High school graduation is coming up, and you’ve decided you want to go to beauty school and begin a career as a beautician/cosmetologist. Now, finding a beauty school doesn’t have to be overly complicated. What you first need to understand is the difference between the terms ‘beauty school’ and ‘cosmetology school,’ because they are both used interchangeably. This is not a big deal, in most cases, but we want to show there can be a contrast between the literal meanings of these two common phrases. Beauty schools can offer cosmetology programs, as well as individual programs in the various areas of cosmetology, such as hair design, nails, makeup, etc. Cosmetology schools may only focus on cosmetology, but can offer additional programs as well, or not.

The point is that we’re going to talk about how to choose a beauty school that offers all types of programs. Do you already know what kind of beauty school training the career you want requires?

“What kind of beauty schools near me can assist me in reaching my goals?”

To answer this question, you need to figure out what kind of program would be best for you. From there, look at the options for training in your state. Even if a school does not offer a specific program that you’re looking for, it can be a good idea to contact them. They may offer another program or course track that can help you earn the license requirements and skills you want to work with.

Say you want to take an all-encompassing program that will teach you hair, skin, makeup, nail, and esthetician work, then look for beauty schools with cosmetology programs. Earning your cosmetologist’s license can help you qualify for a wide variety of jobs in the beauty industry.

For stylists who just want to focus on hair, then a hair design program is ideal. Some state’s offer a beautician license or equivalent. This can be a much quicker path than having to go through a complete cosmetology program.

For students who just want to focus on makeup, you might be able to earn your license in this area in your state. Some states do not have an official licensure. But if you want to be the best special effects artist, or offer the most stellar bridal makeup services, you should seek the best training you can find.

Most states offer esthetician training as an alternative to cosmetology licensing for students who want to focus on facial skin care. A lot of times, makeup artist professionals will use this form of training and licensing to work in their state; since esthetician training usually requires fewer hours of education and clock hours.

Nail artistry is a skill that is quickly getting recognized as an awesome form of art in the beauty industry. Whether you want to offer nail services in addition to your other skills, or work at a nail salon, many states have nail tech licensure. If this is your goal then you should narrow your options to beauty schools that offer nail tech programs. However, it can also be a good idea to consider cosmetology programs. They typically include nail technician courses, and can help you qualify for additional career opportunities.

Massage therapy programs are often an option at beauty schools. But there are also many options for schools that just focus on massage therapy training. If your goal is to become a licensed massage therapist, look at both types of schools. You will want to compare the curriculum to be sure the type of massage you want to practice is offered.

It doesn’t matter what type of career you want to pursue in the world of beauty, when comparing schools, you have to look at all of your options.

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A cosmetology career puts your creativity to work in helping people look their best. Although the scope of the job depends on state licensing laws, most cosmetologists cut and style hair, give treatments to the hair and skin, and apply makeup. If you’re good with your hands and enjoy pampering others, a cosmetology career may suit you perfectly — as long as you are also aware of the disadvantages.

In every state, you must complete an approved training program before beginning a career as a cosmetologist. Obtain training at some high schools, vocational or technical schools, and two-year colleges. Full-time cosmetology training usually takes a minimum of nine months, and some colleges have two-year associate degree programs. After training, you must pass state licensing exams, which often include both a written test and a styling test. Most states also require a licensing fee, and many states require you to renew your license regularly and pay a renewal fee.

A cosmetologist’s work is physically tiring and hard on the back, legs and feet. Cosmetologists must stand most of the time as they cut and style hair and apply hair and skin treatments. The hours often include evening and weekends, because salons stay open when working clients are available for services. In addition, constant use of shampoos, hair dyes, and permanent wave and straightening solutions causes skin irritation in those prone to allergies. The fumes from some chemicals in cosmetology products also can irritate the eyes and lungs.

The typical cosmetologist earns less than the average high school graduate. Cosmetologists earned average hourly pay of $12.88 in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For a full year at 40 hours per week, this equals $26,790, thousands less than the $33,904 average annual pay for high school graduates, according to the BLS. Many cosmetologists work only part-time and actually receive less. Wages vary, however, and the lowest-earning 10 percent of cosmetologists received $8.10 per hour or less in 2012. The top-earning 10 percent received $20.37 per hour or more. Most cosmetologists receive tips from customers that can raise their annual earnings.

