- A Guide to Waxing – Advice on waxing & how to prepare. Useful both at the salon & at home.
- Choosing a Waxing Salon – What you should look out for when picking a salon to get waxed at.
- Full Body Wax Cost – The typical costs associated with getting a full body wax.
- Brazilian Wax – What you need to know before getting a Brazilian. Pain, privacy and hygiene.
- Waxing For Men – All about men and waxing. It’s increased popularity and what women think.
- Epilators v Waxing – The differences between epilation and waxing. Which is best?
- Does it Reduce Hair Growth? – A look at whether frequent waxing can reduce hair growth.
Waxing is a very effective way to remove hair. It’s offered in salons all around the world. It’s cheap, clean and long lasting. Home waxing kits have also recently begun to make their way onto the market.
The idea of waxing involves getting rid of body hairs quickly and cleanly. Some people prefer to use tweezers or shave, but arguably, waxing is the superior method.
One of the key benefits is that you don’t need to worry about hair removal on the area you’ve had waxed. This is a nice bonus, even if the effect is temporary. Furthermore the hair follicles will be weakened. This means the hair should grow back finer and lighter. We discuss the long term benefits of waxing in the articles above.
The reason why waxing is considered a good way to get rid of body hairs is because it lasts longer than shaving. You can forget about hair removal, for a while anyway. Waxing can actually last for quite a long time – typically about eight weeks. However all this depends on your body genetics and exactly how well the waxing is done. Poor waxing does not last as long. Don’t be surprised to see body hairs appearing after the first week.
Effectiveness : Medium
Typical Cost : $15-40
Sessions Needed : 1
Treatment Time : Low
It is for this reason that many opt to get their waxing done by a pro at a salon. They know the advantages it has over getting the treatment from a cheap salon, or doing it yourself. If you’ve never waxed before the following information should give you more insight into what exactly to expect. For many it can be a daunting experience!
How Waxing is Done
With the technology and products that exist today, waxing isn’t too expensive. It is practised by all sorts of people young and old. Perhaps the most common reason for waxing is when individuals who want to look good before they go on vacation. Shaving is something you don’t want to deal with when you could be at the beach! Some people just prefer to get all of their hair removal out of the way in one go, rather than having to do it every day. Waxing can also be done on almost all the body parts.
This is good because depending on the individual, hairs may grow in many places. The most obvious places to get waxing are the eyebrows, bikini area, the arms, feet, legs, the abdomen region and the face. People (usually men) can also wax their backs depending on how their hair grows. As long as you have unwanted hair you should be able to get rid of it using waxing.
Unlike other hair removal methods, like laser hair removal and shaving, waxing has minimal side effects. At a salon everything should be done to ensure the safety and efficiency of the process. The only real potential problems with waxing is the solution getting in your eye, too much hair getting waxed or burns from the (hot) wax. It’s also necessary that the waxing solution isn’t made from products that will lead to any skin complications or irritation. This is why it’s important to get your waxing done by professionals. There is also a small chance of infection if the salon don’t follow the proper safety procedures.
With a good esthetician or a cosmetologist you should be a little bit more confident about the safety of the treatment, and the results you can expect. Don’t try to cut costs by finding the cheapest deal available unless you’re sure it’s a quality service. Below are some of the most popular kinds of waxing and the basics on how they are done.
Hot waxing (obviously!) uses wax that is heated. A thick layer is applied to the body of the person on the specific places that have unwanted hair. After this the wax will start to harden and eventually cool off. When it cools off it becomes simpler to remove the body hairs that harden with the wax. It doesn’t use strips. The wax is thick enough to be pulled off in one piece. Before the process starts, oils are applied to the areas which is going to be treated. This stops the wax sticking to the skin.
This is another reason why you want the process done by a professional. Do you really want to risk burns from someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing? Or some of your skin getting pulled off because they didn’t use oil? Ouch!
Strip waxing uses strips of cloth and paper. The wax is carefully applied by spreading it on the body and using the strips of cloth and paper to rip off the wax at the end. The strips are put on top of the wax so it makes it easier to rip off. Since the wax layer is much thinner than hot waxing, you can’t pull the wax off without the strips.
The trick with this method is that the strips are pulled in the opposite direction with the way your body hairs have been growing. Sometimes instead of wax, natural products like; lemon, honey, sugar and water are used. This method is called sugaring and is said to be slightly less painful. Here is a video comparing hot waxing to strip waxing: