If you are looking for smooth skin, then ditch the razor. Waxing is more effective than shaving because it removes the hair from the roots, which gives you soft skin. You can pretty much wax any part of your body like your arms, legs, eyebrows, mustache, back, chest, underarms, and bikini area. I sense some hesitation since you are, indeed, reading a Virgin Waxer’s Guide to Waxing. So before you decide to muster together all of the courage to get waxed, you should understand a few things regarding waxing…
How long does waxing last?
Waxing removes the hair from the root, so one can typically go 3-6 weeks before re-waxing. However, it does vary from person to person because there are many factors that affect growth.
What are the factors?
- Hair Growth Cycle:
- Growing Phase: 80-90% of hair follicles are in this phase
- Resting Phase: 10-15% of hair follicles
- Transitional Phase: 2-3% of hair follicles
Due to this cycle, some of your hair may be at an in-between state and may surface a few days after your wax.
- Personal Hair Growth Cycle: Your body has different timing and frequency of hair growth, so some hairs will not spend the same time in the same phase. A few important factors that contribute to this are your age, season, hormone levels, and genetics. Sorry young ones, you will need to get waxed more than someone older.
- Seasoned waxer or not so seasoned? If you wax often, then chances are you won’t need to wax as often as someone who has never waxed before. Waxing will result in finer and lighter hair and may even slow or stop the growth of unwanted hair. If you are more of a shaver, then you can expect to have to wax a bit more in order to see the slower growth cycle.
Will my hair grow back thicker?
No. As you continue to wax, your hair will become thinner and lighter, which means it won’t be as noticeable when it does grow back. Also, continuous waxing can slow or even stop the growth of unwanted hair.
Will I always get ingrown hairs?
Unfortunately, this question has no definitive answer. Typically, our clients complain less about ingrown hairs when they wax compared to shaving. While waxing does not eliminate the chances of getting an ingrown hair, it does slim the chances a bit. Hydrate, exfoliate, and avoid the gym/sex for a day and you should be good to go.
Will waxing hurt?
Yes and no. Each person has a different threshold for pain. Our clients have never complained of waxing as an unbearable pain. While it isn’t comfortable at first, it will get less painful the more you wax.
Will my skin be red?
This will depend on your skin’s sensitivity and the amount of time after waxing. Your skin will be a little red at first, but it fades quickly. However, if your skin is sensitive, be sure to inform the aesthetician, so as to avoid any excess irritation that may occur.
Do I have to have a lot of hair to wax?
We recommend ¼ inch for the best results.
I’m on my period. Can I still wax?
No, we highly recommend you do not wax during menstruation. You are extremely sensitive a few days before, during, and a few days after your menstruation.
I’m expecting. Can I still wax?
Yes, but you may be a little bit more sensitive during this time. Please let the aesthetician know before your appointment.
Ready to take the plunge? Schedule your waxing appointment today at Bellezza Spa.
We look forward to helping you achieve your perfectly smooth skin!