With all the options available for hair removal, it is often hard to determine which one is right for you. Waxing is one method that has been on the rise in the past few years. Unlike other at-home hair removal methods, waxing lasts for more than a few days. Because the hair is removed down to the follicle, regrowth is stopped for an average of two to six weeks, depending on your hair's darkness and thickness, your skin type and the area from which the hair was removed.
For at-home waxing, there are usually two options. Traditional wax needs to be warmed up, applied with a stick and then removed with strips. Wax-ready strips already have the wax attached and ready to go. These pre-waxed, pre-cut strips are a fast, easy and less-messy way to wax. Strips only need to be warmed up between your hands, separated, pressed on and then removed.
Before you try removing every inch of your body hair with wax, it is important to understand what goes into waxing and what you should and should not do. It can be difficult to wax some parts of your body by yourself, such as the back since it is hard to reach. In addition, sensitive areas such as the bikini line and very noticeable areas such as eyebrows might be best left to professionals--at least until you understand what goes into the process.
Before you start waxing, determine what you would rather use--the pre-waxed strips or traditional wax. Examine the ingredients to avoid any allergic reactions and find out the recommended body parts for each wax. Some are designed for sensitive areas such as the face, bikini, etc.
The most important thing about waxing is having the hair at the optimal length. Your hair cannot be too short, or the wax will not be able to grip it. Your hair cannot be too long, or the process becomes messy and painful. The optimal hair length is one-fourth to one-half of an inch long.
In addition to having your hair at the right length, be sure your skin is clean and dry. Then get to waxing - ensuring that you hold your skin taut and remove the strips in the opposite direction of hair growth. Go over an area just one time and tweeze any stragglers that were left behind. Going over an area several times can cause bruising and irritation.
Waxing is a popular form of hair removal because it allows you a few weeks of being hair-free. But it isn't as painless as other methods and can be time-consuming. It is up to you to weigh the pros and cons and decide if it's right for you.