August 15, 2007

Bikini Waxing: Different Types Of Wax  

Bikini Waxing: Different Types Of Wax

The mere words 'bikini waxing' usually strikes fear in the hearts of many women. Just the thought of the hair in one of the most sensitive regions of their body being ripped from the root is enough to make most run. But bikini waxing does not have to be as painful as everyone thinks. There are different types of waxes that can be soothing during a bikini waxing procedure, to the surprise of many.

There are two main types of bikini wax—hot wax and cold wax. Each one will be discussed in detail so that you can decide which type is right for you. You should pay particular attention to the ingredients in each type of wax because you may be allergic to some. You also want to be careful if you are diabetic or have a weak immune system. Waxing can leave first-timers a bit sore on the skin, meaning that you may be more open to infection.

We will start with hot bikini waxing. It is exactly what it sounds like, a hot substance made of wax (and other materials) that is applied directly onto the skin you wish to remove hair from. You then apply a piece of cloth to the wax, pressing it down to make sure the hot wax 'grabs' your hairs. In one swift move, you yank the cloth up, and with it should come the wax and the hair that it has removed. Other materials that may be in the wax include oils, fats and resins. The oils and fats allow for a smooth consistency when melted down, so that it spreads easily onto your skin. It also helps bring down the core temperature of the wax enough to make it bearable and not too hot. Hot wax is generally made from either beeswax or paraffin, which are also the two most popular waxes for candles.

A cold bikini waxing is very similar to a hot bikini waxing. Obviously, you can guess that the wax is not heated before applied to the skin, thus the cold name. Despite the fact that cold wax does not get heated, it is still just as sticky and effective as hot wax is. Generally, strips are pre-treated with the wax substance (which is also a combination of wax and other things like resin) and is applied to the area you want hair removed from. Following the directions on the package, you would leave it on for a specified amount of time and then pull it off as well.

Both types of wax leave your skin feeling very smooth. You should not have to shave or wax again until several days or even weeks later. The one drawback to waxing is that you have to wait till the hairs grow out and can be grabbed by the wax. If this is not a problem for you, then waxing is safe and easy when done as directed and will ensure that you don't have to maintain your hair removal almost daily, like with waxing or depilatories.

Kim Hart is a passionate beauty writer. Her latest research has been in online beauty products, specifically bikini waxing kits. Learn more today about the many types of Wax Warmers and Wax accessories available for home use.

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