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Five Myths About Waxing

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I have been waxing my hands and legs for as long as I can remember. Since puberty, I suppose. I did try shaving a couple of times in my early 20s but soon after realized it was not for me. All the cuts, and burns were just not worth it. I went back to waxing and have been happy ever since.

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Last week, I visited Waxing The City at their Alexandria location for my monthly waxing services. This was my first time trying them out. Firstly I was impressed by how clean and organized this establishment was. Gigi, at the front desk was so friendly and professional. She had been helpful right from the beginning, when I called to make an appointment till the end when I needed some help taking the below picture.

The decor of the place is contemporary, which is inviting and relaxing both! I got the bikini wax as my monthly up keep. I like to keep thing clean and fresh down there. The waxing 'cerologist' (a term I just became familiar with which means 'a waxing expert') was excellent and she knew what she was doing. This was not my first time getting the bikini are done so while I was comfortable, it always helps with the cerologist is experienced. She informed me what to expect and was open to my suggestions, since it is a personal area. There was minimal-to-no-pain. She was easy to talk to which is always a plus! The best part is that their price are extremely competitive.

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As someone who has been sharing her personal beauty regimes and tips, I often get asked from other women who have never waxed: To wax or not to wax? While Body hair removal is completely a personal choice, and should not be done for any other reason except personal satisfaction. However, if you do decide you want to go the waxing route this summer, I am here to bust the most common myths about getting it done! The good news is that not everything you’ve read or heard is all true. 

MYTH 1: Waxing Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thicker

Both long and short term, waxing regularly can drastically change your hair. Many believe that removing the hair on a regular basis will cause it to grow back thicker and darker than before. In fact, the results are to the contrary and hair grows back finer, more sparse and the rate of growth is also slowed. This makes waxing less painful and therefore it definitely pays to wax regularly.

MYTH 2: You Need Long Hair to Wax

It’s easy to imagine that if the hairs are too short, the waxing agent won’t be able to get enough grip. In reality, longer hair can actually make the waxing hurt more. In order for the wax to grip body hair, you need approximately a quarter of an inch, or 4mm. For brows, you need about an eighth. No need to break out the ruler; this isn’t an exact science. As you become more experienced, you’ll know what works for you.


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MYTH 3: Waxing Always Hurts

Since you're pulling hair out from the root, waxing isn't going to feel like getting a massage. The bottom line is that everyone reacts different to waxing so the pain level varies from person to person. That being said, the technician's technique also plays a factor in how much discomfort you'll feel.

When scheduling your wax appointment you should also take your cycle into consideration. You might find that the skin is more sensitive during period and the few days leading up to it, so you experience more pain than you would on other days of the month.

MYTH 4: Waxing harms the skin

While waxing may cause some minor side effects such as inflammation and the dreaded ‘plucked chicken look’, these will disappear within hours. Waxing does not cause long-term damage to the skin - it even exfoliates and benefits the top layer of skin.

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MYTH 5: Waxing prevent the formation of ingrown hair

Ingrown hairs refer to the hair that grows up and curls back into the skin after a hair removal process. This commonly affects those people who have thick and frizzy hair.

The popular understanding is that if you choose to wax over shaving for your regular hair removal sessions, ingrown hairs could be done away with. This isn’t true. Whether you choose to wax, epilators or shaving, ingrown hairs can turn up, irrespective of the procedure. With proper moisturizing and exfoliation you can prevent the growth of ingrown hairs.

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The effects of waxing can last up to 3-4 weeks and this improves the more regularly you wax. I recommend maintaining a routine of getting a wax every 3-4 weeks so that your hair gets into a cycle and so that your wax is as effective as possible.

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27 comments

  1. I like waxing. You're right, it doesn't hurt when you do it often. I love the Waxing in the City name. so cool.

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  2. This article is so helpful! I've only waxed my eyebrows before, but might look into doing my legs for the summer!

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  3. I got my first wax when I was 17, I have never even considered shaving from that point. Waxing may have pain right in the beginning, but you get to enjoy be hairless way longer then if you shave. All your pints are so spot on!

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  4. Waxing is my JAM! Once you wax you can never go back to shaving - it's the best! Great post!

    xx Mollie

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  5. The pain of waxing scares me, haha. I should try it, it does sound easier then shaving.

    XOXO
    Cathy

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  6. I believed all these myths about waxing but I'm glad you pointed out the fear isn't real. Great post with lots of info, thanks so much.

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  7. I've never tried waxing before but am interested!

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  8. Love this post girl, and appreciate that you addressed these myths!! & 505 off!! Such a great deal!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  9. I have never done waxing so don't know how it is like. Thanks for sharing your experience here. I shall try at least once.

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  10. I've only had my eyebrows waxed once and it didn't go well, but I'd definitely be interested in trying it again!

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  11. Thanks for sharing! I am actually a huge fan of waxing!

    xo Laura Leigh
    www.louellareese.com

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  12. I only wax my eyebrows but want to start other areas too. It is so much easier than shaving!

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  13. Waxing does hurt and it is not a myth. LOL! Yes it does. I have tried it. Tears I tell you. But I am glad it works for you. Waxing does remove hair effectively.

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  14. Such an interesting post! Thanks for clearing up those myths!

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  15. Insightful information. My skin is far too tender (it will tear) if I wax, but I'm abnormal in that regard lol. So, naturally, I never knew any of these things. Based on what you wrote on my blog comments I see that you were able to get energized enough to write - that's awesome!

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  16. Oh wow! I only get my eyebrows waxed but I have realized that I can go longer in between waxing and just need to tweeze a few stray hairs. If I decide to wax my legs I'll take your tips and myths into consideration!

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  17. Thanks for clearing up all these myths on waxing. I have been fearful of getting a wax for the longest time. I think it's time to try it out and do away with the razors.

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  18. ‘plucked chicken look’ made me laugh so hard! LMAO
    I have an extremely sensitive and tender skin and it took me a while to figure out the type of wax that will work on it. But waxing is the best thing.

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  19. This is great information. I know that these myths are believed quite widely. Good that you are clarifying them. I think if you get waxing done regularly, your senses get used to the pain and that's why you feel the pain less.

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  20. that sounds like an awesome establishment Tanvi! It's important to make it clear about these procedures because there always some myths about them. I prefer shave over waxing, my body hair is not terribly visible, so I only remove my body hair in my legs, unfortunately I suffer with varicose veins and the doctor doesn't recommend hot waxing. I have tried cold waxing but I thought it wasn't as effective and it was time consuming. So yes, for us ladies hair removal can be quite a problem!

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  21. I will be honest a lot of these myths I have thought myself, it is nice to have them busted! I might look into going for a wax if I can pluck up the courage haha.

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  22. This was all so good to know, esp since I've NEVER gotten a wax!!!

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  23. This was so helpful! I've never done it but thank you for the info, I might try now!

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  24. It's true that the more you wax the less it hurts!! I've had good and bad experiences so the technician is definitely important part for your overall experience.

    xo, Laura

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  25. I used to really be into keeping my body groomed . I did pageants to get myself through school and then I had children. MY husband however wants the old me to come back . This post makes me want to remember those lovely times of taking care of my body

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