Debunking Waxing Myths

Posted by: Leila Scott

There are a million ways to remove body hair—and a million more myths to go along with them. If you've heard the old wives tale, ‘waxing makes your hair grow back faster,’ we’re here to tell you that’s not true. We've asked our in-house esthetician, Kirsten Goetzelman, to debunk some common misconceptions about waxing. You can’t wax during your period.

“False. You can most certainly get waxed on your period. I always let my clients know they may be more sensitive during that time of month but other than that—it’s your choice!”

Waxing makes your hair grow back thicker.
“False. Waxing actually pulls the hair from the root damaging the follicle. When the follicle has been damaged it grows back thinner ultimately making your hair thinner and the growth of the hair slower.”

If you wax, you won’t get ingrowns.
“False. Anyone can get ingrowns. It’s simply a hair that gets trapped in the follicle opening. There are a million ways to remove body hair—and a million more old wives tales or myths associated with them."Most times this can occur because of dead skin build up or lack of aftercare, so make sure you have your favorite Fur products for ultimate smooth skin!”

Soft wax hurts less than hard wax.
“False. Each person has their own pain tolerance for waxing, so hard and soft doesn’t change that. Make sure you look into a qualified waxer with a great technique to reduce the pain of waxing.”

You can’t wax while pregnant.
“False. Waxing is perfectly safe while pregnant and can even help once you’ve reached the ‘I can’t see down there’ phase. Because your blood flow increases while pregnant, I always recommend to start earlier in the pregnancy to help thin the hair out.”

Your hair has to be really long to wax.
True… and false. What one thinks is short another thinks is long. The recommended length for a perfect first wax is about a grain of rice long. The hair has to be long enough for the wax to grab. Don’t worry though, after the first appointment the hair will grow much slower and thinner so the next appointment will seem like a breeze!”

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