Over the last 25 to 35 years, waxing has become more popular as a method of hair removal, for both men and women. When deciding to get into this profession, I was amazed at how much misinformation was out there, thanks in part to the movies. So I’m going to try to set you straight about waxing, since I shoot from the hip, here goes.....
There are 2 types of wax, commonly known as “soft/strip" wax and “hard” wax. Soft/Strip wax has a sticky consistency. It is spread in a thin layer over the skin, and then a cloth is applied over it. The cloth is quickly removed along with the hair. Soft/strip wax is great for less sensitive and large areas of the body such as legs, chest and back. Hard wax is applied to the skin and cools down causing it to set up. Forming itself into a wax strip, which is then removed. Hard wax is the only wax we use on more delicate areas such as the face and private parts.
DO NOT....... let anyone use soft/strip wax on your genitals. If you do, it’s going to greatly increase the pain as well as increase the chances of peeling some of your skin off with it. That is not good.
Both types of wax are often referred to as “hot wax’. It’s necessary to warm the wax in order to use it, but it is not actually “hot”. It's just warm. It’s not going to burn.
Hair needs to be a minimum of ¼ inch long in order to get a good result. If you’ve been shaving the area to be waxed, you probably need to wait at least 2 to 3 weeks before you get waxed for the best results.
Ok…waxing hurts. There's no point in lying to you. But I also have to tell you that it doesn’t hurt nearly as bad as you imagine it does. It's nothing like in the movies. It’s a very quick pain and an experienced waxer makes a huge difference in the amount of pain you will experience. It only hurts during thet moment when the wax is actually being pulled off (like pulling off a band aid). Clients usually say: “Yeah, it hurt, but not as bad as I thought it would. And you kept my mind off it by talking me through it.”
Technique also plays a big role in the pain factor and many clients tell me that it hurt less with me then it has with previous experiences. Why, because experience matters. Seriously, it’s REALLY not that bad. I promise. If you are worried about it, some clients like to take their favorite OTC pain medication (like Advil/Tylenol/Asprin) about an hour before their appointment or use a product called No Scream Cream.
So why wax instead of just shaving? Lots of good reasons: First of all, there is much less problem of ingrown hairs with waxing. Secondly, there is no itching when the hair grows back. The hair that grows back is soft and not stubbly. You aren’t cutting off a mature hair; you are growing a brand new soft hair. Thirdly, waxing doesn’t take nearly as much maintenance as shaving. Finally, no razor burn!
How long does waxing last? Your first wax will grow back a bit faster than subsequent waxes. You’ll probably start to notice a small amount of re-growth in 10 days or so, but remember, it won’t be like the hair growing back after shaving. We usually recommend clients wax every 4 to 5 weeks. By the 3rd wax, you find that the whole thing is a breeze. The pain will be greatly decreased and the re-growth will be greatly slowed. By then, you find that at the 4 to 5 week mark, you’ll have just enough hair to wax and you’ll basically feel hair free all the time.
Who gets waxed? Everybody. Our youngest client was 12 and oldest was 84. Basically, anybody that wants a safe, easy, affordable method of hair removal that they only have to think about once a month.
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