Pros and Cons of Arm Waxing
August 26, 2019We're still in time for fresh summer outfits, so you still want to flaunt all those sleeveless tops. The underarms are under control, but your hairy arms are getting in the way of your bronzed goddess look. Are you wondering if it's a good idea to wax your arms? Here we'll tell you everything about arm waxing. What are the pros and cons? When to wax or not to wax? How is it done? What are the best hair removal products to get it done? Let's dive in!
Pros and Cons of Arm WaxingArm waxing is fairly common, and many people get it done without any issues. Before you determine whether it's appropriate for you, check our list of pros and cons:
Arm waxing has some great advantages:
- You won't have to shave every few days and much less sport the awful-looking growth you get with the razor.
- The procedure will be quick and cost-efficient, considering the time hair takes to grow back and be waxable again (four to eight weeks according to your individual hair growth).
- Waxed arms provide a sleek look for people whose body image needs to be flawless (like models) or need their bodies to be more aerodynamic (like swimmers).
- Waxed arms also make it more hygienic for trainers or people who regularly exercise.
- Clothes feel better after removing your arm hair if you have a lot.
- Hairless arms are more convenient for moisturizing, exfoliating, and overall skincare.
These might be the downsides to arm waxing:
- Your skin might feel more sensitive. Hair protects the skin from the elements, so it's possible that you will feel unpleasant sensations more strongly once you have less hair.
- Sun exposure can feel a lot more damaging on completely waxed arms. If you have waxed your arms it becomes even more important that you wear broad-spectrum sunscreen at all times or wear long sleeves when outside.
- You might get over-exfoliated, which could cause a lingering sensation of irritation after the procedure. You might also find it to be rather painful in this area, especially if your hairs are long.
- If you wax by yourself (which we do not recommend; best have a professional do it), you might get patchy areas because doing the procedure properly and keeping all details in order will be hard.
- Keeping up with waxing before the regrowth phase is over, it's going to be awkward to put up with the prickly stubble while the optimal length is reached.
- Some people get an extreme reaction because their skin is really sensitive, and they didn't even know.
When to Wax (Or Not) Your ArmsIf your hairy arms really bother you and you are willing to put up with the discomfort of waxing, you can go through with the procedure.
The prep requirements you need are no different than for other types of waxing:
- Do not expose to the sun or go to a sauna before your waxing appointment.
- Do not wax at all if you have been on acne medication or uses retinol or AHAs in the last six months.
- Check your skin for bruises, irritation, infection, rashes, scars, moles, skin tags, and sensitive spots. If there is any abnormality on your skin, refrain from waxing.
How Arm Waxing Is DoneArm waxing is fast and easy to do, but it takes some technique and practice. The first thing you should do is take a pre-depilatory lotion and cleanse the area. Next, apply a thin layer of powder to fully absorb moisture and ensure that the wax will adhere well to the skin.
Once your wax is melted, test its temperature at the back of your wrist. It's time to apply the wax using a spatula at a 45-degree angle. Spread the wax in an area as wide as the muslin strips. Start applying from the elbow and work towards the strip. The application should be made in the direction of hair growth (downwards and outwards next to the extended arm).
Press the strip firmly on the wax in the same direction as already described, and rip in the opposite direction while keeping the skin taut with your free arm. Once you rip the strip, apply pressure on the skin to soothe the discomfort. To wrap up the treatment, apply a post-depilatory lotion. Instruct your client to refrain from fragrances, heavy products, and allergens for at least 224 hours after waxing. Other things to avoid are sun exposure, heat, and friction. That's it!
Best Hair Removal Products for Arm WaxingMen are definitely some of the most regular clients for arm waxing, so why not use a wax that has been specially formulated for them? For Men contains eucalyptus oil and titanium dioxide, so it leaves skin hydrated, refreshed, soothed, and bright. This wax is suitable for sensitive skin, so your clients will love it.
If you are looking for a super manageable wax, try champagne-fraises hard wax beads. This low-melting-point hard wax does not need the use of muslin strips, so it's very practical, and shrink-wraps to the hair for optimal adherence and better removal results. Champagne and strawberries brighten and moisturize the skin, so your clients will get silky smooth arms.
Are you in a hurry and need to wax without a warmer? Don't panic. You can use any of the Sweet Dreams microwavable waxes. The best thing about them is that they are super-elastic, contain hydrating properties and come in a variety of delicious candy scents.
arm waxing might just become your next go-to waxing treatment. You'll love your silky-smooth arms! Take a chance, but make sure you're using only professional waxes – you can leave that job to us at Beauty Image. We have a wide range of waxes and waxing accessories for a wonderful experience. Call TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form below to get in touch with us. We'll be happy to help you! Also, subscribe to ournewsletter if you wish to receive our news right in your inbox.
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