When most people think of waxing, the first thing that comes to mind is the pain, and this is true whether you have experienced waxing or not.
Many times, just watching wax paper ripped off someone else’s skin, we wince as they react to the pain of removing hairs from the root, as though we can feel the pain too.
Yet, despite this pain, many people still opt for waxing.
This article dissects how long a freshly waxed leg may stay hair-free and whether you are better off shaving instead of waxing.
What Is Waxing?
Waxing is a process of hair removal from the root, usually done by an esthetician (a waxer).
An esthetician heats the wax and, in some cases, allows it to cool down before smearing it on your legs.
Wax paper is then pressed over wax, smoothing the paper until it sticks completely, holding the hairs in that region.
Next, the paper is ripped off, usually quickly, removing hairs from the root. Most people scream or wince at this point, as removing hairs from the root is painful. (Sometimes even if you are only watching)
How To Prepare For Your First Wax And What To Expect
If you plan to get waxed for the first time, it helps to prepare. While preparing involves some things to do, it also involves your mind and interpreting the imagined pain.
In addition, it helps to learn a thing or two about waxing and alternative methods to removing hairs from the root.
This you can do online by doing a quick search on Google or YouTube. Preparing your mind for what to expect can put you in an excellent state for when the day comes.
These tips will help ease the process too –
- It is recommended that hair be removed be at least ¼ inch long. This means you may not shave at least eight days before your wax appointment. Instead, allow hair to grow out so the wax paper can grab hair from the root.
- Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin around your pores.
- Takin a shower before your appointment helps keep the area clean and free of dirt and dust.
- Breathing during the process might seem like needless advice, but most people hold their breath when they are afraid, and this holding makes the pain seem more than it is. Instead, you may want to breathe in just before the waxer pulls the strip and breathe out immediately after the strip is pulled off. Breathing helps you relax in your body, which will help you stay still enough for the process and not move around too much because of pain or fear.
- Sometimes waxing causes swelling on sensitive skin. In this case, some aloe vera gel can soothe and help the skin repair. Your practitioner may try waxing a small area first to test the compatibility with your skin type.
How Long Does Waxing Last The First Time?
Depending on your steadiness, waxing can last for about 5 minutes. Your steadiness depends on adhering to some or all of the tips above, especially the point about breathing.
Suppose you are adequately prepared and know some pain level (maybe even imagine the worst pain possible).
In that case, your session will go quicker, but if you are scared and all over the place, the process will be a lot longer than it needs to be.
How Long Before Hairs Grow Back?
Waxing for the first time can keep hairs off your skin for 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the individual regrowth rate. A naturally hairy person can expect to see a regrowth earlier than those not naturally endowed.
Naturally, some hairs might begin to regrow by the second week. You will notice the growing hair is thinner, softer, and not as stubborn as the hairs removed.
Is Waxing Better Than Shaving?
There is a lot of argument about waxing vs. shaving. While some people swear by waxing, others say they would never go through the pain of waxing, and shaving serves the same purpose for them.
We think waxing is better than shaving for the following reasons –
- When you wax, the regrown hair will be thinner and finer than when you shave.
2. Waxing removes hair from the root, while shaving cuts hair at the skin’s surface, causing ingrown hairs (when the shaved hair regrows into the skin, causing bumps and other skin irritation).
3. Waxing can be done once a month with no stubborn hairs regrowing, while shaving needs to be done more often as you may shave at night and notice the hairs sticking out by morning.
4. Anyone who shaves knows the itching that occurs when hair begins to regrow as early as two days after.
This itching does not happen when you wax. All you may experience is pain, swelling, and some discomfort, depending on your pain threshold.
5. Waxing gives the skin a smooth feel as all hairs are uprooted from the root, while shaving leaves a rough feeling as the hairs cut off at the skin’s surface.
If you get through the process of waxing and continue to wax regularly (once a month), you may not need to shave ever again.
This means that four weeks after a wax session, you won’t need to worry about hairs on your skin. This is better than shaving every other day.
Is Getting Your Legs Waxed Worth It?
For people who do not want any hairs on their legs, waxing is worth it because it removes the hair from the root making your legs smooth to touch and look at. There will be no roughness, and even when hair regrows, it is finer, thinner, and softer.
Due to the nature of waxing, you will not need to shave your legs. Therefore, you may wax once a month and not worry about shaving often.
Will Waxing Eventually Stop Hair Growth?
While waxing removes hair from the root, it does not guarantee that hair will not regrow. The regrown hair may be thinner and softer, but it has to be removed in 3 to 5 weeks, depending on regrowth.
Hairs will start returning to its former texture and consistency if you do not use wax regularly (at least once a month).
With all the benefits of waxing, a complete stoppage of regrowth is impossible, so waxing will not stop hair growth eventually.
Hair will stay off only if you maintain regular waxing at least 3 to 4 weeks after a wax session.
While the benefits of waxing are enticing, waxing is not for everyone. For example, some people have overly sensitive skin that waxing will irritate and even ruin the skin. These people may not need to wax or even shave.
For others who are overly hairy and need a steady solution to hair removal, waxing may be the best option, and maintaining a steady waxing routine will be the way to go.
Waxing is preferred to shaving for many reasons. However, it is important to learn your skin type and test a small patch for irritation, redness, swelling, and other factors that may arise from waxing before you book a wax session.
It is also advisable to get your first wax with a professional instead of doing it at home. A professional is trained to handle waxing and has dealt with all sorts of challenges with first-timers. In addition, you may have a tough time with a DIY if you do not do it right.
If you have been thinking about getting a wax, this is your cue to do it.