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Piercing

Do nipple piercings affect breastfeeding?

It is unlikely that nipple piercings will affect breastfeeding in the future. As long as the piercing is fully healed and there is no infection or keloid scarring in the area there shouldn’t be a problem with breastfeeding. It is important to note that you should remove nipple jewellery before breastfeeding your baby.

What piercings can you get at 16 without parental consent?

If you are over 16 in Australia you can have any part of your ear pierced without parental consent, including tragus, helix, industrial conch, daith and more. Plus, if you’re in South Australia, Victoria or New South Wales not only can you have parts of the ear pierced, but you can also get a nose piercing, septum, belly, eyebrow or lip piercing.

In Queensland, you won’t need to wait to get pierced, you can get most piercings at any age. Read the full list of piercing age and consent requirements.

Do I take out jewellery to clean my piercing?

You should not remove your body jewellery for any amount of time while your piercing is still healing. You do not need to remove the jewellery in your piercing to clean it as this may irritate the area and allow harmful bacteria to enter, not to mention that your piercing will start to close immediately. To clean your piercing, spray front and back for the directed periods of time on the bottle, and spray directly over the piercing and jewellery.

Can I have my child's ears pierced with the needle method?

If you would prefer the needle method of piercing for your child’s earlobes, this is a service selected Essential Beauty salons offer for an additional cost.

There are benefits to both piercing methods. Essential Beauty promotes our Sterilear Piercing System over needle piercing for young children and babies. This is because it is a faster method, creating an easier experience for your child’s first piercing. Our Sterilear system is contactless; sterilised jewellery is very quickly inserted into the ear lobe via our push through hand piece.

This is comparative to our needle piercing method. This method takes longer because the piercing needs to be done first, leaving a plastic sheath in the ear that the jewellery is then threaded through. Not all children and babies can sit still long enough for this to occur quickly.

The benefit to needle piercings is having the option of getting pierced with a ring put in from the start. Rings can promote faster healing and is also easier for parents to clean, some parents may have difficulty cleaning behind the large butterfly backings on their children’s earrings. Rings are also comfortable for babies and small children to sleep in as the jewellery does not have any obstructions.

Contact our Piercing Specialists today to discuss the best option for your child’s piercing (needle piercing for children is by appointment only, and only at selected salons).

What products should I use for piercing aftercare?

The best piercing aftercare is our best selling Sterilear Piercing Aftercare Sprays. The Sterilear Piercing Aftercare Sprays have been designed to help clean and care for your piercings at all stages of the healing process. Click here to find out more.

What do I do if my piercing jewellery falls out?

If you aren’t able to get the jewellery back in by yourself, go back to the salon you were pierced at as soon as possible. If the piercing hole hasn’t closed over, your Piercer will be able to reopen your piercing and reinsert your jewellery. It is our policy that if your piercing falls out within 24 hours we will re-pierce it for free at the same salon that you had the piercing service performed. 

It is unlikely that your piercing jewellery will fall out, but it does occur sometimes with nose studs (especially while sleeping or getting dressed). If your piercing is new – less than 2 – 4 months, the hole can close up in a matter of minutes or even seconds. If you’ve had a nose piercing for less than a year, you can expect it to close up or the piercing to shrink significantly within a few hours or days.

How much does it cost to get your ears pierced?

Ear lobe piercings are the most common piercings to get. The price of getting your ears pierced varies due to whether you’re getting pierced using our Sterilear System (common for children) or single use piercing needles. The cost of ear lobe piercing ranges from approximately $45 – $80, which includes hypoallergenic surgical steel jewellery, to confirm please check out our online booking system.

Children’s Double Operator Ear Piercing with our Sterilear System may vary depending on the salon and is best to call your local salon to check. All children’s double operator ear piercings includes jewellery, Ted the Comfort Bear, bravery certificate and a $10 gift voucher for you to use on your next service! Piercings performed with needle cost more than Sterilear push through system piercings. Give your local salon a call to book in!

Do you have Afterpay?

Afterpay is a service that allows you to make purchases now and pay for them in four payments made every 2 weeks without any interest. Afterpay is now available in many Essential Beauty salons. In salons where Afterpay is available you can use it with any of our services (piercing, waxing and other beauty services) or product purchases (please call your local salon to find out if Afterpay is available). Afterpay is also available on our online shop.

 

COVID-19 increased hygiene procedures

We have always been committed to providing our services in a safe and hygiene environment.

In order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all salon team members have completed further hygiene training and are implementing the following additional measures:

  • All high contact areas including reception areas, eftpos machines, iPads, and treatment rooms are cleaned on a regular basis using disinfectant.
  • High touch point areas including doors, door handles, the counter, the waiting area, cabinets, treatment beds and pillows are cleaned on a regular basis using disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitising stations are available in the reception area and in each of the treatment rooms (where supply is available).
  • Salon team members may request all customers to use the hand sanitising gel supplied, and to please cover coughs/sneezes and dispose of tissues appropriately.
  • Our Standard Operating Procedure is for all team members to wear disposable gloves for each treatment or service that is undertaken.
  • We have a maximum occupancy in each salon and in the reception area (please refer to the signage in each salon).
  • We may be required to keep records of every client’s full name, phone number, address and email.
Do you use numbing cream for children’s piercing?

We do not administer numbing cream for piercings as it can irritate the skin and become inflamed due to allergies which can affect the piercing. As the piercing is going through the ear, topical numbing cream will not numb the ear all the way through.

The piercing procedure itself is over in seconds, and most people say there is no pain. Children often cry or get scared when they become overwhelmed during the buildup before the piercing.

When can I change my child’s jewellery?

It is best to leave the initial piercing jewellery in for as long as you can, until the piercing is fully healed, this is why we have such a huge range of different colours and styles available for Children’s Ear Piercing! The average healing time for ear lobes is 6-8 weeks – it is important that you do not change jewellery before this period of time has passed, it is important to note that lobe piercings can take even longer to heal in some instances and it’s always best to check with a piercer in salon if you’re unsure.

If you are confident that the piercing has healed enough to change the jewellery over, it is important that you do not leave jewellery out of the piercing for long periods of time as the piercing can start to close almost immediately after the jewellery has been removed.