Cosmetologists who want to increase their income face several obstacles. In many shops, beauticians have to pay rent on their booth spaces. Experienced operators often open their own salons, but they must find and keep clients to make money. Jobs for cosmetologists are expected to increase by 14 percent between 2010 and 2020, and those who retire or leave for other work will create additional openings. However, cosmetologists who want to move to higher-paying salons will face intense competition.

Finally, cosmetologists have to be friendly and patient with all types of customers, even the difficult and surly ones. The must pay attention to what clients want in a haircut, style or treatment to cultivate repeat customers. Some services, such as color or permanent waves, require precise timing — or a client’s hair may be ruined. The risk of making a mistake, displeasing clients and losing them adds to a stylist’s job stress.

So, feel like you can take the heat and deal with some of these issues? Then you may be fit to be a cosmetologist! We’ve gone over both the pros and cons, and hopefully you have gotten some answers with these articles.

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So you’ve thought about what you want to do in life, and that is go to cosmetology school and become a licensed cosmetologist. Awesome! Now, comes the fun part: research! Cosmetologists cut hair, treat skin and style nails for customers of a spa or salon. Some are self-employed and take clients in their shops or homes. Median 2010 annual pay was a relatively modest $22,500 for barbers, hairdressers and cosmetologists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Low wages aside, the job does come with a number of benefits. Have you looked in to what those benefits might be? What about the cons?

In this article, I’m going to go over the pros of becoming a cosmetologist to give you a better look at the career.

To work as a cosmetologist, you must complete an accredited cosmetology program approved by your state. You must also obtain a state license. Once you meet these technical requirements, you have the flexibility to work in a position where you basically are your own boss. In a spa or salon, you may be a regular employee or you may work independently and get paid based on the clientele you bring in. With projected job growth of 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the bureau, you would have little trouble finding work on your own if you don’t like your employment setup.

Cosmetologists who succeed in the business enjoy the opportunity to build relationships with clients and, in some cases, co-workers. If you are friendly and good at your work, your top customers may stick with you for years. Some clients even move with their cosmetologists when they change salons. Hair, skin and nail treatments may last hours, giving you a chance to hold pleasant conversations with your clients. Once you establish initial rapport, it is not uncommon for cosmetologists to discuss personal life events with their clients.

Cosmetologists usually have a passion for fashion and style. They like to stay on the cutting edge of trends in hair and skin care, and share their knowledge with clients. Seeing a satisfied look on a client’s face after giving her a dramatic new look is very rewarding for many cosmetologists. Closely related to trendsetting is the opportunity to work in a creative endeavor. Cosmetologists are essentially hair, skin and nail artists trying to bring out the beauty in their clients.

Trade shows and educational seminars are common in cosmetology, and many cosmetologists frequent these training venues to stay up with developments in the industry. While they offer the chance to learn, they also add to the fun factor in the cosmetology profession. Spas and salons are typically relaxed and positive workplaces. Clients come for rest and stress relief, and appreciate when cosmetologists encourage a fun and lighthearted environment.

So those are some of the pros to becoming a cosmetologist, but as with every pro, there is a con. In the next article, I’m going to go over some of the cons that accompany this career field. Stay tuned!

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Summer Beauty

With every new season comes a new set of beauty woes: hair loss as the leaves fall in autumn, dry skin in the cold of winter, humidity from all the rain in spring. And while summer may bring with it beachy waves and sun-kissed cheeks, it also presents many problems of its own. Here, I’m going to offer solutions to some common ones.

First step is to maybe try a new hair style. Treat hair like you do your skin. The sun compromises the cuticle, the outer protective layer of the hair, and over time can make it brittle and dull. The first line of defense is tying it back, whether in a simple ponytail or an effortful plaited style. This will help your hair remain healthy in the hot summer sun.

Next tip is to try and find that happy medium between washing and not washing your hair. For some people, washing less often makes sense, as natural hair oils can help offset frizz. Others might need to ramp up their regimen with products like texturizing spray, smoothing fluid and leave-in conditioner. And remember: There are always swim caps. Also, if you are going to the beach or pool, dampen your hair before heading out to help your hair fight off the salt and chemicals.

