It’s that time of year again when we embark on that dreaded journey of summer hair removal. It may be uncomfortable and a tad little awkward, and the thought of the pain is, well, painful, but with this summer hair removal guide, you can put your fears or misconceptions to rest as we explore several different types of hair removal options to make your summer just a little less, er, hairy!
What is it? You’re probably reading this thinking, “waxing”? Yeah, right! Luckily for us, waxing isn’t what it once was, even though the basics of putting heated wax to desired areas is the same. Although many women dread it, Brian Holtz of Austin’s Waxology Waxing Studios swears by it. “If you are taking a quick trip to the beach and want to show off your new bikini beach bod, then waxing is the best method, hands-down, to remove all the unsightly hair needed to look and feel your best on the surf and the sand,” Holtz says.
Why does it work? While there are tons of waxing products on the market, Brian Holtz surely knows a thing or two about waxing. Serving over 100,000 waxing services clients since 2006, Holtz recommends customers choose only organic based waxes. “Organic wax is free of fragrances and chemicals, making it a gentle and natural solution to hair removal. In our experience, liquid organic wax is the best option for removing the downy fine hairs that are missed by most hard waxes,” Holtz finds.
Is it Expensive? Waxes are available at salons everywhere at a broad range of prices, but when choosing this hair removal method, the real secret is finding the right technician. “The technician, the wax and the technique are equally important for the best, fastest, and least painful results. The real secret is finding a technician that is very experienced in waxing,” Holtz adds.
At-home or salon only? Unlike some hair removal methods, waxing can be performed in salon or at home. However, if you are attempting at-home treatments like Moom’s Organic Hair Removal Kit, take Holtz’s advice by being extra cautious and stick with organic based wax formulas. Also, Denise Clark from SheaMoisture recommends sticking with this detailed regimen for salon-worthy results. “Make sure that the area to be waxed is clean and dry with no existing cuts or abrasions. Spread a generous amount of cold wax against the way the hair grows naturally to ensure wax coats the base of every hair. Then sooth muslin sheets into wax with gentle pressing motion taking care that wax adheres completely. Let wax harden for a couple of minutes for clean removal. Hold skin firmly beside muslin cloth. With the other hand, remove cloth in the opposite direction of the way hair grows with one quick, fluid motion. Immediately apply an antibacterial elixir to help prevent bumps and reduce inflammation. Always keep area moisturized!”
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-Courtney Leiva of The Doll House
Courtney Leiva first dived into the beauty world at the age of 6 when she give her dog lipstick makeovers and bleached more Barbie’s hair than she can count. Now with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Courtney eats, sleeps and breathes beauty journalism whenever possible.
Courtney has contributed to online magazines such as Feather Magazine and The Beauty Bean. She also serves as the active beauty editor at Love Twenty Magazine. More recently, Courtney has journeyed into the world of beauty blogging with The Doll House. Love Twitter? Courtney does too! Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyLeiva.