It's always swimsuit season somewhere, and when it comes to getting bathing suit-ready, hair removal is typically our clients' #1 concern. With so many methods available, there's no shortage of ways to shed unwanted body hair – what's missing is the knowledge surrounding them! Here's our complete guide to hair removal and everything you need to know before you book your first trip to the treatment room.
Waxing:One of the most popular hair removal methods, waxing involves the use of heated wax to remove hair at the root. Warmed wax is first applied to an area of hair growth followed by a wax or paper strip. The strip is then pulled off to remove hair at the root.
Soft Wax:This is the wax most people think of when it comes to hair removal. Applied after it's warmed, it's then removed with paper or cloth strips. Because it clings to dead skin cells and removes them along with hair, it's best if this wax is only applies to an area once. This is a great wax to use for larger areas such as the legs or back.
Hard Wax: This wax hardens to lift the hair off the skin as it cools so less dead skin cells are removed. Rather than using a cloth or paper strip for removal, your esthetician will lift a small "tab" of the wax covering the area of hair removal and pull the rest of the strip off using it. Hard wax is best for removing hair from smaller sections as it becomes brittle once it hardens and can break if applied in larger sections – great for more sensitive skin found in the bikini area, upper lip, or other sensitive skin on the face.
Electrolysis:A method of hair removal that can use either the production of heat (Thermolysis), a chemical reaction (Galvanic electrolysis), or a blend of both through low-level electrical energy to destroy hair growth cells. Because ultra-fine needles are inserted directly into individual hair follicles where the current is applied, this method of hair removal can be more time consuming depending on the size of the area you are targeting.*
Laser:A concentrated, pulsating light beam targets hair follicles to damage them and inhibit future growth. While it can take several sessions to see long-term results, Facebook fan Alyssa says after 6 sessions, "I literally don't have to shave – it's amazing."
Sugaring:Similar to waxing, a sugar-based paste that's just above body temperature is applied against the hair growth, clings to follicles, and is pulled off in the same direction of growth to remove hair at the root. Esthetician and Facebook fan Bev Moore loves sugaring for hair removal because of its exfoliating benefits without the risk of a burn.
Threading:A thin thread is doubled and twisted so it can be rolled over the area of hair that needs to be removed. Hairs are removed at the root individually with each pass of the twisted strand.
We asked Bioelements Facebook fans which method they prefer for getting bathing suit-ready skin, and in-spa waxing was the #1 choice! To make sure you're ready for your next (or first) waxing appointment, and beyond, we turned not only to the pros that follow Bioelements Facebook page, but also Jeanette and Elaine, owners and estheticians at Bioelements World Class Spa Sisters Skin Care & Waxing. Over 30 years of practicing the art of waxing has given these women immense insight into the world of hair removal, so we asked them to share some of their expertise to help first-timers and frequent waxers alike.
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So, now you've booked your appointment – what can a first-timer expect once they step in the treatment room? To begin, your esthetician might ask what products you are using on your skin – particularly exfoliants and retinols. It's important that you're honest and disclose everything so that they can better identify any contraindications that might prevent her from being able to perform a wax. Depending on the kind of wax you are receiving, you might also need to shed a layer or two of clothing. Remember: there's very little your esthetician hasn't seen, so don't be shy. If you're getting a Brazilian and she asks you to reposition your legs, or even get on all fours to get the job done, there's no need to be embarrassed! Esthetician and Facebook fan Rita Holland said it best, "What happens in the treatment room stays in the treatment room. I don't talk about your business. Quite honestly I have probably forgotten it the minute I walk out the door (that's why we keep forms)."
While protocols may differ between salons, 3 things you should look for in every treatment room are:
These clues will help ensure clean, sanitary conditions and a safe, comfortable and effective experience.
Once your wax is done, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Are you a skin care pro with more waxing advice to give, or a hair removal newbie with more questions to ask? Weigh in on the topic or ask questions in the comments below!
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