You may want to consider wrapping your hair up during the summer season. While you might wear a headwrap to cover what is underneath, it can also be seen as an awesome expression of style during the summer! Protection from sun damage is an added bonus.

Have you seen those ridiculously high SPF numbers on a bottle of sunscreen? Well, don’t buy in to it. There is no such thing as 100 percent UV protection, not even from a sunscreen with an SPF of 110. But when applied correctly, that is greasing up with a full ounce of product every two hours, a product labeled SPF 30 lets you stay in the sun without getting burned 30 times longer than if you were wearing no sunscreen at all. Using a water-resistant sport sunscreen can also help you beat the burn when you are outdoors and in the sun. It’ll help when you sweat, just make sure to reapply often.

You may want to give your pores a little rest and relaxation. If you can afford it, a summer facial can help mitigate sun damage and oily skin. In a place such as New York, treatments can start at $60. An appointment with a top facialist, on the other hand, could cost you as much as $500. Most appointments will include extractions, deep cleansing and product consultations. Your skin needs to breathe, sometimes.

Maybe consider wearing less make up? When you perspire, you are a setup for all kinds of things to go awry. But that doesn’t mean you need to skip makeup altogether. And a number of companies now sell products they call workout-proof. If a beauty regimen can withstand consecutive spin classes, it can probably handle the heat.

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Shaving Tips

When shaving legs, underarms or bikini area, proper moisturization is a vital first step. Never shave without first moistening dry hair with water, as dry hair is difficult to cut and breaks down the fine edge of a razor blade. A sharp blade is crucial to getting a close, comfortable, irritation-free shave. A razor that scratches or pulls needs a new blade immediately.

Shaving your legs?

Moisten skin with water for about three minutes, then apply a thick shaving gel. Water plumps up the hair, making it easier to cut, and the shaving gel helps retain the moisture.

Use long, even strokes without applying excessive pressure. Shave carefully over bony areas like ankles, shins and knees.

For knees, bend slightly to pull the skin tight before shaving, as folded skin is difficult to shave.

Stay warm to prevent goose bumps, as any irregularity in the skin surface can complicate shaving.

Wire-wrapped blades help prevent careless nicks and cuts. Don’t press too hard! Simply let the blade and handle do the work for you.

Remember to shave in the direction of hair growth. Take your time and shave carefully over sensitive areas. For a closer shave, carefully shave against the grain of hair growth.

What about the underarms?

Moisten skin and apply a thick shaving gel.

Lift your arm up while shaving to pull skin tight.

Shave from the bottom up, allowing the razor to glide over the skin.

Avoid shaving the same area more than once, to minimize skin irritation.

Wire-wrapped blades help prevent careless nicks and cuts. Don’t press too hard! Simply let the blade and handle do the work for you.

Avoid applying deodorants or antiperspirants immediately after shaving, as doing so can result in irritation and stinging. To prevent this, shave underarms at night and give the area time to stabilize before using deodorant.

Now for the bikini area.

Moisten hair for three minutes with water and then apply a thick shaving gel. This preparation is a must, as the hair in the bikini area tends to be thicker, denser and curlier, making it more difficult to cut.

Handle the skin in the bikini area gently, as it is thin and tender.

Shave horizontally, from the outside to the inside of the upper thigh and groin area, using smooth even strokes.

Shave frequently year-round to keep the area free of irritation and ingrown hairs.

Give your skin 30 minutes of time to repair itself after shaving. Skin is at its most sensitive immediately after shaving. To prevent inflammation, let skin rest at least 30 minutes before you do any of the following.

Do you plan on applying lotions, moisturizers or medications to your skin? If you must moisturize immediately following shaving, select a cream formula rather than a lotion, and avoid exfoliating moisturizers that may contain alpha hydroxyl acids.

If you plan on going swimming, freshly shaved skin is vulnerable to the stinging effects of chlorine and salt water, as well as sun tan lotions and sunscreens that contain alcohol, so be aware.

