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There are some things you just don't discuss with your buddies, right guys? -- Like waxing. But you're probably curious about the pain and when you'll be able to have sex again. Here's everything you need to know, from prep to procedure to aftercare.
Transcript: Guys -- there are some things you just don't discuss with your buddies, right? -- like waxing. But we...
Guys -- there are some things you just don't discuss with your buddies, right? -- like waxing. But we bet you've got some burning questions when it comes to getting smooth in places that normally aren't. Well you're in luck because I have answers, as well as a few tips. After all, more men than ever want to be well groomed - just ask the Situation. I know you're curious about the pain level that comes with waxing -- YES -- I'm going to say it your crack and sack. Who wouldn't be? But don't worry; it's not as bad as it sounds, as long as you've got some threshold for pain, which I'm sure you do. The first thing you'll want to do is grow out your hair to at least an eighth of an inch in length. After you've gotten good and bushy it's time to start exfoliating the area. Why do you need to lather up like the ladies with apricot scrub you ask? It's an important step to get rid of excess oils and dead skin that could get in the way of a clean wax. Next up apply an antiseptic cleanser to kill any lingering germs.For your nether regions, the aesthetician will use a hard wax, which unlike strip wax, grabs the hair without peeling away the skin and is infused with calming antioxidants . And, since your pubic hair is extra coarse, she'll pull the scrotum and perineum skin taunt, raising the hair up so the wax can fully latch on. This will dull the pain and in about 20 minutes you'll be as smooth as baby boys bottom! The results should last about 3-6 weeks.And as for immediate aftercare -- exfoliate! You don't want to develop ingrown hairs, especially since they can lead to painful tiny pimples or other infections. Also avoid tanning, exercising and sex, for the first 2-3 days.But waxing isn't just about appearances. Having a clean, well groomed pubic area helps to reduce perspiration, skin irritation AND clogged pores from matted, bacteria-filled hair. Yes, that can happen.Even though you'll most likely be visiting a salon or spa there's still a margin for error. Tearing and burning could occur and ingrown hairs can appear, since pubic hair has tendency to grow in various directions in one spot. And don't be shy -- clear any concerns with your doctor and discuss any medical conditions with the salon professional beforehand. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Waxing doesn't have to hurt. Not matter legs, eyebrows or bikini. All you have to do though is follow a few tips starting with prep all the way through aftercare. You'll be surprised just how helpful this waxing 101 is.
Transcript: The question I get asked most often when waxing a client is 'Does it hurt?' And you know what? Yes, it...
The question I get asked most often when waxing a client is 'Does it hurt?' And you know what? Yes, it does hurt. After all, you're spreading hot wax across your skin and ripping off patches of hair. But it won't hurt as much as you think and there are always ways to reduce the pain. But before we get to that, you should first understand the technique behind waxing. A bundle of muscles known as arrector pili surround the hair at the root, anchoring it into your skin, and they don't like being pulled, so it's going to sting a bit when the wax rips out the hair. The best way to lessen the pain is to exfoliate beforehand // clearing away the dead skin, so the wax easily grabs the hair. Just make sure you don't use an astringent or toner, because those will both tighten the pores. So let's get right to it. The waxing professional spreads a thin layer of wax over the skin, pressing a cloth or paper strip on top. Then, while your skin is being pulled tight, the strip will be ripped off in one quick motion AGAINST the direction of hair growth, removing hair at the root . Those with sensitive skin may find waxing too irritating, but it's a fast way to remove lots of hair from practically anywhere -- eyebrows, upper lip, chin, cheeks, bikini line and, yes, for you guys // the back and other those two other intimate places that rhyme with back // you name it. The smooth results last 6 to 8 weeks longer than shaving and your hair will also likely grow back thinner and softer. Waxing does have its drawbacks though -- like ingrown hairs. See, removing the hair against the direction of growth disturbs the follicles, sometimes causing hair to grow back in different directions or even curl into the skin as an ingrown hair. There's also the chance of tearing and minor bleeding. But that usually occurs when waxing areas with thick hair for the first few times, when the follicles are strongest. As for aftercare, you'll want to keep exfoliating to avoid ingrown hairs. And cut out other pore clogging activities like workout sessions -- ie sweating -- as well as tanning for at least 2-3 days. While waxing is great for lots of places, there are some places wax does not belong: extremely sensitive areas like your eyelashes and eyelids. And always discuss any medical conditions you may have with the waxing professional. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Having hair removed at a salon is expensive; no wonder do it yourself waxing has become increasingly popular. But waxing at home needs to be done correctly to avoid infection and burning your skin. Watch this video for tips on the right way to wax at home.
