Waxing is a temporary hair removal method. Hair is removed from the root. New hairs will not generally grow back on a waxed area for between 3 and 8 weeks.
What Areas Are Safe To Wax?
Most areas of the body can safely be waxed. However some caution is required for certain areas. Other areas also will hurt a lot more than others due to thinner skin and/or more sensitivity.
Areas safe to wax:
- Bikini Area (Likely to be very sensitive)
Areas unsafe to wax without prefessional training:
- Female genital region
- Male genitals
Areas that should never be waxed:
- Inside the ears
- Inside the nose
How Does Waxing Work?
Waxing works by the spreading of a wax combination thinly over the skin. After it is spread, a cloth or paper strip is usually used and pressed on the top of the skin and ripped off with a quick movement against hair growth direction. When this is done the wax, hair and dead skin cells are removed, the skin is left smooth.
Benefits Of Waxing
The main benefit of waxing over other forms of temporary hair removal is the long lasting results obtainable. Hair regrowth is generally between 3 to 8 weeks.
Unlike with shaving, new hair growth after an area has been waxed will be soft and fine and not sharp and coarse.
Shaving and depilatory creams remove hair at the surface rather than the root. Waxing removes the hair at the root. Surface hair removal will leave hair regrowth visible after a few days at the surface, leading to a rough stubble growth.
Repeated treatments on some areas such as eyebrows and lower legs will lead to regrowth becomming less common and eventually hair will cease to grow.
Drawback Of Waxing
Waxing does have its drawbacks. Not least of these is the pain that it causes upon the strip being removed from the skin. The pain is generally short-lasting, but can be very uncomfortable.
Waxing also tends to be more expensive than shaving as it is usually performed by a professional trained in the use of such treatments.
Whilst there are DIY waxing products on the market for home use, these can be difficult to use yourself on some areas of the body.
Waxing is also not permanent.
When the waxing strip is removed against the hair growth direcion, the wax strip may disturb hair follicles. This can result in hair regrowing in different directions. This can lead to ingrown hairs as well as the hair growth being more noticable.
Cautions Of Waxing
People suffering from Diabetes or have varicose veins or poor circulation are not recommeneded to use waxing as they are more prone usually to infection.
If the area to be waxed is affected by warts, pimples, rashes or irritated, chapped or suffering the effects of sunburn, then waxing shouldn't be carried out.
Wax should never be applied to peeling or broken skin.