What can I expect upon my arrival?
Upon arrival at Urban Luxury Salons, please check-in at the front desk, and a team member from BALD will escort you from the waiting room to the private waxing room.
There you will have a brief medical interview, an assessment of your vital signs and a simple physical exam. We will also discuss how the anesthetic will be administered, what to expect from the waxing, and any other questions you may have. You will have the opportunity to change out of your clothes into a spa towel, and then we will wax away.
How long will my appointment take?
Your appointment will take 15 minutes for the quick medical exam and anesthesia, and 15-30 minutes for each area getting waxed.
How do I find your new location in the Highlands? Where’s the best place to park?
BALD has a new Location in the Highlands!
2150 W. 29th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
BALD is located within the Wheeler Block Building in the Highlands. It is on the first floor, next to Lashology. There is convenient street parking on 29th Ave, and 2 general parking spaces behind the Wheeler building as well.
Can I eat right before an appointment?
No. One of the potential side effects of nitrous oxide is nausea, so try to avoid eating for 2 hours before your appointment, if possible.
Should I drink alcohol or use marijuana prior to the appointment to help with the anesthetic?
We request that you do not partake in any intoxicating substances before your appointment. We will provide you with Tylenol and Ibuprofen prior to the application of wax to provide additional pain relief. These might be over the counter drugs, but they are excellent pain killers and all the extra help BALD needs.
Can I drive after an appointment?
Yes! We will wait until you are fully back to normal before sending you home, but this should be very soon after the waxing.
Does BALD provide a pain free wax experience?
At BALD, waxing is virtually pain free as we use nitrous oxide to manage the discomfort of hair removal. If you’re looking for a pain free wax experience, you’ve come to the only place that can help.
How should I prepare for being waxed?
There are Dos and Donts to prepare for being waxed!
Do come in with at least 1/4 inch growth in the areas of interest, as we will need some hair length for the wax to grip onto. As a general rule, we won’t be able to wax what you also wouldn’t be able to tweeze.
Do avoid harsh chemicals on the skin prior to the appointment such as retinoids, vitamin A, or chemical peels.
Do clean your skin and gently exfoliate prior to your appointment (use a loofa or rough towel, but not a sander). Also, feel free to moisturize!
Do cancel your appointment if you have a rash, sunburn, or infection in the area you are interested in getting waxed.
Do talk to your BALD team about any previous adverse skin reactions or breakouts associated with waxing.
Do wait until after your period if you are getting an intimate area waxed.
Do join us, and enjoy your new, smooth BALD look!
What if I have sensitive skin?
We will discuss your skin prior to every appointment. Previous adverse reactions to any kind of hair removal will be reviewed, and a plan will be made that is tailored to your skin type. People with recent sunburns or those who have been taking retinoids such as Retina A, Accutane, or Vitamin A are discouraged from engaging in waxing and will not be waxed by BALD.
Can I exercise after waxing?
It is generally recommended that you wait at least 24-48 hours before exercising following being waxed, as the skin will be sensitive and certain areas can be prone to skin infection if you sweat too much.
Laser Hair Removal FAQs
How does laser hair removal work?
To understand how laser hair removal works, it’s helpful to understand how your hair grows. Hair grows from deep within hair follicles, which are embedded in the skin. Hair does not grow continuously, but in a three-phase cycle.
- Anagen Phase. This is the phase when your hair is actively growing, and typically lasts for several months. It is the best phase for laser hair removal.
- Catagen Phase. During this brief phase, the hair bulb regresses and begins to shrink.
- Telogen Phase. The final phase is a resting phase, which lasts a few months. During this phase, the hair is released from the follicle, and once complete, the hair will restart at the Anagen growth phase.
While the rate of hair growth differs by individual, the length of the hair growth cycle generally depends on the type of hair. For example, the active growth phase of the hair on your head may last several years, while hair on the body has an active growth phase that may last only a few months.
During laser hair removal, a laser device emits light energy that travels through the skin and is absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle and hair shaft. Pigments are the substances that give skin and hair their color. The light energy emitted by the laser damages the hair follicle, impairing its ability to grow. Hair follicles that are in the Anagen (active growth) phase, have more pigment and absorb more energy, and typically respond best to treatments. For this reason, it takes multiple treatments to achieve the best results – it’s important to “catch” your hair in this active growth phase when you are receiving treatments.
