To Wax or not to Wax…?
Have you ever heard that if you wax, your hair will come back in thicker and more coarse? Or maybe you have seen the 40 Year Old Virgin in which there is a scene where Steve Carrell has a waxing service performed. Did you think “oh my, I would never put myself throughout that much pain, it looks absolutely terrible!!” ?? Well you might be pleasantly surprised to know that it is exactly opposite, when done correctly.
When you start waxing it is good to have sufficient outgrowth for the best results. Usually this will take 2-8 weeks to grow, depending on the body part. You are looking for approximately 1/4 inch in length. If your hair is longer than this, you or your specialist should trim the extra hair. Your hair goes through three stages of growth and each phase has a different length of time it must go through before it’s complete. Most waxing results will last about 4-6 weeks. However, this depends on how much of the hair you catch in the same growth phase. The longer you wax and stay on a regular schedule, the better the results will be. By staying consistent you are training your growth phases to “sync up”. If you shave at any point during this you will have to start all over! Shaving cuts the hair off at such an angle that it gets coarse and will come to the surface faster, resulting in shaving on a more frequent schedule. It takes the hair longer to resurface when you remove the bulb from the follicle rather than slicing the hair down to skin level. Hair could be back as early as the next day! What a time sucker. Not to mention razor bumps that can happen or even getting cut with a new blade.
Many people experience an ingrown hair or two along the way. This can happen with shaving AND waxing. This happens for various reasons. Sometimes it’s the hair type. Other times a clogged pore causes this problem. A thicker coarse strand or a curly texture might be more familiar with this than a fine, straight hair texture. Some things that have been helpful in preventing (notice I say preventing not eliminating): use a loofah sponge to lightly exfoliate the area that has been waxed. This can be done daily if needed. Astringent alone or in combination with an oil is also another remedy for prevention.
Now, what if you have sensitive skin? Well you are in luck! There is more than one type of wax available to you. The type of wax used will make or break your experience. Strip wax and hard wax is also referred to as hot and cold wax. When we break these down, there are a few simple differences. When using a strip wax, you will be applying hot wax to the skin and placing a strip over it to remove the hair. This can be done in a small area such as the brow or a larger surface area such as legs or chest. There are a variety of strip waxes available that are more suitable for different skin and hair types. A hard wax (cold wax) is better for those of you with a more sensitive skin type and for a more sensitive area. This type of wax adheres to the hair and not the skin which causes minimal pain. It will harden to the hair and within a minute you can remove the hardened wax. Hard wax is preferable for a Brazilian or bikini service because it is best for those sensitive areas.
If pain is still a concern, you have you do have options. Taking ibuprofen 30 minutes before your appointment can help. There are also numbing creams in salon that can be applied 15 minutes before your appointment. Please discuss this option with your Aestheticism as it will change the timing of your appointment. Applying aloe after the service will calm the skin down and take down the redness out. On occasion you may experienced bruising, removal of skin, a burn or too much hair removed in one area. (I hope you haven’t but it can happen!) Not holding the skin taught while waxing can cause the above mentioned. In this case your waxing specialist may ask you to assist them in holding certain areas tight. The temperature of the wax is also important. If it is too hot it can burn your skin or remove it. Skin removal can happen on an area where the skin is very thin or dry. Medications, some skin creams or acne medicines can cause the skin to be more susceptible. It is always a good idea, especially if you are seeing a specialist for the first time, to make them aware of these things. They should ask but if they don’t, save yourself from theses uncomfortable experiences by letting them know before beginning. Common places to bruise include your bikini line, inner upper arm, inner thigh, and underarm.
There are things you will need to avoid after a waxing service. No tanning or direct sunlight exposure to the area 24 hours before AND after your service. When you wax, you are exfoliating a layer of skin with each time. Your skin needs time to recover, it may burn more easily. Scented oils, lotions and body washes may cause irritation. Working out may cause pores to become clogged with dirt, oils and sweat which we now know causes those pesky ingrown hairs. Wear loose-fitting clothing if you must workout. Lastly, hot water can be too harsh after waxing. Wait 6-8 hours before exposure or lower the temperature.
Hybrid Salon now offers full body waxing! Come see for yourself how wonderful waxing can be. Colie, our waxing Specialist, has been fully trained to take care of all of your waxing needs. From your consultation, to the service itself and at home care. Colie is here to guide you and make your experience with us as enjoyable as possible. We hope to see you soon!
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~Colie for Hybrid Salon