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, pubic area, legs, arms, back, abdomen 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, in the direction of the hair growth. 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 (hard wax) is applied somewhat thickly, against the direction of the hair growth and no cloth or paper strips are used. The wax hardens when it cools, and is ‘flicked’ up in the corner and removed quickly. 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, or hard-to-remove hair, as the hard wax encapsulates the hair as it hardens. The strip-less waxing method can also be less painful than the strip waxing is.
Waxing is definitely the most requested treatment and as such, is the best income earner of the Beauty Therapist’s regime.