We sell a range of hypoallergenic jewellery styles for kids in our salons, so if you’re wanting to change your child’s jewellery come back and see us!

Does children’s ear piercing hurt?

Ear piercing on a baby or child does not hurt. However, children can become overwhelmed with the “build up” before the piercing. In addition, being near unfamiliar adults can also be a little stressful. This is why it is important to follow our recommended procedures. They allow the process to happen seamlessly, and get you and your child back into your day-to-day routine quickly. Our Piercing Specialists are trained to help you and your child feel as comfortable as possible during the experience, Ted the Comfort Bear helps out too! Once the piercing has been completed your child will also receive a bravery certificate for being so brave!

How long before my child can swim after getting their ears pierced?

Summer holidays are a popular time to get your child’s ears pierced. However, we recommend that your child steers clear from any swimming pools or the beach for the first 2 weeks after getting their ears pierced, to prevent bacteria from entering the new piercing.

If your child must go swimming, cover the piercing with a waterproof Band-Aid and spray the area with Sterilear Step 1: Clean afterwards to clean the piercing.

Read more about our piercing aftercare here.

Is the Sterilear Piercing System safe?

Yes, our Sterilear Piercing System is safe to use for piercing the ear lobes. The Sterilear Contactless Push-Through System is contactless, meaning at no point does the device come into contact with your child’s ears. Needle piercing is an option if you prefer. Have a chat to our Piercing Specialists about your options and make the choice that’s right for you and your child!

How old does my child need to be before getting their ears pierced?

We recommend waiting until your child is at least 6 weeks old before getting their ears pierced, however, this does depend on the shape and size of your baby’s ears. If you are unsure if your child’s ears are ready to be pierced, we recommend asking one of our experienced Piercing Specialists in salon. ⁠There is no right age to get your child’s ears pierced, the right time is whenever you feel that they’re ready!

To book in for a Children’s Ear Piercing appointment, you will need to call the local salon to secure an appointment. Unfortunately, we are unable to book this appointment online.

Do you offer genital piercings?

We offer the following female intimate piercings: VCH (vertical clitoral hood), HCH (horizontal clitoral hood), Christina (the mons pubis to the front of the vulva). Some of our salons also offer male intimate piercings such as Prince Albert Piercings. As these are specialised piercings, it is best to give your local salon a call to find out if a piercer is available with experience in these areas.

Can I bring in my own jewellery to get pierced?

We strictly pierce with autoclave sterilised jewellery; this is why we cannot pierce you with jewellery you already own and bring in. It is also impossible for us to determine the quality of the materials used in the jewellery, and therefore, it may not be safe for us to use your own jewellery for initial piercings.

We have a great range of jewellery upgrade options; we are confident you will find the perfect piece of jewellery for you! Learn more about our upgrade options here.

What do I do if my piercing has a bump on it?

Piercing bumps can pop up at any time and can occur due to any number of things that can irritate and aggravate your piercing, the most common being touching or playing with jewellery.

  • Ask one of our Piercing Specialists to change your jewellery to Titanium (nickel-free), cobalt-chrome (nickel-free, or Bioplast (nickel-free, medical grade plastic).
  • Reduce knocking or bumping your piercing.
  • Avoid excessive cleansing and continue using Sterilear Step 2: Care.
  • Use Bump Discs which provide pressure and help reduce inflammation.
  • Use our Calm – Piercing Bump Treatment Dots on your piercing bump to help reduce redness and swelling. Plus, we have a great range of Bump Dots to treat pimples, blemishes, ingrown hairs and any other fluid-filled bumps on the skin as they draw out any fluid or moisture.
  • Read our full piercing aftercare information here

 

Need help on treating a piercing infection? Check out our blog here!

Can I get pierced with invisible or clear jewellery?

For almost every single type of piercing, you can initially put in a clear or invisible stud to begin with. This is called Bioplast. All that is seen is generally the clear plastic when up close. If you’re looking at getting pierced but are after a discreet option for school or work, Bioplast may be the perfect choice. Reputable salons like Essential Beauty & Piercing stock Bioplast clear jewellery. We recommend giving your local salon a call to confirm availability first.

 

Can I get pierced with a ring?

Yes, we can pierce you with a ring in most areas. Labret bars are commonly used for cartilage piercings on the ear, and pigtail studs for the nose. However, it is possible to get pierced with a ring in your cartilage or nose straight away! Other popular areas to have pierced with rings are the nipple, conch, lip, eyebrow and navel/belly.

Getting pierced with a ring is considered a jewellery upgrade, we recommend discussing your options with your Beauty Therapist!

Does it hurt to get pierced?

Piercings can hurt, depending on the area you’re having pierced. Fortunately, the piercing itself is over very quickly, and most of our clients tell us there is little, to no pain and or that it feels like a little pinch or flick.

Common piercing areas, like ear lobes, are low in pain because there is no cartilage present. Areas with tougher cartilage can be a little more painful, but it’s over in seconds! Trust us, it’s nothing you can’t handle!

Our Piercing Specialists are always refining their techniques to make you as comfortable as possible throughout the experience. If you’re nervous about your piercing, try to relax and remain calm by focusing on your breathing – in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Want to learn more about piercing pain levels? Learn more over on our Beauty Blog!

How long will my piercing take to heal?

Healing time is different depending on the part of your body that you get pierced. Areas that are softer, with no cartilage, such as ear lobes, will heal faster than other areas. Healing times can vary from person to person and will also depend on how well you follow our recommended aftercare instructions. Any piercing can take up to a year or even longer to heal. After these recommended time frames, you may be ready to change over your piercing jewellery:

Ear lobes & tongue: 1–2 months
Lip/labret: 6-8 weeks for initial healing
Belly/navel: 6–12 months
Eyebrownose, & dermal: 2–4 months
Septum: 3–4 months
Surface: 3–6 months
Monroe & cheeks: 3–5 months
Nipple & genital: 4–6 months

After the times listed above, you may be able to remove your jewellery for a short time. However, your piercing may begin to shrink. We cannot give you an exact time for how long you can remove your jewellery before it becomes difficult to reinsert. This varies between people. Just remember – never force jewellery into a piercing that has shrunk. If you have any questions, please visit the piercing experts at your local Essential Beauty & Piercing salon.

