Waxing

Waxing

How It Works

There are two types of waxing – strip and stripless. It removes hair directly from the root and usually lasts around 3-6 weeks although you may see regrowth of some hairs sooner than that due to them being on a different growth cycle.

Strip waxing is carried out by applying hot sticky wax to the desired area and a strip (either cloth or paper) is applied on top of it. When the wax dries, the strip is ripped off against the direction that the hair grows taking the hair and wax with it.

Stripless waxing doesn’t use cloth or paper strips to pull off the hair. Hot wax is applied and when it cools down it hardens so that it can be ripped off taking the hairs with it. It’s usually not as painful as strip waxing and much gentler on the skin so it’s very good for sensitive skin.

Pros

Waxing works well for all areas of the body including the legs, bikini area and face. It lasts for around 3-6 weeks depending on your hair type and thickness and hair grows back softer and thinner.

Cons

It’s painful! The first time you wax it always hurts the most but after a few times, hair grows back thinner and so it hurts a bit less. It can also cause ingrown hairs, red bumps and bleeding and you could get an infection near the hair follicles but the more often you wax, the less likely you are to get an infection.

Waxing requires some regrowth (usually around 1/4 inch) so that it can adhere to the hairs effectively so there may be some periods of time when you’re not completely hair free.

Waxing can also be expensive if done by an aesthetician although there are a lot of good and affordable home waxing kits out there. Check out our recommendations here.