Waxing is a safe and effective method of removing unwanted body and facial hair using heated wax. The warm wax is applied to the specific area using a wooden applicator, a cloth strip is pressed on top of the wax, and then the strip is quickly removed taking the wax and the unwanted hair with it.


At Holistic Care Approach  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we offer waxing for eyebrows, lip, chin, underarms, full arm, chest, back, bikini area, Brazillian, half leg, and full leg. Pricing for waxing is available here.

What effect does waxing have on the skin? As dead skin cells are removed in this process the skin can feel quite smooth afterwards. The process does cause the skin to sting and many find a soothing skin healing cream to be healpful afterwards. Some people find the skin reacts with redness and bumps which disappear after a few hours.

Are there any risks associated with waxing? Please read the contraindications listed below to avoid any skin tearing or scaring. Hyperpigmentation(darkening of the skin) rarely can result. Ingrown hairs (red bumps) are rather common in areas where the waxed hair is coarse and or curly. Regular exfoliation with a loofah is encouraged to minimized ingrown hair by keeping dead skin from accumulation and clogging the pores.

Holistic Care Approach never double dips a stick. “What does that mean?” Holistic Care Approach is very concerned about sanitation and hygiene. We do not reuse or “double dip” a wooden applicator into the wax. Every wooden stick that comes in contact with your skin is discarded.


What is the difference between a basic bikini wax and a Braxilian wax? A basic bikini wax removes the hair that falls outside the bikini or underwear line. A Braxilian was removes all of the hair from the binkini area including hair growing in the front, back, between, and underneath. Some women prefer not to be totally bare and request a strip of hair to be left up front. You should not feel embarrassed by the Brazilian or bikini waxing process; our skin care therapists are professionals and have “seen it all before”. Do not schedule your appointment around your menses becasue your skin is more sensitive. It is best to schedule the service one week after your period. It is safe to have this done during pregnancy.

Contraindications for waxing:

  • If you have diabetes, varicose veins or poor circulation yhou may want to check with your physician since you may be more susceptible to infection.
  • if you use Retin-A, Differin you wait 2 weeks before you may wax. If you use Accutane you must wait at lease a year.
  • If you are using products containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid or other products designed to peel the skin, discontinue for 3-5 days prior to your appointment.
  • Please inform your skin care therapist if you have used any of these products in the past 6 months. since these medications tend to weaken the skin. Tearing and possible scaring of the skin may occure when the wax is removed.
  • Should not be done on areas of skin affected by warts, pimples, moles, rashes, or skin that is irritated, chapped, or suffering from sunburn. Never apply wax to peeling, broken skin or varicose veins.

Tips prior to your appointment at Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids, MI:

  • Know your contraindications and communicate with your skin care therapist about any preocedures you have had recently on the areas to be waxed.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least 5 days prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid heavy exercise and sweating for 8 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Avoid aspirin and other blood thinners. You may take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol one hour prior to your appointment.
  • Remember-even if you follow all of these tips, you may still have post-waxing irritation due to hormones, stress, hair growth, general skin sensitivity or other factors, therefore it is best to schedule your appointment at least one week prior to a special occasion if you have never had waxing done before.

Additional tips for Brazilian and Bikini Waxing:

  • Avoid showering and wetting hair prior to your appointment. Hair absorbs the water making it soft and less likely to adhere well to the wax. Tough hair is easier to pull off.
  • Be sure to test a small area of skin first to make sure there is no acute sensitivity or allergic reaction to wax hair removal.
  • Hair should be at least 1/4 inch long. If it isn’t, wait until it reaches this length.
  • Be sure to wash the skin thoroughly and dry it well beforehand to remove any lotions or oils which may prevent the wax from adhering closely to the skin.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing over freshly waxedareas to minimize the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs. 24-48 hours after Brazilian or bikini waxing, exfoliate the skin (with a loofah sponge for example) to prevent the dead skin from accumulating and causing hair to become ingrown.

Tips following your hair removal appointment:

  • Avoid tanning and direct sunlight for a few days. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 20 because your skin will be much more sensitive to the sun.
  • Avoid use of scrubs, glycolic acids, salicylic acid, or other exfoliants that are designed to peel the skin for 72 hours hollowing wasing.
  • To prevent or treat ingrown hairs, apply Tendskin 24 hyours post-waxing (not sooner). For a body wax, a gentle scrub can be used after 72 hours.
  • To soothe any irritation, apply hydrocortisone or aloe to the affected area. Rubbing ice over the area also works well to reduce any swelling or irritation.
  • Avoid heavy exercise or sweating for 8 hours following your appointment, especially if you are particularly sensitive or irritated.
  • Holistic Care Approach in Grand Rapids, MI sells Tendskin or Salve with Hydrocortisone.


Andrea Hoekzema Thompson