Transcript: There are two things you can never argue. One // It's always good to save a dollar. And two // Looking...
There are two things you can never argue. One // It's always good to save a dollar. And two // Looking good should cost less. So now you understand why home waxing kits have become a staple in medicine cabinets all over the country. While it's always best and most hygenic to have waxing done at professional salon, in a pinch you could pick up a waxing kit complete with wax, paper strips, applicators, azulene oil, trimming scissors and a mirror for just $12.99. But if you're going to go the do-it-yourself route, there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind. Because, remember, saving a few dollars today could lead to some pricey medical bills later if things go wrong. The most important thing to know when waxing at home is that you NEED to be working in a CLEAN and hygienic environment - the grungy dorm shower stall or your barely scrubbed tub just won't cut it. Sanitary conditions are the NUMBER ONE priority. So, with that said, make sure you clean all tools // and the surfaces they'll touch // with antibacterial soap. This includes trimming scissors, tweezers for stray hairs, counter tops and mirrors and seats, especially if you're attempting a bikini or Brazilian wax. Other than that, you'll want to make sure the hair you're removing is at least half an inch -- and that you've chosen the correct wax for your skin type. Don't be afraid to ask the drug store's pharmacist for some help when deciphering the waxing kit labels. That's what they're there for. You might even consider giving your doctor a call to run over any personal allergies or skin conditions. Once you have the waxing kit, read the directions FULLY and CAREFULLY. Some kits call for powdering the skin beforehand or applying oils so the wax adheres ONLY to the hair and not the skin. Also, avoid OVERHEATING the wax. If it's too hot you risk first-degree burns that'll leave you with redness and white plaque where the wax was applied . Worse, if the wax is EXTREMELY hot, you risk second-degree burns, resulting in serious fluid-filled blisters on the epidermis and even aggravating the deep reticular dermis layer. While blisters are easily treated with burn creams, they could develop infections that will lead to scarring. If this happens and you have ANY question about the severity of the burn or blister, be sure to call your doctor. So MAKE SURE you test small areas before moving onto larger patches. And don't forget to always remove the wax IN the direction of hair growth, but never over acne, scabs, warts, moles or cuts, as this can injure the skin. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Waxing may not be the best solution for everyone. So what other waxing alternatives are out there to remove unwanted hair? Find out in this video.
Transcript: Waxing's not for everyone. Some people's skin is just too sensitive and others want something more permanent....
