Eyebrow waxing is a plucking alternative to other shaping treatements and one that provides quick and clean results. It is offered by most spas and salons, and is a great way to shape and define your brows. The entire process of eyebrow waxing only takes a few minutes, and the results last for weeks. Let’s take a closer look at this eyebrow shaping alternative:
What should you expect during treatment?
Before you have your eyebrows waxed, your beautician will ask you how you would like to shape your brows. They may use special stencils or guides to help you get the shape you desire. Next, warm wax will be applied and then ripped off to remove the hairs. If you are in need of a little extra grooming, your beautician may choose to trim your brows. At the end of treatment, a soothing gel will be applied to reduce any redness.
How often do I need waxing treatments?
Waxing pulls the hairs out from the root, and is therefore considered a long-term hair removal option. Results generally last between 4-6 weeks. After many waxing appointments, hair will star to grow back softer, finer, and thinner. In return, you will be able to wait longer in between waxing appointments.
How long should my hair be before waxing?
For the best results, hair should be at least 1/4-1/2 inch in length before booking a waxing appointment.
What should I do before my waxing appointment?
- Avoid taking a shower in the hours before your appointment
- Clean the area to be waxed.
- Tell your beautician about any medications or products that you are using. Things like topical exfoliants and acne medications can make skin extra sensitive and increase the risk of irritation or complications
- Avoid shaving in between waxing appointments. It will interrupt the waxing process and stimulate hair growth.
Are there any risks associated with waxing?
While the risks associated with waxing are minimal, there are some to take into consideration. The most common risk of waxing is irritation and inflammation. In most cases, this should subside within an hour or two. In rare cases, waxing can also lead to skin infection. This is often caused by uncleansed skin or bacteria ridden products. The risk of infection is increased for those with certain medical conditions such as diabetes.
Because eyebrow waxing deals with hot wax, burns are also a risk if precautions are not taken. Waxing can also lead to ingrown hairs. This risk can be reduced by avoiding exfoliation products, direct exposure with the sun, creams, excessive heat, and exercise during the first 48 hours following treatment.
Will it hurt?
Unfortunately, yes. Waxing is a bit painful, but easily bearable, and the process is quick. After several waxing appointments your skin will be less sensitive, and the pain will be less.