Waxing for Hair Removal
Waxing is probably the most popular method of hair removal in the UK today, for epilation at least. Waxing can be done at home, or you can have it done as a treatment at a beauty salon. It is semi-permanent, in that it completely removes the hair from the root, however new hairs will eventually grow back, but may take as many as 8 weeks before they do. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, though the most popular places for waxing hair removal are the eyebrows, face, bikini line, back, arms, legs, and abdomen. If body hair removal is required, waxing is perfect. After waxing regularly for several years, permanent hair reduction may be possible.
Step by Step Waxing Hair Removal Guide
This is a step by step guide for those who would like to undertake waxing themselves at home. Waxing is convenient and it is very effective, and when you have learnt how to do it yourself at home you never have to worry about paying to have hair removal treatment done at a beauty salon.
- Start at the bottom of the area that you would like to wax and then move up.
- Make sure that the area you are going to wax is clean and oil free before you start. Oily areas will stop the wax from sticking to the hairs, making the hair removal much less effective. If it is warm then use talcum powder before you start, just to ensure the total dryness of the skin.
- Heat the wax to the correct consistency, which should be the texture of runny honey, dip the waxing stick into the wax. Take the excess wax off of the stick and remove the wax from the tip.
- With the stick kept at a 45 degree angle, use a sweeping motion to apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth.
- Take a waxing strip and firmly press it into the wax, leaving just enough for you to hold onto. Stretch the skin with one hand and pull the strip off quickly in one quick, complete motion.
- Repeat this process methodically working over the area that you are waxing (for example if doing the back you would likely need many strips to completely remove all the hair.)
- Once all of the hair removal is finished, gently apply a cooling gel, such as Aloe Vera or a hair inhibitor such as Ultra Hair Away.
General Waxing information - Hair Removal
Waxing is a painful experience and can be a shock to someone who has not undertaken waxing as a form of hair removal before. As explained above, you can wax yourself at home or at a beauty salon. Many people wax their body hair at home for reasons of embarrassment and shyness. One of the main reasons for hair removal via waxing is due to the coverage it offers – you can literally wax yourself for complete body hair removal, including the genital areas (though this is even more painful). When waxing, you can choose exactly how much or little hair to remove, and the results are instant meaning that changes can be seen immediately.
What is the difference between hair removal using hot wax and cold wax?
Hot waxing for hair removal is where the wax is heated to just above body temperature and spread thinly over the skin. Then the wax hardens as it dries, consequently sticking to the body hair or the hair of wherever it is applied. The hair removal is complete when the wax is ripped off, taking the body hair with it.
Cold Waxing, or ‘sugaring’ is also known as Persian waxing, and involves pre-coated strips being pressed directly onto the skin. Hair stuck to the wax can be removed easily with a quick pull back, as per normal waxing.
Eyebrow waxing is an integral part of a beauty regime for many women, especially those familiar with body hair removal. If done well eyebrow waxing can make you look younger and more glamorous, simply by shaping and curving the eyebrows. This is done by hair removal in the correct locations in order to shape the eyebrow and give it an appeasing shape. However, never shape your eyebrows from above – waxing and hair removal from under the brow will widen your eyes and help to keep the line even. When using waxing for body hair removal, the skin is left feeling refreshed and clean as the waxing process removes the dead skin and cells that remain on the skin until they are exfoliated off. Sometimes the skin is left red with bumpy patches as the skin is irritated slightly by the waxing, but they will soon disappear and the skin will return to normal after hair removal has been undertaken.
How Does Waxing Body Hair Removal affect the Skin?
Waxing is a body hair removal process whereby the wax sticks to both the skin and the hairs that are being ripped out. This means that waxing should not be attempted on skin which is blistered, sore, or otherwise overly dry. Waxing already damaged skin will cause pain and make the skin being waxed worse.