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.
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.