Waxing is an inconvenient process, but we can't do without it, can we? Especially when it is summer - the season of flaunting cute summery dresses or a bikini bod. Ironically, waxing is a necessity but also a highly-misunderstood concept.
Some view it as a painful and unnecessary 'waste' of time; others feel that laser treatments, wax strips, or simply shaving off are a more convenient alternative. In this blog, we will save you from hours of research and debunk some of the most common misconceptions about waxing.
Let's get to it right away.
Myths About Waxing that are Absolutely Untrue
#Myth 1: Waxing causes your hair to grow thicker.
First things first, let's tackle the most common myth related to waxing. Many people believe that waxing causes the hair to grow back thicker. This is absolutely not true. On the contrary, over time, the hair thickness reduces as people engage in waxing on a regular basis.
How does this work?
Basically, with waxing, your hair, as well as the root, comes out. What this means is that the hair needs to regrow back from scratch. As a result, hair appears finer as it grows back. On the other hand, as you shave off the hair, the hair comes out from the thickest point. So when the hair grows back, it appears to be thicker.
This means: waxing = 1, shaving = 0.
#Myth 2: During your periods is the best time to get waxed.
Another common misconception is that waxing hurts more during your periods as the body is already too sensitive. Whether you're on your period or not, waxing hurts just the same, depending on your hair growth.
If you do decide to get waxing done during your periods, make sure that the tampon is inside and the string is securely tucked in. All in all, waxing will not hurt more if you are on your period, period.
#Myth 3: Waxing rips off your skin.
Waxing does not rip off your skin. However, waxing can cause skin bruising or skin lifting if not done correctly. This is why it is critical to get a professional appointment with your regular wax beautician. Pulling hair the wrong way can cause more damage than good.
So, you should never go the DIY route when it comes to waxing. Your skin will thank you later on!
#Myth 4: You can go for a sunbath immediately post-waxing.
Waxing can cause the skin to become sensitive, so it is important to wait for at least 24 hours before you head to the beach or go sunbathing. If you stay out in the sun for too long, you risk getting rashes, redness, or burns. This will only make matters worse for your skin.
#Myth 5: Waxing while you're pregnant can affect the baby.
Waxing during pregnancy is completely normal unless your doctor mentions otherwise. In fact, for plenty of to-be moms, hair can grow quicker than usual during pregnancy because of the change in hormones.
In other words, there's no harm in getting a wax done while you're pregnant.
But make sure to avoid waxing the stomach area for obvious reasons. Plus, do consult your doctor if you can book a wax session (to be on the safe side).
#Myth 6: Your hair needs to grow out long before you can wax it off.
One of the biggest misconceptions about waxing is that you don't need to grow your hair for a squeaky-clean wax session.
If your hair is 1/4" long, you can go for a wax. Otherwise, it might hurt you more. If your hair is longer than 1/4", make sure to trim it so that the hair comes out easily and less painfully.
Remember that a quarter of an inch of hair is the 'sweet spot' or the magical number you need to note prior to booking a wax session.
#Myth 7: Waxing causes a spurt of ingrown hair.
Typically speaking, all kinds of hair removal methods can cause ingrown hairs--and waxing is no different. Ingrown hair is a common problem. That said, waxing does prevent other kinds of irritation.
To prevent this, make sure to exfoliate your skin properly with a gentle body scrub and apply skin oil based on your skin type. As a thumb rule, never ever tweeze the ingrown hairs or pluck them out yourself.
Why? If you do that, ingrown hair is going to be trapped between the skin's surface and it can easily become infected if you pluck at it non-stop!
Consult a professional to get rid of ingrown hairs. They generally use a needle to get the job done effectively.
#Myth 8: Waxing is an extremely painful and messy procedure.
It can get messy if you are going for the DIY route with waxing. More importantly, it is a lot of hard work. Instead of waxing yourself, it is recommended that you get it done by a professional of your choice who understands your skin and your hair removal needs.
Remember that you can enjoy hair-free days for up to six weeks if it is done correctly.
#Myth 9: Waxing will pull at your skin, making it wrinkly.
Waxing does not have any heavy impact on your wrinkles. The most common reason for accelerated skin aging is excessive exposure to the sun (minus the sunscreen), less hydration, and an unhealthy skincare routine.
#Myth 10: Soft wax hurts less than hard wax.
Hard wax works differently than soft wax in the sense that it adheres to the hair--not the skin. This is why it is most commonly used in sensitive areas such as underarms, Brazilian, full face, etc.
Hard wax works on a gel-like substance that goes around the hair follicles, whereas, in the wax strip, you end up pulling the hair and the skin.
If you are looking for seasoned experts to get a smooth waxing session underway, reach out to us at Glaminator Beauty Bar. We can take care of all your waxing needs and ensure that you leave with glowing, fuzz-free skin.
It is understandable why people experience inflammation post-waxing. The sudden and forceful removal of hair causes stress to the surrounding skin, and it might require special healing and care.
While it is often a good idea to let the skin be, there are certain tips that help reduce the swelling and ease the recovery period. Let's skim through some of the essential steps to care for your skin after waxing.
Avoid touching Ingrown Hair
Waxing results in increased sensitivity for the affected regions and visible red bumps in the form of ingrowns. While it might be enticing to remove these bumps, it is imperative that they are not touched or played around with. Scratching and rubbing might leave behind unwanted blemishes on the skin.
Instead of poking and prodding the ingrown hair, wait for a few days and have them examined by an aesthetician.
Use Cold Compresses
In order to soothe the post-waxing irritation, make a DIY cold compress by wetting a small towel in a plastic bag and freezing it. Once cold enough, this can be applied on parts of the skin experiencing redness, swelling or inflammation.
Ice cubes also work wonders in soothing the irritation and mellowing the red appearance. If direct contact with an ice cube feels too cold, soak it in a sponge and apply that instead.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Loose clothing prevents unnecessary contact with fiber materials that might aggravate the irritation via sweat and friction. Therefore, it makes sense to opt for natural fibers like cotton that are way gentler on the skin than spandex or polyester.
It is often seen that gym-wear made of spandex does not let the skin breathe properly. So skip gym sessions altogether as workouts will cause added friction and make matters worse.
Soothe and Exfoliate But Patiently
Exfoliating right after waxing can result in micro-abrasions, owing to the extra sensitive skin. After a couple of days, use a homemade sugar scrub to soothe the irritation and also prevent further formation of ingrown hair. Such DIY scrubs only require mixing sugar with half a cup of coconut or olive oil, and should be gently rubbed on the affected regions.
Squeezing an aloe vera plant's leaf essence directly onto the affected area also soothes inflammation and redness. Not only does Aloe Vera pacify excess irritation, it also hydrates the skin, which makes its use perfect after getting waxed.
Moreover, tea tree oil is another viable alternative, but may clog pores in the initial days, and so, should be reserved for late-forming irritation.
Another bonus tip is to apply lots of sunscreen and avoid the sun for the first few days. This is mainly because waxing makes the skin prone to sun damage by stripping the outermost protective layer.
The key is to space out the waxing appointment to align with the hair’s natural growth cycle, and ensure routine cleansing & exfoliation to avoid post-waxing pain.
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