- Warm weather has finally arrived, so it's time to bring out your spring and summer wardrobe. This means you're sure to be showing more skin, so for many, hair removal is top of mind!
St. Clair Esthetician student Kaitlyn Babington says waxing is the most requested hair removal service.
"It's a quick and simple method of removing unwanted hair," says Babington. "But it is important to take into account before booking a service your needs, preferences and sensitivity."
Waxing is the most requested hair removal service.
Babington says waxing is appropriate for both small and large areas of the body. She says it is most commonly performed on legs, arms, underarms, chin, eyebrows, lip areas, hairlines, bikini lines, backs, breasts, fingers and toes.
"Waxing is a process of applying warm wax directly to the skin. The wax adheres to the hair and then both the wax and the hair are removed at the same time," explains Babington.
Here are some things Babington suggests taking into consideration before and after waxing:
- Let your hair grow to an appropriate length before booking your appointment. In order to get the most out of your waxing appointment it is advised to let hair grow to at least a quarter of an inch. This will allow the wax to get a good grasp at the hair follicle and pull it out from the root instead of at the surface of the skin.
- Exfoliate your skin really well in the shower with warm water to loosen any dead skin cells and lift trapped hairs. You can do this by using any of your favourite body scrubs and a body glove, brush or loofah.
- Take into consideration your pain tolerance and take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil one hour before your waxing appointment.
- To soothe the burn post-wax, apply aloe, cortisone or Neosporin immediately after to reduce redness and inflammation.
- If you are afraid of getting ingrown hairs, exfoliate regularly and using ingrown prevention products.
Things that may prevent you from receiving a waxing service may include the following:
- Skin Conditions (i.e. varicose veins, cuts/abrasions, active herpes, rashes, etc.)
- Health Conditions (i.e. diabetes, poor circulation, high blood pressure, low pain threshold, etc.)
- Oral and Topical Medications/Treatments (Accutane, Retin-A/Renova, AHA's/BHA's, etc.)