For more details visit our piercing aftercare page.

How many piercings can I get in one session?

It is not uncommon to have multiple piercings performed on the same day. We recommend not getting more than four piercings in one session, especially if you’re getting them on the same ear. Getting multiple piercings can also cause increased swelling during healing and can prolong healing time.

Be mindful of getting cartilage piercings on both ears at the same time, as it can be difficult to sleep. Handy tip: Sleeping on your back is ideal, but you can also use a travel neck pillow so that you can sleep on your side if you’re strictly a side-sleeper! See our TikTok below:

@essential_beauty Side sleeper and scared to get a new piercing? No worries! One of our favourote healing hacks is to use a travel pillow during the healing stage of your new piercing 👂🪡 #piercing #piercingaftercare #essentialbeauty #newpiercing #helixpiercing #traguspiercing #conchpiercing ♬ original sound – vorostwins

 

When can I change my jewellery after getting pierced?

You can change your jewellery after the recommended initial healing time has passed, and you feel that your piercing has fully healed. If you are unsure, pop into your local Essential Beauty & Piercing salon and chat with one of our staff members.

When you’re ready for a jewellery changeover come and visit us in salon! We have a wide range of custom body jewellery available in a variety of different colours, designs and metals. Changing your own body jewellery can be tricky. If you purchase jewellery in salon or via our online shop, we are happy to change it over for you at no cost!

Read more about healing times here

Is jewellery included in the price of the piercing?

Yes! At Essential Beauty, our piercing prices include high-polish implant grade surgical steel jewellery from our standard design range. Our surgical steel jewellery is hypoallergenic and great for initial piercings. Jewellery upgrades are available and include custom flat back labret designs, rings and more. Our jewellery upgrade options include titanium, nickel-free cobalt chrome, Bioplast, 18ct gold and 24ct gold PVD, rose gold PVD or black PVD

We strictly pierce with our autoclave sterilised jewellery.

Interested in upgrading your jewellery? Read more here.

Can I go swimming with a new piercing?

For piercings to heal it is important that the area remains clean, dry, and away from areas that may transfer bacteria. We recommend avoiding swimming for the first two weeks after a new piercing. If you must go swimming, we suggest covering your new piercing with a waterproof band-aid (be mindful of your jewellery!). We also recommend that you spray the piercing with Sterilear Step 1: Clean after leaving the water and removing the band-aid.

Read more about swimming with a piercing

Click here to read our full piercing aftercare instructions

Waxing

What is a Brazilian wax?
A Brazilian wax removes all hair from the pubic bone, bikini line, labia, anus and in between the bottom, basically any hair down there. You will be completely hair free with a full Brazilian wax. If you prefer the look of a little bit of hair left behind on the pubic bone, we offer a Brazilian – Your Way where you can ask for a landing strip or triangle shape to be left behind, while still removing all other hair.
What do I do at my first Brazilian wax?
Your Beauty Therapist will give you time to prepare in the treatment room. You will be supplied with a personal hygiene wipe to wipe front to back, and a disposable G-string.
What's best? Waxing, threading or tweezing?

Waxing is precise and effective hair removal method, our Sensitive Hot Wax is developed to be gentle on the eye area to reduce redness.

Threading is often more painful than waxing, and can irritate the skin easily.

Tweezing can give a less defined result, this method may also miss the finer hairs you can’t see. However, it can be a great option if you are unable to be waxed due to medications. Your therapist may also recommend tweezing to get your perfect shape.

How often should I get my eyebrows waxed?

To upkeep the perfect brows, it’s important to stay with a consistent schedule based on your hair growth. This could be as regular as 2 weeks, or even once a month. Discuss this with your Beauty Therapist to develop the right schedule for you!

Do you offer eyebrow waxing for men?

No matter your gender – if you have eyebrows, we’ll wax them! Our Beauty Therapists will walk you through the consultation in salon. You can discuss with your Therapist what you’d like done, you can get take off as little or as much hair as you’d like (just removing your monobrow is completely fine!).

Do you have Afterpay?

Afterpay is a service that allows you to make purchases now and pay for them in four payments made every 2 weeks without any interest. Afterpay is now available in many Essential Beauty salons. In salons where Afterpay is available you can use it with any of our services (piercing, waxing and other beauty services) or product purchases (please call your local salon to find out if Afterpay is available). Afterpay is also available on our online shop.

 

COVID-19 increased hygiene procedures

We have always been committed to providing our services in a safe and hygiene environment.

In order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all salon team members have completed further hygiene training and are implementing the following additional measures:

  • All high contact areas including reception areas, eftpos machines, iPads, and treatment rooms are cleaned on a regular basis using disinfectant.
  • High touch point areas including doors, door handles, the counter, the waiting area, cabinets, treatment beds and pillows are cleaned on a regular basis using disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitising stations are available in the reception area and in each of the treatment rooms (where supply is available).
  • Salon team members may request all customers to use the hand sanitising gel supplied, and to please cover coughs/sneezes and dispose of tissues appropriately.
  • Our Standard Operating Procedure is for all team members to wear disposable gloves for each treatment or service that is undertaken.
  • We have a maximum occupancy in each salon and in the reception area (please refer to the signage in each salon).
  • We may be required to keep records of every client’s full name, phone number, address and email.
How long does face waxing last?

Face waxing will leave you feeling silky smooth for 2 to 3 weeks before you begin to see regrowth. As your hair was ripped out from the root, your hair will grow back fine and tapered on the ends – not like sharp stubble caused by other forms of hair removal such as shaving or dermaplaning. As you wax your face more regularly, the amount and density of hair decreases.

Does face waxing hurt?

You might experience a little discomfort which is normal, especially for your first time facial waxing. However, it will hurt less and less every time you come to visit us.

The skin on your face is more sensitive than other areas, so you may experience some slight sensitivity. If you experience extreme sensitivity, chat with your Beauty Therapist.

If you’re worried about pain and sensitivity, try our specially formulated Sensitive Hot Wax, made to be gentle on the skin, but effective in removing unwanted hair.

Is it normal to have excess facial hair?

