Waxing is a popular hair removal process for both males and females these days. It’s a method that can be done at your convenience in your home or by a professional at select salons and spas.
Depending on your particular skin, hair type and rate of hair growth, waxing has been known to provide smooth results as long as 3-8 weeks and is suggested as the longest lasting temporary hair removal method.
While there are people who say this method of hair removal is not as painful as it sounds, basically, the waxing solution wraps around the hair and then is pulled. Pulling the hair and its roots out.
If you’re concerned about pain, you can purchase a pain reducing gel or anesthetic numbing spray from your pharmacist, which needs to be applied thirty to sixty minutes before waxing.
And if you have problems with acne, avoid any type of waxing until your skin is clear.
If you’re not totally committed to following through the waxing process, no matter how much it hurts, you may just want to go to a salon and let a professional do it for you. But be aware that waxing at a salon can get pretty pricey, especially if you want to remove hair from large areas. Just to give you an idea, usually it’s about twenty five dollars for bikini line hair removal.
Today, there are several kinds of waxing hair removal products available – With warm waxing being the most often used.
Cold wax comes in a paste or gel that isn’t heated before applying it to the skin. Getting the wax from the container and controlling the thickness to the skin is what makes most cold waxes so messy. It’s not quite as effective and less preferred than a warm wax. But if you have sensitive skin, a cold wax causes less skin irritations.
If you choose to use a waxing hair removal product at home, read all instructions that come with your kit carefully.
Always test a small area of skin for sensitivity or an allergic reaction.
Your hair needs to be a little bit long, about an 1/8″, for the best results with this type of hair removal product. So if your hairs are longer, trim them down. If shorter, allow them to grow in a bit.
With this method of hair removal, you don’t want to bathe beforehand. Hair absorbs moisture which makes it soft and harder for the wax to adhere to. Dry hair is tough and/so easier to pull off. Lightly powder your skin to absorb moisture and natural oils. This will keep hairs easier to pull, which will limit inflammation.
Some people exfoliate the area before waxing to remove dead skin cells that can contribute to ingrown hairs.
Do not overheat the wax. You don’t want to burn your skin. Lower the temperature of the wax for facial hair and only use it on one small area at a time.
The consistency of the wax should be soft, not runny.
Hair removal by waxing can break the hair, which is a main cause of ingrown hairs.
To avoid ingrown hairs, apply a thin layer of wax in the direction the hair grows. If you’re using a strip over the wax, rub it in the same direction. Leave about one third of the strip free so you can get a good grip for pulling it off fast.
Pull your skin taut and then pull the strip back, not up or out, in one smooth movement. Don’t be timid – Slight pulls will only leave patchy areas as well as cause more pain.
After waxing, remove any excess wax with a warm moist towel, being careful not to touch the skin with your hands, which might cause an infection.
When skin is freshly waxed, limit creating ingrown hairs and other skin irritations by not wearing tight clothing around the area.
Another way to limit severe skin problems after using a waxing hair removal product is to exfoliate the skin one to two days later. This will help prevent dead skin cells from building up.
Be careful not to expose the newly waxed area to the sun for at least forty eight hours or the skin may darken, but not in a good way. And always use a good sun blocker thereafter.
Be aware – Using a waxing hair removal product usually leaves a redness, so if you’re doing it for a special occasion, do it a couple of days beforehand.
Now, if you decide waxing may not be for you, there are alternatives. Do some research and you’ll find other hair removal products that are not quite as, uh, « intense ».