Question: How Much Does Waxing Hurt?
I know many people fear getting waxed. They know that the hair is removed from the follicle and can't bear the thought of getting hair ripped out. So just how bad is it? I'm not going to lie- yes, it can be painful- especially if it's your first time or you're getting rid of hair on the skin above the lip, bikini, genitals or chest. Those that have very thick hair or sensitive skin may find the experience more uncomfortable than the average person.
Waxing removes many hairs at once, which is much better than tweezing one by one. Personally, I find it much more comfortable than threading. Sugaring, which can use either a paste or gel, is known to be more gentle to the skin because it doesn't stick to skin as much as waxing does.
The paste wins out in the pain department because it removes hair in the direction of hair growth- unlike sugaring gel and wax- which both remove hair in the opposite way the hair grows.
Pain is also relative. We can have a different perception of pain or things we find irritating. In any case, here we have some help so it doesn't have to be a horrifying experience.
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Waxing yourself? It can be difficult to remove hair at just the right angles and remove the wax quickly on yourself. If you choose to do your own hair removal, be sure to read and follow all the instructions provided. The steps in place for waxing are there for a reason. Not properly prepping skin, applying too much wax and removing hair the wrong way is just asking for unnecessary pain, not to mention possible bruising, breakage, missed hair and severe irritation.
What's normal post-waxing. Some pinkness, feeling a little sting and a little inflammation is considered normal. In areas with coarse hair, what's called 'lifting' or blood spots (not a continuous bleed) is also a normal side effect.
Are not normal side effects. Skin should never be red, extremely inflamed, bruise or scab. If that's the case, then something went wrong. The wrong technique, wax, application or temperature of wax was used. Another reason could be a health condition or a conflict with a medical or skincare routine.