This is a guest post written by Sophie about waxing, my favorite hair removal technique.
Of all the hair removal techniques available, waxing offers the best combination of long-lasting results and low cost. Even longer-lasting results cost a lot more money, while the cheaper methods don’t last very long at all. Many waxing advocates also claim that when hair does grow back it is both finer and softer. The major drawback with waxing is the discomfort, but with a few top tips it’s possible to reduce the pain and find your way to a smooth, hair-free body.
Beauty therapists are experienced at waxing and this may well be the route you choose to go down. If this is your first time, don’t worry, it’s over fairly quickly and the results are well worth it. Anyone who is familiar with the feeling of being waxed and fancies trying it at home may want to read the following survival guide.
Many experts claim that pain can be greater during or just before your period, so avoid waxing at this time if the pain is a major concern. Don’t bother waxing until you have a few weeks’ growth; waxing stubble doesn’t really work, so it’s worth the wait.
Take a bath first as this will open up your pores. Whilst in the bath, exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin cells. Afterwards, make sure that your skin has been rinsed thoroughly. Home wax kits can vary greatly, from prepared wax strips and a tub of wax with cotton strips to a Gigi wax kit, which is specifically designed for the bikini area. Remember, it’s always best to read and follow the instructions that come with the kit.
Depending on which type of wax you have bought, you may need to heat either the wax or the strips. Many strips can simply be rubbed between your hands for thirty seconds, which ought to be sufficient to warm up the wax.
Pull the strips in the opposite direction of hair growth, as this will maximise the hair removal. Pull your skin tight and remove as quickly as possible. Just like a plaster, procrastination will only make matters worse; it certainly pays to be swift on this occasion.
Once an area is waxed, if only a few sporadic hairs remain it’s far easier to pluck these with tweezers than to continue to apply wax. Continue waxing each section until you are finished.
Immediately after waxing apply a conditioning oil such as aloe vera gel, which will help calm the area. Small red bumps can occur but these can be kept to a minimum by exfoliating every day for a few days post waxing.
The results of waxing are immediate and positive. With shaving a back rub of hair often remains, but waxing provides a very smooth finish. The best thing about waxing is that you will remain hair-free for six to eight weeks and when it does grow back it tends to be lighter and finer than if had you shaved.
Home waxing is certainly worth a try, especially if you are used to the feeling of waxing at a salon. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully and to give your newly waxed skin the correct after care.