Thermometers indicate high temperatures, dresses, skirts and shorts are increasingly drawn out of closets… And for most women that means epilating their legs more often than usual. Instead of struggling to shave your legs every three days, opt for a much more practical form – waxing
It might seem that everyone can benefit from this method of getting rid of unwanted hair. You can get wax patches in drugstores and try this method on your own, but you can also visit a professional beauty salon. There are really few contraindications, so as far as possible you can use waxing if you don’t have varicose veins or leg vein inflammation (in case of leg hair removal), dilated capillaries, purulent skin inflammation, folliculitis or allergy to wax (in case of hair removal of any part of the body). This method is also discouraged if you have recently tanned (naturally or in a tanning bed) or have otherwise been exposed to UVA and UVB rays.
The quality of the treatment performed will be affected not only by the beauty salon you choose and the experience of the beautician. It is your body after all and it is you who can properly prepare it for depilation. We are talking about even the small things for you that will make the professional at the salon’s job easier. Take a relaxing hot bath before you go for your epilation. This will soften your skin and relax your pores. However, it’s important that you refrain from using any bath oils and skip the creams and lotions once you’re out of the tub. The oily consistency of these products will make waxing much less effective on your skin. It makes things a lot easier if you decide to scrub the area a few days beforehand to remove any dead skin.
There are a few other things to keep in mind. Avoid sunbathing before waxing. Make an appointment when your hair has grown back significantly. Most beauty salons say it’s best to come in about one centimeter long. Why? Waxing works best on hair that is long enough. Shorter hairs may not be pulled out, while longer hairs may break off instead of being pulled out with the bulb.
Whether you opt for in-office waxing or try it yourself, the process is the same. There are two methods – you can either buy ready-made patches or wax, which you’ll need to heat up. The first step is to disinfect your skin. Whether you do the procedure yourself or put yourself in the hands of a professional, make sure that latex gloves are used. Taking precautions is especially important not just these days, and wearing gloves is really the bare minimum! Warm – but importantly, not hot! – wax is applied to the part of the body to be epilated. It is important to do this with the direction of hair growth, not the opposite. The practitioner then places a specially designed strip of fleece or cotton cloth over the wax applied to your skin. This strip is then ripped off in the opposite direction of hair growth, and after the entire waxing procedure is done, a special product should be applied to your skin. It will remove any wax residue, but most importantly it will soothe and moisturize your skin. This is especially important because skin is often irritated and red after an epilation treatment. It is advisable to visit a beautician for waxing mainly because the treatment involves some pain. You may find that even though the wax has been applied correctly, you won’t be able to remove it quickly enough and firmly enough.