Grooming Tips – Types Of Waxing

Waxing has been a long proven method for hair removal dating back centuries. Over time, the basic concept and practice has not changed much except for some advancements in convenience and quality. Even though there are some small differences between different types of waxing methods, all of them still involve trapping the hair in a waxy substance, and then pulling it out away from the skin ripping the hair out by the root. Enduring the process can be rewarded with smooth results that will last noticeably longer than shaving. Those who undergo this method might might use some of the following application techniques.

Waxing Techniques

Strip Waxing – This is a type of hair removal waxing in which a warmed wax is used along with strips of muslin cloth. The warmed wax is commonly applied with the use of a wooden stick or a spatula and a thin layer is spread over an area of skin. Before the wax hardens the cloth strip is applied over the wax and with the skin drawn tight, and is firmly pressed against the surface. The strip is then quickly ripped away from the skin in the opposite direct of the hair growth, taking the wax and the unwanted hair with it. This is the most common type of waxing and is great for larger areas such as the legs or underarms.

There are also various waxing kits that can be bought and used at home. They also make waxing strips that are pre-made and sold in stores The strips already have wax on them and you just have to heat up the wax, usually through friction, and apply them to the skin yourself. Some folks have mixed results with these and prefer to go to a salon and have a professional do all the work. But these types of products are convenient and can be bought locally and be done in the privacy of your own home. They are also a great way to test out this method of hair removal before having it done by a specialist.

Stripless Waxing – The wax used in this type of application is often thicker than that used in strip waxing and is great for smaller more sensitive areas. It has the consistency of taffy. It is applied to the skin and once ready to be removed, one end of the wax is usually flipped or flicked up and used as a lip to pull the rest of the wax from the skin.
Different Types of Waxes

While these are the two main ways in which waxing is applied to the skin, there are also may different types of waxes that can be used. Some salons use their own blend of resins and wax to offer their customers the best experience with the most effective results. Some are made just for sensitive skin, some work better for thick hair, some for thinner hair. The perfect type of wax, however, is one that sticks well to the hair, ensuring that when removed it yanks the hair out with it, all while not adhering too much to the skin.  This will help reduce the chances of side effects that may be seen with this form of hair removal.

Some salons that use multiple waxes may perform a test on your skin to see which one would be best for your treatment. Trying this method for the first time is often a scary proposition because of the pain usually associated with it. But knowing what to expect and how things will be done can help ease some of the normal apprehension.

For more information and a great demonstration of stripless waxing in action check out the video below.

Our First Look At The Graco FastAction Jogger For Parents On The Move

Graco-joggerGraco is one of the more reputable brands for children, and their FastAction Fold jogging stroller is another fine example of what why this company is so popular with parents.  For active Moms and Dads, finding a stroller that can stand up to the demands of moving at faster speeds, as well as being comfortable and easy to transport, may seem like a daunting task.  With many higher priced strollers that may seem like too much of an investment, this model may be the perfect alternative.  But as we almost everything, you may just get what you pay for.  This stroller promises, safety, maneuverability, and comfort.  But does it deliver?  Let’s find out.

Performance

The FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller by Graco truly combines the ease of use and performance of a jogger with the comfort of a stroller. The jogger also features a storage basket and a smartphone holder. You can even create your very own travel system as this stroller accepts infant car seats. In fact, opening and closing this jogger is very easy as well as effortless. You just have to pull the unfold/fold strap to close and open this item. With a lightweight design, this product is very portable providing a smooth ride too.

Comfort

You can even recline the seat so that you can make your baby feel more comfortable. There is also extra cushioning that will provide your child with all the support he needs during longer runs or strolls. The harness will keep your kid secure and safe. If you have toys, food and diapers that you need to carry with you, the storage basket will allow you to store them easily. Keeping everything you need within reach is very easy thanks to its storage compartment and cup holders. Lifting your kid in and out of its seat is also easy.

Awesome Ride

Rubber tires give you the smooth ride your child deserves on any terrain. If you need added stability, lock your front wheel while jogging. However, you need to unlock the front wheel for quiet strolls. The paddle seat will ensure that your kid will ride with all the comfort in the world. In addition, you can even recline the seat so that you can adjust the position. The front swivel wheel will provide the outstanding ride you have been needing for any walk or job out with your kid. And the large canopy will protect your child from sunlight.

Carry Your Essentials

You can bring any of your essentials along thanks to the FastAction Fold Jogger Stroller by Graco’s parents tray. This tray features a cradle that allows you to clip any phone in, and the large storage basket will allow you to store almost anything. You can even fold this stroller with just one hand keeping your arms free. You may also bring along a sippie cup and drinks for your child, because this stroller features a tray with storage. Even on a bumpy terrain, this stroller will take it with ease without tossing your kid around.

Lightweight

This stroller is very lightweight folding up easily too. This jogger will glide beautifully on any sidewalk or road out there. In addition, the item is very easy to handle over any intersection, curb or dip. The frame is very sturdy and the whole product well built. You can use the brakes to hold your stroller in place while on a incline. The handle of this stroller is very well positioned for any walk out there. Though a little bit heavy, this jogger has easy-to-remove wheels that re-attach securely. This stroller is also very robust.

Pros and Cons

As with just about every product on the market, there is no perfect stroller for everyone.  We have found a few points that show up over and over in customer reviews for this jogger.  Some of these include:

Pros

– The unit stands up by itself when you fold it.
– There is also a nice, big basket in the bottom.
– This product can also hold any smarphone quite nicely.
– This item’s sun shade works very well.
– Price

Cons

– The cellphone holder might not store anything larger than your iPhone.
– The sun shade might seem quite limited to you.
– Lack of an adjustable handlebar.
– Not as easy to maneuver as some other strollers.

Verdict

Reviews of this Graco jogging stroller seem to be a little mixed.  Parents give it decent scores, but there are models available from BOB, Baby Jogger, and Joovy that rank much higher in owner satisfaction.  It is hard to beat this stroller on price, especially since some other models can cost around $400.  However, near $150, the FastAction Fold jogger does offer some value for the money.  If you are in a pinch and have budget concerns, then this would be a very capable stroller to buy.  If you can afford to spend a little more, then there are plenty of joggers that may give you and your child a better experience.

Quick Tip To Fight Running Blisters


Have you ever looked at your running shoes and thought “What is that extra shoelace hole for?” It seems to be placed too far back to be of any use, but it is actually there for a reason. The video above demonstrates how to properly make use of the “extra” hole to lock your heel in place while you train. It is something so simple, but it can have a huge impact at reducing the risk of getting a blister on the back of your heel or other places on your foot.

Most marathoners at some time or another have to deal with the dreaded blister. One of the biggest reasons for this is friction that is caused by your running shoes moving and sliding against your skin while you run. If you have this type of problem with your feet then this may be the solution you are looking for. Simple but ingenious.