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  • Updated:27 Feb 2007
 

04.Waxing and threading

 Waxing

  • women's legs in red high heelsWax is applied to the skin and a strip of cloth or paper is smoothed on top of it. The strip is then pulled away against the hair growth, taking the hairs with it.
  • It leads to slower regrowth than shaving (weeks rather than days) but there’s no guarantee of permanent hair reduction.

Who is it for?

  • Waxing is suitable for all skin types and is good for large areas, such as the legs or back, as well as underarms and bikini line.

Possible risks and side effects

  • There’s a danger of skin infection if proper care isn’t taken. In most states, salons that do waxing are regulated by legislation and may be inspected to ensure they comply with hygiene standards. Some general rules include:
    • Wax shouldn’t be applied to broken skin, sunburn or moles.
    • Wax should preferably be in single-use pots for each client, and only disposable spatulas should be used.
    • Waxing can also lead to ingrown hairs. You can help to reduce this by wearing loose clothing and avoiding showering or swimming in chlorinated pools immediately after waxing.
    • Skin can be red after waxing, but this should only last for a few hours.

    Does it hurt?

    Many people find waxing to be quite painful. Women are advised to avoid waxing the week before and during menstruation, when the skin is more sensitive.

    Cost

    Varies depending on the area being waxed, but usually starts at around $12 for eyebrows and $20 for a half-leg wax.

    Threading

    • Threading involves an operator twisting and rolling a piece of cotton thread along the surface of the skin entwining hair in the thread, which is then pulled from the follicle.
    • Some consider it to be a more effective method of shaping eyebrows evenly than waxing, and it’s generally considered to be less painful too..

    Cost

    Around $25 for eyebrows.

     

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