Body waxing is a great way to remove unwanted hair. It's easy and fast, and the results last for weeks! If you're not sure whether it sounds like something you'd be interested in, though, I understand. Waxing can seem intimidating if you haven't tried it before. There are all sorts of myths out there about what happens when you wax, but they're not true at all:
Okay? Here are my top 10 tips on how to dispel these myths. If you ever find yourself wondering whether or not it's okay for your body type or situation (or just feeling too nervous before your appointment), then this article will help make things better:
Body Waxing is not like shaving
Shaving can remove hair from the surface of your skin, but this doesn't mean it keeps them away for long. If you've ever noticed that stubble comes back faster after shaving. It's because when you shave, the hair is cut at an angle and then grows back in a different direction. An effect is known as “in-growing.” Waxing pulls each individual strand out from its root. So they're longer and softer than they would be otherwise (which means they won't grow back quite as fast). This makes waxing much more effective than shaving on getting rid of unwanted body hair altogether.
Your hair must be the right size
Most people have a misconception that hair must be a certain length before it can be waxed. This is not true! The actual length of your hair doesn't matter, but rather its thickness. Hair should be at least ¼ inch long for the pain to go away because the glue on the wax will easily stick to shorter hairs and rip them out as well. If you're thinking about getting a Brazilian with stubble, know that it will hurt more than usual due to how close together all of your hair follicles are in this area.
If you want something less painful and quicker (and if possible), get your body waxed when the hair is ½ inch long or longer so that it takes less time for the wax strip to lift off all of those tiny little strands at once. The longer they are, the more painful removal becomes!
Go to an expert
So, let's start with the most important advice: you should always go to an expert. This isn't just for your own safety, but also because they are much more likely to be able to provide a better service. An expert will have had experience waxing many different types of people before and know what works best for each person.
An expert has taken time out of their life to learn how to wax safely and effectively. They're more likely than someone who has never done it before (like yourself) not just because they have more knowledge but also because they can offer tips on how not to make mistakes that could cause problems down the line (for example, too much pressure).
Use numbing agents
In order to combat the perception that waxing is painful, you should consider using a topical numbing agent. A topical numbing agent will help you feel less pain during your appointment. This allows you to relax while getting your hair removed. You can find topical numbing agents at most drugstores or online retailers. Before purchasing, make sure that the product has been approved by the FDA and is safe for use on skin areas where there is hair growth.
The way in which you apply a topical numbing agent depends on what brand or type of product they are selling. Read all directions carefully before applying any type of product near your body as it could cause serious damage if used incorrectly!
Exfoliate before you go
Exfoliate before you go. This is an important step that can help make the waxing experience much less painful and awful. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells. It makes your skin smoother. Which in turn allows the hair to be pulled out more easily, meaning there's less pain involved. You should exfoliate before you go get waxed, not after!
There are several ways to exfoliate:
- Use a loofah or washcloth with a body scrub
- Try an exfoliating device like a Clarisonic Mia 2 facial cleanser (it's gentle enough for sensitive skin)
- Use sugar cubes instead of sponges at home
Be clean and dry
- You need to be clean and dry.
- This means no lotions or oils on your skin. These products may interfere with the waxing process, which can cause burns and other problems.
- Do not have a tan before you go to the spa. If you've just come back from vacation with a new tan, wait until it wears off before getting any type of wax treatment done at a spa or salon.
- Don't shave the area you are getting waxed in prior to going in for your appointment either. It could lead to cuts and burns that will delay your treatment and leave you feeling worse than before getting started!
Take an ibuprofen
If you've ever had a waxing session, you'll know that waxing can be extremely painful. While there are different levels of pain for each individual, some people experience more pain than others.
The best way to prevent this from happening is by taking ibuprofen beforehand. Ibuprofen has been found to help with inflammation and swelling in the skin after waxing. It also helps with bruising and pain associated with your waxing session!
If you can, bring an ice pack with you
If you can, bring an ice pack with you. Ice helps reduce swelling and pain. Use it for 15 minutes after waxing to help soothe your skin.
Forget about it for a few minutes after you wax
It is important to remember that your skin is still healing and it can take up to 24 hours for the redness and swelling to go down. You should avoid all contact with water, exercise and tight clothing until this time has passed.
- Do not touch the area for at least an hour after waxing. As this will prevent you from picking any ingrown hairs or new pimples that may arise.
- Do not exercise for at least an hour after waxing, as exercising increases blood flow which could cause irritation and discomfort on freshly waxed skin.
- Do not put on deodorant until at least 6 hours after waxing because it will burn if applied too soon (and trust us—you don't want that). It's best practice to wait until after your shower when you're done exfoliating before putting on deodorant anyway!
Use these tips to have an easy time getting your body waxed!
If you're thinking about getting a Brazilian wax, it's important to understand what the process entails. Don't be afraid of it—it's not as painful as you think!
Here are some tips that will help you make your next waxing experience much less painful:
- Waxing is not like shaving. When you shave, all the hair in the area being shaved gets cut off at once by a sharp blade. When waxing is done properly, only a small amount of skin is removed at one time and then hairs are pulled out from their root instead of being ripped out by their ends. This means that as long as your hair is long enough (meaning it has grown past the surface of your skin), it will always come out completely with each pull of hot wax rather than pulling just part of each individual strand out at once like with razors or depilatories.
- Your hair must be long enough before having any type of body waxing done on it—and if not, trimming beforehand can help prevent any discomfort during treatment (just ask your esthetician!). It also makes sense to let your esthetician know if there's any pain involved when trimming; this way she/he knows which areas require more care during treatment due to sensitivity issues related to having recently shaved them without first allowing them sufficient time for growth first! Many women who decide upon starting off with Brazilians might find themselves switching over because they want something less invasive than shaving without sacrificing convenience altogether–but this doesn't mean they won't still love having full body treatments done regularly throughout life!
Waxing is an excellent way to get rid of unwanted hair, and it doesn't have to be painful if you follow the tips listed above. Just remember that pain is relative, so if you find yourself in pain then go see an expert who can make sure that everything goes smoothly for you next time around.
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