Cold Wax Hair Removal

by Chelsea Fitzgerald

Every woman wants smooth, silky, soft legs. Shaving has to be done, sometimes daily. This can result in razor nicks and scrapes and involve a lot of time. Cold wax hair removal is a good way to get the smooth legs you want without investing a lot of time and money.

Features

Another term for cold waxing is Persian wax. Unlike hot wax, there is no danger of burning yourself. Waxing leaves the legs feeling soft and smooth for weeks before the hair grows back. Frequent waxing deters hair regrowth. Waxing is appropriate for the face, legs, underarms and bikini areas.

Function

You can get a wax at the beauty salon, but it is simple and inexpensive to do at home. Cold waxing is preferable for women who have sensitive skin. Make sure that your hair is at least 1/8 inch long. This will ensure that the wax grips the hair. Do not shower or wet the area before waxing, as this will soften the hair. Some people find waxing painful, while others tolerate it very well. Waxing can remove hair at the roots, so it becomes less painful the more times you do it because there is less hair to remove. Typically, one waxing should last you about three to eight weeks. Apply the cold wax strips smoothly over the area you want to wax, making sure to rub your hand over it to ensure adherence. Remove the strip as quickly and as smoothly as possible to get the most hair removed and to lessen the pain. Over time, you will learn what works best for you and will need fewer touch-ups with a razor over the places you missed. After waxing, apply an unscented lotion to the area. This will lessen irritation and redness. Waxing exfoliates the skin, so wear sunscreen over the area you waxed, because your skin may burn more easily.

Considerations

Women who have varicose veins, diabetes or poor circulation are more prone to skin infections, so they should not use wax. Always do a patch test at least 48 hours before using wax to make sure you have no allergic reactions. Waxing should never be done on eyelashes, ears, nipples, nose or male genitals. Women who use Retin A, Renova, Accutane or Differin should not use any waxing method, according to the tophairremovaltips.com website. These products make the skin weak and more prone to tearing (See Reference 1).

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About the Author

Chelsea Fitzgerald covers topics related to family, health, green living and travel. Before her writing career, she worked in the medical field for 21 years. Fitzgerald studied education at the University of Arkansas and University of Memphis.