All women have facial and body hair. Facial and body hair can range from fine, light in colour hairs, to darker more stubborn hairs. Never be embarrassed by your individual circumstances. It is totally normal to have unwanted hair on your face.

For females, hair growth, including facial hair, is impacted by distinct hormonal changes. Hormonal changes are triggered by puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or other medical conditions such as PCOS. Shifts in hormone levels can change the level of your hair growth.

Waxing at Essential Beauty is about making you look and feel your very best in your own skin!

Will face waxing make me break out?

When you get a wax, some of your skin on the surface gets removed, meaning your pores are left exposed. This is why some people are prone to breakouts and pimples. Therefore, it is important to not touch your face after face waxing. Keep your skin clean and free of any bacteria that can enter your open pores. Following our recommended waxing preparation and aftercare will help keep your skin silky smooth and bump free!

We recommend our Soothe Hydrating & Cooling Serum to relieve and replenish sensitive skin from waxing. Soothe is safe to use on the face as a daily serum, particularly if you are prone to breakouts. Soothe will help to balance oil production and protect your skin’s barrier.

Can I leave my underwear on during my bikini wax?

Yes, you can, but you will need to work with your Beauty Therapist during your treatment to support the skin and remove all unwanted hair. We offer a disposable G-string for all bikini and Brazilian waxing services for modesty and to help support the skin.

Can I get waxed during my period?

Yes, but your bikini area can be more sensitive during this time. In order to successfully complete the service, you will need to wear a tampon or menstrual cup.

How old do I need to be to get a brazilian wax?

We do not have any age requirements for our waxing services, including bikini or Brazilian, we would love to see you in our salons whenever you feel ready! Our Beauty Therapists are trained to ensure everyone is comfortable throughout the entire waxing experience at any age. If you’re not sure, we recommend discussing your waxing and hair removal options with a parent or guardian before making your appointment.

How can I prevent ingrown hairs?

We recommend Ingrostopper ingrown hair treatment which removes dead skin cells, dirt and oils from the pore opening, and softens the hair follicle. This prevents the hairs from becoming trapped underneath the surface, resulting in red painful lumps. IngroStopper also conditions the skin and hairs, extending the life of your wax.

Is bikini waxing safe during pregnancy?

Yes, it is. However, there is an increased blood flow to the area during pregnancy which can make the skin more sensitive, so we recommend asking for our Sensitive Hot Wax. If you are unsure if waxing while pregnant is right for you, we suggest checking with your doctor first!

Does a Brazilian Wax hurt?

No form of waxing hair removal is ever 100% pain free! Our Beauty Therapists are all qualified and trained professionals who specialise in making your waxing experience as comfortable as possible. The results are well worth it!

Why choose waxing over other hair removal methods?

Waxing is a safe and efficient way to remove all the hairs you can see, and the fine hairs you can’t see! Waxing is suitable for all hair colours, thicknesses and skin types, making it suitable for everyone. Our Beauty Therapists are highly trained and experienced and will always ensure your salon experience is an enjoyable and positive one. Waxing also offers smooth skin with long lasting results. Your hair will grow back finer, which means that there is no irritation, itchiness or prickliness like you experience after shaving.

Mave the move! Start your waxing routine and journey today.

Do you offer waxing for men?

Yes! Our trained Beauty Therapists specialise in waxing for both men and women. Male hair can be thicker and denser in some areas, making them more prone to ingrown hairs. We highly recommend the use of Ingrostopper after all male waxing, to soften the follicle and gently exfoliate, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs.

Book your next appointment online or give your local salon a call/visit to learn more.

How old do I need to be to get waxed?

You can get waxed at any age as there are no age restrictions. You can get waxed when you feel you are ready and comfortable. For first time hair removal, waxing is the best option when compared to shaving. If you are under 16, please chat with a parent or guardian before booking your wax appointment, especially for our Brazilian and Bikini styles.

Read more on our blog here.

 

How often should I get waxed?

As a general rule, we recommend waxing every 4-6 weeks, as this allows enough time for your hair to reach the length needed before being removed. However, everyone’s hair growth rate is different, so some people may find that they need to make their appointments closer together, which is totally normal!

You can discuss your hair growth and hair density with your Beauty Therapist at your appointment. They will be able to assist you in a routine for your next and on-going appointments.

Can I get waxed if I'm on medications?

Waxing can still be performed when taking most medications, however there are a few which need to be avoided as they thin the skin, making you more at risk of skin lift. These can include:

  • Accutane (Acne medication)
  • Adapalene (Acne medication)
  • Alustra (Retin A)
  • Avage (Acne medication)
  • Avita (Retin A)
  • Azelex (Peeling agent)
  • Clindamycin
  • Differin (Acne medication)
  • Doxycycline
  • Erythromycin
  • Isotretinoin (like Accutane)
  • Madifloxicine
  • Metronidazole
  • Prednisone
  • Renova (Retin A)
  • Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
  • Tazarac (Acne medication)
  • Tazarotene (Tazorac)
  • Tetracycline
  • Tretinoin (Retin A)

If you are unsure as to whether your current medication will prevent you from having waxing, please consult your Doctor before making an appointment.

How will shaving affect my next wax?

If you have been a regular shaver, it may take a few appointments for your hair growth cycle to be in sync. This is because the hairs all over our body are constantly going through cycles of growth, rest and shedding.

After you’ve shaved, the hairs in the growing phase will grow out long enough to be waxed, however the hairs which were in the resting stage when you shaved will stay the same, close to the surface of the skin. The wax will only remove those growing hairs, and the resting hairs will begin to shed naturally. Your first wax will remove the majority of hair that’s grown above the skin. Because hairs grow in different cycles, hairs below the skin’s surface will now sprout above the skin.

After three to four waxes, all hairs should be growing in the same cycle, which means longer-lasting results! Consistency pays off!

Want to learn more about shaving? Read about the Shaving Effect here!

What are the benefits of face waxing?

Face waxing leaves your skin silky and smooth for 2-3 weeks! By removing thick, stubborn growth and all the fine vellus hairs (peach fuzz), it makes the perfect blank canvas for makeup. Waxing also removes all hairs from the root, causing the hair follicles to weaken over time, which eventually leads to less growth!  Facial waxing also assists in the absorption of skincare, as no product is left on the surface surrounding the hairs.

