Waxing Types

Waxing is divided in two major types: Hard and Soft.

Hard wax, which is easier on delicate skin, is often used on the face, underarms, and bikini area. Soft wax is used on the legs, arms, back, and chest.

Why Waxing?

Waxing reduces hair growth when performed at regular 30-day intervals. Because waxing pulls the hair out by the root, it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. The more you wax, the less hair grows back.

When Wax Is Not A Good Option

Wax should not be performed if you have particularly sensitive skin, because it pulls off a couple of layers of skin cells along with the hair. In this case, we would recommend laser hair removal.

It can cause tenderness and swelling. In addition, some medications will cause the skin to react badly to waxing.

Don’t wax if you’re taking Retin-A, Accutane, or any type of acne prescription.

History of Waxing

Hair removal has been an integral part of grooming since prehistoric times. In fact, men used flint to remove unwanted hair as early as 30,000 B.C. according to the Hair Removal Forum.

Although fashion trends have changed the style of removal as well as the area or areas on the body where hair removal commonly occurs, many of the same techniques used by the ancients are still in use today.

Technological advances have made the process smoother, but some hair-removal tools have hardly changed since their invention.

Razors made of flint made their debut around 30,000 B.C.By scraping the makeshift razors along their skin, cave dwellers were able to remove hair from their scalp and face, but vanity was not high on their list of reasons for doing so. Instead, hair removal helped control mites and lice infestations.

The earliest depilatory creams contained harsh abrasives such as arsenic and quicklime, according to the Hair Removal Forum.

The creams essentially buffed or burned off unwanted hair. Women continued to use homemade depilatory creams until the invention of the first commercially marketed depilatory creams in the 1940’s.

Egyptian women paved the way for modern waxing. Around 60 B.C., they started removing hair via a process called sugaring.

Sugaring, a hair-removal method similar to waxing, uses a homemade sugar solution to entangle and strip away hair. It is still used today as a natural alternative to wax.

Wax gained momentum in the United States when a New York City salon started offering Brazilian waxes, according to the Hair Removal Forum.

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