Waxing - the facts
Everything you need to know about the ins and outs
Hair Removal on Legs and Thighs
- Hair Removal on Legs and Thighs
- What to Expect When Waxing
- How Waxing Changes Your Hair
- Organic Wax
- Salon vs. Home Waxing
- Upper Lip Hair Removal
you're willing to let your hair grow out to 1cm between salon visits, a hot
wax treatment is the most effective way to remove hair on the legs and
thighs. But if you don't want to wait six weeks, shaving is the best way to
keep legs and thighs smooth and bare. Shaving is also a great way to
exfoliate the area - especially in cold weather, when there's a build up of
dead, dry skin.
What to Expect When Waxing
Waxing is the longest-lasting temporary hair removal technique
available. When wax is warm, it enters the follicle, allowing the hair to be
pulled out from the root. Hair grows back in 3 to 6 weeks. The disadvantage to
waxing is that it can be painful for those with sensitive skin. And hair must
grow back by 1cm before waxing again (this takes up to six weeks).
What should you expect when waxing for the first
time? First, a special preconditioning lotion for waxing (regular lotions and
creams make the wax slip from the hair) is applied. Then hot
wax is poured onto the skin and covered with strips of cloth. Once the wax
hardens around each strand of hair, the cloth is quickly pulled off. Your skin
should be pulled taut in the opposite direction from the way the strip will be
The best antidote to the pain of waxing is to try to
relax. According to many beauty practitioners, when a client is tense, the
follicle closes and the wax doesn't reach the root of the hair. Immediately
after waxing, apply gentle pressure to the area with your hands; icing the area
also can help ease the pain. The more often you get a wax treatment, the more
accustomed you'll grow to the experience.
How Waxing Changes Your Hair
Waxing really does make your hair grow lighter over time. Because the wax gets
into the hair follicle and pulls the hair from the root, it grows back less
thick than when the shaft is shaved.
If your skin is sensitive or if you are prone to
breakouts or allergic reactions, all-natural wax can help reduce skin irritation
and unsightly red bumps and itching. Wax containing aloe (usually tinted blue)
also helps head off discomfort.
Salon vs. Home Waxing
You can certainly wax your legs at home, but, as with many
beauty procedures, a professional can usually do a better, more efficient job
(with less mess). The hair needs to be pulled at a 40-degree angle and the cloth
strips need to be yanked quickly, both hard feats to accomplish on your own.
Cold-wax strips are easier to use at home, but they often don't stick as well to
the hairs as hot wax does. When doing it yourself, try a transparent wax so you
can see the hairs that have been covered and determine the direction of their
growth. As with all products you're using for the first time, try the wax on a
small area of skin before proceeding.
Upper Lip Hair Removal
Lip hair is one of those things no one wants to admit to
having, either to themselves or anyone else. But for many women it is a reality
and one they would prefer to deal with. There are many options, ranging from
disguising the hair to permanently removing it. Bleaching is popular, but it's
only effective if the hair is similar in colour to the skin and isn't too heavy.
If you have a dark complexion, bleaching will just highlight your moustache by
lightening it. Depilatories are another alternative, but should be avoided if
you have sensitive skin; even if you have normal skin, it's not uncommon to
develop a rash through prolonged use. Waxing is another popular option. It can
be done at home or at a salon, and lasts about a month. It's probably the
simplest and most effective of all the hair-removal methods. Permanent
hair-removal options include electrolysis and laser hair removal, but both are
expensive and time-consuming. Consult a dermatologist if you are considering
either of these options.