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The quest for smooth, silky skin can be endless, especially if you're relying on shaving or plucking. Waxing, on the other hand, can save you time and provide results lasting up to four weeks. Colours Mobile Spa recommends waxing for facial hair and for people with lighter, finer hair. People who wax get a smoother, longer lasting effect.
How It Works
In this treatment, warm wax adheres to the hair, cools, and is pulled off in strips. There are two types of wax: hard wax and soft wax. Hard wax is usually better for more delicate areas like the face, underarms, and bikini area, because it is easier on the skin. Soft wax is good for the coarser hair on the legs, arms, back, and chest. Hair generally needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long, except on the face, where it can be shorter. Your skincare professional at Colours Mobile Spa will ensure the area to be waxed is completely dry so the wax can better attach to the hair follicle. The wax is then applied in the direction of the hair growth, and the skin is pulled taught. The esthetician then pulls the wax off in the opposite direction, removing the hair follicle by the root and ensuring there are no ingrown hairs.
Waxing reduces hair growth when sessions are performed at regular, thirty-day intervals. While shaving crops the hair level with the skin, waxing pulls it out by the root, so it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. In fact, the more you wax, the less hair grows back. Plucking can have the same results of waxing, in that the hair is removed by the root, but it can be time consuming and less ample in getting all the hairs.
Because waxing pulls off a couple of layers of skin (along with hair), it can cause tenderness and swelling and should not be performed if you have particularly sensitive skin. In addition, if you're taking Retin-A, Accutane, or any prescription acne medication, skin sensitivity is heightened, and waxing should not be done at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, discuss them with your technician at Colours Mobile Spa, your skin care practitioner and/or dermatologist.
What to Expect
First, it's important to make your appointment with a trained professional to ensure you receive a high quality wax job. FOR WOMEN, Colours Mobile Spa suggests that you schedule waxing appointments in the middle of your menstrual cycle rather than right before or right after their periods, as skin can be more sensitive during this time.
Next, be sure the hair you want waxed is grown out to about a quarter- to a half-inch above the skin. If hairs are left too short, the wax won't be able to adhere to them strongly enough to pull them out. Refrain from taking a shower or bath just prior to the treatment, as soaking the hair will soften it, allowing it to break more easily and making waxing less effective.
Colours Mobile Spa recommends considering the following factors when deciding if waxing is right for you:
Make sure you're not on acne medication or glycolics. If you tend to get red or swell easily, inform your esthetician of your skin sensitivity and ask them to use smaller strips of wax. Afterwards, apply cold compresses to take away the sting. Remember that the coarser the hair, the more it hurts. Also, if the skin is thinner, like on your bikini line, it's going to hurt more. We recommend using ibuprofen before the appointment if your skin is particularly sensitive.
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