 

Natural Beauty Tips

The world would have us believe that there are no simple and inexpensive natural beauty tips and tricks. Don’t believe it. For starters, let’s get real about the idea of beauty. To me it’s about unmasking the real person, not covering it up. And there are lots of simple ways to thank your body, feel more beautiful, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Here are just 10. They are easy. They are all natural, and yet, still luxurious. Enjoy.

  1. Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair and leave it on for 10 – 30 minutes. Wash it our doing your usual hair washing ritual (if you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends). Bingo! Super simple, and all natural, beauty tip.
  2. Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes. And then sit back and admire your pretty hands.
  3. Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and a super quick way to get soft, beautiful skin. Once a week use a tablespoon or so of raw honey (not the processed stuff parading as honey) and gently warm it by rubbing your fingertips together. Spread on your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then use warm water to gently rinse it off and pat dry. Then bask in the glow of your honey-awesomeness.
  4. For those who are using commercial shampoos: To help eliminate any build up in your hair, mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner.
  5. Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Helps soften those rough patches. And it smells good. (Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.)
  6. Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin.
  7. Want super soft, hydrated hair? Use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage coconut oil into your scalp and then work it through your hair. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then wash it out using shampoo (no need to condition unless you have long hair and then maybe just the ends)
  8. Use coconut oil on your legs as a natural replacement for your shaving cream. Talk about a simple, natural beauty tip.
  9. Place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. (Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive so it’s best to do this before bed rather than before going outside).
  10. Dry brushing is a simple detoxification process for your body. It stimulates a number of organs through a gently massage. It also helps the lymphatic system, eliminates dead skin coatings, strengthens the immune system, can eliminate cellulite, stimulates the hormones, and can help tighten skin through better circulation. Best of all, it’s cheap and easy!

Hopefully these tips help save you some money, and also make you feel better using some completely natural ways to spruce up your beauty routine.

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Forever Young

Young, middle-aged, and older individuals studied thousands of photographs and were asked to guess the age of models with various facial expressions. Neutral expressions yielded the most accurate results, and fearful expressions made subjects look older; happy faces were rated as younger than they really were.

We are always looking for ways to look younger than we really are. So how do we do it? Well, I’ve got some tips for you to help you de-age your look and also feel a bit better about your aging appearance.

First off, you’ll want to eat more grapes. Sorbitol, which gives grapes, berries, plums and pears their sweetness, is a humectant, a substance that attracts water when applied to the skin, helping it absorb and retain moisture. This keeps skin from drying out and cracking, and keeping it moisturized helps fight off wrinkles

Next, you’ll want to use styling products that add volume to your hair as it becomes thinner, and try a lighter color, which can make thinning less obvious. Whether you have your hair washed at home or at a salon, use deep conditioning treatments regularly to combat dryness.

Keeping your eyebrows well groomed and shaped helps provide a frame for your face and draws attention to your eyes. Youth and liveliness can really be seen within the eyes.

On top of eating grapes, cleaning and moisturizing helps protect skin and keep it healthy; but do not use regular soap, which can be drying for older skin. Instead, use a cleanser that gently washes without stripping skin of moisture. Avoid skin toners, especially those with a stringent or alcohol base. Use a good moisturizer day and night.

If you have a wrinkly neck or jowls, avoid tight fitting or crew-neck tops, which squeeze skin upward. A shirt collar over a round-necked jersey is a better option. Wear dark-colored shirts if you have a large belly. Basically, the way you dress can either make you look older or younger than you really are.

Use a good hand cream frequently, and look for one that has sunscreen included. Brighten dull hands by exfoliating regularly: mix sea salt with lemon juice and gently scrub into your hands with a soft toothbrush. This will get your hands feeling smooth and keep them from drying out, which is especially easy during the hot and dry weather months.

Eat more greens and reds. Vitamin K, which is in kale and other green vegetables, helps your blood coagulate, reducing the impact of bruising. Lycopene in tomatoes gives the skin powerful protection against UV rays.

Salmon and other oily fish are rich in DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol, or dimethylethanolamine, with deanol), a compound that boosts muscle tone and is one of the must-have ingredients in expensive “mature” skin creams. Eating oily fish twice a week offers the same benefits.

