Deciding on the best hair removal method to use can be a rather daunting task for many. The main challenge comes with you have to narrow down the list to the best and preferred method based on your skin type, experience, and how long it lasts.
Many people often opt for waxing for it not only provides a longer lasting solution but also not as painful or intense as laser hair removal. If you, however, are yet to decide whether waxing is the right solution, then this article should help you learn the ins and outs of waxing.
How Waxing Works
Waxing is a semi-permanent hair removal methods that work by uprooting individual hairs. This leaves your skin feeling smooth for a couple of weeks before new hairs can start showing up. Waxing can be done on almost any part of the body, though different techniques have to be employed for each. Special types of wax may also need to be used, and especially in highly sensitive areas including the abdomen, bikini area, back, eyebrows, chin, upper lip, chest, legs, feet, and the arms. Although most men are yet to embrace waxing as a viable hair removal technique, many women prefer waxing to all other hair removal methods. “Some men feel too embarrassed to make an appointment at waxing salons, but instead, have their girlfriends and wives do it for them,” explains an esthetician at Jacqueline Steele Beauty Studios.
Types of Waxing Methods Used
There are ideally two ways to wax, strip waxing and hard wax. In strip waxing, a thin layer of wax is applied to the specific area to be waxed using a little stick. A small piece of cloth/special paper is then pressed firmly on the wax. The special paper/cloth is then ripped off swiftly in the opposite direction (of hair growth) thus removing both the hair and wax.
In hard waxing, a thick layer of warm wax is applied over the skin. The special paper or cloth strip aren’t needed here. The warm wax is allowed time to cool off as it hardens. The esthetician then rips it straight off the skin. Although this may sound nasty or painful to many, hard waxing is actually recommended for those with sensitive skin, or in sensitive areas.
Health and Hygiene Concerns About Waxing
Most waxing salons will require you to fill out a questionnaire before they can do any waxing on your body. The questionnaire primarily helps identify health conditions, medications, or allergies one may have to determine if he/she qualifies for waxing. This is entirely normal and only meant to keep you safe.
At the waxing salon, the esthetician should use clean and new sheets or paper per client. It’s imperative that he/she puts on some gloves while waxing. The skin can be very sensitive right after waxing, which is why the gloves are essential to protect you from any infection. Double-dipping is however not recommended during waxing. Only one stick should be used per session. The esthetician will also need to provide you with a pair of disposable panties during and after a regular bikini wax. These panties are considerably more hygienic than your regular underwear.
Home Waxing Kits
You can wax at home too. All you need is the right kit. The process of waxing is the same, though you need to know how to heat the wax properly to avoid burning it or heating it unevenly. For the best results, dip the wax cartridge in hot water to melt it thoroughly before using it.
Tips, Tricks and Ideas
Although waxing is pretty straightforward, a few essential steps need/have to be followed. For instance, the skin shouldn’t have any acne, rashes, or wounds. The hair also needs to be at least ¼ inches long to be waxed – do not shave before waxing. Trim long hair to make waxing comfortable and less painful. If necessary, pop a few painkillers 30 minutes before waxing to help with possible pains from waxing. This is important if waxing for the first time.
Apply oil immediately after waxing to remove remaining wax bits. Baby powder or talcum will also come in handy to prevent the skin getting wet, as well as soothe irritated areas. Do not take a shower or wet the area for at least 12 hours to prevent irritation and infections.