Some popular face waxing styles include the eyebrows, upper lip (moustache wax), chin, sideburns, forehead and more!

Read more about our face waxing services.

What aftercare products do I need to get the best results from waxing?

We recommend Ingrostopper to soften the hair follicle and provide gentle exfoliation to all areas of the body prone to ingrown hairs. These areas may include, legs, arms, underarms, back, chest and bikini. We recommend Prep Exfoliating Body Scrub & Mask to exfoliate, and hydrate skin pre and post appointment. We understand the importance of a regular exfoliating and moisturising routine to keep a longer-lasting glow post-wax!

To keep your body hydrated and smooth for longer, we recommend Nourish Body Moisturiser with Hair Growth Minimiser. Our favourite moisturiser is equipped with miracle anti-inflammatory papaya and cica extracts. Created with purpose to help weaken hair follicles over time, slow regrowth and minimise hair in-between waxing appointments. Alongside shea butter to keep skin and hair hydrated and prevent ingrowns from forming.

For the face, we recommend using Soothe Hydrating & Cooling Serum, Soothe doubles as a daily facial moisturiser to keep your skin soft and supple. You can ask your Beauty Therapist to recommend products that would best suit your skin during your visit, we have a great range of Dalton Marine Cosmetics.

Finally, for pesky ingrown hair bumps, you can’t look past Erase – Ingrown Hair Treatment Patches! These dual-action hydrocolloid bump dots will suck out fluid and reduce redness from the ingrown hair.

Skincare

What are the benefits of face waxing?

Face waxing leaves your skin silky and smooth for 2-3 weeks! By removing thick, stubborn growth and all the fine vellus hairs (peach fuzz), it makes the perfect blank canvas for makeup. Waxing also removes all hairs from the root, causing the hair follicles to weaken over time, which eventually leads to less growth!  Facial waxing also assists in the absorption of skincare, as no product is left on the surface surrounding the hairs.

Some popular face waxing styles include the eyebrows, upper lip (moustache wax), chin, sideburns, forehead and more!

Read more about our face waxing services.

What aftercare products do I need to get the best results from waxing?

We recommend Ingrostopper to soften the hair follicle and provide gentle exfoliation to all areas of the body prone to ingrown hairs. These areas may include, legs, arms, underarms, back, chest and bikini. We recommend Prep Exfoliating Body Scrub & Mask to exfoliate, and hydrate skin pre and post appointment. We understand the importance of a regular exfoliating and moisturising routine to keep a longer-lasting glow post-wax!

To keep your body hydrated and smooth for longer, we recommend Nourish Body Moisturiser with Hair Growth Minimiser. Our favourite moisturiser is equipped with miracle anti-inflammatory papaya and cica extracts. Created with purpose to help weaken hair follicles over time, slow regrowth and minimise hair in-between waxing appointments. Alongside shea butter to keep skin and hair hydrated and prevent ingrowns from forming.

For the face, we recommend using Soothe Hydrating & Cooling Serum, Soothe doubles as a daily facial moisturiser to keep your skin soft and supple. You can ask your Beauty Therapist to recommend products that would best suit your skin during your visit, we have a great range of Dalton Marine Cosmetics.

Finally, for pesky ingrown hair bumps, you can’t look past Erase – Ingrown Hair Treatment Patches! These dual-action hydrocolloid bump dots will suck out fluid and reduce redness from the ingrown hair.

Children's Ear Piercing

Can I have my child's ears pierced with the needle method?

If you would prefer the needle method of piercing for your child’s earlobes, this is a service selected Essential Beauty salons offer for an additional cost.

There are benefits to both piercing methods. Essential Beauty promotes our Sterilear Piercing System over needle piercing for young children and babies. This is because it is a faster method, creating an easier experience for your child’s first piercing. Our Sterilear system is contactless; sterilised jewellery is very quickly inserted into the ear lobe via our push through hand piece.

This is comparative to our needle piercing method. This method takes longer because the piercing needs to be done first, leaving a plastic sheath in the ear that the jewellery is then threaded through. Not all children and babies can sit still long enough for this to occur quickly.

The benefit to needle piercings is having the option of getting pierced with a ring put in from the start. Rings can promote faster healing and is also easier for parents to clean, some parents may have difficulty cleaning behind the large butterfly backings on their children’s earrings. Rings are also comfortable for babies and small children to sleep in as the jewellery does not have any obstructions.

Contact our Piercing Specialists today to discuss the best option for your child’s piercing (needle piercing for children is by appointment only, and only at selected salons).

How do I book Children's Ear Piercing?

Online booking is not available for Children’s Ear Piercing as the service requires two staff members to be booked at the same time, please call your local salon to make an appointment.

Do you use numbing cream for children’s piercing?

We do not administer numbing cream for piercings as it can irritate the skin and become inflamed due to allergies which can affect the piercing. As the piercing is going through the ear, topical numbing cream will not numb the ear all the way through.

The piercing procedure itself is over in seconds, and most people say there is no pain. Children often cry or get scared when they become overwhelmed during the buildup before the piercing.

When can I change my child’s jewellery?

It is best to leave the initial piercing jewellery in for as long as you can, until the piercing is fully healed, this is why we have such a huge range of different colours and styles available for Children’s Ear Piercing! The average healing time for ear lobes is 6-8 weeks – it is important that you do not change jewellery before this period of time has passed, it is important to note that lobe piercings can take even longer to heal in some instances and it’s always best to check with a piercer in salon if you’re unsure.

If you are confident that the piercing has healed enough to change the jewellery over, it is important that you do not leave jewellery out of the piercing for long periods of time as the piercing can start to close almost immediately after the jewellery has been removed.

We sell a range of hypoallergenic jewellery styles for kids in our salons, so if you’re wanting to change your child’s jewellery come back and see us!

Does children’s ear piercing hurt?

