A step by step guide that answers your question “How long does waxing last?”
If you are reading this article, then you might be someone who is looking for a cost-effective yet painful option to get rid of your unwanted body hair. Additionally, you might also have more questions about the procedure that needs to be answered. So this article will help you find answers to all your problems and issues and reduce anxiety before you go into a waxing session.
What is waxing and why should you do it?
Waxing is a semi-permanent body hair removal method. Many prefer this method over others as it is cost-effective and results show for a longer span of time. It also allows you to avoid frequent shaving that makes your skin go coarse. Over time, waxing can be less painful as your body will get used to it. It is typically suitable for people who want to get rid of body hair without rendering their skin coarse.
Time for Results
Anyone who considers waxing will have this thought in mind. The climatic condition in which you live will also positively affect your hair growth and reduce the period of waxing. It is assured that waxing will cause the hair to grow back after a long time as compared to other hair removal methods. Waxing removes hair from its roots which is why new hair takes time to grow back. Commonly, the effects of waxing can last between three to six weeks. For healthy persons, the duration of results depend on few major factors, and you can find them below.
Factors influencing the time between waxing sessions
Waxing duration can vary from person to person. Even the members of the same family can have different frequencies of waxing. So here are the major factors that influence the duration of waxing
- Hair growth cycle depends on genetics
Our body has a mechanism to replace the old worn out parts in a cyclic manner. It is also true for body hair. The body undergoes 3 phase cycles. The phases are anagen phase, catagen phase, and telogen phase. The speed of this cycle depends on your genetic characteristics If your father has quick growing body hair, then it’s most likely that you too have a fast hair growth cycle.
So such people need to wax more frequently than others. When you wax out the hair, the hair follicles will be somewhat damaged so as a result hair will reluctantly grow back. But if you choose to wax continuously, then your hair might even stop growing altogether due to a permanent injury suffered by the follicles.
- Your body characteristics
Age, Sex, hormones and certain diseases will affect the increase of body hair. Young people experience more hair growth during their growth phase because of increased hormone levels. Men will have more body hair than women due to higher testosterone concentration in their body. Women, on the other hand, will also experience an abnormal increase in their body and facial hair when hormonal imbalances occur after menopause or due to polycystic ovarian disease.
- Schedule of waxing
It is important to choose a proper waxing schedule to have extended time periods between waxing sessions. Do not neglect the waxing for long periods.
How long should hair be?
During waxing, a type of wax is applied over the hairy area to have a grip on to the hair. It should be at least half an inch in length. So if you have long body hair, then, do not try to trim it. It’s better to walk in for waxing with long hair than short hair. If required, the waxing technician will cut your hair.
How to prepare for waxing?
Don’t bath immediately before the session as your skin will become too sensitive. It will make waxing, altogether a more painful experience. It can also cause skin irritation. So, if you want to clean yourself before the session, then, do it at least few hours before you walk into the clinic.
To get the maximum result, try exfoliating and washing your skin to clean away any oil or creams you have previously applied. It is done to ensure that the wax will stick to your body hair entirely. If you are undergoing treatments like Accutane or have diseases such as diabetics, then, consult your doctor before walking into a waxing clinic. Take your prescribed medications and show it to the waxing officer so that they can decide as to what needs to be done.
How badly does waxing hurt?
Since hairs are being pulled out from the root, the procedure can indeed become painful. But as the saying goes “No pain no gain,” you will not be able to get the best results unless you opt for it. However, the pain depends on the sensitivity of the body part. For instance, removing hair from under the upper lip and armpit can hurt more than waxing your back and neck.
How to reduce pain during waxing?
Unless you are a person who can tolerate any pain, it’s better to ask the waxing technician to apply a numbing cream. This cream can reduce about 80% of the pain associated with waxing. They also don’t cost more than a few hundred rupees, and they are available easily at any local drug store.
After care regime
Following your treatment, the hair follicles will open up. As such, you should be extra careful about your skin. It is because your skin is now susceptible to bacteria. To avoid irritation, you should avoid saunas, hot baths, and UV exposure, bright sunlight, tight clothing and using deodorant in the waxed area (especially under your arms) for at least 48 hours.
Some questions that are regularly asked about waxing:
- Why should I wax? – That is meant to get rid of your body hair for an extended period.
- Which areas can be waxed? – Wax can be used on any part of your body.
- How long will it last? – It will last 3 to 6 weeks.
- Will my hair become thicker when they grow again? – No, it won’t.