Intro to Waxing: Hair Removal Basics

There are many methods for hair removal. Choosing the best one for you depends on the body area, as well as how much maintenance you’re willing to do. Shaving, plucking, and laser removal aside, let’s consider the process of removing hair with waxing. This guide explains the types, areas, and costs of waxing.

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Waxing Types and Techniques

Waxing is a semi-permanent way to remove hair by pulling it out from the roots.

There are two categories of wax techniques for hair removal. The most common is strip waxing, which uses a strip of fabric that’s pressed into hot, soft wax and then applied to your skin. When the strip is ripped from your skin, it takes the wax and the underlying hair with it. This technique is ideal for tackling large areas such as the legs.

The other waxing technique is stripless, which uses a different type of wax that hardens quickly as it cools. When the esthetician uses this technique, no strip of fabric is needed, and the wax can be ripped off directly.

The stripless waxing technique is typically used for sensitive areas or for those people with a lower pain threshold.

Waxing Aftercare

Your wax treatment includes an immediate application of soothing oil, which removes any remaining wax from your skin.

For the 24-48 hours following a wax, treat the waxed skin tenderly including avoiding sun exposure, saunas, and high-intensity exercise. Additionally, avoid tight clothing that could cause irritation, such as leggings or skinny jeans. Moisturize to soothe and hydrate sensitive skin.

During the weeks after you wax, exfoliate your skin daily to remove dry skin. This will help avoid ingrown hairs and clogged pores.

Preparation Tips to Help Get the Best Wax

There are ways you can strategically prepare so that your wax appointment is successful and effective.

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First, schedule your waxing appointment when you’ll have enough time to care for your treated skin properly. For example, give your skin enough time to recover before hitting those salty ocean shores.

Your hair should be long enough so that the wax can get proper adhesion. This can be 2mm long if you’re using hard wax, but typical recommendations are that hair be at least ¼-inch long.

Before your treatment, clean and exfoliate the area. Removing any dead skin and bacteria will help your skin stay healthy throughout the process. Try using a gentle loofah or a salicylic-acid scrub.

Some waxing regulars develop their own routines of a glass of wine or pain reliever, which can help you stay relaxed and minimize any pain.

Waxing Services at Ogle School Salon

At Ogle School salon, our waxing services cost significantly less than traditional salons because services are performed by supervised students in a professional salon setting.

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The affordable waxing and skincare services at Ogle School salon can help you save on your usual treatments or try waxing new areas. On average, salons typically charge $14 for a brow wax, $20 for an underarm wax, and $65 for a full leg wax.

Comparatively, the low rates of Ogle School salon are listed below.

$9 Per Waxed Area:

  • Lip
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Brow

$13 Per Waxed Area:

  • Lower Arm
  • Underarm
  • Tummy

$20 Per Waxed Area:

  • Full Arm
  • Lower Leg

$30 Per Waxed Area:

  • Full Leg
  • Bikini
  • Back
  • Chest

Learn more about affordable salon treatments; visit Ogle School’s Beauty Service Guide.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.