashes will fall out at different stages of their life cycle and will be replaced by the growth of a new lash. The cycle is approx 6 weeks but this will vary from person to person. Due to this cycle, infills are recommended about every 2-3 weeks to maintain a consistent full look.

 

Can different looks be achieved?

Depending upon your specific needs and what kind of look you wish to create, lash extensions come in varying lengths, thicknesses and curls.

 

How long will they make my lashes?

Depending on the length of the lash size you choose, extensions can make your lashes 3mm longer.

 

What do I have to do to keep them up?

Ensure the correct aftercare is followed and maintained with infills about every 2-3 weeks to replace lost lashes. After two to three touch ups, it is time for a fresh set to keep the lashes looking new.

 

How soon before an event should I have them done?

We suggest around 2 days before that special event or vacation. This ensures accurate curing time for the bonding agent (which can take up to 48 hours) and the freshest possible look for the lashes.

 

Can I use mascara on my extensions?

Using mascara on your extensions is NOT recommended. The look and ease of lash extensions are designed so that you don't need to use mascara at all. Most mascaras contain ingredients that will damage and dissolve the bonding agent on your extensions and hence make them last not nearly as long.

 

What about eye liner?

Avoid using petroleum based products that are waxy or creamy. Powdered options are safe because their ingredients are compatible with the lashes bonding agent and will not break it down.

 

Can I use my cleanser to remove my make up?

Most facial cleansers are too oily or creamy to be used around the eye area when you have lash extensions. Recommended are non-oily makeup removers which is available for purchase here at Vamp. 

 

Do they damage my natural lashes?

By taking care of your lashes by following the aftercare instructions, your extensions will not damage your natural eyelashes. If you pull or are too rough on your lashes, then your eyelash will come off with the extension. Naturally your lashes will grow back in time without any problem, so it is nothing to worry about. Be gentle with your lashes and they will last much longer.

 

I sleep on my stomach. Will this affect my lashes?

Covering your eyes with a sleeping mask will greatly increase the longevity of your lashes. Sleeping on your side may loosen the lashes on that side, so a sleeping mask is highly recommended.

 

Can you remove them?

Yes. They can be removed easily for you, however you must not attempt this yourself as this may cause damage to your natural lashes.

 

How will the eyelash extensions look once applied?

Once applied, eyelash extensions should look completely natural. There should be a seamless transition from the natural eyelash to the eyelash extension.

 

Can I swim with eyelash extensions?

Yes. You can swim with eyelash extensions. Just make sure that you don't rub your eyes and that you wait 2 days after the application. The adhesive can break down if it is immersed in water within the first 2 days after the application.

 

How long does it take to apply extensions?

Depending on the amount of eyelash extensions being applied, a full set can take anywhere from 90 to 120 minutes. Infill appointments every 2-3 weeks will take no longer than 60 minutes. 

 

Is the Adhesive safe?

Yes, the adhesives used for the application of eyelash extensions are hypoallergenic, specially formulated for use around the eye area. The main ingredient is that which is found in medical grade adhesives used to perform suture less wound closures. Your eyes remain closed throughout the procedure and the adhesive is only applied to the natural lash and doesn't touch the skin.

 

Vamp lash Adhesive (ingredients)

For those of you with obvious concerns as to the ingredients in the adhesive we use; • Ethyl-2-Cyanoacrylate• Methylmethacrylate • Hexanediol-Co polymer • C177266 (Carbon Black). This is exactly what it says on the back of the bottle. We would never use any adhesive with Formaldehyde.

 

Can I curl my lash?

No. Never use an eyelash curler as they can break the extension.