Ear piercing on a baby or child does not hurt. However, children can become overwhelmed with the “build up” before the piercing. In addition, being near unfamiliar adults can also be a little stressful. This is why it is important to follow our recommended procedures. They allow the process to happen seamlessly, and get you and your child back into your day-to-day routine quickly. Our Piercing Specialists are trained to help you and your child feel as comfortable as possible during the experience, Ted the Comfort Bear helps out too! Once the piercing has been completed your child will also receive a bravery certificate for being so brave!

How long before my child can swim after getting their ears pierced?

Summer holidays are a popular time to get your child’s ears pierced. However, we recommend that your child steers clear from any swimming pools or the beach for the first 2 weeks after getting their ears pierced, to prevent bacteria from entering the new piercing.

If your child must go swimming, cover the piercing with a waterproof Band-Aid and spray the area with Sterilear Step 1: Clean afterwards to clean the piercing.

Read more about our piercing aftercare here.

Is the Sterilear Piercing System safe?

Yes, our Sterilear Piercing System is safe to use for piercing the ear lobes. The Sterilear Contactless Push-Through System is contactless, meaning at no point does the device come into contact with your child’s ears. Needle piercing is an option if you prefer. Have a chat to our Piercing Specialists about your options and make the choice that’s right for you and your child!

How old does my child need to be before getting their ears pierced?

We recommend waiting until your child is at least 6 weeks old before getting their ears pierced, however, this does depend on the shape and size of your baby’s ears. If you are unsure if your child’s ears are ready to be pierced, we recommend asking one of our experienced Piercing Specialists in salon. ⁠There is no right age to get your child’s ears pierced, the right time is whenever you feel that they’re ready!

To book in for a Children’s Ear Piercing appointment, you will need to call the local salon to secure an appointment. Unfortunately, we are unable to book this appointment online.

Laser & IPL

What types of hair can be treated?

Fine Vellus hairs cannot be treated with laser or IPL, regardless of their colour. This is the soft peach fuzz hair that often appears on women’s faces. It is best to opt for waxing – we recommend our full-face waxing with Sensitive Hot Wax for hair removal in that area.

Reasons to not get laser or IPL hair reduction

Factors that would prevent you from getting a laser or IPL treatment can include:

  • Recent Sunburn
  • History of Seizures
  • Severe Eczema or Dermatitis in the treatment area
  • Active infections
  • Roaccutane use within the last 6 months
  • Herpes 1 or 2 within the treatment area
  • The use of any photosensitive medications, these can include antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, diuretics or retinoids
  • Fake tan on the skin
  • Extensive & recent sun exposure and change of skin colour
How old do I need to be to have laser or IPL hair reduction?

There are no age requirements for laser and IPL treatment. However, we recommend starting treatments post puberty because hormonal changes during this time can affect and stimulate hair growth. If you are unsure, please consult your parent, guardian or physician.

How many laser or IPL treatments will I need?

As a general rule, 8-10 sessions of hair removal, followed by a 6 monthly or yearly maintenance visits will be all you will need. However, each individual’s hair growth is different, so we cannot guarantee the amount of treatments needed.

Can I get laser or IPL if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Due to the hormonal changes during pregnancy and breastfeeding, hair growth can increase temporarily. For this reason, we do not recommend laser or IPL for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as we cannot guarantee results.

Can I have laser or IPL on top of my tattoos?

No, laser or IPL cannot be used over any tattoos. The light from the laser will be attracted to the pigment in the ink and can cause the tattoo to fade, smudge, or in some cases, burn the skin. Waxing is safe to perform over tattoos.

Is laser and IPL permanent?

No laser or IPL can guarantee 100% permanent hair removal. Most clients will experience 70-90% hair reduction. Results are determined by the individual and can be influenced by skin type, area treated, hair growth pattern and hormones. We always recommend yearly or half yearly maintenance sessions after the completion of your treatment plan, as hormonal changes can cause hair to regrow.

How often do I need to get laser or IPL?

Depending on your hair density and area being treated, the time between sessions will vary. Generally, the time between treatments is 4-6 weeks. Your Beauty Therapist will give you an accurate treatment plan during your consultation.

Can everyone have laser and IPL hair reduction?

Not everyone is a candidate for laser or IPL hair reduction. The light that both methods emit is attracted to the dark pigment in the hair, which creates a targeted heat reaction, successfully ‘killing’ those hairs.

Blonde, grey or red hair does not contain the same amount of pigment, which means the heat reaction cannot be created. Skin colour can also be a factor in laser or IPL hair removal. The darker your skin tone, the more melanin (or pigment) you have. This means the laser cannot be targeted directly into the hair follicle, as it cannot differentiate between that pigment and the melanin in your skin.  Your Beauty Therapist will assess your skin colour and tone, and can advise of a treatment plan or alternative hair removal methods.

Does laser or IPL hair reduction hurt?

Many clients have likened the sensation of laser or IPL as an elastic band being flicked against the skin. Comfort levels can vary due to the area being treated and your individual pain threshold.

Why do I need multiple laser sessions?

The hair all over our body is constantly shredding and regrowing. At any given time, the hairs on our body will be a mixture of actively growing, and hairs which are about to shed to make way from new growth, which look the same to the naked eye. Laser and IPL will only be effective on hairs which are actively growing. Because of this, with each session you will begin to notice your hair become ‘patchier’ in the treated area. Multiple sessions allow all hairs actively growing to be treated successfully.

Lash & Tint

Will a lash lift damage my eyelashes?

When you have a lash lift done by an experienced Therapist, wait the recommended 8-10 weeks between treatments, and follow the correct aftercare it is unlikely your lashes will experience any damage. Lash lifts can cause damage if your lashes are overprocessed, this is common when using at-home kits.

Is a lash lift waterproof?

You will need to avoid water or any moisture (including exercising, saunas, and more) for the first 48 hours following the treatment. After this, your lash lift will be completely waterproof.

How long does a lash lift take?

A lash lift and tint will take no more than 45 minutes to complete.

Why is my lash lift not as dramatic as I thought it would be?

Our Beauty Therapists aim to deliver the best result possible at your first lash lift appointment. However, as we do not know how your lashes will respond to the lifting solutions, every first-time lash lift client has a maximum amount of time that the solution can be left on the lashes. This is to ensure your lashes stay strong and healthy.

