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Waxing is a method of hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week. We are able to wax almost any area of the body, including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet.
There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair. We use the Strip Waxing method at Body Focus.
Strip waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A special paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair.
7 Waxing Tips for Great Results
- Use the following waxing tips to make the procedure a little less intimidating:
- If you are going to be out in the sun after a waxing session, use a good sun blockers to the skin doesn’t appear to be darker in the treated area. Alternatively, stay out of the sun for 48 hours after waxing.
- Make sure the hair is at least one eighth of an inch long before the hair removal session.
- Hair absorbs water and makes it soft, not a good condition when trying to grip it in wax and pull it out! So don’t shower or wet the hair before you wax. Make sure the hair is dry and it will come out easier.
- You will probably want to wear loose fitting clothing after a waxing session to avoid the skin becoming irritated. Also, tight fitting clothing on freshly waxed areas can contribute to painful ingrown hairs.
- Exfoliate the skin using a Loofa sponge or other exfoliation accessory between one and two days after waxing. This gets rid of dead skin and helps prevent ingrown hairs.
- Don’t wax on skin affected by acne. Wait for it to recover and heal before trying to remove hair.
- Some find that deep breathing exercise also help. Just breathe in through the nose, hold your breath for a few seconds, and then slowly let it out through the mouth. You will find the body relaxes more easily. Also it has the interesting effect of relaxing hair follicles so they let go of the hair a little more easily with constricting.
Threading hair is one of the oldest methods of body hair removal. It originated in Turkey, although it is currently most popular in India and other parts of the Middle East. Today, threading is also gaining popularity in Western cosmetology. Threading removes the entire hair follicle, lasting up to 6 weeks.
Our esthetician uses a pure, thin, twisted cotton thread which is rolled over usually untidy hairlines, mustaches and other areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line. In our experienced esthetician’s hands it is quick and painless.
As with all methods of body hair removal, there are both advantages and disadvantages to threading.
- Threading is much healthier for the skin than waxing, and it creates no ingrown hairs.
- It is inexpensive, fast and relatively painless.
- Threading is suitable for all skin types, even those too sensitive for laser hair removal or waxing.
- It can be safely done while taking Accutane or using tretinoin cream (Retin A)
- It takes no more than 15 minutes to thread both eyebrows.
- No chemicals are used in threading, so there is no risk of a negative reaction.
- The results of the treatment last for four to six weeks.
- Threading only works on flat surfaces and does not work on bikini lines or knees.
- For people with severe acne, threading can cause acne ruptures.
- Like other hair removal methods, threading can cause folliculitis, reddening of the skin and skin pigment change.