The Bare Truth about Body Waxing
So you’ve made the decision to brave the waxing experience! Whatever your reason for deciding to go bare, here’s some great info about waxing for both men and women! Despite what you’ve heard, it’s NOT the death defying, follicle ripping, hair raising experience you have pictured in your head. Waxing can be a very satisfying experience! Don’t believe me? Read on and make the most out of your waxing experience.
Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker or darker? Definitely not. Waxing cannot change the number of hair follicles you have, their size or pigment. In fact, if you wax regularly, you will notice that your hair becoming sparser and less coarse over time.
Will I get ingrown hairs? Possibly. Each person is very different when it comes to ingrown hairs. If you experience ingrown hairs from shaving, you could experience it from waxing. Exfoliation is key, after waxing I suggest using a gentle sugar scrub about 48-72 hours after waxing and then 1 to 2 days a week after that. The basic components I like to see in a exfoliation scrub include: Sugar, lemon juice, olive oil and a few drops essential oils (tea tree, lavender and sweet orange - because of their antibacterial, antimicrobial effect).
Will my skin become red and irritated? Yes. But this varies for each person, depending on sensitivity. It is normal to turn red and for the skin to develop small, red bumps everywhere. This is only temporary and usually only lasts for 24 hours.
Is it painful? That also depends on your sensitivity. Remember, you are ripping hairs out of their cozy little home for the first time. Its not comfortable, however not nearly as painful as most first-timers imagine it to be.
How long does the hair have to be? For facial waxing I say over an ⅛ inch. For body waxing I prefer between a ¼ and ½ inch for better, longer lasting results.
Myth: You don't need to exfoliate if you wax. Waxing does not replace exfoliating. Waxing does exfoliate the first layer of skin, however prepping the skin by washing and exfoliating well is the best way to prevent bumps and ingrown hairs.
Myth: You only need to wax in the summer. If you enjoy experiencing the pain of that first time wax this might be the case. However, the trick with body waxing is to stay consistent. Usually coming in every 8 weeks or less, the hairs come out of the follicle much easier (read: less pain!) This method will also encourage the hair to stay on the same growth cycle (smoother results!) and the hair to become sparse and less coarse over time.