Waxing – yes, it may have a reputation for being painful but if you’re looking for a quick and effective foolproof way of getting rid of unwanted body hair waxing is definitely one of the best solutions. Of course, there are many options when it comes to hair removal, so here we look at the differences between them, why wax could be best for you and how you can get started if you want to try it at home.
Waxing Vs. Other Hair Removal Methods
When thinking of hair removal, you may well be thinking of shaving first. However, there are numerous other options that we’ll look at here:
- Shaving – although shaving is relatively quick, easy and painless the results only last a short time – only a few hours in some cases. That means keeping smooth skin involves shaving on a regular basis and that can result in painful shaving rash, ingrown hairs and infections.
- Epilation – epilation is one of the most painful hair removal methods which involves using an epilator to pull the hair out at the root. Although it can be very effective and produce long lasting results the pain can be off-putting and it is also quite a time consuming task. Also, the result can be bumpy and inflamed skin which isn’t very attractive.
- Hair removal creams – while hair removal creams are fairly quick acting, working by dissolving the root, they can cause rashes and burns on those with sensitive skin. Also, they can smell quite strong and unpleasant.
- Laser treatments – although laser treatments produce permanent results they are extremely expensive when carried out professionally and the equipment which can be bought for use at home can be ineffective. Laser treatments also take a very long time to work and you will require months of sessions before noticing any difference.
Waxing, on the other hand, is very quick and easy to do and the results are long lasting. There is no unpleasant odor and it is also very affordable. Although waxing can be painful, when it is carried out correctly the pain is kept to a minimum.
Home Waxing Or Professional Treatment?
If you have decided that waxing is the right method for you, you may be wondering whether you should try to save money by doing it yourself or whether you should pay for a professional salon treatment. While the end result can be the same, it’s important to take extra care if you are doing a DIY wax treatment, especially if you are working on sensitive body parts.
In a beauty salon, you can be confident that the staff are well trained and will produce excellent results, but on the downside, it can be embarrassing and expensive. On the upside, waxing at home is extremely cost effective and you won’t have to worry about showing embarrassing areas to strangers. As there are many different waxing products available these days to buy you are sure to find a kit that matches your needs, whether you’re wanting to wax large areas or small problem zones.
Different Types Of Waxing Kits
There are all kinds of wax kits so you are sure to find one that suits your application:
- Cool wax strips – wax strips are ideal for novices to waxing and are incredibly simple to use. Simply apply to the area from which you want to remove hair, press down and then pull off firmly. Mess free and super simple, they are perfect for taking with you when traveling and they come in several sizes for large areas like legs, for the bikini line and in small strips for the face.
- Liquid wax – although liquid wax is messier it is the perfect choice on large areas like the chest, back and legs and can even be effective on short hairs. Warm the pot of wax and then apply it using a spatula to the area for hair removal. Apply a fabric strip then, holding down the skin tightly, firmly pull off the strip to remove the unwanted hair.
- Hard wax – eliminating the need for any fabric strips, hard wax is simply warmed up and then applied to the area. When the wax cools it becomes a strip in its own right and you can simply pull it off to remove even fine and coarse hairs. This wax is perfect for small and intimate areas such as the bikini line, upper lip and underarms.
Top DIY Waxing Tips
Now you’re ready to begin waxing here are some top tips to make sure you get it right first time:
- Prepare your waxing kit – get all the items you need together before you start and if you have sensitive skin choose a type that is clinically tested.
- Exfoliate – this will soften the hair while opening the follicles to make waxing simpler and less painful. This will also help to guard against ingrowing hairs.
- Ensure your hair isn’t too short or long – hair needs to be the right length for wax to grip it properly. It can be no less than ¼” and no longer than ¾” in length.
- Take a painkiller 30 minutes before you begin waxing or use a numbing cream
- Wash the area you are waxing and dry it thoroughly. Don’t use a cream, deodorant or moisturizer as this will stop the wax clinging properly to the hair.
- Check the temperature – if you’re using hot wax you need to check that it isn’t so hard you’ll get burned but warm enough to spread.
- Apply wax in the same direction as the hair grows and pull the strip off in the opposite direction. Pull firmly and keep the strip as close as possible to the skin.
- Wash – remove the residue with cool water then moisturize.
- Never repeat the wax application more than twice on a single area as a rash could develop. Use tweezers for any remaining strands.
- If you need to reach a tricky area ask someone you trust to help you.
- Pamper and soothe your skin with a moisturizer afterwards which suits your skin type.
Follow these tips and you’re sure to have a successful waxing experience. For more beauty advice, reviews, and recommendations, visit our homepage!
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