Our bodies are covered with hair that grows in different cycles. Some may be dark and course, while others may be so fine that you can not see them visibly. There are many ways of removing the hair from various parts of our body and waxing is only one way.
Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes unwanted hair from the root. The new hairs will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks depending on our hair growth and cycles. Almost any area of the body can be waxed and various types of waxing are available. Some must be performed by a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician. If waxing is done regularly for several years, permanent hair reduction may be achieved. The different types of waxing that can be performed are:
- Eyebrow Wax
- Bikini Wax
- Male Genital Wax
- Hollywood / Brazilian / French Wax
- Leg Wax
- Arm / Underarm Wax
- Abdomen Wax
- Back Wax
- Foot Wax
- Chest Wax
- Entire Body Wax
Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or 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. Another method utilizes hard wax (as opposed to strip wax). In this case, the wax is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a technician without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin.
The body parts you should never wax include inside the ears, nose, eyelashes, eyelids, the palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet. These areas are of particular concern due to sensitive skin that can be severely damaged if waxed. Areas of the body that should only be waxed by a licensed professional include the genitals and the nipples. The bikini zone, eyebrows and lip area are popular with the women for waxing.
Pros and Cons
There are many advantages of waxing compared to other forms of hair removal. It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. This method is long-lasting. Hair in waxed areas will take between two to eight weeks to grow back. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer.
There are also many disadvantages to waxing as well. Waxing can be painful when the strip is removed from the skin. Although the pain doesn’t last long, it can be quite uncomfortable. Another drawback of waxing is the cost: waxing is usually performed by a licensed cosmetology, and it can be quite expensive. You can purchase do-it-yourself waxing supplies, but they may be difficult to use on yourself on some parts of your body. Hair removal is not permanent. When removed against the direction of hair growth, the wax strip can disturb the hair follicles, causing the hair to start growing in different directions. This could also cause the hair growth to be more noticeable and make other methods of hair removal more difficult. Fortunately, this risk is minimal if the waxing is performed properly. Another problem with waxing is that some people experience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. This is more likely to occur when waxing areas where the hair is thick, especially the first few times when the follicles are strongest. While usually impossible to eliminate, regular exfoliating can reduce ingrown hairs along with an application of astringent or a mixture of astringent and oil (typically azulene or baby oil). 홈타이
Unless you have very sensitive skin, waxing is a quick and relatively easy alternative to tweezing your eyebrows. Although it is generally best to get eyebrows waxed professionally it can be expensive – up to around $15 as a general rule, although salons do differ.
A Regular Bikini Wax removes the hair outside the panty line. A Full Bikini Wax takes the sides of the bikini line deeper than a Regular Bikini Wax, and can also include waxing some hair on top to make a more defined ‘triangle’ area, or trimming down the hair left shorter. A French Bikini Wax takes all the hair off in the front (except a small strip) and continues to right before the back. It doesn’t take hair off from the back like a Brazilian.
Brazilian or Hollywood Waxing
The terms “Brazilian Wax” and “Hollywood Wax” are often used interchangeably to refer to hair removal in the genital area. Specifically the term “Brazilian Wax” refers to partial genital hair removal, often leaving a strip of hair, whereas “Hollywood Wax” refers to total genital hair removal. The “Brazilian” differs from a Regular Bikini Wax because hair is removed in the front, back and everything in between. Most of the time a “landing strip” is left in the front (which is a tiny strip of closely-shorn hair), but many clients have all the hair removed. Genital hair removal includes hair removal around the anus, perineum and genitals. Removal of the hair between the buttocks is called a “Hollywood” wax. Prices at Beauty Salons may range anywhere from $25 to $100 or more.