Waxing
Using wax to remove body hair can be an easy way to keep yourself neat and trim while looking and feeling beautiful. Men and women alike have been using the process of waxing to achieve their own state of personal beauty for years. Wax can be used on virtually any part of your body where you wish to remove hair, such as the upper lip and face, arms and underarms, legs, and even your bikini area. You may find that waxing will actually keep the hair from growing back thicker and darker as it does when you shave. Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal, which removes the hair from the root. New hairs will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair. If waxing is done regularly for a few years, permanent hair reduction may be achieved.

For those looking to wax for the very first time, there are a few body waxing tips that you should follow to help make your experience less traumatic. Firstly, you will want to be clean before your waxing treatment. Skin that has natural oils on it or even dirt will be harder to wax. By taking a hot shower or applying a warm cloth to the area that is to be waxed will help your skin’s pores open up and make it easier for the hair to be removed. Using a body or face scrub in the shower will help remove any dead skin cells in the desired area as they may cause more pain when it comes time to waxing the hair. Cleaning the area is important before beginning the waxing process.

Your hair length should have grown slightly longer than normal to allow the wax to bond to the hair for removal. Pimples can be one of the negative side effects to waxing and should be treated properly. As long as you are not in any extreme pain, exfoliation will help you clean up the skin that has been waxed and remove any bacteria before it spreads to the surrounding areas. Do not try to pop the pimples you may see from waxing as this can spread bacteria on your skin and create more unwanted pimples. You will not want to exercise the next day to avoid getting sweaty and having your pores become clogged with dirt and oils. Avoiding wearing tight clothing if you have had body waxing will also combat the case for getting pimples after the waxing process. By taking care of your skin before and after waxing you are sure to have a pleasant experience rather than dealing with pain and negative after effects.

Waxing is accomplished by spreading a wax combination thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is then pressed on the top and ripped off with a quick movement against the direction of hair growth. This removes the wax along with the hair. Another method utilizes hard wax (as opposed to strip wax). In this case, the wax is applied somewhat thickly and with no cloth or paper strips. The wax then hardens when it cools, thus allowing the easy removal by a therapist without the aid of cloths. This waxing method is very beneficial to people who have sensitive skin but is more expensive.

Types of Waxing
Various types of waxing are available. The different types of waxing that can be performed are: Eyebrow waxing, Leg waxing, Arm/underarm waxing, Back waxing, Chest waxing, Entire body wax and Bikini wax.

While waxing for hair removal is typically done by women, many men also opt for this type of hair removal treatment. Swimmers and athletes may choose body waxing for aesthetic appeal and to improve their performance, or men who prefer to shave their heads may opt for waxing as a more long-lasting technique.

Bikini waxing or pubic depilation is the depilation of body hair in and around the pubic area. Originally meant to prevent pubic hair from being visible around the edges of a bikini swimsuit, it now often includes even areas covered by bikinis.

Western women started removing this hair when bathing suits became abbreviated. Changes in lingerie styles encouraged year-round waxing of the bikini area. However, in Middle Eastern societies, removal of the female body hair has been considered proper hygiene, necessitated by local customs, for many centuries. In Islam, this is known as an act of Fitrah. Evidence of pubic hair removal in ancient India dates back to 4000 to 3000 BC, and methods have not changed much beyond the material used.

Bikini waxing may be classified into four main categories which may have differing names. Bikini, High Bikini or American waxing is removal of hair at the top of the thighs and under the navel when wearing a bikini. This is the least extreme form. All pubic hair covered by the bikini is left in place. Only straggling hairs on either side are removed, so that none is visible when a bikini with high-cut sides is being worn.

French waxing leaves a vertical strip in front (a landing strip), two to three finger-widths in length running down the centre of the pubic area. It is also known as a partial Brazilian, Cuban, Playboy, Landing Strip or G-string wax.

Brazilian waxing refers to the removal of everything, front to back. An extreme form of bikini waxing, it involves complete removal of hair from the buttocks and adjacent areas. Waxes that remove all of the pubic hair are known as a full Brazilian wax. It has been claimed that Brazilian waxing, the most renowned form, was named after the Brazilian sisters who offered the service in New York, USA. This kind of wax can also be referred to as “The Sphynx”. This is unambiguously the “everything off” style, leaving a completely hairless pubic region. The name is derived from that of a naked breed of cat from Canada. The smooth-skinned, hairless Sphynx Cat was a genetic oddity discovered in Toronto in 1966. Some salons refer to “the Sphynx” also as “the Hollywood” wax.

