When we sign up to get a wax done at the salon, one of the questions we usually have is how long it will last, will it hurt our skin or if it is going to awkward. Whether you are waxing for the first time or not, you are bound to have second thoughts on whether you should get your nether regions wax. More often than not,
To get a wax done at the salon or spa to achieve flawless-looking skin, we often have to spend plenty of time and money, not to mention the awkwardness at having a complete stranger rip off our pubes with hot wax (now the idea of getting bangs and completely changing your look is no longer as scary). It is a no-brainer that we want our waxed appearance to last as long as possible.
When a wax is successfully administered, the hair from our body would be removed from the root and it typically lasts for up to six weeks or so. However, you might encounter a few sprouting hairs here and there between that six weeks. In fact, a majority of individuals will encounter hair regrowing much sooner. The rate in which hair will regrow depends on several factors, like the average hair growth cycle of an individual, one’s personal hair growth cycle and the frequency in which one gets a wax.
To get a better understanding of waxing, including the kind of waxing, stages of hair growth and how to remove hair without going through all that excruciating pain, continue reading this article to find out more.
The Stages Of Hair
Generally speaking, there are three main stages of hair namely, growing, resting, and transitional. At any given point of time, there are approximately 80 to 90% of hair follicles that are in the growth phase. The rest of it is either in the transitional phase (two to three percent) or in its resting phase (10 to 15%). With that said, there is probably going to be some hair growing underneath the skin whenever you get waxed, and the reason why you do not see them is that they have yet to reach the surface. In addition, some hairs could be found above the skin but are not long enough to be grasped. In this scenario, waxing would not be able to grasp and remove all these hairs.
In the coming days or weeks, you would be able to notice these hairs. However, how noticeable the hair becomes will depend on their thickness and colour. Even if the hairs are of the same length, the dark and thick hair will begin to show earlier compared to light and fine hairs.
What Are The Different Kinds Of Waxes?
In general, there are two types of waxes; soft and hard wax. Soft wax is usually applied at higher temperatures across small areas of the skin before they are removed with paper strips – these are the ones that you would see in TV shows or movies with actors/actresses screaming when the hairs get ripped off. Hard wax, on the other hand, is pulled directly off the skin with the hands of the technician.
How To Remove Hair With Less Pain
1. Length Of Your Hair
The standard recommendation in the waxing industry indicates that the length of the hair should be roughly a quarter to an eighth of an inch. However, many waxing professionals have certain application techniques that they use to get even shorter hair. Even so, there is no such thing as hair that is too long for waxing. So do not worry if you are coming to a salon or spa with a full bush. Your waxer has probably seen it all and is well-equipped with the tools to cope and remove hair of all types and length.
2. Avoid Getting A Tan On The Day Of Your Wax
For individuals who are intending to get a spray tan or are looking to apply self-tanner on themselves to look athletic, consider doing it after your wax appointment. Alternatively, get it done when the irritation subsides.
3. Get On A Regular Waxing Schedule
Getting on a regular waxing schedule will generally help an individual cope with the pain and with lesser hair growth. Consider an interval of four weeks after each wax as waxing too early or too late will cause the hair to become more prone to breaking under the surface of the skin. When such breakages occur, there is a higher likelihood that it will become ingrown. Between each visit to the salon or spa, consider exfoliating and moisturising on a daily basis. When you exfoliate the skin, excess dead skin will be removed. In addition, regular moisturising helps to keep the skin nourished and healthy. A point to take note of when you are arranging a wax appointment is to avoid doing it five days before and after your period as the skin is very sensitive during this period.