Does BALD provide a pain free laser hair removal experience?
At BALD, laser hair removal is virtually pain free as we use nitrous oxide to manage the discomfort caused by the laser. If you’re looking for a pain free laser experience, you’ve come to the only place that can help.
How should I prepare for laser hair removal?
To get ready for laser hair removal at BALD, please do the following:
- Shave the area being treated prior to your appointment.
- Discontinue all waxing, plucking, and tweezing on the areas receiving treatment 6 weeks before and during your sessions.
- Discontinue excessive UV exposure, tanning and tanning creams on the areas receiving treatment 4 weeks prior to your appointment.
Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal?
The Vectus® Laser can be safely used on all skin types from very light skin to very dark skin. It is best if the hair is black or brown, however, please speak with us so we can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.
Is laser hair removal permanent?
This form of hair removal is permanent. Hair follicles in the Anagen phase, or growth phase, are targeted by the laser. After treatment, those follicles are permanently unable to produce new hairs, or can produce only very thin, tiny hairs that are virtually invisible.
How quickly will I recover?
You can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment.
Nitrous Oxide FAQs
What is the medical abbreviation for nitrous oxide?
N2O. It is also commonly referred to as just “nitrous.”
What will I feel like when I breathe in the nitrous oxide?
While each patient will have their own personal experience with the gas, nitrous oxide is called laughing gas for a reason. People prone to laughing may giggle. Others have described the experience as a little woozy and goofy, or even the “two-martini effect.” Most people find nitrous entirely pleasant, but those unfamiliar with any form of intoxication may disagree.
What medical conditions are contraindicated (a risk factor) when using nitrous oxide?
At BALD we put your safety first! Hair removal is a cosmetic procedure and therefore it is performed on an elective basis. People with severe systemic diseases should proceed with caution. Our licensed anesthesiologists or physicians will consult with you and check your medical history, and individuals with the following conditions will not be given anesthetics or waxed:
- Recent pneumothorax
- Eye surgery within 2 months of the appointment
- Poorly-controlled diabetes
- Recent cellulitis or skin infection close to desired area to be treated
- Recent history of heart disease
- Distant history of heart disease that has not been evaluated or addressed by a cardiologist
- Chest pain that has not been evaluated by a cardiologist
- Recent hospitalization
- History of adverse or allergic reactions to nitrous oxide
Patients with a complex medical history will need to have clearance from their primary care doctor prior to proceeding. If you think you might not be eligible for the anesthetic, please feel free to contact us in advance to discuss your medical history.
How much nitrous oxide will I be getting?
At BALD the patient is in control. Each patient will be able to self-administer up to a 50% concentration of nitrous oxide during hair removal. This is enough to dull the pain, but not enough to make a patient fall asleep or experience unconsciousness. When you feel you have had enough, you can stop the nitrous oxide and just enjoy the temporary effects of laughing gas.
How long does it take for nitrous oxide to work?
3-5 breaths. It’s that quick!
How long does nitrous take to wear off?
Nitrous oxide has a rapid onset and offset, so you will naturally also breathe off its effects very quickly. This is usually the same number of breaths as it took for the effects to set in.
How much does the anesthesia cost?
The cost of the anesthesia is $78 for your entire appointment and is fixed. It does not change based on how many areas are waxed.
Anesthesia services must be purchased with every appointment, and the patient can self-administer the nitrous oxide as needed depending on the area being treated. BALD does offer a 10% discount on your total waxing cost if you bring your anesthesia circuit back with you to future appointments.
Can I have controlled substances like Fentanyl, Versed, or even Propofol for my anesthetic as well?
Will any medical devices be involved? What kind of vitals will be taken?
The doctor will initially take your vitals with a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff. During the waxing you will wear a simple device that clips onto one finger, called a pulse oximeter, that measures your blood oxygen levels and is non-invasive.
Will I get an IV Or be poked with a needle for the anesthetic?
We promise no poking! No IVs and no IV drugs will be administered!
What are the side effects of nitrous oxide?
Most people suffer no adverse effects from nitrous oxide and actually find it to be enjoyable. Some people can have a drunk-like feeling that can be associated with nausea or even vomiting. They will be treated immediately by stopping the flow of the nitrous and provided an antiemetic (anti-nausea drug) to counteract such effects.