This time of year, a lot more skin is being exposed – this means we need to think about hair removal!
One of the most popular waxes especially once summer arrives, is the bikini wax. There are many different types and many different names! There is the standard bikini wax, which involves removal of the hair directly outside the underwear line (standard bikini wax costs £10). Next is the Californian or Extended Bikini, this is a step up from the standard bikini. There is slightly more hair removed, “thong shaped” to the front and slightly more taken from underneath (costing £14). There is then the Brazilian; this wax involves everything off, but leaving a strip of hair on the pubis mound (costing £25). Finally, there is the Hollywood where everything is removed (costing £30). The names and meanings vary from salon to salon, so it’s always best to ask or let the therapist know when making the appointment exactly what you want.
If transferring to waxing from another method of hair removal, such as shaving, the hair must be left to grow to a length of approximately 1/2 a centimetre long. It is not advisable to expose the skin to sunlight or use sunbeds 24 hours before or after waxing. Very importantly, remember to always tell your therapist of any medication you may be using and any conditions/illnesses/disorders that you might have as it could affect your treatment.
Waxing is one of the best ways of removing hair for an extended period of time. To get the best result, it is recommended that you wax regularly (every 4-6 weeks) and completely avoid shaving inbetween. Regularly coming in for waxing, and only waxing the area will mean that the hair begins to grow back much finer, therefore giving you a lasting smoothness inbetween treatments.
How you treat your skin after waxing is very important. It is recommended that you wearing loose, non-restrictive clothing on any body areas that have been waxed, and to not apply any products on the area for 24 hours that are perfumed or coloured; aloe vera or antiseptic cream such as sudocreme are fine.
Swimming, saunas, jacuzzi’s and hot baths should not be carried out after the day of waxing. If you found you were suffering from ingrowing hairs, gently exfoliate the skin after 24 hours, and then continue to exfoliate every 4-7 days. A popular product for ingrown hairs is Skin Doctors Ingrow Go which not only removes ingrown hairs but also razor bumps, ensuring skin is beautifully smooth. Ingrow Go is perfect for use on any areas of skin that are prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps (Skin Doctors Ingrow Go RRP £10.95).
If you have any concerns or are unsure of anything, please ask your therapist for advice.