Waxing for hair removal
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 4 to 6 weeks. Some people start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different hair-growth cycle. Almost any area of the body can be waxed: eyebrows, face, pubic area, legs, arms, back, abdomen, knuckles, and feet.
Blondes are not candidates for laser hair removal because there is no pigmentation in it. To be a candidate for laser hair removal, the hair has to have a pigmentation darker than blonde.
Many body parts are sensitive, so it is best to go to a trained aesthetician for the procedure. Most parts of the body can be waxed, including nose and ear hair. Eyelids and eyelashes should not be waxed because they can be severely damaged if waxed.
Advise Christi Stowers, Aesthetician and owner of Lotus Med Spa Anti-Aging & Skin Care Center, if you have any of the following conditions or take any of the following medications:
- Blood-thinning medications
- Drugs for autoimmune diseases, including lupus
- Prednisone or steroids
- Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases
- Recent sunburn
- 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 Trevino, Tazaronene, or any other peeling agent
- Recent surgical peel, microdermabrasion or chemical peel using glycolic, alpha hydroxy, salicylic acid, or other acid-based products
The pros and cons
There are several benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal:
- Removes large amounts of hair at one time
- Shaving produces a rough stubble of regrowth. Over time, areas that are waxed have soft regrowth
- Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for 2 to 6 weeks.
Waxing can be painful, but the pain is not long-lasting; it can hurt especially in sensitive areas. Some people have ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding as a side effect of waxing. This is more likely to occur when waxing thick hair, especially the first few times when follicles are strongest.