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Is waxing painful?

Definitely, pulling of multiple strands of hair from the hair follicle triggers the nerve endings causing an instant shock of pain. Regardless, when waxing is done by a professional, you should never feel any burning or excruciating pain.

Each waxing session by Viv’s in-Houz Spa is personalized to the client’s personality in order to make the experience as pleasant as possible.

The amount of pain will depend on; your personal threshold (of course some people are more sensitive to pain), how the person doing the waxing is doing it, and the type of wax being used. Usually, the pain should subside in a matter of seconds. 

Compared to other areas of the body, Brazilian waxing is the most painful because pubic hair is thicker than hair in other areas of the body. Hence, more force is required to remove the thick hair. The good news is, as long as you don’t shave in-between waxes, the pain lessens greatly after 2-3 waxing events.

The chart below gives a rating of pain from waxing and comparing it with other beauty treatments.

How to make it less painful

Follow the tips below to have a less painful waxing experience;

  1. Don’t wait too long between appointments. The longer you wait, the more and thicker your hair will get. And it will hurt more and take longer to wax. In the end, the more you wax, the less you will need to wax, as waxing reduces the strength of the hair follicle. Over time, hair regrowth will become sparser.
  2. Don’t schedule a wax during the week before your periods. The pain is worse as you are more sensitive and hair growth tends to increase then—so your wax job won’t last as long. Book a week or two after the periods, it should hurt less.
  3. Consider scheduling first-thing-in-the-morning appointment and get done with. Anticipation is the worst part of getting waxed.
  4. Don’t trim the hair or shave in-between waxes. It makes hair not adhere well on the wax requiring more stripping and therefore more pain.

Best days to wax

After waxing, your skin is tender and sensitive and might become red if you are light-skinned. It is, therefore, better to wax on a Wednesday or Thursday so that you are good to go for the weekend, both for bedroom matters and/or outdoor activities.

Up next will be in the series: what not to do after waxing and how often you should wax. Got any questions/feedback for me? I would love to hear about it. Just log in and leave a comment or leave a message. Chat/Call me on 0789 195400.


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