Waxing – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
There are so many methods to hair removal that the options can be overwhelming at times. Waxing has always been a top choice for hair removal, and there are many reasons why. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of waxing hair removal, so you can see if this method is the right match for you.
What is waxing, and where did it originate?
Waxing is a semi-permanent hair removal method, whereby the hair is removed from the root. Waxing is very versatile and can remove hair from almost every area of the body, the most common being legs, eyebrows, bikini area and underarms. Hair waxing can be for both males and females. Some popular men’s waxing includes back, arms, legs, chest waxing, and nose waxing.
History says that waxing may have originated in Egypt as far back as 1150 BC, where women waxed their legs and underarms. During the Roman Empire, the Roman bourgeois men liked their legs smooth, and many Romans waxed the entire body.
Hair waxing removes the hair directly from the root, leaving the area very smooth, unlike some other forms of hair removal. There are two main methods of hair removal. The first is with hot or hard wax. The hot wax is applied directly onto the area in a thick layer. The wax is then let to cool and harden before it is peeled off, removing the hair with it. The second method is strip waxing or soft wax. A thin layer of wax is spread over the area, and a paper strip is applied to it. The strip is then ripped off in a fast motion in the opposite direction of hair growth. Both methods are standard and are used in beauty salons in WA.
A few commonly asked waxing questions:
How many days does waxing last?
The length of time for hair to grow back varies from person to person, but generally, it takes 3 to 6 weeks for the new hair to grow. Try to keep consistent timing between waxes to ensure the best results. Maintaining a waxing schedule will be beneficial for your progress. If you hair wax infrequent, your progress can be reversed. Many people question if waxing will stop hair growth or just reduce hair growth. Hair waxing will not permanently stop hair growth. Still, by pulling the hair directly from the root, it will significantly reduce the speed of hair growth in the chosen area.
Why is waxing better than shaving?
The waxing process removes hair from the roots, thereby reducing the growth of the hair. Hair growth becomes softer and thinner over time. Shaving, however, cuts the hair at skin level, creating more blunt and thick hair.
Why does waxing causes pimples, ingrown hairs and acne?
When you don’t take the proper aftercare steps, this can lead to ingrown hairs, pimples, and sometimes acne. By avoiding sweaty, hot activities like saunas, the gym and hot showers for 24 hours after will reduce the likelihood of this happening. Make sure you are consistently moisturising and exfoliating to remove dead skin and stubborn hairs that may get trapped under the skin’s surface. Once you leave the salon, it is up to you to take steps to promote the success of waxing.
Waxing dos and don’ts…
• Exfoliate the skin to avoid ingrown hairs
• Keep the area moisturised
• Let the hair grow out about 5 – 10mm before waxing
• Be vigilant with UV protection
• Tell your wax specialist if you are allergic to any ointments or ingredients
• Research beauty salons in Perth near me and choose a method that works for you
• Have hot showers, saunas, or go the gym for 24 hours after waxing
• Shave between waxes
• Touch the newly waxed area
• Wax again before the hair is long enough for the wax to grab it
• Fake tan around the time of your appointment
Before and after pics form The Beauté Collective.
At The Beauté Collective, we pride ourselves on delivering the best services to our patients. For more information about waxing or to view the treatments we offer, give us a call on 08 9295 6897 or explore our website.