One way in which you can temporarily remove hair from your body is by waxing it. This is done by spreading a wax thinly over the skin and then using a cloth strip that is pressed on the top of the wax to rip the hair off in one swift movement. In this way both dead skin and the hair is removed from the root. After which you should then apply a soothing skin healing cream so that the red bumps will disappear quickly. You will not have any new hair regrow in this area for between 3 to 8 weeks at which time soft, fine new hair will grow back. You can then continue waxing the area until eventually new hair will never regrow there.
The areas of your body that can be waxed include your eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms/underarms, back, abdomen and feet. Of course, there are also areas that you should never wax, including the inside of your ears, inside your nose, genital area, your nipples and your eyebrows. Waxing of these areas should be left to a licensed professional.
There are some health precautions that you should keep in mind with hair waxing:
- If you have diabetes, varicose veins or poor circulation, you should no wax as you are more susceptible to infection.
- If you use Retin-A, Renova, Differin or Accutane, then you should not wax your facial hair as these medications weaken your skin thus making it more likely to tear.
- Any areas of the skin that are affected by warts, pimples, moles, rashes or other irritation such as chapping or sunburn should not be waxed.
- Wax should never be applied to peeling or broken skin.
You also should know that there are both hot waxes and cold waxes. A good hot wax melts just above body temperature so that they can be easily spread thinly over the skin. As they harden they trap your hair in the wax so that it is removed by the roots once the wax is ripped off. On the other hand, cold waxes (also known as Persian waxing) are available in pre-coated strips. These can be pressed directly onto your skin so that your hair will stick to it then is quickly removed when you rip the strip off.
There are both benefits and drawbacks to be derived from waxing. Some of the benefits include:
- It is long lasting, compared to other temporary hair removal treatments.
- The hair is removed at the root so that it will not grow back for several weeks, which is another way of saying long-lasting as discussed before.
- Hair is soft and thin when it grows back. Shaving as for example makes your hair rough, coarse and blunt.
Some of the drawbacks include:
- It can be painful when the strip is removed from the skin. Some people can not overcome this pain factor.
- Waxing can be quite expensive. If you get it done by professionals.
- It is not permanent. The hair will regrow. It becomes annoying, waxing one’s body after every few weeks.
- Hair may grow back in different directions so it is more noticeable. It is not necessary but it might happen.
While some people find that waxing works well for them and that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, other people would disagree. It still remains the most popular and most used hair removal treatment in the whole world. As with any type of hair removal, the decision is a very personal one that only you can make.
There are different types of waxing procedures, which will discuss later.
Please Note: This article is here for general information and should not be taken as medical advice. It is advised that you consult your doctor/dermatologist or seek professional help in such cases. Thank you!