Nowadays waxing is becoming a very popular hair removal method for both men and women. There are several ways that this can be achieved, one is that it can be done at home at your convenience or have a professional do it at their beauty shop or spa.
Waxing by applying the product to the skin, the waxing solution wraps itself around the hair and it is then pulled. The hair is pulled out at the root, so many people do find this method of hair removal very painful. Some have said that with time, the pain does diminish as the body gets used to it. If your pain tolerance is low, use a numbing cream or a pain reducing gel about an hour before waxing. These ointments can be purchased at your local grocery store or pharmacy. If you are adamant, and want to wax despite the pain, it might just be advisable to go to a salon and have a licensed beauty consultant, do it for you. However, besides the pain that you might feel as you have the hair pulled out at its roots, the other pain will be at the register when you pay the beauty technologist. Waxing at a reputable salon is very expensive. Some salons will charge as much as $25 for bikini line wax.
There are different kinds of waxing kits available, the most popular being a warm waxing kit. Cold wax can also be used for hair removal. Cold wax exists as either a gel or paste form. It is not necessary to heat this type of wax, however it is very messy as it is difficult to control the thickness, that needs to be applied to the skin. This method does work well for those who have sensitive skin as it causes less irritation.
If you do decide to use a waxing kit at home, be sure to read all the instructions. Furthermore, always do an allergy test to a small area of the skin for any type of reaction to the product.
The one disadvantage of this hair removal method is that the hair needs to be long. Your hair should be about a one eighth inch in length, for optimal results. If your hair is too long you may want to trim it down. Also be sure as not to take a bath just before waxing. Hair can absorb water, which makes it soft, thereby making it harder for the wax to stick to the hair. Dry hair is much tougher than soft hair and can thus be pulled out much easily. Before beginning to wax, it is always a good idea to apply some powder to absorb any moisture or natural oils from the skin.
The wax should be of a soft but not runny consistency, so be sure not to overheat the wax. Over heating the wax may cause you to burn your skin. It would be wise to use a lower temperature for removing facial hair and use it in a small area one at a time.
Many people experience ingrown hair after waxing. This is avoided by applying a thin layer of wax in the direction of the hair growth. Apply a strip over the wax and in the same direction as the hair. Get a good grip of the strip and pull it in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This should be done in quick fluid motion, to keep pain levels at a minimum. Another way to avoid ingrown hair is to exfoliate the skin prior to hair removal.
Now remember waxing for hair removal will cause a temporary redness to the skin. So if you are waxing for a special occasion, be sure to do it a few days before your event.