Waxing isn’t anyone’s top choice for a way to spend an afternoon or evening. But, it sure beats the alternative. There are many things you can do to make sure the next time you get a wax you are getting the most out of the experience. Here are six waxing tips that you need to know.
1. Use Hard Wax
In the world of wax you have hard wax and soft wax. Soft wax is the stuff that is pulled off in strips. It hurts, it irritates your skin, and it often fails to get the hair out by the root. Hard wax is applied and has to setup in a few minutes. It takes longer, but it doesn’t irritate your skin. It hurts much less and it works much better at getting the hair out by the root. If your salon or home kit doesn’t use hard wax, it’s time to make a change.
2. Make Sure Your Hair is Long Enough
The point of getting a wax is to get rid of hair, but if you want to get the job done right you need to do your part in making sure the hair is long enough for the wax to work its magic. Hair should be 1/8 to ¼ of an inch for best results.
3. Plan Ahead
Can you get a wax during your period? You can, but you may not want to. Many women are more sensitive, especially in the bikini region during their menstrual cycle. It can also make an already awkward process more awkward.
4. Don’t Drink, Unless It’s Water
Alcohol and caffeine tighten pores and make it harder for the wax to remove them. If you want the smoothest look and the longest lasting wax, avoid stimulants. That may mean skipping your morning cup of motivation or your afternoon glass of stress release on the day you get a wax. You should stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water in the days before you get waxed. This is good for the skin and loosens the pores. Just don’t drink so much that you have to pee while in the middle of a wax.
5. Take Care of Your Skin Between Waxes
Hair may be unsightly, but it performs some important functions. It helps protect the skin from pollutants and the sun’s rays. Take care of your skin by using sunscreen. This also helps keep the skin from reddening after a wax. Make sure to also regularly exfoliate. This helps prevent ingrown hairs.
6. Skip the Pain Medication
This is mostly a tip for first time waxers. Many women hear how painful a wax can be and decide to beat the system by taking some painkillers before hand or using a numbing agent on their body before getting waxed. If you are using hard wax, the pain won’t be that bad. Using some numbing agents can actually interfere with the waxing. They can cause the pores to tighten. Numbing agents can keep the wax from properly bonding around the hair, making the process take longer and be less effective.