Waxing - Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Who Should Wax
Waxing is a great alternative to shaving if you have hair you're uncomfortable with. Waxing is recommended for people of all ages and both genders. Though it is recommended that people start getting wax treatments at a young age, when the hair is fine and will be less painful to remove, anyone can get it done, regardless of age.

Waxing vs. Shaving
Waxing is better because it removes hair from the root. When you shave, you just cut the hair, so two hours later, you can see the hair there or the blue shadow (the hair follicle below the skin). Waxing, on the other hand, not only can last up to a month, but it's also much more permanent - over time it thins the hair so less grows back. Bonus: It exfoliates the skin as well, leaving you feeling silky smooth.

Preparing for a Wax
If you're worried about pain, take one or two Advil an hour before your appointment. We also recommend an exfoliating scrub the day before and advise not to apply body lotion the day of the wax. Also, for underarm waxing, it is recommended to use deodorant without antiperspirant because it comes off easier.

How Often to Wax
If you've shaven recently, wait five days. And though the time does vary between waxes, depending on how quickly or coarsely the hair grows back. It's best to wait around a month. People should wait three to four weeks between waxing. But in an emergency, if they have a new boyfriend or are about to go on vacation, they can come back in three weeks with no problem.

What to Expect
First the technician will clean and disinfect the area. After that, will apply the wax and remove small areas of hair at a time. There are two different types of wax. Soft wax is done with paper or muslin strips, and hard wax is removed without strips. In general, hard wax is used to remove hair in the bikini, underarm and face area; soft wax is used on larger areas of the body such as the leg or armpit. Afterwards, the technician will remove any wax residue and apply cream.

The Pain Factor
Waxing is uncomfortable because the hair is being pulled all the way out. If the roots are not pulled out, the discomfort is minimal but the results are also minimal. Discomfort is only felt at the time of service and stops immediately after. To be sure it's done right, you may want to check the strips to ensure the roots were also removed (you should see a small dark bulb on the hair follicle).

Post-Wax Treatment
Although the pain does subside as soon as the wax is over, the area can remain sensitive, which is why, not to use any scrubs for the next 48 hours and not to expose the area to direct sun for at least 24 hours. To treat redness or swelling, apply a small amount of cortisone cream from the drugstore.

After the tenderness has subsided, to exfoliate in the shower to remove dead skin so the pores don't become clogged, causing ingrown hairs and bumps. If bumps do appear, don't squeeze or tweeze! Bikini vs. Brazilian
A Brazilian wax removes more hair than a bikini wax. Whereas a bikini focuses on the front and sides (what would be visible in a swimsuit), the Brazilian removes the front, sides, back and everything in between, often only leaving a strip of hair in the front - or none at all. Most of the time, you can leave your underwear on during a standard bikini wax, but for a Brazilian, you'll have to be sans panties.

Why Brazilian?
Some reasons for having a Brazilian wax include cleanliness, convenience and, of course, sexiness. When you sit at the beach or pool in your bathing suit, you feel so good, so comfortable because you don't have to worry about hair peeking out.

Does It Hurt More?

Some women can't do the bikini, but they are OK with the eyebrow. Others can do the bikini, but they can't stand to wax their legs. Everyone is different. But it does hurt less the longer you do it. Eventually the hair becomes weak, so it doesn't hurt at all.

Does It Matter What Time of the Month It Is? Waxing hurts more the week before your period, so it's best to go in the week after. And if you're pregnant? Just like always, some days we are a little more sensitive than others. So if you're pregnant, it's fine. It doesn't hurt more.

and the obvious, too...
I don't need to mention this, but it is considerate to take a shower before your waxing session. Apply moisturizer around the area to make sure your skin is hydrated. And wear a comfortable skirt and underwear!