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No other salon service sees such a dramatic increase in summer than waxing. So it is only fitting that I should spend some time on this topic, since we are right in the middle of summer and bathing suit season.

Both men and women have unwanted body hair, so waxing isn’t limited to just the women these days. Waxing is relatively painless if it is done correctly. I recommend leaving this procedure to the professionals, but I know many people attempt to wax themselves. Believe it or not, even when it comes to ripping out unwanted body hair, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Following these guidelines will save you a lot of pain, and perhaps even a few layers of your epidermis.

Let’s start by making a list of everything you’ll need to wax yourself or another person. First, you’ll need the wax (no surprise there). In the salon, our wax comes in a brick or in small pellets, both of which are melted in a temperature-controlled pot. Most waxing kits bought in stores require the wax to be heated in the microwave. One must be careful in doing so, because it’s hard to tell how hot the wax is becoming. Unlike the pots we use in the salon, which keeps the wax at an ideal temperature, microwaves vary in power from one model and make to another. Be sure to test the wax on the inside of your forearm, or on another inconspicuous area. Wax that is too hot may blister the skin, wax that isn’t hot enough won’t stick well to the hair.

Other supplies you’ll need are cotton balls or pads, applicator sticks (tongue depressors work fine), cloth strips (preferably muslin), and baby oil or mineral oil. Oil helps remove wax from the skin, and it soothes the waxed area.

Start by removing any make-up, and by cleansing the area to be waxed. Wax will not adhere to skin that is hidden under a dozen layers of foundation, concealer, or eye shadow

When applying wax, whether it’s to your legs, lip, chin, or anywhere else, be sure to apply it in the same direction the hair grows. This is very important, because if the wax is applied wrong, it will cause you to say some not-so-nice things when you try to pull off the strip.

After the wax has been applied, place the cloth strip on top of it, and smooth it down in the direction of the hair growth. I like to give it about three seconds before I pull of the strip, allowing the wax to cool slightly.

After pulling it off, make sure you apply any moisturizer to the area. Your skin may be red for a while, however this will subside in 3 to 4 hours.

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