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How to Prepare for Your Eyelash Extension Appointment

It’s important to prepare for your eyelash extension appointment to ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you end up with the beautiful, full lashes that you want. Here are a few things that you should do before your appointment:

Avoid using any oil-based products around your eyes, including makeup remover and moisturizer. Oil can break down the adhesive used to apply the lashes, causing them to fall out prematurely.

If you have sensitive eyes or allergies, let your lash technician know beforehand. They may recommend using a different adhesive or applying a patch test to ensure that you don’t have a reaction.

Arrive at your appointment with clean, dry lashes. If you wash your face before your appointment, make sure to pat your lashes dry before leaving the house.

Overall, the key to a successful eyelash extension appointment is preparation. By taking the time to follow these steps, you can ensure that your lashes turn out exactly how you want them.

Bare-ly Prepared: How to Get the Most Out of Your Brazilian Wax

If you’re planning to get a Brazilian wax, there are a few things you should do beforehand to make the experience as smooth and comfortable as possible.

First and foremost, it’s important to make sure your hair is the right length. Brazilian waxes work best when the hair is at least a quarter of an inch long (length of a grain of rice), but not longer than a half inch. This allows the wax to grip the hair properly and remove it effectively. If your hair is too long it can lead to discomfort. If your hair is too short, the wax may not be able to grab onto the hair properly, which means not a precise wax.

It’s also a good idea to exfoliate your skin before your waxing appointment. This will help to remove any dead skin cells and other debris that could potentially block the hair follicles and make it harder for the wax to remove the hair. You can exfoliate with a gentle scrub or exfoliating gloves. Just be sure to do it a day before your appointment to avoid irritating your skin.

Finally, make sure to avoid any activities that could irritate your skin before your waxing appointment. This includes things like using harsh soaps or skincare products, shaving, and applying lotions or creams to the area that will be waxed. All of these things can irritate your skin and make it more sensitive, which can increase your discomfort during the waxing process.

By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your Brazilian wax goes smoothly and that you’re happy with the results. So take the time to prepare properly, and you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of smooth, hair-free skin without any unnecessary discomfort.


Have you ever had a Brazilian Wax?? Are you too shy to talk about it with friends and don’t know where to go? Don’t be! Calm Spa and Salon in Pleasant Grove is your go to spa for all waxing services including the Brazilian Wax. Calm’s Master Estheticians are skilled and knowledgeable. They will immediately make you feel at ease and comfortable. There are several Do’s and Do Not’s if you are a new to waxing services.

Do come clean.
Do exfoliate the morning of to help prevent breakouts and eliminate pain.
Do grow your hair 2 weeks prior to service.
Do exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week with a Calm sugar scrub to prevent ingrown hairs.


Do not tan 48 hours before or after waxing service.
Do not drink caffeine same day as waxing service.
Do not cancel if you start your period, just wear a tampon.
Do not hot tub or swim 24 hrs after waxing service.
Do not use any lotions or perfumes that are scented the same day of waxing service.


Brazilian waxing or any waxing in general doesn’t have to be a scary thing. As long as you go to a professional that is skilled, you will be surprised how easy it can be!
Calm Spa and Salon in Pleasant Grove Utah offers a variety of male and female hair removal services including facial and body waxing.


On a daily basis, I have clients come in for a Brazilian wax and some of the first words that come out of their mouths are, “I read online.” or “my friend tried waxing herself and the wax got stuck and wouldn’t come off.” When it comes to brazilian waxing that last thing you want to do is go off someone who had a bad experience. Waxing does NOT have to be scary. It is a very quick service. On average I do 15-20 Brazilians daily taking no longer then 10 minutes each one. It is very rare that something goes wrong. If it does, it’s usually because I was not informed of a medication the client is taking.

A few helpful tips when preparing for a wax:

  1. Always inform the technician what medications you are taking and if you are allergic to anything. (they should ask)
  2. Take ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to help with pain.
  3. Exfoliate the skin 24 hours prior to the wax to prep the skin for waxing.
  4. Make sure your hair is at least 1/4 inch long or 2 weeks of hair growth.

If you do all of these things, your wax will go a lot smoother. It is very important to find a waxing technician that is experienced and knows what they are doing. Ask around, read reviews, and ask how long the technician takes. Time is a big factor. If it takes over 25 minutes, the technician probably is not as experienced as others. To get a brazilian wax under the age of 18, it’s a requirement to have a parent come in and sign a waiver.

After the wax, you can expect a little redness, and tenderness. Don’t worry! This goes away quickly. Waxing is great for so many reasons. You don’t have to worry about the red painful bumps from shaving, your hair thins out over time, you don’t get itchy like you do with shaving, and it’s a quick service that you only have to do every 4 to 6 weeks.

Jessica Powell owns Calm Spa and Salon in Pleasant Grove. Located in Utah County.  She specializes in the Brazilian wax and is known for the 10 minute Brazilian. You can schedule your next appointment with her or our other brazilian wax professionals at


We all have those days where we are running behind and don’t have a lot of time to spend on our hair. Or we are trying to get one more day out of our hair before having to wash it again. On days like this…BRAID. Braids are beautiful and fast. They can be elaborate, if you want to go that route, or they can be simple and still look incredible! There are so many different braids you can try and with braids being so popular there are tons of tutorials online to help you learn how to do them or give you ideas for a new braided look. You can practice on your family, friends or yourself. Some easy but pretty ones are:

French Braid


Bamboo or Figure 8


Braids are one of the most popular hair trends; being seen in fashion shows all over the world!

Braids are not only awesome for everyday looks, but they are eloquent enough to incorporate into a wedding or formal hairstyle.

A few tips that will help you with any kind of braid are:

  1. Use Product! (Dry shampoo, texture spray, etc.) – Add grip to fine/soft hair.
  2. Use Serum! – Smooth out thick/coarse hair for a less messy look.
  3. Stretch it out! – Carefully pull the sides of the braid to help make it look thicker and emphasize the shape.

Most importantly, have fun with it! Experiment all you can, they don’t need to be perfect. LET THE BRAIDING BEGIN!

Jessica Powell owns Calm Spa and Salon in Pleasant Grove. She has been in the beauty industry for 9 years. She has been a spa and salon owner for 3 years. You can schedule your next appointment with her amazing staff at