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Waxing - Pulling and removing hair
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The Disadvantages of Wax Hair Removal
•  It’s painful. Although everyone has a different pain threshold, waxing hair from the body is undeniably painful! While some people can tolerate the pain, for others, waxing is not a preferred method of removing unwanted body hair.
•  Waxing usually causes a red rash to immediately appear, although this disappears an hour or so later.
•  To achieve optimal results, the hair should be at least one centimeter in length for waxing. Therefore, it is advisable to wait at least six weeks between waxing sessions to allow the hair to grow long enough. This requirement may discourage those seeking permanent hair-free and smooth bodies.
•  While potential side effects are relatively minimal with waxing, one possible issue is ingrown hairs. They can occur when hair breaks off under the skin instead of being pulled out by the wax, leading to inflammation when regrowth starts.
The Hot versus Cold Debate
Cold wax essentially performs the same job as hot wax but involves using pre-coated wax strips. While cold wax strips are less messy than hot wax, most testimonies report that they are not as effective, often leaving some hair still attached to the skin.
Because hot wax molds onto the skin and grips each individual hair more tightly than cold wax strips, hot wax treatments are better at removing shorter hair. Due to this advantage, hot wax is the preferred option for removing hair from areas where regrowth is not desired, such as the upper lip or chin. Many reports about waxing confirm that hot wax causes less skin reddening compared to cold wax, making it preferable for those with sensitive skin.
Waxing hair with a cold wax strip
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One disadvantage of hot wax compared to cold is that it is a somewhat messy procedure. Waxing large areas with hot wax should be left to the experts due to the mess and complexity involved. As a result, cold wax strips tend to be a more popular method for at-home waxing due to their ease of use and cleanliness.
Home versus the Salon
Like with all methods of hair removal best results are achieved by a professional who has in-depth knowledge and experience about the procedure. The hair is more easily ripped off when it is at a 40 degree angle and when either the cloth or strip is removed very quickly.
However, accomplishing these tasks can be easier said than done in the hands of a novice. Many people who attempt waxing themselves often end up with partially waxed skin. While practice improves technique, most individuals find that waxing at home is a more affordable and convenient option than visiting a salon.
Organic Wax
Certain types of skin are more sensitive and prone to allergic reactions from both hot and cold wax. Organic wax is available, containing purely organic ingredients, including aloe, which helps reduce irritation and soothe the skin.
Like most organic products, organic wax is slightly more expensive than regular wax. Homemade solutions are another option. Many people choose to make their own wax by combining sugar, lemon, and honey in a microwave-safe bowl and heating the mixture until it becomes hot and gooey.
Waxing, whether with hot wax or cold strips, is an extremely efficient and cost-effective way of removing excess and unwanted hair from our bodies, as long as you can endure the pain.