For many women, as the weather approaches spring, hair removal – and the best way to achieve it – is something which reappears on the radar, after a long winter of hiding behind long pants and leggings.
Often this means breaking out the razor blades and shave gel, although this is usually seen as a chore, especially when you need to do so every two to three days on average to avoid unsightly regrowth.
A Calgary based hair removal salon wants you to consider that there may be a better way to achieve silky smooth legs.
Today we are going to have a look at the benefits of waxing, and how to prepare for a waxing session.
WHAT IS WAXING?
Waxing is a process that gets to the “root” of hair removal.
Wax is applied over the skin, and a strip of cloth is then pressed firmly over top, so the wax adheres to the cloth, which is then quickly ripped from the skin.
WHY WAX IN THE SPRING?
If you’re considering waxing, it’s best to start thinking about it before the weather turns warm enough for shorts and tee-shirts all the time.
Hair should be approximately a quarter of an inch long before waxing it.
You likely won’t want to wait for this month's hair growth when the weather calls for shorts and spring dresses and bare legs – instead, grow it out while you’re still able to hide behind leggings and long pants.
TIPS TO PREPARE FOR A WAXING APPOINTMENT
If it’s your first time waxing, you may be a little nervous about what to expect.
How much will it hurt?
Will my skin react poorly?
Before the appointment, be sure to carefully check for inflammation, and broken skin as waxing can make these issues worse.
Exfoliate Before Your Appointment
Removing dead skin before a waxing appointment will help to ensure the treatment is as effective as possible.
Gently exfoliating is the best way to achieve this – consider dry brushing before a shower or bath, or using an in-shower scrub.
Dead, dry skin which hasn’t been removed can affect the results of the waxing, as it may not allow all of the skin to be removed.
Once you’ve had your waxing appointment, continue to be sure to exfoliate afterwards, for at least a week to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
Moisturize After Your Appointment
After you’ve had your waxing appointment, it’s important to keep your skin well moisturized.
Look for a moisturizing lotion that is hydrating without being oily.
BENEFITS OF WAXING
Many people are nervous about waxing, due to the discomfort which can often come with it, however, if you’re able to stick through it, there are benefits that come with it, which other hair removal methods such as shaving don’t offer.
Let’s have a look at some of the additional benefits of waxing.
1. NO STUBBLE
Shaving cuts off hair only at the part where it grows from the skin, leaving the root behind, which can lead to stubble.
Waxing, on the other hand, completely removes the root of the hair, leaving skin feeling far more soft and smooth.
Some waxes will contain added ingredients such as aloe vera for added moisturizing benefits.
2. IMPROVED SKIN TEXTURE
When wax adheres to the skin, it’s taking with it a lot more than just unwanted body hair.
The wax also removes dry, dead skin cells, leaving skin far softer and smoother than shaving or hair removal creams can achieve.
3. LONGER LASTING THAN SHAVING
Because waxing literally gets to the “root” of your hair, it lasts far longer than shaving.
Regrowth times vary from person to person, however with repeated waxing it can take up to four to six weeks, or longer for hair to grow back.
Hair regrowth after waxing is soft and fine, unlike after shaving, which tends to be rough and stubbly.
4. NO CUTS FROM SHAVING
Is there anything more annoying than shaving to reveal smooth skin, just to have it messed up with a cut from a slip of the hand?
Avoid razor accidents by waxing instead.