Which Parissa wax is best for me?

It depends on the area you want to wax, your hair type, and what style of hair removal is most important to you. For beginners Parissa Wax Strips and Parissa Sugar Wax are great options. If you have more experience waxing, Parissa Warm Wax or Parissa Hot Wax. For smaller sensitive areas with short and coarse hair (bikini, underarm etc.) Parissa Hot Wax is the best choice. If you're not sure where to start please email us at hello@parissa.com, and we'll be happy to help you out.

How long will the hair removal results last?

Since waxing removes hair from the root, results last much longer than shaving and other methods. Generally speaking, waxing provides smoothness for about 4 weeks. But everyone’s different so  results can vary anywhere from 2 - 6 weeks, depending on your hair type. Longer results aren’t the only benefit: over time hair growth is reduced and becomes softer and sparser since regular waxing weakens the hair follicles.

Is it difficult to wax myself?

It can be surprisingly easy to wax, but like all beauty regiments the more familiar you become with the technique the better your results. Try Parissa Wax Strips for a mess-free introduction to waxing. Although our professional waxes may take a little more practice, our step by step photo instructions make getting the perfect results easy.

Some areas are easier to wax than others. Starting with arms or legs is a great way start honing your waxing skills. Once you feel comfortable with your technique  move to areas like your underarm or bikini that are more difficult to reach.

What are the natural ingredients in Parissa waxes?

We only use all natural ingredients so waxing with Parissa is safe and gentle . We only use the goods stuff and stay away from petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, colours or preservatives. Parissa waxes are derived from natural, sustainable sources and made from ingredients like tree resin, cane sugar, beeswax, vegetable oils and plant extracts.

 Where are Parissa waxes made?

Parissa products are made in an environmental award winning facility located on the North Shore of Vancouver, BC on the west coast of Canada.

Does waxing hurt?

Everyone’s seen a movie or videos about the perils of waxing - so is it really that bad? The truth is that whenever you remove hair from t the root you are likely to feel some discomfort. But this feels more like plucking your brows or pulling off a bandaid. The initial sensation only lasts for a second, but the results last for weeks

The discomfort can also depends on your  hair type or the  body area. Waxing your arms or legs will feel different than more sensitive areas like the underarm or bikini. But like other beauty regiments, it gets easier and more comfortable over time as the hair becomes weaker and finer.

Check out our article on this very question:

Does Waxing Hurt?

 

Do I really have to do a patch test?

Absolutely. A patch test is the best way to check for allergies and test a new product. Even though Parissa waxes are made from natural ingredients it’s always smart to make sure you don’t have any sensitivities to a product you’ve never used before.

A patch test simply means testing a product on a small patch of skin, waiting 24 hours to see if there is any sensitivity to the product before proceeding to larger areas.

Is waxing better than shaving?

We certainly think so. Waxing gives you smooth skin that lasts for weeks longer than shaving. Shave today and you’ll have prickly stubbly skin within 24 hours, wax the same area and you’ll be salon smooth for weeks.

Will I be red and bumpy after waxing?

Waxing removes hair from deep within the follicle. Anytime hair is removed in this manner, as with tweezing, threading, epilators or waxing, some redness or bumps may appear. Generally, this sensitivity to the hair removal process will disappear within 20-30 minutes depending on your complexion and skin sensitivity.  If you are a first time waxer or have very fair skin, redness or bumps may last longer.

Is it normal to bleed after waxing?

Waxing removes hair from deep within the follicle. Each hair follicle is fed by blood capillaries so when hair is removed from areas where your hair is particularly coarse, deep rooted or strong, it's possible to see redness or tiny dots of blood immediately after waxing. Don't be concerned, this simply means that you've successfully removed hair from deep within the root.

Why didn’t the wax remove my hairs?

There are several reasons hair may not be fully removed: 

  1. Hair Length: If your hair is too short the wax may not work effectively. Previously shaved hair can be short, coarse or stubbly. For first time success, it’s important for hair to be long enough for the wax to grip effectively. We advise a “two week rule”, allowing hair to grow for two weeks before your first waxing treatment. For best results hair should be at least ⅛” of ½ cm long.
  2. Product Type: Although most Parissa products work for most hair types, some products are better for coarser hair than others. Try Parissa Hot Wax for short, coarse hair in smaller or sensitive areas or Parissa Warm Wax for coarse hair on larger areas.
  3. Technique: How well a product works depends most on how it’s used. The amount of wax applied (too much with some styles or too little with others), the direction the wax is applied or how quickly the wax is removed can all impact results. Make sure to read our easy to follow instructions for best results.

If you have any issues using any of the Parissa products, we’re here to help. Email us at hello@parissa.com.

How do I clean up a mess from spilt wax?

Parisssa offers two styles of waxes, Salon Waxes (resin base) and Sugar Waxes (sugar base). Depending on the product you’re using, the wax can be cleaned easily in one of two ways:

Salon Waxes & Wax Strips: Our resin based waxes and can be cleaned with any type of oil. For example, the included Azulene Oil, baby oils or even household vegetable oils. These waxes do NOT clean with soap or water.

