Waxing is an ancient hair removal method commonly performed by a professional licensed esthetician, and has been around for thousands of years.
There are 2 categories of hair removal:
Depilation- means that hair is removed at the skin line. Shaving and chemical depilatories are examples of depilation. Chemicals used for hair removal and are commonly sold in drug stores are Nair and Neet.
Epilation- means that the hair is removed below the surface of the skin. The advantage of depilation over depilation is that it will take longer for the hair to grow back if the hair is removed by epilation. Also if performed repeatedly on the same area over a prolonged period of time, the quantity of hair will be permanently reduced by waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis
For centuries women and men have been removing body hairs:
* Men: Chest and Backs
There are several ways of hair removal systems:
* Hot wax/or cold honey wax
* Hard Wax
* Laser Hair removal
Tweezing: Is a method of hair removal and is painful and most people do it themselves and is not always effective. Doing it yourself can cause problems where one eyebrow is different from the other but it is effective in between your professional waxing just to clean up a few stray hairs but you must learn to put the hair out correctly. It does cause tearing of the eye with when doing it yourself at home. A slanted Tweezeman tweezer is best to use. If your brows are very light, get them tinted it will make it easier for you to see them.
Hot wax hair removal is an old method of hair removal and the most commonly method that is very effective for removing unwanted hair in both large and small areas..
It’s a minimum amount of discomfort for most people during the first service and after that it is no problem.
Note that the more you wax the less hair growth you will have but for your waxing to be effective once you start waxing please do not shave or else you will be starting from the your program from the beginning.
A layer of hot wax is applied to the skin with a spatula in the direction of the hair growth, then covered with a strip of muslin cloth/fabric, which is pressed onto the wax and then the strip is quickly pulled away in the direction opposite to the hair growth, taking hairs with it and leaving the skin smooth and hairless. Its also removes dead skin off the area that is being waxed. Its sounds painful but it only lasts for a second It is fast, inexpensive, very effective, and can be done at home or a spa, but preferably by a professional.
If you are using Retin-A, been in the sun in the last 4 days, let your esthetician know.
Eyebrows: eyebrow waxing should be left to a pro- its risky doing it at home. There is a precision involved in applying wax to the eyebrow area- needs someone with years of experience to do a great job.
Brazilian/Rio or Bikini waxing:
Its best not to shave for a week before you get this area waxed and also not go in the sun, or get sun tan from the tanning bed for a least a week.
Biking waxing is not for the weak at heart or someone who cannot stand pain, you have to be brave and want the hairs removed more than anything. You can also not be shy or sensitive because it requires you to remove your undergarments because every bit of hair is going to be removed leaving you clean and hair free. But you can request a “landing strip” is you want some hair saved.
Your legs are spread apart where you are examined to make sure you at least have a week to 3 weeks hair growth after your last shave. Then your legs are bent towards your chest or spread out and the waxing begins. Baby powder is sometime spread over your crouch and warm wax is spread in a thin layer and cloth strips are placed over the wax and pulled off and out comes the hair- the pain only last for 1 second and so it progressed until al the hair is removed. Usually 20-30 minutes then a calming gel or balm like tree tea oil is applied in the area where the hair has been removed to calm and disinfect the skin. You must not take a hot shower for a few hours, wear tight fitting jeans because you may cause a rash from the friction of the fabric, avoid direct sunlight, acid base creams, makeup.
If there are any straggly hairs left over after waxing they can be easily tweezed out using a good pair of tweezers.
Doing it yourself at home can be messy, hairs can break off at or below the skin surface, you can get an infection- its best to leave it to the professional. Cost of services start at $12.00 to $200.00.
Cold Wax: can be bought at any drugstore and it usually come sin tubes. Warm wax is more effective then cold waxing
Sugaring is an alternative way to waxing for hair removal.
Waxing and sugaring are very similar hair removal processes, where a thin layer of wax or gel is applied in the direction of hair growth, then covered with a strip of fabric, which is pulled off in the direction opposite to hair growth. Sugaring dates back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece. It is considered less painful than waxing because, unlike wax, the gel adheres only to the hair and not the skin, but it does not always take all the hairs off. Sugaring gel contain all-natural ingredients sugar, lemon and water.
Sugaring is a good option for people with sensitive skin.
Is an alternative method of hair removal to waxing? Threading is a hair removal technique most widely used in Asia that removes hair very closely to the skin with the use of a fine thread. It is not scientifically proven that continual treatments help prevent future ingrown hair. The hairs sometime break and the threading method do not remove the hairs from the roots.
Electrolysis is the process of removing unwanted hair permanently by means of electricity; both the multiple-needle galvanic method and the more modern single-needle shortwave method are used today.
The galvanic method destroys the hairs by decomposing the source of nourishment for the hair through the use of direct current.
The blend method decomposes the source with the simultaneous use of galvanic current and low-intensity high-frequency current
The short wave method destroys the hair by coagulating the papilla through the use of heat.
The shortwave method is faster than other hair removal methods and is most commonly used.
Electrolysis is done witha needle and ouch it hurts and redness often occurs
Laser Hair Removal:
Is a very expensive procedure and you must make a commitment of going 2x a week for an extended period of time
Some people have experienced permanent hair reduction, but it has not been proven as to how long it takes for how long it lasts.
The method used is a light at a specified wavelength is delivered from a hand piece into the skin, where it targets dark material (the pigment in hair) this is intended to cause thermal and/or mechanical damage to a hair follicle while sparing surrounding tissues.
This procedure is considered safe if performed properly and is useful for large areas such as backs or legs. The regrowth of hair can come back lighter in color or finer in texture but not completely gone as you are made to believe.