Where I am from, beach season is only a few weeks away! It’s time to pull out those tank tops, short shorts, summer dresses and flip-flops. And that’s right – it’s the season to put on those swimsuits! Be it bikinis, tankinis, boy shorts or maillots, beachwear is essential fashion for this time of the year.
In this weather, the fewer clothes you have on, the better! People are pumped up at the idea of going to the beach, getting a golden tan while lying on the white sand and cooling off by swimming in the sea. I myself can’t wait for my few days of vacation. Summer season also means it’s time to show off those beach-worthy bodies. People are cutting off calories and are hitting the gym to get flat abs and toned muscles. And girls are getting waxed!
If this term is unfamiliar to you, beauty waxing is a type of semi-permanent hair removal performed on the different areas of the body where there is unwanted hair. It can be done on almost every part of the body including the face, bikini area, legs, arms, abdomen and back. The method involves the spreading of wax on the skin and placing a strip of cloth or paper on top then ripping of the hair with a quick movement. Another method involves using hard wax and does not use cloth or paper because the wax will harden and will make it easier for the waxing therapist to remove it. Sounds painful? I wouldn’t say it isn’t! But if you want to improve your beauty image, waxing is the price you have to pay to get smooth, hair-free skin.
There are some areas though that should not be subjected to beauty waxing and these are ears, nose, eyelids and eyelashes, and other areas where skin is thin and sensitive that it may be damaged by waxing. Noosa waxing removes hair at its roots so new hair grows back after several weeks. This type of hair removal is ideal if you are planning to go to the beach and baring your body because you do not have to worry about hair growing back soon.
The Tools of the Waxing Trade
There are different types of waxing procedures that can be performed and as such, your waxing therapist should have her beauty supply of waxing materials at her behest. Some types of waxing should be performed by a licensed cosmetologist or an esthetician. According to Naomi Torres of about, having the right supply for waxing the face and body will make the job easier and will produce the best results. She gives us the basic products and tools that you need to get the job done and here are some of them!
First, obviously you need the wax. There are different types of wax and the most commonly found is honey wax which can be used anywhere on your body. Cream wax is also available and is recommended for those who are sensitive to waxing because it is gentler on the skin. Finally, hard wax, the type that does not require a strip is great for removing coarse hair like those found on the bikini line. The next item on your beauty supply list for waxing is the wax warmer. A wax warmer is like a pot wherein you put your wax. This keeps the wax at a heated temperature and you don’t have to worry about the wax cooling down easily. Some wax warmers come with the on and off switch while some have adjustable heat controls. Check out the Simply Hair Removal or bridal hair and makeup blog for more information on wax warmers. According to the site, the GiGi wax warmer is the brand which is the one which is most preferred by beauticians. GiGi wax warmer is sold at $24 on Amazon.
Another essential supply is the waxing strips. These are the strips of cloth that you place on top of the area where you have spread the wax. There are pre-cut strips available in stores or you can also buy a roll of muslin cloth and cut the strips yourself. You also need applicators to put the wax on your skin and according to Torres, wood applicators are the best ones to use. Applicators come in different sizes for large and small areas. For effective waxing, you should prep your skin with a pre-wax cleanser in order to take out the dirt and dead skin cells which will make the wax adhere better to the skin. You also need a post wax cleanser to remove the stickiness of the wax and soothing gels for when the skin becomes slightly irritated after the procedure.
Head On to the Salon
If you are worried that you will not be able to get the job done yourself, don’t worry because there are spas and beauty salons that offer waxing procedures. The estheticians are trained to give you fast and efficient waxing. Like I said, there is not assurance that waxing is painless. It can actually be very painful depending on your pain threshold. But getting a wax at a beauty salon at least ensures that you are in the safe hands of a professional.
Of course you have to research the beauty salons that offer waxing procedure. You have to make sure that the place has a secured private area where they perform body waxing especially if you are going to be naked from the waist down for a bikini waxing. More importantly, make sure that you get waxed at a beauty salon with a high level of cleanliness. Torres also gives us tips on how to know if the salon is a recommendable one.
You should be filling up a client questionnaire because it shows that the place has high regard for your health. A questionnaire will give details if you have allergies, health conditions, or if you are taking any medication which will make you unqualified for a hair procedure. Also, the technician should wear gloves and you should be lying down on new sheets. Disposable panties are also given if you are going to undergo bikini wax. Do not be shy to ask the beauty salon on their sanitation measures when it comes to waxing. Also, be wary if the price of waxing is way below market average as this could mean that they use sub-standard materials or poorly trained therapists to perform the procedure. You do not want to risk getting infections or disease do you?
There are several forms of hair removal procedures and if you don’t have the time or money to get laser done then waxing is an option that you have. Just remember to invest on the supplies or the salon that will do the job. If you want to take your beauty image up a notch, waxing is a common and affordable way to do so. Just remember to do your research and prepare yourself, especially if it’s your first time. Go hairless and good luck!