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Wax hair removal treatments have become popular, mainly because of the introduction of strip wax and hot wax.
These are easy and quick to use, making hair removal over large areas of the body more efficient than the older methods. There is little discomfort to the client, as there is only momentary smarting on the surface of the skin as the wax is pulled off.
Since hair does not all grow at the same rate, some hairs reach the surface of the skin after waxing faster than others.
This makes the area appear sparser, so it is an added advantage over the use of shavers or depilatory creams.
When the hair is shaved or removed with a depilatory, it is removed at the skin line, and within a few days all the air can be seen again and the stubble can be felt. But when hair is removed by waxing, it grows back without the stubble.
Hot wax is more comfortable than strip waxing because of the warmth of the wax – the heat of the wax allows the hair follicles to relax before being removed. Strip waxing can be quicker, but smarting occurs to a greater extent. Both methods are hygienic and safe, and have been shown to be more effective than depilatory creams and shaving.
Hair growth is continual in healthy adults, going through a cycle of growth, loss and replacement. Changes in the body can swiftly affect the hair growth pattern, either increasing its renewal rate or decreasing its capacity to regenerate correctly. The general health, age and hormone, influences have the greatest effects on hair growth.
Hair grows in three stages. To put it simply, growing hair is said to be in anagen, resting hair is in telogen and transitory hair (between stages) is in catagen. So the sequence of events is amagen, catagen and telogen. This process normally repeats constantly until a hair ceases to be formed. However, waxing disrupts this growth cycle and brings the hair follicles into a regular pattern of growth that would not be found naturally. The result is that eventually the hairs are killed off permanently.
Did you know?
- You should not remove hair from warts or moles, as hair growth shows the wart or mole is healthy.
- Women should try to wax a week after their menstrual cycle – the smarting effect on the skin is reduced then.
- An old but effective method for the removal of an ingrown hair is to place a small piece of tomato under some sticking plaster over the hair. Repeat this for a few days and the hair will come to the surface for easy removal.
- Always make sure that you have exfoliated the skin before waxing.
- Never wear body creams to a waxing treatment.
- When you exfoliate, apply an exfoliating cream in the shower.
Dry the skin and massage, then add water and exfoliate a bit more. This will make an easier passage for the hair follicle to grow through. Then moisturise.