For a silky smooth skin, waxing is a popular hair removal method that promises long-lasting smoothness. In this detailed blog, we delve into common queries surrounding waxing to demystify the process and its benefits. Did you know that the ancient Egyptians have been doing hair removal? The upper class Egyptians removed all of their body hair with beeswax and sugar based waxes. Though it was an early hair removal method, sugaring and waxing still exist today – isn't that amazing?
Can Waxing Stop Hair Growth?
While waxing doesn't halt hair growth permanently, regular waxing can weaken hair follicles over time, resulting in finer hair regrowth for some individuals. Hair growth varies from individual to individual as all of us have different hair growth rates, hormone levels, current hair situation and hair cycles – naturally little hair or very hairy by nature.
Can Waxing Cause Ingrown Hairs?
Improper waxing techniques or post-waxing care can lead to ingrown hairs. Gentle exfoliation and moisturising can prevent this issue. If you are used to shaving, there’s a high degree of you getting ingrown hairs, this is because your regrowth is growing in all directions. Ingrown hair occurs when it starts to grow back and sometimes curves into the epidermis (first layer of skin). This can sometimes cause tiny swollen bumps that may lead to pus. The fluid sac can form a cyst if it is not treated where the bacteria is forming under the skin. It is a very painful experience. Our range of pre and post wax care is available at the salon to address your concerns and skin conditions.
The Process of Waxing at a Waxing Parlour
Professional waxing involves applying medium warm wax to the skin, pressing a cloth or strip paper over it, and swiftly removing it against the direction of hair growth to uproot the hair from the root. Application of thin film of wax is best for strip wax. You can tell if a technician is good or not from the instruments that they use. Typically, the good ones use just a wooden spatula, wax pot and a strip paper instead of using a wax gun with a cartridge – It is because the spatula has more freedom to manoeuvre the nooks and crannies of the human body. Only a skillful therapist chooses this method.
Best Direction for Waxing
Waxing against the direction of hair growth is generally recommended for effective hair removal and smoother results. It also prevents hair breakage (this might cause ingrown) so the hair is pulled out completely from the root.
A Layer of Skin is Removed During Waxing
Waxing primarily targets the outermost layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, where the hair follicles are rooted. Though the main focus is to remove unwanted hairs, you will get your dead skin cells removed as well when you had your wax session. You may also notice that your treated area is typically brighter as the wax removes dull, unalive skin along with the dirt and grimes that a soap failed to wash away.
Best Wax for Sensitive Skin
For sensitive skin, hypoallergenic waxes with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or chamomile are ideal to minimise irritation and redness. Wax Factor’s wax is from Europe and they are the best for sensitive skin with extracts of rose water and aloe vera. Our hard wax on the other hand grips any hair as short as 5 mm in length. Once the premium paraffin wax solidifies, it holds onto the most stubborn of hairs, removing it from the root in one swift pull.
Advantages of Waxing Over Shaving
Waxing offers longer-lasting results compared to shaving, as it removes hair from the root, leading to slower regrowth and finer hair over time. Additionally, waxing exfoliates the skin, leaving it smoother and reducing the risk of cuts and razor bumps.
In conclusion, waxing is a popular hair removal method that offers both short-term smoothness and long-term benefits. By understanding the process, best practices, and aftercare tips, you can achieve silky, hair-free skin without the hassle of frequent shaving. Wax Factor’s comprehensive guide aims to equip you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about waxing, ensuring a successful hair removal experience.
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