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A Brief Guide to Waxing Hair Removal

Hair removal is a process in which hair is removed from the skin. There are many different methods for removing hair and you should consult your dermatologist to determine what type of hair removal will suit your needs. If you prefer to wax, here is a quick guide to waxing treatment.

Brief History of Waxing

No one knows for sure who invented waxing, but it is believed to have been used as a hair removal technique before the Iron Age. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all had their own variation of depilation. In Ancient Rome, people would use something called suds from soapwort mixed with oil to remove body hair. In the 18th century, this process evolved into using molten candle wax.

What is Waxing Hair Removal?

A waxing hair removal procedure involves the application of wax to the skin and the removal of the hair with a cloth strip. The removal of hair lasts up to four weeks with waxing. Waxing should be done when the skin is dry and exfoliated. It is a form of hair removal treatment that can be done in the spa under an esthetician’s supervision.

Types of Waxing

Waxes are made from wax paraffin, which is a petroleum derivative. Waxes can be used for removing unwanted hair from body areas such as legs, bikini lines, and buttocks. Here are two types of most commonly used waxes.

Cold Wax

Cold wax is a type of wax that melts in room temperature air. It is applied to the skin and then removed in a similar manner as hot wax. Cold wax is a bit of a less intense version of hot wax.

Hot Wax 

The type that is most often used for hair removal is hot wax. Hot wax is water-based and is used to soften and remove hair. In addition to the wax being used in hair removal, it is also used as a component in other products.

When Can and Can’t You Get Waxed?

It’s possible to get waxed on any day of the month. That’s right, with waxing you don’t have to wait for a special occasion. When you have a special occasion, like a wedding or a dinner, you can find a date that works for you. 

Waxing can be done any time of the day – morning, evening, or night. But when can you get waxed? You can only get waxed if you have hair that is longer than one-quarter inch. If you have hair shorter than that, you have to wait until it is longer. It is not necessary to get your whole body waxed at any time.  It’s also possible for you to only get your eyebrows or chin or any part of your body waxed at one time. You can’t get waxed if you have any kind of infection like a cold or the flu. You can’t wax your skin if you have open wounds or cuts on your skin.

How Waxing Hair Removal Works?

Waxing involves the use of heated wax to remove unwanted hair from the skin. It is applied from a heated pot or from a strip that is heated up by a flame. The wax is then applied to the skin, and the hair follicles are pulled from the skin. After the hair is removed, the wax is removed from the skin and the skin remains unharmed.

Benefits of Waxing

Here are some benefits of waxing hair removal treatment

  1. It removes hair from the root 
  2. It is a quick and efficient option for removing hair 
  3. Waxing removes bumps and ingrown hair
  4. It is less expensive than laser hair removal
  5. It leaves skin softer and smoother than shaving or threading
  6. Women who wax regularly don’t rely on a depilatory
  7. It only takes about 10 minutes
  8. It does not damage the skin
  9. Waxing can be done at home or a spa
  10. Waxing reduces the chance of ingrown hair
  11. It’s cheaper hair removal methods

Disadvantages of Waxing

  1. Waxing can be painful
  2. Hair needs to grow at least a quarter inch for it to be pulled off
  3. It is more expensive than shaving
  4. It also takes longer when you need to get waxed full body
  5. Waxing removes the hair’s natural oils
  6. Increased sensitivity, redness of skin

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