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!

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