There is not much hair left on our bodies that isnʼt waxed, shaved, plucked or removed by laser. Our constant routine of hair removal can become quite a tedious regime if we arenʼt using the most efficient service and product suitable for our type of hair and skin.
Here at The Aesthetic Collective we have collaborated the best advice, tips, how toʼs and links to the best professional hair removal professionals in the industry.
Here are some of the techniques that can be used to remove or reduce unwanted hair.
Waxing is a removal of body hair from the roots. Most often, the hair regrowth takes about four to six weeks, depending on the growth cycle. Unlike shaving, waxing prevents skin rashes, itchiness, bumps, stubbles, cuts and scars that may result to skin discolouration.
Almost every part of the body can be waxed such as the arms, legs, feet, armpits, back, abdomen, face, pubic, including the nose and even the hair on ears, but definitely not the eyelids and eyelashes. Waxing can be done at home. However, waxing on the sensitive parts of the body should be performed by an expert, such as a beauty therapist.
Waxing is the best procedure in hair removal. Aside from its exfoliating effect on the skin after waxing which makes the skin softer and smoother especially when applied with a moisturizer, the regrowth of the hair is softer and finer especially when repeatedly waxed over long periods of time. It is also the easiest and fastest way in hair removal as it removes a large amount of hair on certain parts at one time.
However, there are also drawbacks in waxing. It can be very painful when the band is removed from the skin especially on sensitive areas. It may also cause bumps, ingrown hair and breakouts as it doesn’t always remove the entire hair follicle from the root. If waxing is done correctly and the right procedures applied after, these drawbacks can be avoided.
Here are some steps to consider before waxing:
- Examine your skin for any irritation or breakouts where waxing is to be applied.
- Do not wax where there is a mole, wart or lesion.
- Be sure that you didn’t come from sun bathing, tanning session and the like.
- Do not wax a week prior to your menstrual period where your nerve cells are most sensitive.
- Do not wax if you are taking a retinoid-based acne medication which will lead to a serious skin injury.
- Make sure that the hair is at least 1/4 inch long before waxing because if it is too short, the wax won’t be able to grab it.
- Wash your skin gently with a mild soap and do not use hot water to avoid irritation.
- Eliminate dead skin cells that may clog the hair follicle which may result to ingrown hairs.
- Hydrate the skin by soaking it in warm water which should make it easier to remove the hair.
- Apply a water based moisturizer after hydrating the skin to prevent the skin from burning or abrading during waxing.
- Preparing the skin before waxing is necessary to avoid the negative aspects, thus, improving the results.