Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Waxing, But Were Afraid to Ask

Is Waxing Safe, and Does it Hurt?

If you have it done at a professional salon, waxing is definitely a safe way to have unwanted body hair removed. But when you're checking out salons, make sure their technicians are following these safe waxing practices:

  • Salons should sterilize the waxing paddle for each client. If they're not sterilizing the paddle for each client, there's a risk you'll get an infection in the waxed area.
  • Technicians should be wearing gloves for the procedure.
  • Each technician should be properly trained as a waxing specialist.
  • The technician should change the paper or sheets on the waxing table between each client.

Contrary to the popular belief that hair grows more quickly and thicker if you wax, waxing actually weakens hair follicles, so over time you can go even longer in between touch-ups.

As for pain, there's no doubt that waxing is an uncomfortable procedure. It just plain hurts. But some areas of your body are more sensitive than others. Waxing your eyebrows or your bikini line should hurt more than less sensitive areas like your legs.