6 Myths on Waxing that You Need to Know

Aug, 16 by Nidhi Jain in
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Summer often puts us into a bunch of situations where we have to make certain confusing decisions. Should I get that haircut I was yearning to do all the year or not? Should I wax my legs or shave them? What kind of a pedicure should I get? The list goes on. Many times we are also blinded by our prejudices and faulty understanding that makes us jump for all the wrong reasons.

In today’s world, characterised by an increasing sense of body and beauty, waxing is as commonplace as shampooing your hair. Hair removal has become a necessity indeed. Yet in a social media and hearsay, it is quite predictable that anything of such significance would attract stories, myths, legends, life hacks, DIY tips and what not! With thousands of articles on these topics, one can get quite confused and also fall prey into the myths of the internet. There are many myths on hair removal prevailing among us today. But myths being myths, need to be decoded and the facts squeezed out. In this article, we have a list of myths that surround waxing procedures. Read ahead and find out what is true and what isn’t.

Myth 1: Waxing causes hair to grow thicker and faster

This is the most classic myth after all. For decades, many women have been preferring shaving to waxing in fear of the so called ‘bear-like’ hair growth. Fortunately, this is a fallacy. Waxing does not cause your hair to grow thicker or faster. In fact, if you continue to wax for a long time, your hair will naturally get weakened making it less thick and the growth rate much slower.

Myth 2: Waxing always hurts

Yes, we all know the pain. The pain at the moment when the nail technician pulls of the strip from our wax smeared skin! But did you know that waxing isn’t always painful? You heard it right; waxing can absolutely painless if done right. This is where the experience and the skill of the nail technician come into play.

It is also known that your skin gets extra sensitive on the days leading to your period. You should preferably avoid any procedure on your skin on your period days as well. This gives you more pain than what would have experienced on other days of the month. Therefore plan your waxing sessions ahead in a such a way that it does not fall on your period time.

Myth 3: Waxing prevent the formation of ingrown hair

Another myth we need to falsify is the one regarding ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs refer to the hair that grows up and curls back into the skin after a hair removal process. This commonly affects those people who have thick and frizzy hair.

The popular understanding is that if you choose to wax over shaving for your regular hair removal sessions, ingrown hairs could be done away with. This isn’t true. Whether you choose to wax, epilators or shaving, ingrown hairs can turn up, irrespective of the procedure. The only hair removal treatment that is not prone to the development of ingrown hairs if laser hair removal treatment and electrolysis. With proper moisturization and avoidance of tight fitting clothes, you can prevent the growth of ingrown hairs.

Myth 4: Waxing leads to wrinkles in the skin

Count your blessings, ladies, for this is hardly true. In fact, waxing can be seen as good to your skin. When you wax your skin, along with dead skin, the wax also removes the layer of old and dead skin cells. This will reveal the fresher, newer skin under it. In order to keep it healthy be sure to moisturize it regularly. Do not forget to apply sunscreen when you step out! UV rays can harm your waxed skin more greatly than the skin with body hairs.

Also, waxing is not associated with wrinkles or saggy skin. If anything, waxing strips your hair and the dead skin along and nothing else. So now you can go ahead with your waxing routine without worrying about the premature ageing of skin!

Myth 5: It is okay to use tanning beds immediately after waxing

Not only this is stupid, but it can be quite dangerous to your skin as well. Your skin is a little fragile after waxing; it is sensitive to heat, having been stripped of its protective hair cover and a part of the epidermis. Exposure to heat after waxing can lead to burns in your skin. Therefore using a tanning bed after waxing is a terrible idea. You should also keep away from steam showers for a day at least.

Myth 6: You have to wait until your hair grows longer to wax again

This is not necessary. You can wax again when the hair is the size of rice grain. Your hair needs to be only 1/4th of an inch to get waxed effectively. In this logic, at a normal hair growth rate, you can wax your skin every month. Waxing your skin monthly is recommended for a healthy skin. If you are waxing your eyebrows, you need it to grow only until it is 1/8th of an inch.