No matter how dainty we want to be, we are fuzzy creatures. We are covered with hair from the top of our toes to the tip of our heads. While the luscious locks on our scalp are a source of pride, the nasty sprigs on our legs, armpits, lips and bikini areas must be removed to keep us comfortable. If you are afraid of hair growing in stronger, you can rely on waxing to keep this from happening.
How It Works
Waxing uses hot wax and fabric to strip hair from your body. You can use a home waxing kit on your own, or you can visit a spa or salon for a professional waxing. The professional puts hot wax on the unwanted hair, whether it is on your eyebrow, lip, legs or bikini area. Then, fabric strips are placed on the wax. Once the wax dries and hardens, the fabric is pulled off. The hair will come with it in one quick motion.
When you pull up the fabric, the hair stuck to the wax comes out of your skin. Each hair is ripped from its follicle, at the root. According to the Ohio State University Student Health Services, tearing hair from its follicle can cause damage to the follicle. This damage can prevent later growth from that follicle. If you remove hair from one area of your body time and time again, you can potentially cause the hair in that area to become scarce.
How It’s Different
Other methods of hair removal can cause different outcomes. When you remove hair by shaving, you are simply cutting the hair at the skin level. You also cut it straight across, level with the skin. As the hair grows back out, each shaft may seem thicker, since it is now flat-topped. Waxing removes from the root, instead of shaving the top. Therefore, hair coming back in may actually seem thinner or the same as it was before.
Waxing is relatively inexpensive. If you cannot afford a professional waxing, you can buy home waxing kits at drug or grocery store. Because the hair is removed from the root, the results can last for a few weeks before needing to be redone.
Waxing is a time-consuming process and requires some planning. It is relatively painful. Depending on your pain tolerance, you may find waxing uncomfortable. Once you have tried it, you may find it more tolerable.
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