Are you tired of frequent shaving and looking for a long-lasting alternative? You should try waxing, which is a great way to alleviate the burden of having to shave every week.
If you want to experience the best results from waxing, you should start now and establish a consistent routine. The reason is that between your first couple of waxing sessions, the results might not be entirely perfect because your hair is in different growth cycles. Once all your hairs get into the same cycle, you will start getting smooth results continuously. Also, your hair will grow thinner.
Keep reading to learn about the science behind the whole procedure!
Hair Growth Cycles
Every hair in our body starts forming in a follicle. Hair growth consists of three main phases:
1. Anagen (Growth Phase): The hair follicle is actively producing new cells that form the hair strand. The longer the anagen phase, the longer your hair can potentially grow.
2. Catagen (Transitional Phase): The catagen phase is a brief transitional period that marks the end of active hair growth. It lasts for about 2–3 weeks. During this phase, the hair follicle shrinks, and the hair strand detaches from the follicle.
3. Telogen (Resting Phase): This phase can last for several months and—at any given time—about 10–15% of your hair is in the telogen phase. The hair is prone to falling out at this stage.
Waxing and Hair Growth Phases
For waxing to be successful, the hair must be in the anagen phase and have sufficient length for the wax to grip onto. Here's how it works:
Anagen-phase hair: Since our hair is actively connected to the hair follicle, it's firmly anchored, making it easier for the wax to pull it out from the root. This is the ideal stage for waxing.
Catagen-phase hair: During this transitional phase, the hair isn't as strongly connected to the follicle. Waxing can still be effective, but the results may not be as long-lasting.
Telogen-phase hair: Attempting to wax hair in the telogen phase is often less successful and can be more painful.
Waxing AreasDifferent parts of the body may have hair in various stages of the growth cycle. This is why waxing is more effective in some areas than others. For instance:
Legs and arms: These areas typically have a higher percentage of hair in the anagen phase, making waxing more efficient.
Facial hair: The hair on your face, such as eyebrows, can grow at different rates and phases. Regular waxing may be required to keep these areas hair-free.
Bikini area: The hair in this area can be a mix of different growth phases, so waxing may require more precision and expertise.
It's always a good idea to seek professional assistance from a certified wax specialist for the best results. A DIY approach may not be as efficient, especially if you are a newbie. At Glaminator Beauty Bar, we offer a range of waxing packages to help you achieve the look of your dreams. Book your appointment with us today!