Waxing Hair Removal

Waxing is an effective way to temporarily get rid of unwanted hair. A layer of wax is applied to your skin, and a strip of fabric is placed on top. Once the wax is dry, pulling the strips off of the skin pulls the hairs from the root. Treatments can be moderately painful, as not only the hairs are being ripped out at the root, the live skin cells are also ripped off by the resin of wax. Fortunately, painful it's not if you can tolerate a brief smarting sensation that quickly disappears when gentle pressure is applied to the area immediately after the hair is removed. Temporarily removes hair at the root for an average of around two to four weeks depending on your hair type/thickness.

Before waxing, you will need to know about the various forms wax available to determine which is best for you. It can be carried out with either hot or cold wax, and each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Both waxes have very similar ingredients: a wax base, usually of paraffin or beeswax, and a resin to help the wax stick. Sometimes additional ingredients like moisturizers, color or fragrances are added to boost the hair removal experience.

Cold Wax - Most Common At Home

Good For : Eyebrows, Arms, Legs

It does not need heating and can be used straight from the tub. The wax is smeared on the area for hair removal with the use of a special spatula. Cloth strips are then applied in the same direction that your hair grows, once they are firmly in place, quickly tug the strips off working now in the opposite direction.

Cold wax can be a bit more painful to use, and the results are not always as good as those achieved with hot wax methods.

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There are also ready made strips of cold wax available and usually plastic strips with pre applied wax. This option is less messy and more convenient and is a great starting point for those who are new to waxing as hair removal. However, for eyebrows and the bikini area, it may not be as flexible as more traditional types of cold wax as you can not easily shape using it. It is more suited to lengths of hair removal such as on the back or on the legs.

Hot Waxing

Hot wax tends to be more effective than cold waxing because it is just that - hot. The heat encourages your pores and hair follicules to open up making it easier to remove the hair. Hot wax is usually purchased as a hard solid in a small tub. The wax must first be melted, and then is applied with a wooden spatula to the parts of the body the user wishes to wax. This method is somewhat messy, and the wax residue that is left behind will need to be removed, usually with finishing oil. There are two types of hot wax: soft and hard.

  • Hard Wax - Most Effective On Coarse Hair, Good For : Underarms, Bikini line, Male

    Hard wax is the known as no-strip wax and needs to be heated so it becomes soft and easy to spread. Hard wax hardens quite firmly on the skin and can be removed without a strip. A quality hard wax does not stick to skin and only to hair, thus, when you pull hard wax off your skin, the live skin cells be ripped out are much less than the soft wax. So it is less painess than all other type of waxing and it tends to cause less sensitivity and often be used on clients with sensitivity issues. Besides, hard wax does not require you to pull off from the direction opposite to hair growth, and it also can be reapplied on the areas which are just waxed, whereas soft wax cannot be reapplied on these areas.

    Since the hot wax holds onto the hairs rather than the skin, making it ideal for coarser hair like the underarms and bikini.
  • Soft Wax (Strip Wax) - Suited For Fine Hair, Good For Larger Body Areas

    Soft wax is very much easier to apply and less messy than hard wax, hence, it is ideal for larger areas where hard waxing would take forever to accomplish. Soft wax is applied with a wooden spatula after it has been warmed. It remains quite sticky and tacky, and should be removed with thin strips of cloth manufactured solely for this purpose.

    All waxes, hard or soft, remove some of the top layers of dead skin cells off of the skin, as it is a form of mild exfoliation. However, soft wax can remove a lot more skin than desired, so it's better for fine hairs. Ingrown hairs also can be a problem with soft wax, but it's the most practical type of treatment for large areas.

Sugar Waxing

Sugaring is an ancient middle-eastern practice uses an all natural paste or gel made from sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root. It is so similar to waxing, however, there are many differences.

Risks Of Waxing

Waxing is not completely without risk. In 2007, an Australian woman nearly died from an infection contracted during a Brazilian. And in 2009, the state of New Jersey briefly considered banning Brazilian waxing after two women landed in hospital with infections.

However, you are highly unlikely to end up in hospital from waxing. More common risks include dermatitis, skin irritation and folliculitis, especially if you have a reaction to the chemicals in the wax, and, if the wax used is too hot, there's also a risk of burning the skin. If your skin is not held taut when pulling the wax strips off, bruising may occur. Some people also suffer from post-wax breakouts or scarring if they have sensitive skin. Once the hairs begin to grow back, you may find ingrown hairs, especially under your arms or your bikini area since the hairs tend to be coarse and curly.

Who Should Not Use It

  • Weak or broken skin, which includes areas that are peeling and have varicose veins.
  • Skin that is prone to warts, pimples, moles, rashes, sunburn, and even seemingly harmless chapped skin.
  • If you are using Retin-A, Accutane, or antibiotics.
    These medications make the skin thin, which means more than hair will come off during a waxing service.

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