Waxing's not for everyone. Some people's skin is just too sensitive and others want something more permanent. Luckily, there are a handful of hair removal alternatives for both men and women, who'd rather pass on the wax. The simplest, of course, is shaving. It's a painless way to remove hair almost anywhere on your body. But while it's easy, it's far from perfect. Results last less than two days and a dull razor or poor technique can mean nicks and cuts. AND if bacteria get into one of those cuts you're left with razor burn. Hate shaving, but still want a painless way to get rid of large amounts of hair on, say, your legs, arms or nether regions? You can always try depilatory creams. These creams contain a mixture of sodium and calcium thioglycolate that seep just below the skin and into the hair follicle, dissolving it. It may be convenient, but since you're not removing the root, the results won't last much longer than a week. You'll also risk allergic reactions and rashes. Need something for bushy brows? Tweezing and threading are your best bets. They won't remove more than a few hairs at a time, but they WILL remove hair at the root, meaning it will take longer to grow back. And it's not just for brows, but useful for strays on your face, hands and feet too. You CAN expect a little bit of pain, but much less than waxing. Now, if you want lots of hair gone and you want it to STAY gone for a long time, then laser hair removal and IPL, or intense pulsed light, are the way to go. Both methods target the dark pigments in the hair follicle, most of which are located at the root, and vaporize them. And these methods permanently reduce hair growth, according to the FDA. But, the down sides are more serious, including significant heat-related pain, white spots, acne, scabbing and infections.If you're feeling brave, or you have a small patch of really persistent dark hair, give electrolysis a shot. It's the ONLY hair removal method that's actually permanent, since jolts of electricity kill the hair at the root leaving follicles unable to re-grow hair. Keep in mind though, that it'll take between one and four years to completely remove the hair, it's plenty painful and not cheap at $45 a session.As always, check with your doctor before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions or allergies you may have with the therapist. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Following our waxing dos and don'ts can offer great results. Watch this video for prep tips and aftercare information.
Transcript: There's more to scheduling a waxing appointment than just finding a hygienic salon or waiting until your...
There's more to scheduling a waxing appointment than just finding a hygienic salon or waiting until your hair is long enough (6 weeks!). If you want a smooth, SAFE, waxing, there are a few useful dos and don'ts you should never forget. Trust me. DO exfoliate BEFORE your session. Guys, we're talking to you, too. Exfoliating clears the pores of excess oil and dead skin, helping the wax better grip the hair, reducing pain and ensuring smooth results. Just be sure to steer clear of astringents or toners, which will tighten the pores, creating a firmer hold on the hair follicle. DO take some pain medication, such as ibuprofen, beforehand. Not only will it reduce the inevitable swelling, but it'll reduce the pain, too. What you DON'T want to use is ice. It may numb you now, but will ultimately cause your pores to tighten. And pass on that pre-waxing cup of coffee. Caffeine can actually INCREASE the skin's sensitivity. An important DON'T is not using acne medications close to your appointment. Take your last dose at least 3 MONTHS before you get waxed. See, they're both keratolytics, which increase the rate at which your skin the epidermal layer -- self-exfoliates or sloughs off -- leaving you EXTREMELY susceptible to tearing. And ladies, hold off on waxing if you're getting your period. Three days prior to your period and the first three days of your period are when your skin's at its MOST sensitive. When getting professionally waxed, you should always work WITH the aesthetician. If you're being asked to pull your skin taut DO IT. Trust me. You'll be in less pain. Go ahead and ask how you can help.For aftercare, DO use a cold compress to reduce discomfort and swelling. But DON'T layer on pore-clogging products, like heavy lotions, creams and severe exfoliates,// unless you're willing to deal with the possible resulting ingrown hairs.Speaking of those dreaded ingrown hairs, the best way to avoid them is to start exfoliating the skin within 3 days of your wax. But, if you do see one, DON'T pick it, tweeze or shave over it. You'll just disrupt the hair cycle and dull the results. Go see a doctor or go back to the waxer instead.For the best results you should also avoid sun, tanning and shaving.Always check with your doctor first if you have any concerns about hair removal procedures and discuss any medical conditions or allergies you may have with the professional beforehand. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out MORE videos in this series.More »
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You don’t want any hair showing when you slip on that hot bikini; it'll just ruin the overall effect. Here's a few bikini waxing tips for Brazilian virgins.
Transcript: Fashion dictates more than you know -- including your bikini line. When designers started re-imagining...
