While some people suffer from loss of hair, others are frantic about having their body or facial hair removed. Unwanted hair can be seen on the upper lip, chest, back, underarm, legs, chin, or bikini, and those who want a hair-free body look for an effective way to get rid of their unnecessary hair for a longer period of time with not much trouble.
This is where hair waxing comes in. Waxing is among the most common and oldest methods to remove unnecessary hair. There are 2 main types of wax used in a standard beauty salon or spa, these are hot wax – which is used in sensitive areas like eyebrows, face and bikini, and strip wax- used in larger areas like arms, legs and back. In a hot waxing procedure, hot wax is applied on the skin allowing it to cool and dry before pulling off in the other direction of hair growth. It then pulls away the hair from the root of the follicle.
In a strip waxing procedure, the wax is applied to the area and a strip of cotton like fabric is applied over the top and pulled off immediately in the opposite direction of growth, again removing the hair from the root of the follicle.
It is always wise to let a professional do the work for you, as both hot waxing and strip waxing involves taking into account the wax temperature, skin reactions, types of hair and skill to get the job done correctly without snapping hairs.
In case you are taking any Vitamin A orally or vitamin A derivative cream (known as Retin A ), you must stay away from waxing until your doctor says it is fine. Such products tend to thin the skin and are likely to remove excess skin layers while waxing. Furthermore, waxing should not be done if your skin is bruised, irritated, sunburned, or broken. Naturally, hair waxing is ideal for those with healthy skin.
With waxing, hair is removed from the root, it grows back in about 2-3 weeks, and if done on a constant basis, one can expect less hair due to lasting damage to the hair follicle.