You’ll fend off muscle loss and sleep better when you exercise most days of the week. Combine cardiovascular exercise for heart and lungs, resistance exercise for muscles, stretching for flexibility and balance exercise for coordination.

Just follow some of these tips, and you will start looking and feeling younger, even as the amount of candles on your birthday cake go up.

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Summer is coming, the weather is getting hotter, and you’re probably thinking it is time to cut your hair. Whether you’re thinking about a pixie or you’re just trying to take a few inches off your locks, there’s a thing or two you should know about cutting your hair. What follows are some little known facts about getting your hair cut, and some tips to help you get the best out of your cut.

First off, cutting your hair more often doesn’t make it grow faster. Getting rid of the ends of your hair doesn’t directly effect hair growth. The ends of your hair don’t impact the follicles in your scalp, which determine how fast and how much your hair grows. Trimming simply keeps hair healthier as it grows, and gets rid of those split ends.

You will also want to give yourself some time in between each trim instead of going with the typical 6-8 weeks. Hair begins to split around the 3-4 month mark, which is when you’ll actually need a trim. Now, split ends will continue to split up the length of the hair if you don’t trim them, making your hair brittle and weak. When you start seeing split ends more often than non-split ends, it’s time to get a cut.

When cutting your hair, you should layer it according to your hair texture. Tighter curls work best with layers that aren’t perfectly even, while straighter hair works best with more even layers.

Before cutting hair, skip the shampoo. You’ll be having your hair washed anyway, so there’s no need to dry out the cuticle twice. You can also skip the hair wash completely, as some hair is better to trim when dry. It’s best to trim natural hair when dry. For those with natural hair, it’s important to know that hair should be cut when dry. Head to a salon that specializes in natural tresses so you know you’re getting the best cut possible.

Looking to get your hair cut for less money? Check your local salons and see if there are any salon apprentices in the area. It’s a great way to not only help out a budding stylist with honing their skills and building a portfolio, but you’ll also get it a lot cheaper!

If you’re thinking about getting bangs, know what works best for your face and for your hair texture. Long, wispy bangs usually work best for a square face, while softer, shorter bangs work best to frame a round face.

Cutting off your hair doesn’t make hair care any easier. To keep them maintained, shorter cuts usually require more frequent trips to the salon to keep the shape and style fresh, which can end up costing more money, as well as time.

Sure, we’ve all got a folder full of haircut ideas saved or pinned on our phone, but make sure you have narrowed it down to several options you would be happy with. When you get to the salon, your stylist could tell you that a certain cut won’t work with your texture, or that it will actually require much more maintenance than you originally thought.

If you are about to make that plunge and get that summer hairstyle, follow these tips and you will enjoy that fresh warm weather look!

In the last blog, we went over the advantages and disadvantages of waxing. In this post, I’m going to go over some this-or-that scenarios when it comes to waxing, namely whether to use hot or cold wax, doing it by yourself or at a salon, and discuss organic wax.

Now let’s begin the debates! First up, we’re going to discuss the merits of cold wax and hot wax.

Cold wax does essentially the same job as hot wax but involves using already coated wax strips. Whilst cold wax strips are less messy than hot wax, most testimonies report that they are not as effective as hot wax, as they often leave some hair still attached to the skin.

Because hot wax molds onto the skin and grips at each individual hair more tightly than cold wax strips, hot wax treatments are better at removing shorter hair. Given this fact, hot wax is the best option for removing hair from areas people do not like growing back, such as the upper lip or the chin. Many reports about waxing affirm that hot wax causes less reddening of the skin than cold wax, therefore making it a preferable option for those who have sensitive skin.

One disadvantage of hot wax over cold is that it is a fairly messy procedure, waxing large areas with hot wax should be left to the experts and because of the mess and difficultness of hot wax treatments, using cold wax strips tends to be a more popular waxing method at home.

So we talked about hot and cold wax, what about where to wax? Should we do it ourselves, or go to a salon? Like with all methods of hair removal, the best results are achieved by a professional who has in-depth knowledge and experience about the procedure. The hair is more easily ripped off when it is at a 40-degree angle and when either the cloth or strip is removed very quickly.

