Waxing 101

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Everyone has horror stories of waxing woes and waxing jobs gone awry and no I’m not referring to polishing your car’s paint! Here are some simple rules to keep in mind when using waxing as a hair removal option.

  1. If you’re taking a prescription medication for acne, consult your doctor before having any waxing done. Prescription acne medication can make your skin very sensitive and delicate and you can literally end up tearing a whole layer of skin!
  2. Be certain you go to a licensed Esthetician or Cosmetologist. Nail Technicians and Manicurists are not licensed or properly trained to do waxing in most states.
  3. Hair should be at least ¼ of an inch long and not more than ½ inch long. Anything longer than that should be trimmed; otherwise you will feel pain when the wax pulls at unintended adjacent hair! YEOUCH!
  4. All areas to be waxed should be clean and free of debris. Some products require you to pre cleanse and even use a powder, ask your professional.
  5. Wax should be applied in the direction of the hair growth. If you see someone applying it in any old direction beware of sloppy workmanship!
  6. Soft Wax with muslin (fabric) strips are best for large areas: arms, legs, chest, back, stomach. Hard Wax without fabric strips are best for small or sensitive areas or very coarse hair: facial, underarms, bikini. Eyebrow areas can be waxed with either hard or soft wax, followed by tweezing to fine tune.
  7. This is one of the most important steps to effectively waxing with minimal discomfort! When it comes time to pull the wax or muslin strip, be sure to firmly apply pressure with one hand just above the section of wax you are removing. Wax should be pulled in the opposite direction of hair growth. If your professional doesn’t do this, then you’re most certainly going to get an ineffective hair removal and it will end up hurting (more than it needs to.)
  8. NO Double Dipping! Be sure your professional is not double dipping the (disposable) wax applicator stick. For example, dip into wax, apply to skin, re dip into wax, then apply more to skin. Double dipping can introduce germs and bacteria from the skin INTO the wax. Not sure about you but I don’t want someone else’s cooties in the wax that will be used on my face or private areas!
  9. After removing the waxing strip, be sure to remove any residue and use an after waxing treatment product like oil, lotion, or aloe vera gel.
  10. Freshly waxed skin feels very smooth! Not just due to the absence of hair but because it also removes a whole layer of dead skin cells. Be sure to use a moisturizer with and SPF 20 or more to protect those newly exposed skin cells.

Of course your trained professional should know all these things, but you knowing them empowers you to make sure you get the best service possible! If you’re looking for home hair removal options here are some products SkinStore carries that I would suggest MOOM Organic Hair Removal Kit.
Which hair removal method do you prefer: shaving, waxing, laser, epilation or depilatory creams? Leave us a comment below!

One response to “Waxing 101”

  1. Sarah Labdar says:

    I’ve always wanted to try waxing but have been to afraid to. I tried a cream to remove the hair once and it burned, so I never tried that again. I have always shaved without any problems, except the occasional missing of hair. I never get razer burn or anything like that so I have stuck with shaving.

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