The best time to have a Brazilian wax is a week after menstruation as the genital area is least sensitive during this time. In contrast, the pain is likely to be greatest immediately before and during menstruation when the area is most sensitive. To make you feel less sensitive during your Brazilian wax session, try to avoid caffeine, stress and nicotine. Be sure to have lots of sleep so that you can relax on the day.
A Brazilian wax session usually takes between 30 to 40 minutes. A standard Brazilian wax session will usually involve the following steps. Your salon therapist will provide you with a paper G-string and ask you to disrobe. You will then be asked to sit down. Baby powder, talcum powder or oil will be spread around the genital area to be waxed. The application of baby powder, talcum powder or oil prevents the hot wax from sticking to the skin. Hot wax is spread over the genital area using a wax strip. Some time is given to allow the wax to harden briefly. One edge of the wax strip is pulled up and used as a tab to quickly pull off the rest of the wax. The wax strip is usually pulled in the opposite direction of hair growth. Wax is reapplied and pulled off to remove hair from the genital area, buttocks and anus. Tweezers are then used to remove any stray hairs. The remaining pubic hair (or landing strip) is then trimmed. The remaining pubic hair is sometimes trimmed to a particular pattern.

Hot tips on preparing for your brazilian wax session:
Before your brazilian wax session, you should take a shower and wash your pubic area. This will allow you to be more comfortable during the brazilian wax session as your beautician will become very intimate with your pubic area.
Try to schedule your brazilian wax session for a week after menstruation as the genital area is least sensitive. To make you feel less sensitive during your brazilian wax session, try to avoid caffeine, stress and nicotine. Be sure to have lots of sleep so that you can relax. If the pain you are experiencing during the brazilian wax session is unbearable, you only need to tell your beautician that you need a little rest. Try to engage in conversation with your beautician during a brazilian wax session as this will help you relax. Try not to hold your breath when the waxing strip is pulled off.

After your brazilian wax session:
Apply a hair inhibitor to slow the re-growth of hair. Hair inhibitors can last up to two months. Apply soothing lotion on your genital areas. Soothing lotion is usually contains aloe vera and chamomile. To avoid irritation of the skin, avoid for at least 24 hours after your brazilian wax session: heat sources, such as saunas, steam rooms, sun and heavy exercise, exfoliating products such as AHAs and scrubs and loofas, tight clothing, Try to avoid hot baths/showers or sexual activity for 10 hours after a brazilian wax session as your pores are open and vulnerable to irritation and infection. Regular exfoliation (twice to three times per week) helps to remove dead skin and avoid ingrown hairs. Moisturize your genital areas with tea tree or lavender lotion after ever shower as this has a soothing healing and antibacterial effect.

Threading
Threading is an ancient method of hair removal originating in the Eastern world. In more recent times it has gained popularity in Western countries. Threading has long been popular in many Arab countries, and was well known from Indian and Persian culture, where it is known as Bande Abru (“Abru” means eyebrow, and “Band” is the thread). Threading the entire face is widely practised amongst Iranians, but it was originally only done when a woman was getting married or for special occasions. In ancient Persia, threading was a sign that a girl had reached adulthood and become a woman.

Practitioners use a pure, thin, twisted cotton thread, which is rolled over usually untidy hairlines, moustaches and other areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line. As a larger area of hair is removed at once, however, it can be relatively painful. Threading removes the entire hair follicle, lasting up to 6 weeks.

The Pros
It’s extremely sanitary. Nothing but the thread touches the skin, and it’s thrown away after use. Great for people with ‘trouble’ brows. Threading has this amazing ability to be so concise in the hair that it removes. It’s sworn by people who say they can never get their eyebrows even, despite tweezing, waxing or sugaring. No chemicals are applied on the skin. When people have certain circumstances, or are taking medicine that conflicts with waxing and sugaring, they can still get threading done. It’s very fast, though every technician is different. Temporary results can turn into permanent. Over time, frequent threading can cause the hair follicle to become damaged, and stop growing hair.

The Cons
If done incorrectly, the hairs can break. If hair is broken from an inexperienced threading professional, hair re-growth will show up much quicker. Some hair growth is necessary. More than 2mm of hair is needed for thread to wrap around. Not generally performed on the body, only the face. Ouch Factor, the discomfort is similar to tweezing, but the process is much, much quicker. Some people say they have very little pain from threading, but it has a lot to do with the skill of the technician. Use a warm compress to relax the hair follicle for an easier exit, and apply a numbing spray prior to service if you have a low tolerance to any discomfort.