Fashion dictates more than you know -- including your bikini line. When designers started re-imagining women's swimwear in the 1940's the leggy cuts were more revealing than ever before. And trust me; NO ONE wants to see stray strands peeking out from sexy bikini bottoms. But let's back up. Why do we even have pubic hair in the first place?Well, there's no clear reason, but there are a few hypotheses -- one being that the hair indicates sexual maturity. There's also the theory that the hair serves to protect the sensitive pubic area // not only from friction during sex // but also from certain infections, rashes, irritations, and acne. The coarse texture could be an additional shield.Now that we have a better understanding as to WHY we've got hair down there, let's talk about getting rid of it -- ALL of it. Yes, we're talking about the Brazilian wax.This procedure, which strips all hair off your buttocks, anus, perineum, and vulva, including the labia majora and mon pubis , actually originated in the late 1980s at a Manhattan salon. The inventors, Brazilian sisters, chose the name because it simply sounded exotic. But the name isn't the draw. Some women want to avoid infections stemming from oily-clogged pores and bacteria that can gather in the thick, damp hair. For other women, excess hair causes uncomfortable knotting and chafing. Or maybe most women simply prefer the bald look or their partner's find it sexy? Regardless, if it's done right, you'll stay hair-free for about 6 weeks. First, the aesthetician will typically trim the hair and start with some of the more painful areas. This way when she moves to the less sensitive areas you'll feel a surge of relief. The use of hard wax infused with antioxidants will also help ease the discomfort. You'll find that the buttock area hurts much less than the fleshy vulva when ripping the coarse hairs from the root. As for aftercare, keep on top of exfoliating the area while avoiding extreme situations like tanning, exercise and yes, sex for at least 2- 3 days. Remember cleanliness is KEY and the bikini area is very sensitive, which means there's a greater risk for infection, scarring and bruising.More »
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Do you enjoy having smooth legs for as long as for a few weeks? To know more about waxing legs the right way, watch this video for information.
Transcript: We all know that shaving can be a hassle -- especially with the results barely last two days. So it's...
We all know that shaving can be a hassle -- especially with the results barely last two days. So it's really no surprise that thousands of Americans have turned to waxing. From the dozens of home waxing kits to the hundreds of upscale spas, getting smooth and hairless has become as easy as getting take-out. So if you're looking to try waxing it's your lucky day -- I have some insider tips.First you'll want to make sure the person waxing you is not only experienced , but works with sanitized tools in a hygienically clean salon or spa that meets your city's health standards. No one wants to catch a bacteria infection, now do they? But before you walk in, make sure your hair is AT LEAST half an eighth of an inch in length. If it's any shorter than that the wax won't grab. Exfoliating is another important pre-wax tip. It'll remove dead skin cells for a cleaner, smoother wax. And remember; NEVER wax over scars, moles or varicose veins. They can be extremely sensitive and very susceptible to tearing. Since the skin on your legs and arms is generally thicker and the hair easier to remove, the professional will most likely use a strip wax-- the kind that needs fabric to remove . It's a faster way to remove larger areas of hair in less sensitive areas -- like this . As for your underarms, the hair is a bit coarser since it has to wick away sweat and odor causing bacteria, so opt for a hard wax on this sensitive area. You can tell the difference because hard wax doesn't need fabric to rip out the hair. When it comes to aftercare, avoid tanning, exercise and saunas for at least 12 hours after your session. And don't apply scented lotions and deodorant either, which can clog your pores and cause ingrown hairs. And most importantly, DON'T shave. Shaving in between waxing sessions changes the hair growth cycle, which means you'll have to start growing your hair all over again to get an even length. Keep in mind that hair typically grows an eight to half an inch each month with results generally lasting 4 to 6 weeks. But there's always room for mishaps like hair breakage, ingrown hairs and burns to the skin. Remember, always consult your doctor if you have concerns about waxing and discuss any medical conditions you may have with the professional before that first drop of wax hits your skin. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out MORE videos in this series.More »
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Want to get rid of unsightly hair? Maybe you can try sugaring or waxing. Get the facts on these methods from this video.
Transcript: Fads come and go, which is why sugar waxing isn't exactly a fad. Even though sugaring might seem like...
