There are many different forms of wax for hair removal. Waxing can be performed with hot wax that is removed with a cloth strip, hard wax without the need for a cloth strip, and many other iterations from chocolate to fruit wax.
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About the Procedure
During a waxing appointment, the skin will be cleansed and prepped for the wax to be applied. Once the waxing service is completed, a calming serum, lotion, or ointment is typically applied to soothe any irritation or redness. There are many different forms of wax for hair removal. The two main types of wax are either soft or hard. Soft wax is applied to the skin in the direction of the hair growth, a cloth strip is applied on top of the wax, left to harden, and then removed. The process is repeated until all of the hair in the area is removed. Soft wax adheres to skin more than hard wax, making it better suited to remove fine hairs. However, since the wax adheres to the skin, the wax cannot be applied to the same spot twice because it removes layers of dead skin, leaving the skin susceptible to irritation. Hard wax is applied to the skin, quickly dries, and is almost immediately removed from the area. The process is repeated until all of the hair in the area is removed. Hard wax adheres to hairs and not to the skin, meaning wax can be applied multiple times to the same area if hairs are missed. An alternative to waxing is threading which removes hairs individually. Individuals who desire a more permanent form of hair removal may instead receive laser hair removal treatments or electrolysis sessions. When searching for a form of hair removal that work best for you, it is typically advised to discontinue all other forms of hair removal to ensure success with the method chosen.
The goal of waxing is to remove unwanted facial and body hair.
What to Expect
There are many different forms of wax for hair removal. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after waxing.
- Hair must be at least 1/4 inch in length to be waxed
- Exfoliate the areas to be waxed
- No Accutane for 6 months
- No Retin-A for 1 week
- No injections, peels, or resurfacing treatments for 2 weeks
During Treatment: Soft Wax
- Skin is cleansed
- Wax is applied in direction of hair growth
- Cloth strip is applied on top of the wax
- Once hardened strip is removed
- Repeated until all of the hair in the area is removed
No recovery is needed after waxing. Skin may be red and sensitive following treatment which typically doesn't persist longer than a few hours. Hive like bumps and pimple outbreaks are not uncommon following a waxing session however if skin feels as if it is burning or hot to the touch, contact your skin care professional.
The ideal candidate for waxing has unwanted hair on the face and body.
Not Recommended For
Waxing is not recommended for candidates who are currently taking Accutane or Retina-A, or have received dermal injections, laser treatment, or chemical peels in the previous 2 weeks.
Side effects from waxing may include temporary redness and sensitivity, irritation, or burns. These will typically resolve within a few hours if not within one day following treatment.