OUCH that Hurts!
The simple answer to the question, “does waxing hurt?” is YES.
Waxing is an amazing service. In a few swift pulls the entire hair is removed leaving the area smooth as a baby’s butt, and the likelihood of hair coming back becomes less and less if you stick with a consistent waxing routine. The uncomfortable feeling though associated with hair being removed can make the experience not that enjoyable and so here is some information on how to reduce the pain or to at least help you understand why you might experience more pain then someone else.
Let us start first about talking about why you might be experiencing pain.
- Someone besides a professional is waxing you. A professional should be the only person you trust providing you with a waxing treatment. A professional looks at a variety of different things that perhaps your sister might not. An Esthetician takes in to consideration, the direction the hair grows, the length of hair, where hair has already been removed, the heat of the wax and of course the type of wax that is used.
- The type of Wax being used. At Kneaded Relief we use Nufree which is a safe organic liquid hair removal that completely uproots the bulb and entire hair shaft. It never dries and will not stick to the skin, therefore there is less pain and no tearing of the skin.
- Coarse hair or hair that grows in multiple directions. If you have very coarse hair or hair that grows in multiple directions, it is possible you will experience more pain than someone with very fine hair that grows in one direction.
- Ingrowns (hair that is trapped under the skin and causing irriation).
- Length of hair. Trying to wax hair shorter than 1/4″ or longer than 1/2″ makes waxing more difficult and that can hurt more.
- A topical product. Clients who are using Retin-A, Renova or other AHA’s need to discontinue use for at least 48 hours prior to receiving waxing treatments because they make the skin additionally sensitive and can cause the skin to tear.
- Taking Accutane. If you take Accutane you cannot at Kneaded Relief receive a waxing service because Accutane thins the skin and again can cause tearing.
- Sensitivity. Some people are just more sensitive then others, or perhaps the area you are waxing is more sensitive than another area.
Now let us discuss things you can do to help the pain.
- Don’t apply any lotion or deodorant prior to waxing. Though the therapist will wipe the area before waxing, lotion or deodorant will still be on the skin and make it difficult to grab the hair.
- Shower with a mild scrub daily starting a few days prior to the treatment. By using a mild scrub you are opening up the pores allowing for an easier pull.
- If you have ingrowns, use a product to help rid the skin of these uncomfortable bumps. This is the same as using a mild scrub. The more open the pores are the easier and less painful it is to receive a wax. We recommend Tend Skin to use between waxes.
- 1/4″-1/2″ hair (length of a grain of rice). If hair is in the “sweet spot” of length the therapist has the easiest time pulling it. Either wait until hair is this grown out or trim it back before your service.
- A pain reliever can’t hurt. Taking Ibuprofen 45 minutes before the service can help lessen the pain overall. Also taking Tums 20 minutes prior to the service can decrease the level of acid in the body and this too is said to help with the pain.
- Use a cold pack following the service. Waxing can heat up the skin, so using a cold pack on the area takes down the heat and the pain. Kneaded Relief can apply cold packs following your service. We also use a product called Finipil (it is also available for retail) that has a cooling agent in it. This cooling agent calms the skin the same way a cold pack would.
I hope that I was able to shine a little light on how to make your next waxing experience an even more positive one. Though the saying goes, “Beauty is Pain”, at Kneaded Relief we don’t think it needs to be.
Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Hoping to make waxing not hurt.