Waxing Tips for Those Just Getting Started

By: Karolina Mis

How can you figure out which hair removal process is the right process for you? It isn’t easy!

Waxing is a nice option that falls somewhere between shaving and laser hair removal. Shaving doesn’t last as long as waxing. Laser hair removal is more complicated than a simple wax. That is why it is right for a lot of people. If you have been thinking about waxing, this guide will help you learn what you need to get started.

Where to Wax

Waxing will remove hair from the treated area for several weeks. It isn’t permanent, but it does remove the root of each piece of hair, which is why the effects last so long. You can wax just about any part of your body that has hair. For example, your upper lip can be targeted, as can your back, arms, legs, stomach area and intimate area waxing is also common. Both men and women take part in waxing, although the process is not quite as common for men. But, guys have unwanted hair as well, so they should head in for a wax when they need it!

How to Wax

Strip waxing is one technique. This is when wax covers a particular area of the body, a piece of cloth or paper is placed on top and then that cloth or paper is pulled off the skin. It should be pulled in the direction that moves away from the hair growth so that the cloth takes off the wax and the hair at the same time.

Hard wax is also an option. This is when a thick layer of wax is applied to the skin. As the wax cools, it gets hard. It is then pulled off the skin, which sounds a bit rough, but is really quite good for sensitive skin.

Staying Safe

Are you interested in setting up an appointment to get a wax? There are a couple of things you need to watch out for going forward. For example, when you go in for your appointment, the salon should try and get more information from you about any pre-existing health conditions or other medical issues. This information is meant to help them determine if you are right for the waxing process.

As you go in for your appointment, make sure that a new piece of paper or cloth is used to remove your wax. In addition, the aesthetician that is working on you should have gloves on so that they do not touch your bare skin with theirs. Furthermore, an application stick should be thrown away after the first use; it should not be put back into the wax. Finally, if you are having a bikini wax, the salon should provide you with a pair of throw away underwear, because they help to keep the process hygienic.

Waxing At Home

You don’t have to go to a salon to have waxing done. Instead, pick up a kit that you can work with yourself. The only caveat here is that you have to be careful when warming up the wax. You don’t want to put it in the microwave; instead, put the cartridge in hot water so that heat is dispersed evenly.

Further Advice

It is important to follow a certain process when waxing. First, the skin should not be broken in any way. Do not try and shave before you wax; the hair should have some length to it if you want the process to work. That said, if your hair is very long, consider cutting it down a little so it doesn’t hurt so much. There will be pain involved, so it is not a bad idea to take a pain reliever prior to the start of the process.

Once you are finished, rub on a little oil to remove any of the wax that is left over. To keep your skin feeling great, add a little baby powder when all is finished. You may want to stay out of the shower for the rest of the day as well.