Fads come and go, which is why sugar waxing isn't exactly a fad. Even though sugaring might seem like the new 'it' thing to do // this hair removal technique has actually been in use throughout the Middle East since 1900 BC.by Egyptian men and women, who associated smooth, hairless skin with youth and beauty. Just as with waxing, an experienced technician will spread the sugary paste, a combination of sugar, water and lemon juice, across your skin in the direction of hair growth. After the hairs are completely coated, he or she will apply a cloth or paper strip and quickly tear it off against the direction of growth. As with waxing, the hair is removed from the root, which means it'll sting a bit and there'll be some expected swelling. But since sugaring relies on an all-natural, resin free paste, your skin is left less irritated when compared to waxing. Wax also needs to be heated, which can result in burns on the treated areas and can adhere to the skin, causing damage to the top layer of sensitive tissue cells when it's torn away. On the other hand, sugar paste can be applied at a lukewarm temperature and easily washed away with water. All things considered, the results are pretty similar. Both sugaring and waxing will leave your skin smooth for up to 4 weeks. But keep in mind, depending on hair and skin type the results will vary. And since sugaring is still new to most salons and spas, a lack of knowledge -- from mastering the paste's consistency to removal to sanitary needs -- could lead to rashes, broken hairs, ingrown hairs and ultimately, infections. So look for an experienced aesthetician at a reputable salon or spa.And as always, check with your doctor before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions you may have with the technician. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Waxing gone wrong! As with other things in life, waxing can also go wrong. Luckily, it can be taken care of, just watch this video the best tips.
Transcript: Not every waxing session ends with smooth results. Working in the field for ten years , I've seen almost...
Not every waxing session ends with smooth results. Working in the field for ten years , I've seen almost everything from swollen, blistered eyebrows to a torn labia - aka private lady parts, all because of inexperienced aestheticians and poor techniques.Now if you want to spare your skin, you have to be prepared. I'm here to walk you through the most common waxing mishaps, how they occur and // MOST IMPORTANTLY // how to avoid them. First you should evaluate your salon or spa. Most mishaps occur from over-heated wax, or improper technique, where wax is removed in the wrong direction. Make sure any place you wax practices good hygiene. This means clean tools, trained professionals and a skin consultation. In terms of pain, tearing is one of the worst mishaps. Tears occur mainly with paper and cloth strip waxing // Where a paper strip is placed on the wax to help remove it. The hot wax grips BOTH the hair and skin, often taking off a layer of the epidermis in the removal process. Tears are likely to occur on your face, underarm and bikini areas, since the skin is thinner. So how can you avoid tears? Opt for hard wax, which is designed to grip ONLY the hair. It's also less abrasive and infused with antioxidants. But, if your skin is EXTREMELY sensitive consider other options like threading, a process that as the name suggests, uses thread and no wax. Now for the most common mishap // Ingrown hairs -- which are not immediately apparent. They often won't show up for five to seven days, when the hair starts its first growing cycle. The result of follicle damage, ingrown hairs curl and grow inward, often creating an infection in the pore. You'll first notice a small red bump. Pay attention to regions with excess sweat or irritation as they're the perfect breeding ground for ingrown hairs, which can lead to bigger issues such as Folliculitis // the growth of fungus and bacteria in hair follicles. Your best defense is exfoliation. Start 2-3 days after a waxing session and keep it up a few times throughout the week. And remember, picking at an ingrown hair with pins, tweezers and other sharp objects will only make it worse and result in scarring. See your aesthetician to hygienically remove any ingrown hairs. As always check with your doctor first before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions you may have with the therapist before that first drop of wax hits your skin. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Should you be using hard or soft wax? What's resin? Watch our video about wax ingredients for more information.
Transcript: You're more than happy to let a stranger pour hot wax on you and rip it off, but have you stopped to...
You're more than happy to let a stranger pour hot wax on you and rip it off, but have you stopped to consider what's IN that wax? If it's never crossed your mind, don't worry, you're not alone. But you SHOULD consider learning more, because understanding what's in that wax may actually help EASE the pain. Most hair removal waxes are actually a combination of other types of waxes // like paraffin and bees wax, //along with some oils or fats and a resin that allows the wax to adhere to your hair, and //unfortunately// your skin, too. Luckily, you have a choice between waxes -- soft and hard. Hard wax won't adhere to your skin, making it less painful, but is limited to smaller areas of more sensitive skin. On the other hand, soft wax, or strip wax, can be used on pretty much any patch of unwanted hair. The REAL difference between them is the adhesive agents in them -- the resin. Soft wax has it, hard wax doesn't . Having resin means you need a paper or cloth strips to help rip the hair from the root. Technicians will use this type of wax on larger areas where the skin is stronger, like your arms and legs, mostly because it removes so much hair in just seconds. Yes, it's more painful, but it won't last long! Without the resin, hard wax wraps around individual hairs, NOT the skin. It's commonly used on more sensitive areas like your eyebrows and bikini line. Keep in mind though, some salons and spas do use soft wax on these areas, but the hard wax is a better choice since it won't damage the skin, aiding in faster recovery. Not only that, most hard waxes are infused with antibacterial agents, as well as calming antioxidants, to really speed along the healing process. For example, tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and lavender and rose oils are natural calming agents, which help with mild to extreme burns. And we know that chocolate contains healing antioxidants, but when it's infused in hard wax it creates a good base to grab even the smallest hairs. Always check with your doctor first before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions or allergies you may have with the therapist first. To learn MORE about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Waxing your chest and back is really nothing to get too worked up over. Check out these tips on preparation and aftercare when waxing.
Transcript: Men, we you know you want to look good. And we WANT you to look good, too. Maybe that's why more men...
Men, we you know you want to look good. And we WANT you to look good, too. Maybe that's why more men than ever are going hairless on their back and chest // courtesy of some hot wax. It's really nothing to be ashamed of. Just look at The Situation on Jersey Shore. First, let's set the record straight. Waxing your chest won't have you screaming in pain like that scene in the 40-year-old Virgin. But, there WILL be mild to strong discomfort. A little pain equals a lot of gain, right? Honestly, it's over pretty quickly about 30 to 50 minutes and the results last four to six weeks .So here's everything you need to know, from prep to procedure to aftercare. First exfoliate. This will clean the pores of oils and dead skin cells that prevent the wax from adhering to your hair, reducing your pain. Also, DO NOT trim that chest or back hair beforehand. I don't care how self-conscious you are. If your hair is shorter than a quarter of an inch the wax can't grab it. The professional will use soft wax, also known as strip wax, since it'll remove more hairs in less time. Here's how it works // The hot wax is applied in the direction of hair growth across the skin the technician will then apply a paper or cloth strip press down into the skin and pull off in the opposite direction / leaving a very soft, smooth patch of skin. For a back wax most professionals start on the middle of the back and end with the neck and trap area. Essentially, they're going from the LEAST painful areas to the MOST painful. Let's break it down on the pain scale. Highest are your neck and traps followed by the upper back and spine. The outer lats will hurt less, as will the middle back. The lower back is the least painful. You'll notice that the more muscular areas will be easier on your skin, since it's not being tugged as much. Afterwards avoid intense workout sessions for at least 2-3 days. Sweat can irritate the skin and fill the pores causing infections, especially along the upper back and center of the chest.And, always check with your doctor first before undergoing any hair removal procedure and discuss any medical conditions you may have with the therapist before that first drop of wax hits your skin. To learn more about hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Threading is one of the most common techniques for hair removal. To learn more about threading, take a look at this video.
Transcript: Threading may sound like a new hair removal technique to you, but Iranians have been threading since...
