Not everyone is comfortable with the old wax. It hurts! And your legs can look like a plucked chicken for a day or so afterward if you’re not used to it (apparently that’s a good sign that the hairs came out from the roots, by the way). Brow waxing hurts a little too, but thankfully the area is smaller and goes numb pretty quickly once the beautician/whoever you have waxing you gets started.
One thing with waxing (and this goes for legs, arms, bikini, brows or elsewhere) – if you haven’t had a wax before don’t do it in the day or two before the event!! You and your skin are not used to it and you will likely react with itchy and raw-feeling skin the first time so make sure you go at least a week before your event to give your skin time to calm down. It goes away – trust me! You feel great and the hair does not grow back that fast from waxing – most people can go 3-4 weeks or more without needing to wax or do anything else to the area, so don’t worry about that, just make sure that you give yourself some days to recover.
One tip that my torturer (beautician) suggested which I find helps when getting my legs waxed is to wiggle the toes of the leg being waxed - somehow it helps take your mind off the ripping-off-a-band-aid feeling. If you can wiggle your eyebrows I don't suggest you do this when brow-waxing as you may find unpleasant results!
Exfoliating is a good idea to help the wax work well. In addition to this moisturising the waxed areas can help the irritation go down so long as it’s a gentle one (avoid smelly ones as these tend to react with the poor raw skin – try something soothing like QV Cream on your legs, or a light face moisturiser for your brows).
Lastly, when getting your brows waxed make sure that you ask the beautician to show you an idea of what they are going to do to your brows before they start so you are happy with it – these are very personal and can really change the way your face looks so make sure you’re sure. They say brows are the frame to your face so let’s make sure it’s a nice one!