When preparing for a leg wax, there are a number of steps that you should take in order to achieve the perfect results.
Allow the hair to grow
In order to achieve the perfect leg wax, it is important that the hair is long enough to be securely gripped by the wax, to allow for a smooth removal. If the hair is too short, the wax will have difficulty sticking, and some patches may be left behind. If the hair is too long, the process may be more uncomfortable, and result in an increased risk of skin irritation.
Moisturize regularly, but not on the day of treatment
Hydrated, healthy skin is more relaxed, supple, and easier to remove hair from. Apply moisturizer regularly to your skin in order to maintain its good quality, however, refrain from applying moisturizer on the day of your waxing appointment. Moisturizers and lotions often leave a residue on the surface of the skin and hair, and this residue may interfere with the way that wax adheres to the hair strands. This could result in an ineffective removal, and create a requirement for re-waxing.
In addition to moisturizing your skin regularly, it is also important to ensure that you exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation improves circulation and blood flow to an area and helps to remove any dead skin cells. In addition to this, exfoliation can help prevent ingrown hairs and helps to lift any regrowth that has been caught under the skin’s surface. This ensures that your subsequent waxing treatments are even more effective, as all hairs are exposed for removal, and any buildup of dead skin cells have been lifted, allowing the wax to adhere to hair as close to the follicle as possible.
Resist the temptation to shave between treatments
Shaving between waxing treatments is something that should be avoided as much as possible. Body hair grows in cycles, and is continually re-growing and falling out at various rates across the body, and from one follicle to the next. Waxing removes all hairs by the root, and eventually brings all regrowth into a similar cycle, so that all follicles produce hair at a similar rate, allowing for long-lasting smooth legs. Shaving between waxing treatments interrupts this cycle, and extends the period of uneven hair growth, meaning that the results do not last as long, and regrowth becomes apparent more quickly. As much as shaving may be a huge temptation, it is important to resist the urge as much as possible, in order to achieve a better quality of waxing at your next appointment.
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