At your next visit we can establish a more tailored curl and lift to get the best results possible. The feedback you give regarding the lift and curl e.g. more of a lift, more curl or less curl helps us tailor your treatment to better suit your style preference.

What is henna brow tinting?

Natural henna brow colour is a form of eyebrow tinting that is used to stain the skin beneath the brow hairs. The purpose of this is to cast a shadow or create an illusion of depth and fullness in the area, visually filling in any sparseness. Henna can last anywhere from 4 days to 3 weeks on the skin. The length of time henna tinting lasts differs from person to person, and is dependent on how your skin reacts to the dye.

Henna works by coating the hairs, creating the look of thicker hair. Whereas, traditional tint makes the hair darker by breaking down the hair and penetrating colour in the hair follicles. Henna is an excellent option for over-plucked or sparse brows, or for anyone wanting full and even brows, as it temporarily stains the skin underneath the brow.

Should I tint my eyebrows if my hairs are already dark?

To achieve the brows of your dreams, we recommend adding a tint to your brow wax service. Tinting can help improve the shape and arch of the eyebrows. The top of the arch can be lifted by tinting the lighter hairs at the top of the brows. The tail of your brows can also be better defined and lengthened, giving an overall better shape. Once the eyebrows are tinted, the very fine lighter hairs show up. This gives the whole eyebrow a fuller look, achieving the brows of your dreams!

How long will a lash lift last?

Lash lifts are permanent for the full natural lash shedding cycle, which is typically 6-8 weeks. Your lashes will look their most dramatic during the first 4 weeks, but it is important to wait until your full lash cycle is over before having another lift. To keep your eyelashes looking amazing, we recommend getting another lash tint halfway through the life of your lash lift.

Lah lifts will lift and curl your natural lashes, it is the perfect service for longer looking lashes!

How long does lash and brow tinting last?

Eyebrow tinting lasts 2-3 weeks depending on the colour used. Darker colour tints generally last longer. Your tint will fade away naturally until you get your next tint. Lash tinting can last up to 4 weeks and is a great alternative to mascara.

Tinting can add definition, fullness, and save you time each morning. Don’t hesitate, ask your Beauty Therapist about adding a tint to your next appointment.

Semi-Permanent Makeup

Is semi-permanent makeup painful?

Most of our clients say there is minimal pain during treatment. Your Beauty Therapist will apply an anaesthetic cream to the area prior to commencing the treatment to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout the process. You may experience some swelling, light bruising, tenderness and itching on the area during the healing process. Follow our semi-permanent makeup aftercare instructions and these reactions will subside quickly.

How long does semi-permanent makeup last?

Semi-permanent makeup can last anywhere from 2 – 6 years, and will gradually fade into lighter shades of the original colour over time. This can depend on many factors including how you are looking after your semi-permanent makeup, your skin’s ability to retain pigment, the colour used, and whether you have had any touch up appointments.

Is semi-permanent makeup safe?

Semi-permanent makeup is a safe procedure and is only performed by specially trained Beauty Therapists. Your Beauty Therapist will use a brand new disposable hand-held needle for your treatment. Adverse reactions to the pigment are extremely rare as the dyes that we use are hypoallergenic.

Is there any downtime after semi-permanent makeup?

Most people don’t need to take time off of work. There is usually no swelling with the eyebrow treatments but this can vary from person to person. Occasionally, eyelash treatments can swell, but this usually subsides within 24 hours. We suggest that if you want one of these treatments, book for a Friday so you have the weekend to recover.

Will my semi-permanent makeup look natural?

The results can look as natural or cosmetic as you like. Your Beauty Therapist will work with you to help choose the colour and shape that you desire before treatment, no matter whether you are having eyebrows or eyeliner.

Immediately after the treatment, the colour will appear stronger and darker for 1 to 2 weeks. You will lose some of that colour during the healing process. This is why Essential Beauty offers a touch up appointment at no extra cost, so you can achieve your desired look!

Will hair still grow when you have semi-permanent makeup eyebrows?

An eyebrow tattoo will not stop hair from continuing to grow, instead it will provide shape and colour on the skin of the brows. If you have eyebrow hair present prior to your first appointment, the hair will continue to grow.

What is the difference between semi-permanent makeup and tattooing?

The process is different from traditional tattooing using machine operated needles, as the procedure is less invasive. This means pigment is only implanted approximately 0.5 – 0.8mm deep into the skin. This is why it is considered a ‘semi-permanent’ treatment, which will fade gradually into lighter shades of the original colour over time.

Microdermabrasion

What skin concerns will benefit from microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is suitable for all skin types and all ages, and allows for optimum absorption of targeted Dalton Marine skincare recommended by your Skin Specialist. Microdermabrasion is not only an excellent maintenance treatment for normal skin to remove impurities, it is also a fantastic non-invasive treatment option for acne prone skins, and can help fight the signs of premature ageing.

The following skin concerns can benefit from microdermabrasion:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores, blackheads and whiteheads
  • Congested skin
  • Mild acne and acne scars
  • Dull-looking skin complexion
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • Sun damage
Does microdermabrasion hurt?

Not at all. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin treatment with little to no downtime. A light suctioning on the skin is all that is felt throughout your facial.

Microdermabrasion won’t damage your skin’s surface. Sensitive skins may have some redness for about an hour after treatment, but you can get on with your day as usual.

What aftercare products do I need for my microdermabrasion?

A good quality SPF is key to prolonging the results of your professional treatments, as sun damage is the leading cause of premature ageing. Dalton’s Sun Care UV-Protection Cream UVA/UVB SPF 50+ provides broad spectrum sun protection. Infused with spirulina algae, it also nourishes the skin with antioxidants like Vitamin E and B12 to promote cell renewal.

We also recommend Soothe Hydrating & Cooling Serum to provide relief, to replenish and hydrate the skin. Soothe is great for reducing inflammation with nutrient-rich ingredients.

Which products should I use along with my microdermabrasion?

We love Dalton at Essential Beauty! Available in over 50 countries, Dalton is the forefront of Marine based skincare. Each of Dalton’s products have been developed for a specific skin type or concern, with skin tolerability and effectiveness in mind. We recommend avoiding AHAs, Retinol or products containing exfoliating ingredients for one-week post treatment. Dalton cleansers, serums and moisturisers are the perfect homecare to nourish your skin and enhance your treatment results.