Sugar Waxes: Our sugar based waxes can be easily cleaned with warm water and soap. Even the epilation strips can be washed and reused.

How do I tell if I have a Salon Wax (resin based) or a Washable Wax (sugar based)?

Check the packaging! If you see ‘washable’ and ‘sugar’ on the front of the packaging: This is a sugar based wax. It can be cleaned with water and soap. But, if you see ‘salon’ or ‘express’ on the front of the packaging: This is a resin based wax. It can only be cleaned with oil, Azulene oil or or any household vegetable oils.

How do I clean Parissa Hot Wax that I spilled on fabric?

Remember Parissa Hot Wax is a resin based wax and will clean away with oil, not water. If you have dripped or spilled the wax, you can either scrape it up with a spatula, or melt it with a hairdryer and wipe it away. Then it will be easier to clean any remaining wax by applying some oil and rubbing gently. Don’t forget, you’ll still have to deal with the oil once the wax has been removed. We advise to clear a space to do your waxing, lay down an old towel or a plastic sheet if you have one. Take off any clothes that you care about!

Here’s some first-hand experience from a Parissa employee: ‘When I spilled Hot Wax on my carpet I heated it with a hairdryer until it was soft enough to scrape up, but I was careful not to smear it further. This next part is something I have tried on carpet and upholstery fabric (but not on a blouse). After scraping off the wax, I used some canola oil on a rag to clean up the remaining residue, then I used a product called Folex to clean up the oil mark.’ If you aren't sure, call your local drycleaner for advice about fabric types and how to clean them.

What if I accidentally put the wax on an area I didn’t want to remove hair from?

Depending on the type of wax you’ve used it is fairly easy to remove wax from an area you don’t want to remove your hair.

Parissa Sugar Waxes: Simply wash off the wax with warm water and soap.

Parissa Wax Strips: Warm the wax strip with a hairdryer and then slowly remove or peel off  the wax strip in the direction of hair growth. Remove excess or residual wax with oil.

Parissa Warm Wax: Generously apply Azulene or any type of oil to the waxed area and rub in circular motions until wax dissolves. .

Parissa Hot Wax: This is the most difficult to remove, especially once it has firmed up. You may have to just peel the wax away and remove the hair. You can also try using oil but this may not be effective for thicker layers of Hot Wax. Be careful where you apply Hot Wax!

Are there special techniques for doing my own Brazilian waxing?

Doing your own Brazilian wax takes expertise and patience to learn. It also requires a little ‘flexibility’ so typically this treatment is not recommended for first time waxers The Parissa Hot Wax is without question the best choice for Brazilian Waxing.

Parissa Hot Wax is perfect for short and coarse hair in sensitive skin areas. The Hot Wax “shrink-wraps”  the hairs as it firms up, yet doesn’t stick to the skin, making it highly  effective, yet gentle on skin..

Check out our article on this very question:

Bikini & Brazilian Guide

 

Is my hair long enough to wax?

For best results, particularly for first time waxers or regular shavers, hair needs to be long enough for the wax to effectively grip it, but not so long that the hair will break at the surface instead of being removed from the root. At Parissa we advise a  ‘two week rule’: allow two weeks hair growth following your regular form of hair removal for your first waxing treatment. Your hairs need to be minimum ⅛” or ½ cm for best results.

However, because some people’s hair grows faster, and some slower, a simple way to check is to pinch one hair between your thumb and finger. Pull up gently. If it lifts the skin a little, then it's long enough to wax.

What is Azulene oil?

A vial of soothing and moisturizing Azulene Oil is provided with most Parissa waxes. Azulene is extracted from the Chamomile flower. Azulene has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. The unique blue colour is from the essential oil of Chamomile (Asteraceae) family of plants.

What is isopropyl myristate?

Isopropyl myristate or IPM is the “carrier” or delivery mechanism for the Azulene. This dry oil delivers the soothing and calming benefits of Azulene to your skin.

Isopropyl Myristate is derived from Myristic Acid, which is found in most vegetable and animal fats. This common ingredient is used in many body lotions, shampoos, cosmetics and pharmaceutical healing creams because of its ability to soothe and soften your skin. Parissa uses a vegetable sourced IPM that does not contain peanut oil. 

How do I wax nose hairs?

We do not advise this for beginners to waxing, the inner nose area is sensitive. However if you insist, be careful doing this and check out some YouTube videos before starting. You may find that Parissa Wax Strips (Brow Shaper) work well, or for coarser hairs the Parissa Hot Wax.

Where are your ingredients sourced?

We source from Europe and North America to ensure safe, high-quality ingredients. We give preference to local suppliers to support our community and aim to minimize our carbon footprint.

What are you doing about your waste and emissions?

This is something Parissa takes very seriously. Our manufacturing plant produces NO bi-products or environmental waste. We designed our plant targeting the LEED Gold level, one of the highest global environmental standards for buildings.