Threading may sound like a new hair removal technique to you, but Iranians have been threading since those early days when the Persian Empire ruled. They just call it Bande Abru. Abru meaning eyebrow, and Band, the Persian word for thread. This ancient art of hair removal is actually one of the quickest and least painful. And, all you need is a piece of cotton thread. But, how does it work? The threading professional will loop a thin piece of thread around her fingers and thumb, placing the thread at hair level, twisting it so that the thread grabs the hair like a mini lasso. Once the hair is caught, she'll give a quick tug and there you go - it's been plucked from the root. Need proof threading works? Just look at the defined eyebrows of Elizabeth Hurley and Reese Witherspoon, who are reportedly fans of the technique. But why go for threading as opposed to tweezing? Well, with threading you can remove a whole row of hair at once, giving you a nice, straight line. And, unlike waxing, you're ONLY removing hair. Sure, threading's great for shaping small patches of hair, like your eyebrows or removing stragglers from your upper lip, but if you're looking to remove a large amount of hair from, say, your cheeks or hands, it can be painful. Because remember, you're not only pulling hair from the root, you're also pulling a good amount out at once. And if you happen to have extremely sensitive skin, or use certain acne medications, threading's your best bet. Threading won't give you the redness or sore feeling of waxing or something more sever, like laser hair removal. Not to mention, it's one of the most, sanitary ways to remove pesky little hairs, since no chemicals are involved and the skin is never broken. Just be sure you go to a trained professional so you can avoid risks like pinching, or cutting the skin and ingrown hairs. And avoid threading over zits, because it can cause them to rupture. Results typically last up to 6 weeks and with only 1/16-inch of hair needed for the thread to wrap, you can go as often as you need. And here's a quick tip for before your first threading session: use a warm compress to relax the hair follicle for an easier and less painful removal. To learn about different hair removal procedures and techniques, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Do you want an effective way of getting rid of your unwanted hair? Electrolysis may be a good idea. Watch this video to learn about this procedure in detail.
Transcript: I know what you're thinking. 'Electrolysis? That's so 1983'. You have a point. Electrolysis did see its...
I know what you're thinking. 'Electrolysis? That's so 1983'. You have a point. Electrolysis did see its heyday back in the '80s when technology was on the upswing. And as a result, the hair removal technique became more convenient, more reliable and certainly much easier to use. Here's the deal: During the procedure a thin needle is inserted into a hair follicle, zapping the root with electricity permanently damaging the surrounding cells. Just get ready to say 'ouch!'. It's up for debate, but the FDA claims, electrolysis is -- the ONLY permanent option out there. Most people think laser hair removal has the same guarantee, but according to the FDA, lasers can only permanently 'reduce' hair re-growth, not permanently 'remove' it. Ready to embrace the electricity? Here's what to expect and some tips to help you prepare. The most important part is accepting that it WILL hurt. But, as long as you're with a professional and in the right mindset, you'll be able handle it. Need some help? Pop an over-the-counter ibuprofen pill at least 30 minutes beforehand to help dull the pain and reduce the inevitable swelling. Need something stronger? You can also request that the estitician performing the electrolysis apply a topical anesthetic. Also, make sure you're drinking AT LEAST 8 glasses of water a day. This is EXTREMELY important since the jolts of electricity will dry out your skin. And, the drier your skin is, the more it will hurt and eventually crack. Now, there are three different electrolysis methods used. The first one, Galvanic Electrolysis, produces lye when the shock is delivered to the follicle. And it's the LYE that kills the hair at its root. The second method, Thermolysis, uses high frequency radio waves that kill the hair follicles. And Blend Electrolysis simply blends the two methods together. Pregnant women should stick to Thermolysis to be safe. As for aftercare, remember, your skin has just been fried, so avoid alcohol-based soaps, lotions and make-up for AT LEAST 2-3 days. You'll want to apply an antibacterial ointment the night after your treatment to help reduce the healing time and help relieve the pain, at least a little. Looking for something more natural? Try witch hazel. Also, make sure you keep the sweating to a minimum - that means no exercise for at least 2-3 days. And don't be disappointed when some re-growth appears, It's expected. But at least the roots are weaker and will take better to the following sessions. Complete results can be seen in about 2 years. As always, check with your doctor before undergoing any hair removal procedure. And to learn more about hair removal tips and techniques, check out OTHER videos in this series.More »
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