How often should I have microdermabrasion?

The results of a microdermabrasion service are addicting! Depending on your skin type and concern, microdermabrasion can be performed every 2-3 weeks. Your Skin Specialist will advise you of a treatment plan when you visit your local salon.

How do I maximise the benefits of my skin treatments?

We can go to the gym as much as possible but if we are not feeding our bodies correctly, we won’t see the results we want. It’s the same with our skin! If you are coming in for professional treatments and not using good homecare the results will fade much quicker! Dalton skincare is designed with Marine active ingredients which help with cell turnover, regeneration and balance, all of which help give our skin that glowing ‘post treatment’ feeling.

Facials

How often should I get an acid peel?

The time between acid peels can vary depending on your skin type, texture and concern. As a general rule, acid peels can be had every 4-6 weeks for best results. However, acne skin types may benefit from regular peels closer together to help eliminate bacteria. Your Therapist can create a treatment plan for you after assessing your skin type.

Do you offer facials for acne prone skin?

Absolutely! Acne skins can benefit extremely well from regular facials. Dalton’s Oyster Skin Balancing treatment is an advanced facial for combination, oily and acne skin types. This facial is effective in decongesting the skin and improving skin tone and complexion. This is great for teens or anyone experiencing regular breakouts. Our Oyster range instantly mattifies and refines pores, and balances excess sebum production to reduce oily shine in the t-zone.

Will I breakout after my facial?

Facials can cause breakouts from time to time, especially if you have a lot of extractions. This is generally a good thing, as underlying bacteria and congestion is being purged from the skin and bought to the surface – just be sure you don’t pick or pop the pimples post-treatment. Leave the extractions to the pros.

Sensitive or acne prone skins are more susceptible to breaking out in whiteheads or pimples after a facial. It is best not to have a facial the week of an important event.

Be sure to let your therapist know about your expectations of the facial. For example, if you’re in a wedding on the weekend, extractions should not be performed. It’s up to you to let the therapist know for great results.

What aftercare products do I need for my facial?

Combine your treatments with Dalton Marine Cosmetics or asap skincare for optimal results.

Your Beauty Therapist will recommend a home care plan to help maintain the results of your facial.

We recommend to always use Dalton Sun Care Sunscreen UVA/UBA Protection Cream SPF 50+ after all facial treatments to prevent photoaging by avoiding direct sun exposure, and Soothe Hydrating & Cooling Serum to relieve, replenish and balance skin. Soothe is great for use on the face and body.

How do I care for my skin after my facial?

As your skin has had a thorough exfoliation, we recommend to avoid using skincare products that contain AHAs, Retinol or exfoliating agents. We also recommend to not have any facial waxing for one week after your treatment.

Our very own Soothe Hydrating & Cooling Serum is also perfect for the face post treatment. With the unique formulation, Soothe won’t block your pores, and will provide cooling relief!

We recommend the Dalton Sun Care Sunscreen UVA/UVB Protection cream SPF 50+ after all facial treatments to prevent photoaging by avoiding direct sun exposure.

Using your prescribed Dalton or asap Cleanser, Serum and Moisturiser daily post treatment will protect against free radicals, and purify, soften and hydrate your skin, enhancing your results.

Drink plenty of water (recommended 6-8 glasses per day).

Do not undertake any other facial skincare treatments within 48 hours of your facial.

It is best to avoid exfoliating face masks post treatment as they can irritate sensitive skin. Hydrating mask options are the exception, such as the Dalton Bio Cellulose anti-aging sheet mask. The Dalton Bio Cellulose anti-aging sheet mask is enriched with our Celumer Marine Extract and our innovative Hydro Performance Lifting Complex, a blend of hyaluronic acid and plankton extract. This mask hydrates and plumps the skin and can be used anytime.

You may experience some redness post facial, but it is best to avoid covering it up with makeup for at least 6 hours after your treatment as your pores are still open from deep cleansing, making them more susceptible to bacteria entering. It is best to resume your usual makeup routine the next day.

Spray Tan

What do I do if I accidentally get water on my tan?

Even the smallest splash of water on your fresh spray tan can result in light spots or a streaky appearance, something that you will really want to avoid. Coming back into the salon to touch up the area with spray tan would be recommended, or carefully use a self-tan to even it out.

You can also disguise this by choosing a bronzer that closely matches your tanned skin colour. Rub it evenly into the affected areas until it blends in. You will have to do this daily or whenever you go out until the tan fades away.

Is it ok to shave my legs after tanning?

It is not ideal to shave after tanning as it can exfoliate your skin and cause the tan to fade. If you must do so, please wait 24 hours after your tan.  For the best tan results, get waxed a few days before your spray tan! The more often you are shaving, the faster your colour will fade.

Is spray tanning safe?

Spray tanning is safe. The active ingredient in spray tan is DHA, which reacts with your skin to produce a natural tan look. DHA has been approved for use in tanning products all over the world, including Australia. DHA is non-toxic and non-carcinogenic. We are committed to using only the highest quality ingredients and tanning actives for everyone to safely use and achieve a beautiful, natural looking tan.

Will my tan turn orange?

We’ve all been there! But you can be certain that our spray tans won’t have you turning orange! Our specially made spray tan formula is guaranteed to not give an orange look.

How long do I wait between spray tans?

How often you spray tan depends on your personal choice! Some of our clients come in every week, others only tan for special occasions!

How long does a spray tan last?

You can expect your spray tan to last 7-10 days. Making sure your skin is well prepped prior to your spray tan will help it last longer, exfoliating and moisturising is key! After your tan, follow the Wash & Wear Guide to achieve your best colour. When you wash your tan off, shower in warm water and lightly pat dry. Look after your skin by moisturising regularly and thoroughly with the Dalton Natural Correcteur Body Emulsion. This will help to extend your tan further.

Threading

What are the benefits of threading?

Threading is especially popular for brow shaping. The main benefit of brow threading is that it’s extremely precise, as your Beauty Therapist can remove a line of hairs or even one single hair at a time to achieve your desired shape!

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