When left in novice hands accomplishing these tasks can prove to be easier said than done and many people who try waxing themselves are often left with only partially waxed skin. Although practice does make perfect and most people improve their waxing technique with perseverance and find that waxing at home is a much more inexpensive and convenient option than visiting a salon.

Now, some skin is more sensitive than other types of skin and is more prone to having an allergic reaction to both hot and cold wax. Organic wax is available, which contains purely organic ingredients, including aloe, which helps to reduce irritation and soothe the skin.

Like most organic products, organic wax is slightly more expensive than regular wax. Homemade solutions are another option. Many people choose to make their own wax by putting sugar, lemon and honey into a microwavable bowl and heating the mixture until it is hot and gooey.

Waxing, whether it is with hot wax or a cold wax strip is an extremely efficient and inexpensive way of removing surplus and unattractive hair from our bodies, providing you can survive the pain, of course.

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To Wax or not to Wax?

Have you ever shaved and then the next day you already have that coarse, rough stubble? It sucks, right? Hair can grow quickly, and when you shave, you just cut the hair down to the level of your skin. The follicle is still there, and can immediately start regrowth. When it comes to waxing, however…

Waxing is a very effective method of hair removal, and also relatively inexpensive for the benefit of having a longer time without hair being wherever you wanted to get rid of it. It can be painful, however, that is one of the disadvantages. However, if you can stand the pain, the unique benefits waxing unwanted hair from the skin are enough to make many women, and men, too, become true believers in waxing. In this article, I’m going to go over the benefits and disadvantages of waxing.

The wax is melted and applied to the skin with a plastic spatula. It is left to cool for several minutes with a cloth on top of the wax so it can be removed. Whilst the wax becomes cooler it molds itself around the hair follicles, gripping them firmly. Once the wax has completely cooled and become tacky in texture, the skin is pulled taut in the opposite direction to the way the cloth is to be removed. The cloth is then pulled quickly and sharply in an upward direction and the hair is ripped from the skin by the roots, leaving the skin feeling smooth, hairless, and in a good bit of pain.

Unlike other temporary and permanent hair removal methods, both small and large areas of hair can be removed with hot wax. Simply cover the area with wax and use a bigger piece of cloth to remove larger clumps of hair.

Some hair removal techniques are only effective on certain hair colors, textures and types of skin. Waxing is not so discriminating and will remove any shade and consistency of hair from all types of skin. Waxing works equally on the finer hair typically found on the upper lip, as it does on the coarser hair typically found on the bikini line.

The biggest advantage waxing has over all other types of temporary hair removal is that the hair takes considerably longer to grow back. Although the rate of re-growth can vary between each individual and the efficiency of how the procedure was carried out, typically no hair begins to reappear for over a week – a pleasant relief compared to the unsightly stubble, which starts to emerge almost immediately after shaving. If the hair is waxed often enough it can weaken the follicle and cause permanent loss of hair.

Because waxing is such a popular and effective method of hair removal, it is widely available at nearly all beautician salons and also comes available in do it yourself home kits. Although the price varies a great deal between salons and the area being waxed, it is a relatively cheap method of hair removal, which does not require a large amount of money being handed over in one go. The average price of an upper lip wax is approximately $12, whilst half a leg wax will cost nearer $25.

The wax does not just remove the hair at the root but it also exfoliates the skin, providing for ultra smooth and silky skin.

Those are the advantages to waxing, now time for some of the disadvantages.
First and foremost, it’s painful. Although everybody has a different pain threshold, waxing hair from the body, undeniably hurts! Whilst some people can handle the pain, for others it means waxing is a no-no method of removing unwanted body hair. Waxing also usually causes a red rash to immediately appear, although this disappears an hour or so later.

For waxing to be able to achieve optimum results, the hair should be at least one centimeter in length. It is therefore advisable to refrain from repeating the process for at least six weeks to allow the hair to grow long enough, a request that puts off those wanting permanent hair free and silky smooth bodies.

Whilst the potential side effects are relatively minimal with waxing, one possible hazard is ingrown hairs. They can occur when hair, instead of being pulled off by the wax, break off under the skin and the skin becomes inflamed when re-growth starts.

Read the next article to see whether it is better to use hot wax or cold wax!