Waxing myths

Here are some common waxing myths that many still wonder about..

Myth: Waxing makes the hair grow back thick, dark and more coarse.

Truth: Absolutely not! Waxing cannot stimulate your hair follicles to produce more or new hair. And will not cause your hair pigment and texture to change in any way.
We are born with a set number of hair follicles; hair follicles cannot be increased by waxing. If this was true all bald men would wax, right?
In fact, regular waxing treatments, without shaving in between wax appointments, will make your hair quite sparse and thinner.

Myth: Waxing causes ingrown hairs.

Truth: After any body wax is performed it's important to keep-up with exfoliation to areas you are prone to ingrown hair and keep your skin free of dead skin build up. You must also moisturize, using coconut oil or a nice hydrating lotion with no alcohol or synthetic fragrances. 
Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into the skin instead of out of it. The most common reasons are: shaving in-between wax appointments, tight clothing, like yoga pants, that might cause excessive skin rubbing/friction, non-cotton underwear, improper or not often enough exfoliation, crossing your legs, excess sweating.

Myth: Waxing causes breakouts.

Truth: When waxing is performed properly, the hair is removed by the root. This can trigger your body’s immune system as it perceives the hair removal as a “trauma”.
As a result, histamine is released and you might experience a mild breakout, small red bumps and/or whiteheads may appear within the first few days. These are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax.
This reaction is more common for the Bikini area, Back and Chest. 
Waxing also creates an tiny opening to the hair follicle that can be susceptible to bacteria. Keeping the waxed area clean is important to avoiding bacterial irritation.
Freshly waxed follicles, sweat and friction from clothing is not a good combination; it’s  recommended to avoid going to the gym, run, hot tubs or other vigorous exercise for 24-48 hours following the service.

Myth: I’m pregnant, I can’t wax my bikini area.

Truth: Of course you can! We know it gets a little difficult to groom yourself and waxing is a great way to clean up, up until before the “big day”.

Myth: I’m on my menstrual cycle, I can’t wax.

Truth: You can absolutely have a bikini wax during your period so please, don't be uncomfortable in any way. So if you are ok with that, so are we! (Tampons are required for your wax). However, your skin might be a bit more sensitive during your menstrual cycle. 

Diamando Perivolaris

Hard Wax Expert, Wax Trainer/Educator