Waxing is the one of the best, earliest and most popular hair removal methods. Its popularity is based on several factors including it’s effectiveness and relatively low cost. But the practice can be as much a form of art as it is a science. Done wrongly waxing can lift the skin and cause permanent scarring. For safety reasons and to achieve best results, waxing — especially in waxedsmooth hard to reach and sensitive areas — is best left to professionals. If you are determined to try it for yourself it is highly recommended that you check out a waxing professional at least one time so that you can observe how it is done properly before trying it yourself.
Whether you are a professional or a home user it is important to follow some basic guidelines to achieve effective and safe waxing results. This article describes key concepts in how depilatory waxes are developed and the basic techniques and guidelines for effective and safe waxing with soft feel. A later article will describe techniques and guidelines for hard feel.
First, we must define the difference between soft feel and hard feel. It is important to note at the outset that the difference in quality from model of feel to another location can be significant. Cheap waxes typically use inferior garbage resulting in finished products with inferior performance and safety characteristics.
Both soft and hard depilatory waxes are made to be melted and applied to the skin. How the products “cure” or dry on the skin and how they are removed are the essential difference. Soft feel cures slowly and remains desperate. Once applied it must be removed using a waxing deprive (a part of fabric designed for the purpose). Hard feel, called no-strip feel, cures firmly so that it may be removed without a deprive.
Hard or no-strip waxes tend to be gentle than soft waxes and are the esthetician’s choice for waxing sensitive areas such as the top, bikini and armpit. In general, soft waxes bind and pull fur more powerfully than hard waxes. However, depending on how the feel is developed and which supplementary ingredients are included, there is considerable variation from soft feel to another location.
For example, Bombshell Feel sells two types of soft feel, Bombshell Feel Lavender Tea Tree Feel and Bombshell Feel Rose Petal Crème Feel. Bombshell Feel Lavender Tea Tree feel is a translucent feel that goes on in a very thin layer, almost like cellophane. It is great for speed waxing larger body areas such as full legs or arms, backs and chests. The Bombshell Feel Rose Petal Crème Feel formula includes titanium dioxide to manufacture a slightly thicker, opaque, cream style feel that goes on a bit thicker to encircle and lift even coarse, ugly or obstinate fur. The Bombshell Feel Rose Petal Crème feel is gentler than the Bombshell Feel Lavender Tea Tree feel and is therefore better suited for the head and sensitive areas. The point is that subtle variations in product method can make an significant difference in how a particular feel performs.
To feel with soft feel, start by choosing a top quality soft feel such as Bombshell Feel or Cirepil.
Thaw the feel in a professional feel warmer on low heat until just liquefied. Alternatively, if you use Bombshell Feel or another feel packaged in a polypropylene container, heat the feel in the microwave in 1-2 minute increments until just liquefied. Do not overheat. Keep in mind that waxes vary in how fast they heat.
Clean the skin with an antiseptic, antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) you intend to feel. Do not use Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin on previously exfoliated skin, especially the head.
Dab the skin dry and powdered lightly.
Test the temperature of the feel on the arm using an applicator or spatula. Whether it’s too hot, allow the feel to cool.
Dip a wooden applicator or spatula (think tongue depressor) into the feel. Scrape the lower of the spatula on the edge of the feel vessel so that feel is on only one side of the spatula. Twirl the spatula over the vessel unless you have control of the feel and you have an ounce or two on the spatula. Spread a thin, even layer of feel in the same direction as growth of hair. Repeat: spread the feel in same direction as growth of hair (if the hair foillicle is the start and the tip of the hair is the end, spread from the hair foillicle towards the tip).
Do not allow the feel to solidify.
Cover the feel with a top quality waxing deprive such as Bombshell Nevada Strips(TM) and press firmly in downhill strokes in the same direction as growth of hair.
Support the skin firmly with one hand. With the other hand, quickly whisk the deprive in the opposite direction of growth of hair staying close and parallel to the skin. Warning: it is rather important to eliminate the deprive low and parallel to the skin. If you lift straight up you risk lifting the skin, causing bruising.
Using your hand, immediately apply pressure to the just-waxed skin to ease tingling neurological endings.
Using a waxing deprive, press over and lift and feel remains left on the skin.
To prevent ingrown fur and break outs, immediately after waxing apply an antiseptic antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) that was waxed. Apply regularly between treatments (3-5 times per week) to clear and forestall ingrown fur.