Before waxing any part of your body, it is important to know how to prepare so you can get the most out of your wax. Too often, women that are exposed to waxing for the first time have an unpleasant experience, and never go back, despite how beneficial it can be to your body. It is very important to know how to prepare and why the preparation is so crucial. Read on for more information!
How to Prepare
When preparing for a wax of any kind, it is important to let your body reset to its natural state for as long as possible—this means no shaving, no waxing, no exfoliating, and definitely no moisturizing up to three weeks before getting a wax. This lets the skin reset to its natural state, as well as lets the hair grow to at least 1/4 of an inch long. This is the minimum requirement for the hair’s length. For new waxers, this may not take 3 weeks to achieve; it all depends on how quickly your hair grows. However, if you are a regular waxer, it could take up to 6 weeks for the hair to reach 1/4 of an inch long.
Why the Hair Needs to be Long
If the hair is not long enough, then the wax will not “stick,” meaning that the hair will not pull from the root and therefore will not stay gone for long. Just pulling off the top will not make it go away—it can actually make it worse! Making sure that the hair is long enough to wax will ensure a quality waxing that will take longer to grow back. Likewise, it will also improve the hair growth cycle of the area, making sure that all the hairs are on the same cycle, which will make them all grow at the same time—and improve future waxes!
How to Tell if the Hair is Long Enough
Trying to tell if your hair is long enough for waxing can be a little confusing. It may look incredibly long to you, since you may not be used to having so much hair; however, it is important that you do not go to get waxed too early. Some easy ways to measure this is to simply see if you can grasp the hair between your fingers. There is no need for a ruler or yardstick—simply grab the hair and see if you can pull up (not out!). If it is hard to grasp without pinching your skin, then it might not be ready. Not all hairs in the designated area have to be the required length (as some hairs may just not grow as fast as others). However, it is important to make sure that the average length of the hairs in the desired area for waxing are at least 1/4 of an inch.
What to Do if You Are in a Pinch for Time
If you need a wax sooner rather than later, but the hair just is not long enough yet, there are other options! Taking prenatal vitamins can actually help your hair grow faster (including the hair on your head)! Taking other vitamins such as B3, B5, Keratin, and Vitamin D are all supplements that could make hair grow faster. Just be sure to take them as prescribed (taking 10 in a day will not increase hair length… it is all about the length of time that you take them). If you really want to speed things up a bit (only if it is your first time), try shaving the hair off about 5 weeks prior to the desired waxing time. Shaving can make hair grow faster, making it so you hit the 1/4 of an inch mark.
It Is All Up to Your Body!
All in all, you need to the find what products and preparation routines work for you. Do not be discouraged if the first waxing does not yield the best results—it takes a while to get the hang of it and get your body in a routine. Always do your research, and check online to see if there are any tips for those who have similar skin types or sensitivity issues that you may have.
Millions of people wax yearly, and there is no shame in simply asking a friend or a relative to explain their preparation process to you! If nothing else, simply ask your professional waxer for some tips or Contact Belleza Spa, which can help you prepare and get the most out of your wax!