Waxing is one of the most highly requested treatments in beauty salons, but our Google search histories suggest that most of us are far from experts. We still have unanswered questions about this form of hair removal. Here at Outback Organics we’re setting the record straight on waxing facts and myths to put you at ease, whether you're looking to book a bikini, eyebrow or leg wax.
1. Hair will grow back thicker: FALSE
Many believe that removing the hair on a regular basis will cause it to grow back thicker and darker than before. In fact, most frequent waxers report that their hair grows back finer, more sparse and the rate of growth is also slowed. This makes waxing less painful and therefore it definitely pays to wax regularly.
2. You can only wax the bottom of your eyebrows: FALSE
This is the biggest eyebrow waxing myth. You should always consult a waxing professional as to what would be best for your eyebrows; however a small amount of waxing on the top of your eyebrows can significantly help to shape them into your desired tidy look.
3. Waxing really hurts: FALSE
How much waxing hurts depends on the person, but the pain is definitely not to be feared and having a professional wax will keep the pain minimal. The discomfort is over very quickly. If you are still worried about the pain then you can take an Aspirin or an Ibuprofen 30 minutes before your wax in order to help.
4. I can’t get a wax on my period: FALSE
Waxing large areas of your skin (such as legs or arms) or having a Brazilian wax, will be more painful when you are on your period because your skin is more sensitive at this time. Although having said that, most practitioners are happy to wax you if you are on your period. Waxing small areas such as your eyebrows should not cause any extra discomfort.
5. Waxing harms the skin: FALSE
While waxing may cause some minor side effects such as inflammation and the dreaded ‘plucked chicken look’, these will disappear within hours. Waxing does not cause long-term damage to the skin - it even exfoliates and benefits the top layer of skin.
6. Exfoliating is essential: TRUE
Although waxing does exfoliate the skin, it is still essential to exfoliate before having your wax. Prepping your skin by cleaning and exfoliating it before your wax will help to prevent bumps and ingrown hairs. Exfoliate your skin the day before your wax with the Outback Organics Face and Body Scrub.
7. Your skin is sensitive after waxing: TRUE
Waxing leaves your skin pores open and therefore you need to keep your skin clean and soothed. Avoid excessive heat and exercise for 24 hours after your wax and use the Outback Organics Bush Balm, Ingrown Hair Serum, and Post Wax Spray to calm and treat your skin.
8. Waxing lasts for weeks: TRUE
The effects of waxing can last up to 3-4 weeks and this improves the more regularly you wax. We recommend maintaining a routine of getting a wax every 3-4 weeks so that your hair gets into a cycle and so that your wax is as effective as possible.
9. Hair has to be a certain length: TRUE
The ideal length for hair to be waxed is between ¼” - ½”. Any shorter than this and the wax will struggle to grip and remove the hair. Waxing hair that is longer than ½” will be more painful and there is a higher chance that hairs will be missed. Remember that you can trim your hair prior to your wax to get it to the ideal length.
10. Double-dipping is dangerous: TRUE
There is a one applicator per swipe rule to waxing that prevents bacteria being transferred from client to client.