In today’s society, hair removal is an essential part of a beauty routine. Luckily, if threading isn’t your preferred method of hair removal, there are other options to get rid of unwanted hair with similar results. One of the most popular methods of hair removal is waxing. The practice of body waxing actually dates back to 3,000 BC and obviously isn’t going ANYWHERE. The key to making the most of your waxing experience is to make it as convenient and comfortable as possible. Body waxing does involve some level of discomfort but taking advantage of the numbing creams available can ease the discomfort often associated with waxing. The key to a successful waxing experience is finding an knowledgeable professional who knows how to efficiently and comfortably remove hair with an eye for creating a natural look that accents your attributes in the process.
Professional waxing specialists are able to put their clients at ease by letting them know what to expect from the experience and by being able to communicate to ensure that they understand how to best meet your needs. Experienced waxing specialists’ utmost goal is to make their clients feel comfortable and confident from start to finish. One of the most important things to remember as the customer is to speak up if you have any questions before, during, or after the service. Your question could result in enhancing your visit and preventing any unwanted procedures. Remember that when asking questions, time is of the essence. As more hair is removed the options for making modifications can become more challenging.
What is Waxing?
Waxing is a hair removal procedure involving warm wax that is thinly applied using a wooden spatula over the areas where there is unwanted hair, most commonly on the eyebrows or face, but also on other areas of the body. A cloth strip that adheres to the wax is applied following the wax application with gentle pressure being applied by hand to ensure that hairs are secured. This is followed by a swift tug at the cloth that removes the unwanted hairs by the root. Following the waxing procedure, a waxing specialist may use tweezers to remove stray hairs and style the remaining hair along with applying a wax remover to remove any leftover residue from the waxing process. A lotion may be applied in order to soothe the skin following the procedure as needed. It is also important to remember that waxing is not recommended for anyone undergoing chemical peels, using Retinol, or clients with extremely sensitive skin.
Should I Wax at Home?
Although at home waxing kits are available in stores, the best way to have a positive waxing experience is by allowing a professional to perform the waxing for you. Even waxing specialists have their personal waxing needs met by other professionals to prevent unwanted injury or damage to the skin. Trained professionals know how to respond in the event that there are challenges in the waxing process or a client’s skin has an adverse reaction to waxing. It is highly recommended that someone interested in waxing makes an appointment with a licensed esthetician rather than attempting to wax themselves. In the event that you decide to use an at home kit, the best advice would be to make sure you read the instructions thoroughly including any warning labels prior to attempting to wax yourself and not to rush the process. Reading reviews can help you determine what type of kit would best meet your needs and ability levels when it comes to comfort and quality.
How Long Does Waxing Last?
Eyebrow waxing tends to last 2-3 weeks since eyebrow hair grows back more quickly and can become unruly very quickly.
Body waxing can last 3-6 weeks, although with regular visits the hair grows back finer and softer over time.
Not All Wax is Created Equal
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for a waxing procedure is by being familiar with what type of wax will be used by your waxing specialist. This information is essential when determining any skin sensitivities to the various types of waxes but also ensures that you are aware of what to expect for the different areas being addressed in your waxing procedure. There are different waxes that are used to address different areas and types of hair. Being knowledgeable about these types can help avoid irritation and discomfort in the waxing process and ensure successful hair removal. The two most popular types of wax used in professional waxing salons are soft wax and hard wax.
Soft Wax is the most common wax because it can be used in almost any section of the body. It is used on larger areas of the body such as the leg or armpit and it is done with paper or muslin strips. They call it strip wax because it will always require a strip to remove it, unlike Hard Wax. It is perfect for any extra sensitive areas and the most common to be used in waxing rooms.
Hard Wax is used to remove hair in the bikini, underarm and face area. It can be removed without strips; the wax is warmed up and a dab of pre-epilation oil will be applied to the skin before application to protect it from the wax. It is applied the thickest and in the direction of hair growth and works best on thick hair.
Tips for a Great Waxing Experience
Make sure your skin is hydrated by drinking lots of water and using hydrating skin care products.
Your hair growth needs to be 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch for the best results, if it’s not, waxing can be ineffective and even cause ingrown hairs.
Avoid retinoid creams, both over the counter and prescription 5 days prior to waxing your face.
If you find waxing painful, to avoid discomfort try taking over the counter medication such as ibuprofen to help.
Avoid hot baths and showers hours after your procedure.
Avoid waxing when your skin is sensitive, like during your time of the month or the day before/after you are spending the day in the sun.
If you'll be waxing regularly, try to exfoliate 1-2 times a week but not the day of or before your appointment.
Waxing is not recommended for anyone undergoing chemical peels, using Retinol, or clients with extremely sensitive skin.
What Waxing Services does Brow Arc Offer?
Waxing services vary by location; as long as we have a backroom/waxing area and a licensed professional on staff to complete the service.
These are the the waxing services we offer: