At Mary Haworth we offer Hot Waxing. It’s a more old fashioned method of doing the treatment but has recently become more popular especially for Bikini, Brazilian and Intimate Waxing.
Whilst it is deemed as ‘hot wax’, it should not be hot as it is applied, as this causes great discomfort to the client. It needs to be warm and of a pliable consistency to work with.
As the wax is warm when it’s applied it will open up the hair follicles therefore making it less painful when the strip is removed. Clients comment that it doesn’t hurt as much as other Waxing methods.
So what is wax made of? Well it’s beeswax that is combined with a resin, which helps it to set as it cools. When applied to the skin against the direction of the hair growth as it cools and hardens it adheres to the hair so that as the wax is removed it successfully removes all the hair on it.
We love it because we can do the smallest of areas so making the treatment as pain free as possible, so we use it for Under arm, Arm, Legs, Bikini, Eyebrows, Lip and Chin areas and even those unsightly hairs which can appear on the toes!
When somebody comes to us who has never experienced a waxing treatment before we explain that the wax has to be a certain length for the treatment to be successful. So if they have been shaving the area, then we advise them to leave the hair to grow as long as possible, as this ensures a more successful treatment. Enabling us to grab as many hairs as possible, as hairs all grow at different rates, the longer they are able to grow the more chance we have in waxing all the hairs. So once the area has been waxed, it will be a little red and slightly spotty looking but this subsides quite quickly after the treatment, usually within 12 hours or so. We always apply a tea tree after wax lotion following the treatment which is really soothing and helps the skin to recover.
So once the area has been waxed for the first time the regrowth should be slower than other removal methods such as shaving or creaming. However, it will take a few treatments for you to notice that the regrowth is producing less dark and not as strong hairs, they will also feel softer as they will regrow with a tapered end. So it is best to book treatments 4-6 weeks apart, to allow all the hairs to regrow ready for the next treatment.
A good tip if you are considering waxing is to start having the treatment during the winter months when it is easier to allow them to grow so by the summer months and holiday times your waxing routine is well established and should be able to enjoy a summer holiday without having to worry about troublesome hair.
If you have any concerns regarding waxing it’s a good idea to book a appointment for a consultation where we can apply wax to an area just to demonstrate how it feels, this will also give you an idea of how your skin will react. Recommended for those of you who do suffer from sensitive skins.