Waxing to remove unwanted and unsightly hair from the body is not a modern thing. In fact, it has been used by ancient Egyptian women to remove hair from their bodies. Despite the technological advances to hair removal, women (and even some men) have not totally abandoned this procedure as an effective and reliable beauty treatment. From eliminating hair on the armpit, the bikini line and eyebrows, waxing is often painful but is considered as highly necessary.
Hair removed through waxing takes two to six weeks to re-grow. Although the process can be uncomfortable and even painful, the results are longer compared to tweezing or shaving. Because redness and swelling are often a side effect of wax hair removal, women are advised to wax several days before an event, or at least 48 hours before an event just to make sure that the skin has healed.
Types of Waxing
There are two types—paraffin/beeswax and sugaring. Both methods use the same exact procedures: the wax is applied to a clean skin and a thin cloth, made of muslin, is pressed firmly onto the waxed area. The cloth is then ripped away quickly in the direction that is opposite the growth of the hair. The process is done repeatedly until hair is completely removed from the desired area.
The most obvious benefit of hair removal via wax is the hair re-growth time. It can be used in all parts of the body, but with great care and consideration. The most common body parts where wax is used are the armpits, chest, back, eyebrows and bikini line.
Another thing that people find appealing is that after the procedure, the hair tends to grow smoother and finer compared to when you shave it. The reason behind this is that shaving slices the hair and leaves raw edges. Wax pulls the hair from the root so a smoother, new hair can grow back.
Things to Consider
You are not advised to wax your own body. Although wax kits are widely available, it is best to have it done by a professional to avoid any unwanted circumstances. If it is your first time to have waxing done, test for any allergic reactions and make sure that you have tolerance for pain. Do not wax areas that contain warts, moles, lesions, cuts or burns in the skin. Avoid doing the procedure around the private parts of the body, as well as in the nose.
Remember that wax can remove hair below the skin. If you are vulnerable to infection, refrain from waxing any part of your body. When hair is removed from the body, the pores become open to anything, which may lead to infection. If you have diabetes or circulatory problems, refrain from doing the procedure.
Also, wax can burn the skin if it is applied too soon. The best way is to use cold wax instead of hot wax, or wait for hot wax to warm up a little before applying it. Frequent wax application may result in soreness and inflamed skin.