Although often seen as a fairly modern invention, leg waxing has its roots in ancient Egypt. Members of the Royalty and the more affluent Egyptians would use waxing as a method of hair removal. It was seen as a way to retain youth and beauty.
Waxing is a temporary method of hair removal which removes the hair from the hair follicle at the root. Because the entire hair has been removed, a new hair will not grow in the same place until the next hair growth cycle which is usually around 8 weeks.
Waxing can be performed on almost any part of the body. As a method of hair removal, waxing is not only used by women alone. In recent times, men have taken to having their backs and chests waxed. Athletes have been waxing for years.
Mainly, the wax used is comprised of a mixture of beeswax, paraffin and some oils and fats. Before undertaking a waxing session, it may be helpful to know that there are two methods. The cold method and the hot method.
The Hot Wax Method
Hot waxing is where the wax that is going to be applied is gently warmed. A thin layer of this wax is then spread over the area in the direction of hair growth. Usually a cotton strip is laid over the hot wax. The wax is then allowed to cool. Once the wax has cooled, it is quickly pulled off by the strip. This process removes the hairs from the area.
The Cold Wax Method
Cold waxing is where pre-made strips of wax are used on the area of hair to be removed. A strip of wax is laid on the area and then rubbed over to make the hairs underneath adhere. The strip is then pulled off bringing the hairs with it.
The advantage of cold waxing is that it is less messy although many people feel that hot waxing achieves better results.
Waxing can be quite painful and will often leave a reddened soreness to the skin. This can be combated by applying a non-perfumed moisturizer to the area that has been treated. Some creams come with nutritional supplements like vitamins and Aloe Vera.