Waxing Explained

Waxing Explained

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Types of Waxing

There are two methods to waxing an area of the body, strip waxing and stripless waxing.

Strip waxing, sometimes called soft waxing, is where a wax coated piece of cloth or paper is adhered to the skin directly. The wax can be heated, chilled, or at the recommended temperature if it is as a premade set. Heated wax generally spreads more easily over the skin, while cold is thicker and can be a little difficult to spread. Prefabricated strips come with the wax already on the cloth and are available in various sizes. The method itself calls for the strip to be removed quickly, and is ripped from against the direction of hair growth. Going against the direction of hair growth is the most efficient, and reduces trauma to the skin. That said, this method does involve some pain, depending on the person, the area being waxed, the type of hair and amount of it, and other variables. 

Stripless waxing, also called hard waxing, involves wax to be applied to the desired area and is left to set for a while. Then, without the use of paper or cloth strips, the wax is removed gently from the skin. Stripless wax does not tend to adhere to the skin as much as strip waxing does, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin. It is also known for removing finer hairs more easily and is far less painful.

Sugaring Wax

Sugaring wax is a hair removal process that involves an all-natural paste applied to the body. The cloth or paper strip is not used, like stripless waxing or hard waxing. The paste contains natural ingredients such as lemon, sugar, and water, making it a more environmentally-conscious alternative to traditional waxing.

Why wax?

Waxing is a reliable, economical, and safe way to remove body hair. It is especially efficient and effective considering that its effects can last up to six weeks in many cases. Adding waxing to your beauty process allows you to make your skin glow while feeling clean, fresh and especially smooth.

Benefits of Waxing

Hair removal has been around for a long time, and we are constantly trying to find new and innovative ways to remove hair without any of the negatives. Although waxing might seem like a simple method to remove even fine hairs, it comes with some benefits compared to the alternatives. Here are some of the benefits you will likely experience, should you decide to wax. 

Smooth and detoxified skin

Not only will those annoying hairs be removed, but so will any dry or dead skin cells. As with any proper skin care regiment, removing unwanted skin cells can lead to great-looking and healthy skin. 

No cuts or bruises

This is great news for anyone who might be susceptible to discoloration. Waxing leaves no opportunity for cuts, bruises, or scars to form, given the process and products used. 

Removes hair from the root

As waxing removes hair right down to the follicle, the skin is left-stubble free afterwards. Stubbles can make the skin rough and abrasive, which can make your skincare routine that much more difficult. 

Minimal likelihood of skin irritation

This also goes for allergic reactions, as waxing, and is especially true for sugar waxing treatments. Other hair-removal techniques might be more challenging to consider for those who experience skill irritation or allergic reactions to various chemical compounds found in other procedures. 

Lengthens hair regrowth

Again, as the hair is removed down to the follicle, the process also slows down how long it takes for the hair to grow back. In many cases, the effects of waxing will last up to six weeks. Also, the hair that grows back tends to be more fine than the original hair. 

Disadvantages of waxing

Perhaps the largest disadvantage of waxing comes from the pain you might experience during the treatment. This is especially true when doing strip waxing, where a cloth or paper is used to rip the hair off. To add to this, “skin lifting” can also be an issue if the procedure is not done correctly. This is when bits of the skin are also torn off along with the wax. 

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