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A Beginner’s Guide to Waxing

By: Gloria Mckelvy

Are you thinking about removing some of the hair on your body? Are you looking for a good and convenient hair removal method? Well, here’s what you need to know about waxing if it’s among your choices. Waxing is one of the most preferred hair removal options because it lasts longer than shaving. Also, it’s less painful than laser hair removal.

How Does It Work?

Through waxing, your skin remains smooth for a few weeks because the hair is taken out from the root. Any part of your body can be waxed. Keep in mind that there different types of waxes and techniques used for each part of the body. Both men can women can wax their faces, including upper lip, chin and eyebrows as well as the bikini area, feet, arms, legs, back, abdomen, chest and much more.

Although waxing was a hair removal procedure predominantly used by women, a lot of men are doing it too. Actually, a lot of waxing experts are reporting a lot of their female clients making appointments for their partners or male friends, who might be too embarrassed to make the appointments on their own. Well, there’s no need to be embarrassed since waxing is much better than shaving.

Different Types of Wax

Waxing can be done in two different ways. First, there’s strip waxing where the esthetician (waxing expert) applies wax to the area using a stick. Next, he/she presses some paper or cloth on the thin layer of wax after which it is ripped off. Usually, it’s done so in the opposite direction of the hair growth, removing the wax and hair simultaneously.

Secondly, the waxing expert can use hard wax, where it is warmed beforehand then a thick layer is spread on the skin without using a cloth or paper strip. The wax becomes hard when cooling down making it easier to rip from the skin. It’s actually more sensitive and easier for people with soft skin.

Concerns About Health and Hygiene

Have you ever been waxed previously? Are you looking to book an appointment with a beauty salon? There are some things to look for before doing that. First, does the salon request you to fill a questionnaire with information about your health issues, allergies or medications you’re currently taking? That’s a sign that they actually care whether or not you’re a good candidate for waxing.

Also, the salon should replace the paper and sheets for every new client that comes in. They should wear gloves when doing the procedure since your skin will be vulnerable once the procedure is completed and the gloves will protect you accordingly. Make sure the application sticks are also cleaned after one cleaned to avoid double dipping. Finally, during the procedure, they should give you disposable underwear since they are hygienic than regular ones.

Home Waxing Kits

You can do your own waxing at home. It’s the same procedure as well but you need to remember to heat the wax. Don’t heat it with the microwave because it delivers uneven heat or burns the wax completely. Rather, you should place the wax in a container then place it in hot water to melt it properly.

Tips

Regardless of the place or the method you’re using to wax it, there are a few essential tips to be followed. First, the area being waxed should not have wounds, acne or rashes. Also, don’t shave before waxing because the hair needs to be about ¼ of an inch long to be pulled out properly. If your hair is longer, you can trim it to make the whole procedure less painful. You can take some painkillers before the procedure to make it less painful.

Once you’re done waxing, you should apply oil to the area immediately to remove any wax left behind. To soothe the irritated area, apply some baby or talcum powder immediately. You should wait a while before getting the area wet to prevent further irritation and infections. Now, you can enjoy your smooth skin!