Any and Everything You Ever Needed to Know About Waxing!
With warmer weather quickly on it's way, so comes exposed skin! Whether it's your legs being shown off in shorts or skirts, underarms shown in tank tops, or bare bellies, backs, and more in your bikini... skin is in! More and more women are ditching their razors, and opting for other forms of hair removal. For those who want to stop shaving, but laser is not an option, waxing is the obvious choice. This blog post will cover everything you need to know about waxing. From how it works, what to expect, and aftercare. Enjoy!
How Does It Work?
The anatomy of waxing:
Hair grows in a 3 phases spread over a 12-14 week span. The first phase, anagen phase, is when the hair is actively growing, and last between 4-6 weeks. This is why waxing is recommended every 4-6 weeks, to catch these hairs! In this phase there is a hair actively growing from the bulb, and is rooted deep in the follicle, this is the target in waxing. Hair that is waxing in the phase typically comes with the end of the hair called the root, and if you're lucky, part of the bulb. Waxing this phase of hair results in longer lasting hair removal, and smoother, finer hair after regrowth. The second phase, the catagen phase, is when the hair has detached from the bulb, and starts shedding. This is the second best hair to wax, not getting the bulb, but still getting a slightly longer lasting result. The final phase, telogen phase, is when the hair is shedding, and usually comes out painlessly.
*Hairs that usually slightly poke out a few days after waxing are new growth hairs in anagen phase. Don't worry, we'll get them next time!
What is waxing?
In waxing, an esthetician applies warmed wax to the skin in the direction in the hair growth, applying a muslin, or pellon fabric strip, and rubbing slightly, pulling the end of the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This process grabs hair, as well as exfoliates skin, leaving a smooth soft touch. This is a semi-permanent hair removal, that for some people can minimize regrowth, soften hair, and limit ingrown hairs!
Hard Wax? Creme Wax?
Most estheticians use more than one type of wax, since there is more than one type of hair! A good esthetician will have wax for large section removal, wax for sensitive skin types, and hard wax, all of these of high quality and professional brands.
Creme wax is the most common and well known, applied in a thin with a wax stick and requires a cloth strip for removal.
Hard wax is great for sensitive skin types, and intimate areas. This wax is applied in a slightly thicker layer than creme wax, cools, and is removed by pulling gently from one end of the hardened wax. The cooling of the wax ensures the hair is trapped within the wax, as well as detaching from the skin, allowing for less chances of tearing or irritation.
Roll wax is a great option for large sections such as legs, arms, and backs/chests. This wax is in a dispenser with a roll applicator, which allows for thin, fast application. Great for speed waxing!
Taking a Trip to Brazil...
If you're interested in being adventurous or just looking for a small thrill, Brazilian and bikini waxing is your ticket! This waxing got its name from the teeny tiny bikinis of Brazil that left little to be unseen. Now popular with woman from 16-60, and all over the globe, just about everyone has dared to go bare! Despite variations in shape, the overall result is the same, soft, smooth, clean skin!
Pre and Post Care
Pre waxing care:
To get the best results, hair is recommended to be at least 1/4in of growth, feel free to trim down to this level. The shorter the hair, the less the pain.
Exfoliate the area with a sugar scrub the night before, this helps loosen hairs, and prep the skin
To help with pain, take an anti-inflammatory at least 1 hour before, avoid aspirin since it can thin blood and increase risk of bruising. Anti-histamines can help with minimizing redness and sensitivity as well.
AVOID CAFFEINE! Caffeine is a stimulant, and can increase sensitivity and pain, OUCH!
Do not wax within 24 hours of tanning or prolonged sun exposure!
Post waxing care:
Keep the area clean and dry. When working out or activities that induce sweating, make sure to use a cleansing wipe immediately after to keep area clean.
Exfoliate after 2-3 days, and maintain exfoliation regimen as hair grows back. This will eliminate ingrown hairs, and help keep the skin smoother longer.
AVOID TANNING!!! Tanning within 24 hours of waxing can leads to blistering and burning.
Avoid saunas and hot showers/baths for at least 6 hours. The follicles are exposed and easily susceptible to bacteria.
Avoid friction, it can wait a day!
Wear cotton clothing, it allows the area to breath and irritation is less likely.
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