click pic for full descriptionStarting to feel like a cactus? Are your eyebrows merging into one? Maybe got a little hair growing where hair really just shouldn’t be? No worries… I’ve got you covered! You’ll be silky smooth in no time at all! And the benefits of waxing compared to other forms of hair removal are plentiful.

Waxing is considered to be the most effective method for removing unwanted hairs from practically any part of the body. Waxing is the epilation method that ensures complete removal of hair shafts from underneath surface of the skin. Waxing is also one of the long lasting temporary hair removal methods.

Generally it is observed that it takes almost 3-8 weeks for new hair to grow back in the waxed area. The major advantage of waxing is that any body parts like face, eyebrow, underarms, arms, legs, bikini line, etc. can be waxed.

Some of the waxing benefits are listed below:

  • Long Lasting Smooth and Silky Skin: As told above waxing removes hair from the roots hence it takes longer time for new hair to grow back. Though the duration of growth of new hair varies from person to person and skin types but generally it is observed that it takes around 3-8 weeks. Waxing ensures long periods of smooth, silky and hair free skin.

  • Reduced Skin Damage: As compared to other hair removing techniques like creams or shaving, waxing does not have negative effect on your skin. Most commonly observed skin damages associated with other hair removal methods are pigmentation, cuts or bad smelling skin. Even the wax used for the process is 100% natural hence the chances of reaction due to harsh chemicals are zero.

  • Softer and Finer Body Hair: After waxing the new hair that grows back are soft and fine. The other advantage of waxing is that it does not causes ugly stubble that is usually associated with shaving.

  • Exfoliation: Besides removing unwanted body hairs waxing also rejuvenate skin and removes dead skin cells. So it can be said that indirectly it serves the function of skin exfoliation.

  • Diminishes Hair Growth: Repeated and regular waxing diminishes hair growth. Gradually you will observe sparse and scanty hair growth that might even lead to complete cessation of hair growth.

  • Cost Efficient: As compared to other hair removing techniques waxing is the most cost efficient method.

How should you prepare for an effective waxing and achieve the most optimal results? Before your waxing appointment you should:

Examine your skin

  • Check for irritation, sunburn or breakouts. If you find areas that are distressed, treat them and wait until they are healed before waxing.

  • Take note of moles and lesions. We do not wax over moles, skin tags, or lesions as they could rip off during the waxing procedure. Be sure to point them out to your esthetician before waxing begins.

  • Check the length of your hair. The best length for waxing is generally 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch (13 to 19 mm). For very fine hair, like women’s facial hair, it can be a little shorter.

  • Prepare your skin.

  • Cleanse. The day of your waxing appointment, use a gentle soap to clean the area you want to wax. Avoid using very hot water as this may irritate your skin.

  • Exfoliate. Use a loofah, exfoliating cream or wash cloth and rub in circular motions. You want to remove any dead skin cells that may clog the hair follicle and cause ingrown hairs. Avoid irritating your skin by rubbing too hard.

  • Moisturize. If you have to moisturize after showering the day of your waxing appointment, use a water-based, or oil free moisturizer. Oil free moisturizer helps prevent your skin from burning or abrading during waxing. Just be sure the moisturizer you use absorbs into the skin and does not leave a residue. Oil or lubricant on the skin will prevent the wax from grabbing the hairs.

Plan ahead

  • Avoid waxing when skin is more sensitive. It’s best not to wax when your skin has had a lot of sun exposure, when you are menstruating, or when you have used aggressive skin care products (such as AHA or retinoid treatments). Give your skin about a week after any of these before you wax.

  • Consider a pain reliever. Taking an oral anti-inflammatory about an hour before waxing will not only keep the skin from swelling, but it will also alleviate some of the pain associated with waxing. This is optional and at your discretion. Some salons also sell topical pain relievers that you can spray or rub onto the skin. These take a minimum of 15 minutes to start working. If they are oily at all, you will need to cleanse your skin again before waxing.