Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different growth cycle. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows’ face, pubic area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair.
Strip waxing(soft wax) is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth, as parallel as possible to the skin to avoid trauma to the skin (i.e, bruising, broken capillaries, ingrown hairs caused by hair follicle trauma and lifting of skin).This removes the wax along with the hair.
Strip-less wax(as opposed to strip wax), also referred to ashard wax, is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin. Strip-less wax does not adhere to the skin as much as strip wax does, thus making it a good option for sensitive skin as finer hairs are more easily removed because the hard wax encapsulates the hair as it hardens. The strip-less waxing method can also be less painful.
Waxing on sensitive body parts is best performed by an expert such as a licensed esthetician. Most parts of the body can be waxed, including nose and ear hair. Areas individuals should never wax include eyelashes and eyelids. These areas can be severely damaged if waxed.
The following factors are known to make those that are waxed more prone to "skin lifting," where the top layer of skin is torn away during waxing treatment.
Taking blood-thinning medications
Taking drugs for autoimmune diseases, including lupus
Taking prednisone or steroids
Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases
Recent cosmetic or reconstructive surgery
Recent laser skin treatment
Severe varicose leg veins
Rosacea or very sensitive skin
History of fever blisters or cold sores (waxing can cause a flare-up)
Using Tretinoin, Tazarotene Adapalene Azelex or any other peeling agent.
Recent surgical peel, microdermabrasion or chemical peel using glycolic, alpha hydroxy, or salicylic acid, or other acid-based products.
Benefits and drawbacks
There are many benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal. It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. It is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer. There are many drawbacks of waxing as well. Waxing can be painful when the strip is removed from the skin. Although the pain is not long-lasting, it can be intense, particularly in sensitive areas. Another drawback to waxing is the expense: waxing is usually performed by a licensed esthetician, and in some cases the cost can be high, depending on the area waxed and the number of sittings required.
Q: What is the difference between hot wax and strip wax?
A: Hot wax is spread thickly onto the skin and allowed to dry slightly before it is gently peeled away. This method is far less painful than most and pulls hair directly from the roots. The benefits include fewer in-grown hairs, less breakage and therefore longer re-growth periods. This wax also promotes skin hydration and is highly recommended for sensitive areas. Strip wax is recommended for thicker/less sensitive skin, for example - legs, arms, back, chest, and shoulders. A thin layer of wax is applied to the skin and is then removed using a paper strip. We offer organic and house strip wax.
Q: Why is Strip waxing recognised as a less-painful experience?
A: When we use our hot wax on sensitive areas, we first apply an essential oil to the skin which acts as a barrier between the wax and the skin. Therefore, the wax is able to shrink wrap around the hair and will not stick to the skin. (Less tugging results in less pain!) Our therapists are also trained in Strip's highly skilled technique to minimise discomfort.
Q: How long should my hair be for waxing?
A: Our hot wax can grab hair as short as 1mm in length. Our strip wax can remove hair as short as 2mm. everyone has a different growth cycle but we are generally able to wax areas that have been shaved one week earlier. However with larger parts of the body like arms/legs, we suggest leaving it three weeks before waxing. Clients that have not waxed/shaved for a long period of time need not worry as our therapists will trim the hair to a suitable length for waxing.
Q: What bikini waxes do you offer?
A: Basic bikini means the hair removed from the top and sides of bikini area. G-string same as basic bikini however the top can be taken slightly higher with some hair removed underneath following the line of ag-string. Brazilian means everything off!
Q: What is the etiquette for the various types of waxing on offer?
A: Basic bikini: you will be given the option to wear our paper knickers or your own knickers G-string: (same as basic) but G-string knickers are recommended should you choose to wear your own Brazilian: we recommend that you remove your knickers however if you are not comfortable with this we will provide you with a paper G-string and the treatment may take slightly longer. *if you choose to wear your own knickers we cannot assume responsibility for any oil or wax spillage onto the fabric
Q: I'm pregnant but I want a bikini wax. What do you recommend?
A: Waxing during pregnancy is very popular especially now that people know that our wax is less painful. Our therapists are trained to ensure that all parts of the body are waxed comfortably and safely. The Brazilian or Hollywood wax is a very popular treatment one week before the due date.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Every person has different pain thresholds and so experience waxing differently, however with regular waxing most find it becomes easier as the hairs become thinner, lighter and sparser after a few treatments. Our specialised hot wax and expertly trained/experienced therapists make waxing as pain-free as possible. If you have a particularly low pain threshold a couple of Nurofen tablets half an hour before the treatment time tends to reduce pain.
Q: How long will the waxed area be hair free?
A: You may notice a small amount of regrowth after a week or so. It can take up to 4 treatments for your hair to get on a growth cycle that gives best results. To maintain your smooth.
Q: Is it done with discretion?
A: We can provide a towel that can be used to cover parts of the intimate area while waxing. The treatment does involve the client holding the skin in various places to help minimise discomfort but the therapist will lead you in this process.
Q: Will it be uncomfortable afterwards?
A: Since we use a very high quality wax and have highly skilled therapists our treatments should leave you with minimal discomfort. When the treatment is finished the therapist will ensure no wax or residue has been left on the skin. Since we use hot wax, skin will not be sticky (which can happen with strip wax).
Q: What after-care do I need to follow?
Keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 hours. This means:
No hot baths or showers (warm water only).
No saunas, hot tubs or steam treatments.
No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans).
No sport, gym work or other exercise.
Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands.
Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other than those recommended by your therapist for 24 hours.
Please note: some slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over 24-48 hours.
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