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The first time I waxed my body hair I had high hopes. Hopes for a completely hair free body. But that has always been my hope, with whatever hair removal tactic I have tried. And so far I have tried, shaving, depilatory lotions, waxing, and an epilator.
Nothing has done a perfect job, and nothing has been easy or quick to do. But surprisingly, to me, I have stuck with waxing much longer than I originally thought I would have. Over the years I have learned a thing or two about it. I am by no means an expert, but I have a few things to share.
1 - Waxing will not remove every single hair leaving you super smooth and silky. This is due to a couple of reasons. One, not all of your hair will be long enough for the wax to grab, hair does grow at different times and thus is different lengths. Two, many of the hairs will break and not be fully plucked from the follicle. Three, some hairs are more resilient than others and will resist plucking.
2 - Do it yourself. While I have never gone to a professional, I can not stomach the thought of paying the fees associated with going to someone. Also I am concerned with the hygiene of such locations. Jules went and had a certain area waxed and the results were less than to be desired. I performed a much better job for her the next time she was willing to give it a go.
3 - Use a professional or semi professional waxing pot. I use the Gigi waxing pot as well as Dark Honey Wax. The Dark Honee Wax has worked best for me and does not irritate my skin as some other types have. I have also tried microwave heated wax, which does not work well at all. I have also tried prewaxed strips and they do not work well at all either.
5 - Do not wax right out of the shower. Do it towards the end of the day, or the day after you shower. Your skin should be lightly oily to help the wax not to stick to it.
6 - Do not wax if you need to dress that day, or the next, or even the next. I tend to give my skin about 4-5 days to recover. After you wax most likely your skin will have quite a few red spots covering every inch of it. These spots will lesson within a few days.
So why do I do it? Mainly because it helps me to be able to keep up with my shaving. It greatly reduces the amount of hairs that are actively growing at any particular time. This allows me to shave much more quickly and my skin is much less irritated by the shaving that I need to do. Also, in spots, the hair appears to no longer be growing back much at all.
It is worth it. It is painful, but it is worth it.
Good luck. Oh and yeah, just like shaving, I did mess it up many a time and hurt myself pretty badly. Sometimes unfortunately I bruised myself and left marks that took a couple of weeks to disappear. But you can't get better if you don't try. So give it a whirl, who knows, you just might like it!
Love Ya & Good Luck!