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When is the best time of year to start waxing?

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It’s June 10th. It is a perfect summer day. The sun is shining. You can feel a light breeze blowing against your skin. And, you are at the lake with all of your best friends. It’s going to be a day full of sun, sand, campfires and fun. But, you have on capris instead of shorts and a t-shirt instead of a tank top because you forgot to shave.

Don’t let this be you. While you may have to do a little research and a bit of planning, you can have hair-free skin this coming summer. Get out your calendar and throw away your razor. There’s no time like the present.

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You don’t have to worry about unwanted body hair if you wax

Linde Esthetics is a studio spa located in the heart of Chesterfield Village in SW Springfield Missouri. Specialties include facial waxing, body waxing, corrective skin care, acne treatments, and relaxation massage. 3853 S Cox Rd, Springfield MO 65807 417-886-5463

The best time of year to start waxing

While anytime is a good time to start waxing, you never want to wait until you need to wax to start waxing. Here in the midwest, Springfield Missouri to be exact, the best time to start waxing is in the fall. As soon as the weather starts to cool down, and you begin to wear clothing that covers the area you want to wax, you should schedule your wax appointment.

You will want to allow the hair to grow for approximately 2-3 weeks before you begin waxing. It will take this long for the hair to reach 1/4 inch in length. If the hair is shorter than this, it will be hard for the wax to grab onto the hair for complete removal.

If hair grows to more than 1/2 inch in length, waxing can be a bit more uncomfortable for the customer. For this reason, we also recommend to wax your unshaved areas before you get to the 6-8 week mark.

For optimal waxing results, we recommend getting in at least 3-4 waxing sessions to allow the hair to cycle together.

How waxing works to remove unwanted hair

A soft or hard wax is applied in a thin layer to the area of unwanted hair. The wax is applied in the direction of hair growth and removed in the opposite direction of hair growth. This alone will remove the majority of hairs. Sometimes, tweezers will be used to remove any hairs that were too short to effectively wax.

“Waxing is the process of hair removal from the root by using a covering of a sticky substance, such as wax, to adhere to body hair, and then removing this covering and pulling out the hair from the follicle. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different human hair growth cycle. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, pubic hair (called bikini waxing or Brazilian waxing), legs, arms, back, abdomen, knuckles, and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair.”

Sync up the growth cycles

Hair grows in 3 phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. At any given time you will have hairs in all three phases in one area. After repeated waxing sessions, all hairs growing in a particular area will be in the anagen phase. This happens because the hair is not left in place long enough to advance to the later phases. When hair growth syncs up, waxing is more effective.

Anagen is the active phase of the hair. The cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly. A new hair is formed and pushes the club hair (a hair that has stopped growing or is no longer in the anagen phase) up the follicle and eventually out.

Some people have difficulty growing their hair beyond a certain length because they have a short active phase of growth. On the other hand, people with very long hair have a long active phase of growth. The hair on the arms, legs, eyelashes, and eyebrows have a very short active growth phase of about 30 to 45 days, explaining why they are so much shorter than scalp hair.

The catagen phase is a transitional stage and about 3% of all hairs are in this phase at any time. This phase lasts for about two to three weeks. Growth stops and the outer root sheath shrinks and attaches to the root of the hair. This is the formation of what is known as a club hair.

Telogen is the resting phase and usually accounts for 6% to 8% of all hairs. This phase lasts for about 100 days for hairs on the scalp and longer for hairs on the eyebrow, eyelash, arm, and leg. During this phase, the hair follicle is completely at rest and the club hair is completely formed. Pulling out a hair in this phase will reveal a solid, hard, dry, white material at the root. About 25 to 100 telogen hairs are shed normally each day.

Stunt hair growth

Did you know hair growth can be stunted as a result of waxing? Each time you wax to remove unwanted hair, the connection between the hair bulb and the blood supply is broken. When repeated over time, this can lead to the hair growing back at a slower rate. The hair can also become finer and softer.

Smooth skin is in

Waxing is also an effective exfoliator. While the intent of waxing is to remove hair, superficial dead skin cells are also removed. This results in not only hair-free skin, but soft, smooth skin as well.

Schedule your wax

Now that you know the best time of year to start waxing, you should schedule your appointment. There are a few ways you can schedule your waxing appointment at Linde Esthetics.

  • Call 417-886-5463, please leave a message if we are unable to answer
  • Email
  • Schedule anytime with online scheduler
  • Schedule at checkout
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