Waxing is the process of removing hair from the body using wax that is applied over the hair, before being briskly removed. The two most common methods of waxing are strip and hot waxing. Both methods are a semi-permanent way of hair removal from the body and can leave your skin feeling silky smooth for many weeks. Over time, as you remove hair using this method, the regrown hair tends to be thinner and less dense. Care should be taken by anyone attempting to wax themselves, as it can be painful if done incorrectly. It is recommended that you receive your treatment using a qualified specialist.

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How often should I wax?

It is generally recommended to have regular waxing treatments every four weeks in order to maintain your smooth appearance. The regrowth of hair may even be limited for up to eight weeks or more for some people - it depends on the individual. If you regularly visit the same therapist, they will get to know your preferences and be able to advise you accordingly.

The strip and warm wax process

Strip waxing or warm waxing as it is sometimes called, is achieved by applying a thin layer of wax on the area of skin from where hair is to be removed. A strip of paper or cloth is then placed over the wax and gently massaged, allowing the wax to be absorbed into the paper or cloth. The paper or cloth is then quickly removed from the skin in the direction of hair growth, taking with it, the wax and the hair that is adhered to the wax. The process is then repeated until the entire area of hair to be removed is hair free. This method is usually the desired method of hair removal from areas where the hair is quite coarse. For example, the legs, arms, back and shoulders.

Hair removal using hot wax

Hot waxing uses a similar method to strip waxing but without the use of paper or cloth. The wax used may be heated in a specially designed pot to a temperature of around 50 degrees Celsius. (When applying hot wax, it is a good idea for the therapist to do a small test sample on a sensitive area like the inner forearm, to ensure the wax has not overheated.) Before applying the wax, the therapist may prepare the area first by applying an essential oil or moisturiser. This allows the wax to encapsulate the hair without sticking to the skin. The hot wax is then applied in a thick layer over the skin and allowed to cool slightly. When the wax cools, it hardens a little and the hair that has been covered is firmly secured into the wax. The therapist can then remove the wax from the skin, without the use of the paper or cloth used in the strip waxing method. Hot waxing is said to promote skin hydration and is the better choice for sensitive areas, or for skin that is easily irritated.

Get your male waxed

Male waxing is becoming more and more popular. It has become commonplace for today's man to prefer the smooth appearance of his skin, for different reasons. Some professional athletes for example swimmers, use hair removal to reduce body drag through the water, thus gaining a marginal but sometimes beneficial advantage over their competitors. Other men working in industries like fashion, modelling and body sculpture use waxing for men to enhance their appearance. Whilst some men find that the smooth, clean feeling of a freshly waxed groin, enhances their experience in the bedroom, and many women agree.

The Manzilian or Boyzilian

Sometimes referred to as a “sack, back and crack wax”, the manzilian or boyzilian, is the term applied to the process of hair removal from a man’s crotch and backside regions. Some salons, but not all, provide this service and you will usually see it listed in their advertisement, price list or on their website if they have one. If you are unable to find the service listed, don’t be too shy to ask. It is suggested that you use the term “manzilian” over the “sack, back and crack” term, as it is deemed more polite.