There are many different types and brands of wax available for the semi-permanent removal of unwanted hair. The hair is removed from the root and dependent on body site, new hairs will not grow back after waxing for a period of between two to eight weeks.
Many people report permanent hair reduction if waxing is done regularly over a period of years due to the repeated damage to the hair follicles. Areas that are regularly waxed over time can often have regrowth that is much softer and lighter.
Areas of the body commonly waxed include eyebrows, legs, arms, face, bikini, backs, tummy, feet and hands. Areas that should never be waxed because of sensitivity include eyelashes, eyelids, palms of hands, soles of feet and inside the ears or nose, also it is possible that it may trigger new hair growth that was not there previously.
Hair should be at least 1/8th of an inch but if left until 1/4 of an inch results will be better with longer lasting results. Warm wax can be applied by either a spatula or a roller and is spread thinly over the area to be waxed. Once cooled and slightly hardened a paper or cloth strip is pressed onto the wax and is then quickly ripped off against the direction of the hair growth, removing the hairs and also dead skin cells. A calming afterwax lotion is then applied, leaving the skin hydrated.?
Hot wax is applied directly to the skin, which hardens and cools and is then removed by the therapist without the use of paper or cloth strips. This method is ideally suited to clients who have sensitive skin, especially in the bikini or underarm areas.?Waxing can be painful when the strip is removed from the skin. Some therapists apply immediate pressure with their hands after waxing to help relieve the discomfort. On certain areas it is necessary to pull the skin taut to avoid bruising or removing skin. The pain is short-lasting, but can be very uncomfortable.
Some clients experience ingrown hairs, red bumps and minor bleeding after waxing, although this is more likely to be limited to areas with strong hair growth. Waxing can sometimes cause hair follicles to produce hairs that grow in different directions and this can make the regrowth more noticeable and make hair removal more difficult. During or prior to menstruation clients can be more sensitive so it can be advisable avoid waxing during that time.
See our article relating to habia’s waxing protocol for advice on consultation and treatment.?Contraindications for waxing can include clients with diabetes, poor circulation, phlebitis, recent scar tissue, acne, and over varicose veins. Certain medications such as Retin-A Accutane, Tetracycline, Glycolic Acid, and Alpha Hydroxy products can make the skin more sensitive or more likely to tear during waxing. Waxing should never be performed on areas recently exposed to sunlight, or on areas with warts, pimples, moles or rashes. ?Clients should be given the following After Wax advice?Gently wash the waxed area with an antibacterial soap in luke warm water?Avoid hot baths or showers for 12 hours?Avoid sunbathing and sunbeds for at least 48 hours?Avoid saunas and steam rooms for at least 48 hours?Do not use any products containing acid, i.e. alpha-hydroxy, glycolic acid, salicylic acid etc for at least 48 hours.