Waxing, an unwanted hair removal method, involves spreading a wax mixture over the skin. The wax is then pressed by cloth or paper, which is quickly ripped off against the direction of hair growth. New hairs typically take 2-6 weeks to sprout. This guide explains all you want to know about waxing.
Waxing: Basic facts
Which parts of the body can be waxed?
Face, eyebrows, legs, arms, chest, back, abdomen, feet. Does body hair removal by waxing pain?
All hair removal pains. The pain lessens as waxing sessions increase. Should people with sensitive skin wax?
People with sensitive skin can use hard wax, which is applied thickly.
No paper or cloth is needed to press the applied hard wax, which is removed by a therapist.
There are many types of wax mixtures available – choose the one that’s suitable for you. How does it compare with shaving or tweezing?
Wax removes hair from the root, and that is something shaving cannot do. Though shaving is quicker, an experienced aesthetician can make short work of it. Should I wax at home or at the aesthetician’s?
Home waxing kits complete with how-to videos are available at local beauty stores.
If you’re unsure, go to an aesthetician’s.
Remember, waxing is not as easy as have seen it in videos. What happens if I wax over a long period?
The hair follicle can become damaged and that can stop further hair growth. What are the alternatives to waxing?
Threading, sugaring wax and tweezing are other hair removers.
Should I consult a doctor before waxing?
Certain conditions, lifestyle factors or treatments make the skin sensitive and a doctor should be consulted by:
-People on cholesterol medication
-People on hormone replacement therapy
-People who consume lot of coffee
-Heavy-duty alcohol drinkers
-People on medication – examples: Botox or Accutane
-When you are impacted by a life-threatening condition
-Steroids takers Which areas should not be waxed?
-Skin impacted by inflammation, rashes, sun burns, pimples, sores, moles, warts or injuries
-Areas covered by varicose veins
-Eyelashes, eyelids, nipples, genitals, inside of ears and nose What are waxing complications?
The usual pain, and the chance of getting ingrown hair, skin bumps and bruises. Plus, if areas that are not wax-able are waxed it can cause skin complications. Unhygienic conditions at salons can infect the skin. What are the common waxing tips?
-Do not shave the area before waxing
-Trim long hair. It will make waxing less painful.
-Check area for wounds.
-Apply some cleansing agent, like oil and soothing hair creams, after waxing.
-Do not shower after waxing as moisture can cause infections. Wait for 10-12 hours.