Today, we are starting a new series! The topic is Beauty, and I will explain all about Supplements, Procedures and products.
Beauty can be a jungle to find your way around in, so in this series we are looking closely at Beauty, and trying to find out what it is.
If you wish, you can also watch this series on my YouTube Channel.
Today we will focus on Waxing.
WHAT IS WAXING & WHAT DOES IT DO?
Waxing is a hair removing process, where you pull the hair out by the root.
It is done by covering the part that we want hair removed from in wax and then either pulling it off with our hands, or covering the wax with a piece of specially made paper to help pull the hair out.
When waxing, the hair itself and some parts of the hair follicle gets ripped out. Therefore, the hair follicle has to restore itself before being able to produce new hair. This is why it usually takes 5-6 weeks before new hair grows out after waxing.
After a long period of time waxing, there is a chance the hair follicle gets destroyed so bad (or so many times) that it simply cannot produce new hair.
The most common places to wax are the legs, armpits and brows, but you can wax pretty much anywhere. Yes, that includes the intime zones, on toes, your back, knuckles, neck or arms.
WHAT TYPES EXISTS?
There are a few types of wax, most common the pistol wax and Warm/Hot Wax.
Overall wax is very sticky, and residue left after waxing can be hard to get off; oil is usually the easiest way to help the wax let go.
- Pistol Wax (Roll Wax)
This is a holder in which a cartridge with wax is inserted.
The wax gets heated until liquid and is rolled over the hair with the direction of growth. Then strips are put on, and the hair gets pulled out against the direction of growth.
This is one of the easiest types, since the wax itself is very easily controlled compared to “loose” wax.
- Warm Wax (Spatula Wax)
Here you warm up the wax in a special container.
The wax is taken directly from the container with a spatula and is applied with the direction of growth. You then put on strips to pull the hair out against the direction of growth.
This type of waxing can usually get some of the shorter hairs that Pistol Wax has a hard time getting.
- Hot Wax (Hard Wax)
The wax is warmed in a special container and taken directly from there with a spatula when being applied.
When being applied, the wax goes on first against the direction of growth and then with the direction of growth. The wax stiffens and is pulled out directly with the hands.
This method usually gets hair down to the mm.
This is one of the oldest types of hair removal said to go all the way back to ancient Egypt.
Sugaring is a very gentle form of hair removal.
Warmed sugar paste is used, formed into a ball, and worked into the hairs against the direction of growth. This is done directly with your hands.
This type of hair removal usually takes longer, but can get the hair down to the mm and is easy to wash off with water.
Even though this is not real wax but sugar, I choose to have it here, since it is very similar to the other procedures and a part of the ways you can depilate (depilation meaning temporarily removal of hair).
- Pre- made waxing strips
These comes in many forms, but are often made to look like the strips you use to take normal wax of with.
There has been applied wax to these strips already, so when you get them in hand the to-do is simple. You simply put them on, warm them up by rubbing them so the wax sticks to your hair, and rip them off against the growth of hair.
This procedure is not always as effective as getting it done for you, but is both cheap, quick and easy.
- Chocolate Wax
First the wax gets heated, then applied with the direction of hair growth and lastly pulled out against the direction of growth.
Chocolate wax often contains extra nourishing ingredients (like glycerin, cocoa, sunflower oil and almond oil), and is therefore not as harsh against the skin as normal waxing since it leaves the skin smoother and moisturized. Beside this, chocolate wax can be less painful, again because of the nourishing ingredients.
Another thing to take into consideration here is the scent. Chocolate wax, will as the name suggest smell chocolatey and can for some people work aromatherapeutic.
Though chocolate wax seems much “better”, it is also more expensive and not as accessible like normal waxing is.
- Fruit Wax
Applied like most of the other types of wax; warmed up, smeared on, and pulled off against the direction of hair growth.
Fruit wax is another very gentle type of wax, and is mixed with fruit extracts like for example plums or berries. This gives antioxidating effects, while nourishing the skin. Because of these nourishing ingredients, it is very gentle on the skin.
The price on this type of wax is also more expensive than “normal” wax.
DO I NEED IT & WHEN SHOULD I USE IT?
Waxing is not for everyone. Since waxing is physically removing hair and parts of the hair follicle, it also tugs and removes the outer layer of dead skin cells. This is partly why some people thinks waxing hurts a lot; because you are literally ripping, tearing and tugging at the skin.
Because of that, there are some things you have to consider before waxing:
- Do not wax if you have wounds, infections, big bruises or cuts.
- Be careful with waxing around birthmarks or warts.
- If your skin is super sensitive, getting irritated easily, just don’t wax. Please.
- Sunburns? Don’t even try waxing.
- Diabetics can get waxed, but be sure that your personal doctor agrees too. Some conditions that comes with being diabetic can be problematic when waxing.
- Medication that alter the skins construction can be a huge factor to take into consideration before waxing.
- If you have skin diseases, it will irritate much more than it will do good to wax.
Overall have common sense; is your skin in any form irritated now, or prone to irritation; carefully consider waxing.
Often when getting waxed at a professional place, they should naturally take these things into consideration, but if you are in doubt; ask.
After getting waxed, your skin is actually traumatized and behaving a lot like if you had a sunburn, and you should treat it as so.
Some things to take into consideration after waxing is:
- You should not sunbathe up to 48 hours after waxing
- Don’t go into a sauna or swimming pool up to 48 after waxing.
- The first couple of days, avoid too tight clothes and exercise to avoid ingrown hair(the friction from the clothes and moments can cause it).
- If you exfoliate religiously make sure that you do not exfoliate for 2-3 days after getting waxed.
Overall, no one NEEDS to wax, but if you want to remove unwanted hair, waxing is a great way to make sure the hairs stay away for as long as possible, for a reasonable amount of money.
If you want to wax regularly, you should wax about every 5-6 week.
If there is something you would like explained, tell me in the comments and we will get to it.
I hope you all have a happy life, one day at a time!