There are many methods for removing unwanted hair from our body. One of them is waxing. Waxing is the most common method known by people. It is not a permanent one; it just lasts for about two to eight weeks depending on the structure of the hair and the skin. It works by removing the hair from the root. Then the hair in the waxed area will not grow for some period of time. It is not as effective as therapies using lasers, but it is far cheaper than therapies using lasers. There are many kinds of waxing depending on the area of the therapy conducted, for example, eyebrow waxing, leg waxing, arm/underarm waxing, back waxing, foot waxing, chest waxing, entire body wax, and bikini wax.
Like the other treatments, this kind of treatment also has advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that this method is very effective in removing large amounts of hair in one time, the hair waxed will not grow for quite a long time, and if the hair which is waxed has a rough structure, after being waxed several times, it will grow softer than before. Those are the advantages; the disadvantage is that it is painful when the strip removed from the skin, although the pain is not long-lasting, but it can be very painful, especially in the sensitive areas. The other one is the cost. This kind of therapy is performed usually by licensed estheticians, so it can be very expensive, up to several hundred dollars depending the area of the hair removed and how many times the treatment is necessary.
Some people try to perform this treatment by themselves because of the cost, but pulling the hair against the direction of the hair growth can cause the wax strip to disturb the hair follicles. This could make hair growth more noticeable and harder to be removed, but this can be prevented if we perform the treatment properly. Some other risks like ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding are more likely to occur when waxing areas with thick hair, especially the first few times when follicles are the strongest. While usually impossible to eliminate, ingrown hairs can be reduced by regularly exfoliating, and applying an astringent or a solution of both astringent and oil (typically baby or azulene oil).
It is more suggested to use natural substances to perform hair removal rather than using chemical substances and by force. Using the natural ways has less unwanted risks and disadvantages. So, be sure to choose the treatment wisely.