Styles of Waxing
Waxing generally refers to the removal of hair from
the body by a number of similar methods. While mainly associated
with women, the practice is by men more frequently as well. Waxing
is an effective method of removing large amounts of hair at one
time. In this method wax is warmed to allow it to be spread easily
over the skin in the direction of hair growth. The hair becomes
embedded in the wax, which cools and firms up grasping the hair.
The wax is then quickly pulled off in the opposite direction of
the hair growth, pulling the hairs out of the follicles. Cold waxes
are available usually attached to strips, which are patted onto
the skin. Wax that is still left on the skin must be peeled or scratched
off. Caution must be used when heating wax so as not to burn the
Sugar waxing is a popular form of hair removal that
works in the same way traditional waxing does. A thick sugary substance
similar to caramel is spread on the skin in the direction of hair
growth. The hair becomes embedded in the caramel. A cloth or paper
strip is patted onto the caramel and then pulled off quickly in
the opposite direction of the hair growth, pulling the hairs out
of the follicles. The advantage of this method over traditional
waxing is the clean up. The sugar substance is water-soluble and
can be removed easier than wax by rinsing with water.
The benefits of waxing include: lack of razor burn
and soft hair regrowth. The disadvantages are also similar, though
since it is performed on the most sensitive region of the body,
the pain can be more acute.
While some types of waxing may safely be done on oneself,
this type cannot. It is recommended that one get a licensed cosmetologist
or esthetician to perform this procedure. Our site lists a number
of professional waxing salons in your area that should be able to
meet all of your waxing needs.