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 four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different growth cycle.
Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, stomach and feet.
There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair.
Strip waxing (soft wax) is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth, as parallel as possible to the skin to avoid trauma to the skin (i.e., bruising, broken capillaries, ingrown hairs caused by hair follicle trauma and lifting of skin). This removes the wax along with the hair.
Strip-less wax (as opposed to strip wax), also referred to as hard wax, is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin. Strip-less wax does not adhere to the skin as much as strip wax does, thus making it a good option for sensitive skin as finer hairs are more easily removed because the hard wax encapsulates the hair as it hardens. The strip-less waxing method can also be less painful.
There are many benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal:-
It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. It is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer.
Threading is an ancient Arabic technique that has proven effective and grown in popularity in the Western world.
There are two basic types of hair removal: depilation and epilation. Depilation only affects the part of the hair that’s above the surface of the skin (like shaving and chemical depilatories). Epilation removes the entire hair, including the part growing beneath the skin so the effect lasts longer. Threading is an epilation process that uses thread to pull out hair from sensitive areas of the face like the lips and eyebrows.
Thread, usually made of cotton, is twisted and rolled along the surface of the skin. As the thread twists, it entangles the hairs, pulling them out of the follicle. As with tweezing, it takes about 3 to 8 weeks for the hairs to grow back out. Unlike tweezing, which requires you to pull out one hair a time, you can remove a larger area of hair resulting in a cleaner, straighter line and less pain.
What are the pros?
. Gentle – If you have sensitive skin you may want to give
threading a try.
. Chemical-Free – This is one of the only beauty treatments that is
truly chemical free (remember that even water is a chemical).
If you are looking for a natural hair-removal method, then
threading is for you!
What are the cons?
. Only Good for Small Areas – Threading is great for small facial
areas like brows and lips but it’s not very efficient for large areas.
. Time Consuming – While a little quicker than tweezing, threading
can be a bit of a slow process which makes methods like waxing
and shaving preferable for girls on the go!
Threading is a safe, effective and natural way to remove hair. It’s pretty amazing that a technique that has been around for so long is still a popular and effective treatment. There are certainly quicker, more efficient ways to remove hair from larger areas but for the more delicate skin on your face threading is an excellent option