While the ancient Greeks probably didn’t call the styles Brazilian or Manzilian, both men and women have waxed unwanted body hair for centuries. From the ancient Egyptians to modern-day beauty treatments, waxing has a long and fascinating history as a method of hair removal, and though it may sometimes be a bit painful, that method seems to be here to stay.
Not much has changed from the ancient times in terms of method when it comes to waxing; many formulas still use sugar and oil, just like the Egyptians did. However, as anyone who has ever endured a bad waxing experience can tell you, there is most definitely a right way to do it. Depending on which part of the body from which you intend to remove the unwanted hair, it may be necessary to get someone else to help you. Even if you could technically reach the area, it is still a much smoother process (no pun intended) to have an experienced practitioner administer the wax. However, if you’re brave enough to try on your own, or you just want to have a better understanding of what is involved in a good waxing procedure, read on for a guide to waxing for hair removal.
Preparing for Waxing
Before you start waxing, it’s important to prepare your skin properly. This includes exfoliating the area you want to wax a day or two before your waxing appointment. This will help remove dead skin cells and ensure a smoother waxing experience. Avoid using moisturizer on the day of your waxing appointment, as this can interfere with the wax adhering to your skin.
Choosing the Right Wax
There are two main types of wax: hard wax and soft wax. Hard wax is best for sensitive areas such as the face, bikini area, and underarms. It’s applied in a thick layer and removed without the use of strips. Soft wax is used on larger areas of the body such as the legs and arms. It’s applied in a thin layer and removed with strips.
It’s important to choose the right type of wax for your skin type and the area you want to wax. If you’re not sure which type of wax is best for you, consult a professional esthetician.
How to Get a Good Back Wax
Waxing at home may be a tempting proposition for the more adventurous, but it’s recommended to visit a professional esthetician or waxing specialist for back waxing to ensure a safe and effective experience.
When waxing, always apply the wax in the direction of hair growth. This will help the wax stick to the hair better and make hair removal easier. Hold the skin with one hand and apply the wax with the other hand. Smooth the strip of cloth or paper over the wax and press down firmly.
To remove the wax, hold the skin taut with one hand and use the other hand to pull the strip off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Be sure to pull the strip off quickly and in one motion. This will help reduce pain and discomfort.
After waxing, you may experience some redness and irritation in the waxed area. Applying a cool compress or aloe vera gel can help soothe the skin. Avoid taking hot showers or using hot tubs for at least 24 hours after waxing, as this can further irritate the skin.
You should also avoid wearing tight clothing or engaging in activities that cause excessive sweating for at least 24 hours after waxing. This will help prevent ingrown hairs and further irritation.
Waxing is a great hair removal option that can leave your skin feeling smooth and hair-free for weeks. Remember to choose the right type of wax, prepare your skin properly, and take care of your skin after waxing to avoid any discomfort or irritation.