Let’s be honest, waxing hurts! Okay, if it’s your first-time it’s even worse maybe even excruciatingly painful, fortunately, the pain reduces each time you go for another session.
This hair removal technique has become a go-to grooming must-do for the majority of people. So, can you reduce waxing pain? Does a painless wax actually exist?
Yes, you can reduce the pain. Getting a painless option is actually very possible depending on your pain tolerance level and the waxing methods used. Also, the implementation of simple tips and tricks to make the process at least bearable.
Look for a professional, experienced therapist
It’s important to look for someone licensed just as much as experienced. Because a professional, experienced therapist knows exactly the best type of wax that is best suited for your hair, the best application techniques, and the best pain reduction methods to implement in order to make the experience pleasant to some extent. Seeking an experienced professional is very important for all types, especially a Brazilian bikini wax.
Calm your nerves
Before the process some skin desensitizing or numbing products to reduce your skin’s sensitivity to pain. Additionally, consider using a pain reliever 30-60 minutes before you go for it. This is an effective tip especially when you are getting it in the most pain-sensitive areas such as lips, genital or bikini area, and chest.
Do NOT use ice for numbing your skin- it will only tighten your pores, making the process to be excruciatingly painful.
Time your periods
Ideally, pain tolerance among women is highest during her menstrual cycle and 3-4 days afterward. This becomes the best time to consider waxing for an almost pain-free experience.
Exfoliate the area
Scrubbing the area of skin to be waxed helps to remove dead skin, thus exposing hair follicles, which makes it very easy to pull out hair this hair removal process. Additionally, exfoliating lifts up hair from the surface of the skin, making it easy for the wax to stick on them.
Trim the area
Ensuring that the hair is the perfect length as this is important for a painless waxing experience. Advisably, the hair should be less than a centimeter long: longer hair provides more resistance when removing the wax. You can personally trim your own hair or let the therapist trim it for you.
Yes, this procedure can be nerve wrecking but being tensed up makes the whole experience even worse. Granted, it’s completely human for your body to be tensed up just before a wax strip is pulled off- in anticipation of the pain. But tensing up actually intensifies the pain level, making it even worse: tensing pulls your muscles hence tightening your skin. You can try incorporating distraction techniques such as reading a magazine or listening to music- basically just try to distract yourself completely.
Shaving your hair in between waxes causes your hair to grow thicker, coarse and hard. To avoid a painful experience the next time you need to get one, let the hair grow out in between your waxing appointments- after a couple of this process, your hair will become finer and less visible, just be patient if this is your first time.
Skip the pick-me-up coffee
The caffeine content stimulates the nerve cells hence making you more sensitive to pain. Therefore, it’s advisable to skip the coffee until after your wax.
Don’t drink alcohol
While drinking alcohol to calm your nerves before a wax seems like a good idea-its not! Alcoholic substances cause your skin to become more sensitive, puffy (due to water retention) and dehydrated.
But if you had already indulged in some alcohol, wait a few hours before the process and drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin.
Go for loose-fitting, cotton clothes
Immediately after a wax, your skin is tender and sore: hence it’s advisable to wear loose fitting clothes made of natural fibers. Tight fitting garments only aggravate the area causing irritation, discomfort and the possibility of ingrown hairs.
Natural fiber fabrics are best since they can trap sweat which can irritate the area and clog up the pores after a wax.