Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal, which removes the hair from the root. New hair growth usually does not grow back in the treated area for about 2-8 weeks. Waxing can be performed on eyebrows, face, bikini, back, chest, arms, legs, and abdomen. There are typically two types of wax used: strip wax and hard wax.
Strip waxing is performed by spreading wax thinly over the treated area. A cloth strip is pressed on top of the wax, and pulled off with a quick motion against the direction of hair growth. The wax and hair is removed during the pulling process.
Hard waxing is applied thickly and uses no cloth strips. The wax is applied to the skin and left on for a few minutes to cool, the wax is then removed manually with no cloth strips. Hard wax is generally used in larger areas, such as chest and abdomen, as opposed to eyebrows.
Does waxing hurt?
For most people, there is some amount of discomfort when waxing is performed. There is a stinging sensation that may occur. This feeling is very temporary and usually only lasts for a few short minutes.
What is the downtime for waxing?
The area being treated will turn slightly red after being waxed, but for most people this is very temporary. The redness will only last for about 30 minutes. For others with sensitive skin, the redness may last for a few hours, and in some cases a couple of days.