Waxing is the removal of unwanted, superfluous hair usually found under the arm, bikini line and legs. Hot wax is applied at a comfortable temperature to the hair whilst still in a liquid state. It dries almost instantly on the skin contracting around the hairs. When removed, it pulls the hair from the root thus removing it. Hot wax is not as popular as warm wax as it takes longer to complete a treatment. It is however excellent when used on coarse, strong hair and is mostly used on smaller areas such as bikini line and under the arms.
Warm wax is applied to the skin at a lower temperature than hot wax. Totally different to hot wax which is applied in thicker pieces, warm wax looks like melted golden syrup and is applied very thinly to the area. The sticky properties of this product make it adhere to the hair enabling it to be is removed by paper or fabric strips. The hair and root are removed as with hot wax.
This treatment is much quicker than hot wax and is regarded as more hygienic as the strips used to remove the wax cannot be reused. However, all wax, (hot and warm), is applied with a small wooden spatula.
When receiving a waxing treatment it is important that you observe the hygiene procedures followed by the therapist. Do not be alarmed if the therapist chooses to wear disposable gloves for the treatment, this will provide protection for everyone.
Waxing is a very popular and successful treatment. The effects will last for between 4 to 6 weeks on the body, up to 2 weeks on the face. This will vary with the individual and re-growth is normally faster in the warmer months of the year. As the hair is removed from the root the hair grows back with a fine soft tip unlike when the hair is shaved and it feels rough to touch. There are a number of conditions that are not suitable for waxing treatments such as varicose veins, thread veins, very sensitive skins and certain medical conditions that may affect the healing of the skin. The therapist will offer advice concerning these conditions and discuss alternative treatments.
Intimate Waxing (eg. Hollywood, Brazilian etc.)
With intimate waxing hot wax is usually used as opposed to warm wax strips because it is better at removing the smaller, coarse hairs.
Bikini – The bikini is a safe start for the waxing newbie. Removing hair only up to the knicker line, on average this treatment lasts around fifteen minutes.
Extended Bikini – As the name suggests, more hair is removed from around the sides, leaving a more defined ‘triangle’.
Playboy – An even ‘more extended’ Bikini.
Brazilian – The Brazilian removes hair from the front and back, including any hair around your bottom. Only a small ‘landing strip’ survives this full on follicle assault, which on average lasts around thirty-five minutes.
Hollywood – Go as bare as you dare. This forty-five minute treatment goes the whole hog!