Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tips to Make Your Waxing Job Painless and Long-Lasting

Waxing can be a great way to remove unwanted hair on any part of your body. It is quick and it removes the hair and root, keeping away hair for longer periods than shaving alone. However, waxing can also be quite painful, particularly for certain parts of the body. Of course, the hair also grows back eventually, meaning that you will have to endure the painful process all over again.

There are a few ways you can make waxing hurt a little less and last a little longer. Here are a few tips:

Start with Clean, Dry Skin

Any debris or moisture on your skin can reduce the contact that the wax can make with the hair follicle, causing it to get a weak grip (making it hurt more) or to not be able to pull the hair out all the way (making you have to get another wax sooner). Clean your skin with soap and water before waxing, and be sure that there are no residues from oil or lotions.

Hold the Skin Taut

Pull the skin just slightly when waxing so that it is taut and the wax has a clear and smooth area from which to pull the hair. This will allow the hair to be removed more quickly and more easily -- which will make it less painful. It will also ensure complete and total removal of the hair follicle, lengthening the amount of time until it grows back.

Use the Right Thickness of Wax

A thin layer of wax will not pull up the hair quickly and efficiently, and it will be harder to remove. This will make the whole process more painful and will result in failure to adequately remove the hair. Ensure that the job is done right the first time and the it hurts less by using a nice thick layer of wax -- though  not so thick that it won't dry correctly or adhere to the paper.

Exhale or Cough

When the wax is being removed, exhale forcefully or cough. This will help to minimize the pain by distracting you. Of course, this won't slow the growth of new hair, but at least it will make it easier for you to get through those painful waxing sessions.

Take an Pain Reliever

Anticipate the pain and tenderness of waxing by taking an ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve the pain. Take the medicine about an hour before your appointment to minimize the pain you feel during the waxing session and the tenderness you will feel afterward. Again, this won't help lengthen the time between your waxing sessions, but it will make them more bearable.

Waxing is a quick, convenient and affordable way to remove unwanted hair. However, it can be painful, and it does require repeat sessions. Follow these tips to make it a bit easier to bear and to hold off the next session just a bit longer.

What other tips do you have for making your waxing sessions less painful or to last longer? Share your ideas in the comments!

About Author: Heather Green is a mom, freelance writer, pet lover and the resident blogger for OnlineNursingDegrees.org, a free informational website offering tips and advice about online physical therapy aide degrees and online physical therapy assistant programs.

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