When it comes to waxing, Patricia Jurado knows her stuff. Born into the business, if you will, she comes from a family of aetheticians, with both her mother and sister working in the field. First learning the ropes of waxing at the ripe age of 16, she noted that because of her family background, she really got to know the Depileve products as a customer. Now the Depileve International Trainer, she tours countries around the world to train and educate fellow waxers on how to produce the best results using the professional and homecare products under the brand, with the least amount of pain and in the fastest amount of time. During a recent visit to Manila, we sat in at the native Spaniard talked to a group of Filipinas about everything you need to know about waxing. So whether you're a salon owner or a personal waxer, here are the ten essential things you need to know about waxing:
1. The wax used in hair removal is made of pine rosin. Although only a small percentage of people are allergic to this natural ingredient, you might want to give yourself an allergy test by swiping a small amount on your inner arm to see if any swelling occurs.
2. Hair removal can be classified into two categories: epilation and depilation. Depilation removes hair from the surface (like shaving) while epilation removes the strands from the roots. The main advantages of depilation are that strands grow thinner and over time, there is less hair.
3. Before you wax, make sure your skin is moisturized. Dry skin makes waxing more painful.
4. Apply wax in the same direction as the hair is growing then pull the strip in the opposite. Parts like your underarm can be a little bit trickier as sometimes hair can grow in five different directions.
5. If you can’t remove the hair in the same area after using two consecutive strips, leave it. This means that the hair will really not adhere no matter how many more times you try. Instead, bring out your tweezers and pluck the remaining hair.
6. When removing residue after you wax, be sure not to use oil-based cleansers on your face, underarm and bikini line. These formulas can clog your pores, causing excessive sweating.
7. When you wax, you remove a layer of natural moisturizing factors. Although skin may feel and look softer immediately after, there is still need to restore the moisture in the area. Lotions with calming properties work even better to keep swelling or redness at bay.
8. Wait four weeks in between waxes. When you start waxing, you’ll notice that a merely a few days after new strands may seem to be growing. This is attributed to our hair follicles having different growth cycles. To minimize your need to wax (and not to mention to save some cash), wait a full four weeks before making your next appointment at your waxer to allow your strands to get on the same cycle.
9. When you can’t wait until your next waxing appointment and a beach trip awaits, shave instead so you don’t disrupt your four-week cycle.
10. In-growns are caused by either one of two things: your hair strand is too weak that it can’t break through the skin or that your skin is too thick that the hair can’t break through. Products with salicylic acid can dry the area a bit to thin the skin.