Waxing – What To Expect

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Since the dawn of time, or at least since the 80’s, women have been violently ripping hair off of our own bodies in the name of beauty. I have personally hated every hair on my body…aside from my brows and crowning glory that adorns my scalp…since grade school when leg hairs started turning from blonde fuzz to more-noticable brown. True that I show those unwanted follicles an ounce of mercy when the temperatures begin to dip below bikini-worthy weather, and then eventually to a point I don’t even like to acknowledge when the temperature is too low to even think about jumping into a pool. At that point, who cares? Besides my husband, of course. This year though, he played a little game called “I’m going to grow an itchy beard” so I retaliated by growing a beard, too. On my legs. My husband eventually lost this game, but not just because my leg beards were that awesome, and more because my husband is just not that awesome at getting hairy. Either way, it felt very “lose-lose.” He finally shaved his face–it took 10 minutes. And I finally shaved my legs. How glorious it felt to have smooth legs again! The unfortunate thing about shaving is you have to continue to do it on a very regular basis. I know it’s really not that big of a deal, right? You spend an extra 10-15 minutes getting ready. So what? Well, there’s also in-grown hairs (like the horribly embarrassing and painful ones on your bikini line?), and itching, dry skin from rubbing a sharp blade across your body a few times a week. When you remove the hair, unfortunately you’re also removing the top layer or two of skin. That can have its benefits; skin cell turnover accelerates temporarily, but it also dries out the skin, causing flaking and can even lead to infection in the tiny nicks. This year, I decided to head to the salon to try out a leg wax.

What To Expect When Going In For A Waxing Appointment

Waxing can also be a tiny bit painful, but it helps that it only takes a second to recover. Also, waxing can remove an entire section of hair at once, leaving the area smooth as silk. Waxing is pretty cost-effective, but it’s not permanent. The hair is removed from the root, so regrowth is often softer and lighter. Waxing is best when done by someone else, in my opinion. I’ve waxed my own legs before, but it was a pretty hilarious event in retrospect, including pep-talking myself, false pulls, crying, and a whole lot of words that I’ll refrain from typing. I’ve also been waxed by an esthetician and there were no swear words. There were no pep talks. She just did her job and I went to my happy place for a couple seconds at a time.

When going in for a wax, know that the hairs you wish to have removed will need to be at least 1/8th an inch in length. If they’re shorter, the wax may not be able to lift them. Since hair grows in cycles, the first time you get waxed, the hair might seem to grow back faster, but it’s possible that the new hair you’re seeing wasn’t the hair that was waxed. After several sessions, you’ll notice that the hairs will begin to grow back softer and finer. The regrowth may also be slowed. That makes waxing a perfect choice for summer time ease and a must before vacations!


 

How do you like to de-fuzz, Beautiful? Have you ever had a professional wax?

Michelle
Michelle
Written by Michelle McDowell for Mary Cates Salon. Michelle is wife to one lucky guy and mom to three of the best kids ever! If you have any questions about the blog, would like to contribute to our site, or leave a testimonial, contact us here. We'd love to hear from you!