Waxing has been used for centuries by many different cultures to rid the body of unwanted hair. Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root, so it lasts longer than shaving, which just cuts the hair from the surface of the skin.
Other benefits include no cuts, or stubble and over time the hairs can grow back softer and finer. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many types of wax suitable for removing unwanted hair.
Advantages of warm/strip waxing
- The procedure is much quicker than hot waxing.
- Larger areas can be waxed at once.
- It is suitable for most hair types, fine and coarse, and it can remove strong deep rooted hairs successfully.
- Hair re-growth is finer.
Advantages of hot waxing
- It works well on small patches of strong coarse hair.
- The wax gets a better grip of the hair than warm wax.
- It does not leave a sticky residue like warm waxing.
- It is better for removing shorter hair.
We suggest that hair is ideally 0.5cm long to achieve the best results. Wear loose underwear for intimate waxing and loose clothing for all other areas.
If you are worried about the pain and haven’t had waxing before here are a couple of tips to lessen the pain and to get the most out of your waxing treatment.
- Take 1 or 2 paracetamol about 30-40 minutes before your appointment. This can help reduce discomfort.
- Avoid having waxing done when you have a period.
- Make sure your hair is long enough to remove completely from the roots.
- If you’ve shaved the area it might take a couple of waxes to get your hair into a cycle of growth that allows for the most effective wax finish.
It’s normal immediately after your wax for the following to occur. Any symptoms should subside within 24-48 hours.
- Slight soreness
- Small red bumps
- The appearance of a rash.
If the aftercare advice given below is followed the skin will return to normal within 24-48 hours. Because waxing removes the hair at the root. It’s important that you keep the area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24-48 hours. This includes:
- Avoid touching the waxed area to ensure it remains bacteria free.
- Avoid hot baths and showers, steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis.
- No massage or heat treatments for 24 hours.
- Tight clothing should be avoided as this can irritate the skin.
- No deodorant, or perfumed lotions should be applied to the area that has been waxed for 24 hours.
- Sunbathing for at least 12 hours (have your waxing done at least the day BEFORE you go on holiday) as burning can occur.
- Do not apply fake tan for 24 hours.
- Waxing may cause ingrowing hairs, so use an exfoliator weekly.
How long will waxing last?
If you’re a first-time or occasional waxer you will likely notice some new hair growth within 2-3 weeks due to the naturally staggered hair growth cycle. This part of regrowth will be sparse, about one-third of the hair normally present. Soon after the remaining hair will begin growing.
Regular waxing will leave the area hair free for 3-6 weeks. Over time the density of hair in the waxed area may start to decrease as well.