Wednesdays for Women – Waxing – Is Beauty Really Worth the Pain?

By Shannon Gosney
In Beauty
August 23, 2012

I love it when my legs are smooth!  Unfortunately, the hair on my legs grows pretty quickly.  Too bad my nails don’t grow that fast, but that’s another story for another day.  I went in to get my eyebrows waxed one day and the Aesthetician said she wanted to try out a new sugaring product on my legs.  We tried it, but my leg hairs weren’t long enough for the product to work.  I set a goal to not shave for the next week and a half and I stuck by it.  Yikes!  Poor Frank!

Frank was gone for about five days on a family trip and I wanted to make sure that when I saw him, I was feeling my best.  Ya know, gorgeous hair, makeup, and smooth legs.  So, I decided to get my legs waxed before I saw him.  Unfortunately, the Aesthetician who was going to use the Sugaring Product was unavailable to do my legs.  And let me tell you, the hair was out of control.  I wanted my smooth legs again!  So, I went to a local Aesthetician near Frank’s parents’ house, since I was in town visiting them.

I was so nervous about the procedure.  I had looked into have a Brazilian Wax done and had asked all sorts of questions.  However, I decided that I would try waxing my legs before attempting to conquer the scary Brazilian Waxing!  I also don’t have a high tolerance for pain, so I was even more nervous.  Plus, I am a natural redhead and have naturally fair skin, which is very sensitive.

I spoke to the Aesthetician and she told me to take an Antihistamine (Benadryl or Claritin) and some Ibuprofen prior to the waxing.  She said that the Antihistamine works well because it acts as a numbing agent for the skin.  Well, let me clarify something.  If you do decide to take both an Antihistamine and Ibuprofen, only take one of each.  Also, be sure to eat something before you take the medication and take it at least one hour prior to waxing.

My experience was more painful than it should have been, according to friends and a few Aestheticians.

1 – Hair needs to be about 1/4 inch long to wax effectively.

2 – Exfoliate the area to be waxed the day before.

3 – It is helpful to apply baby powder (or a talcum powder) before hot wax is applied.

4 – The wax should be applied in small sections, in the direction of the hair growth.  This shouldn’t be done in a back and forth motion, as you saw on the video.  Proper application is done by holding the wooden stick at a 90-degree angle and applying in a smooth, thin layer.

5 – When removing the strip, be sure it is peeled in the opposite direction of hair growth.  Do NOT pull the strip straight up, or you WILL experience pain!  Keep the strip as close to the skin as possible.  If the area stings, be sure to apply pressure immediately after the strip is removed.

6 – If waxing the bikini area, be sure that wax is not applied over the same area repeatedly.  This will cause irritation of the skin.

7 – To avoid ingrown hairs, apply a lotion containing salicylic acid.  To remove wax from the skin, use baby oil.

I definitely thought that I would leave the table with silky smooth legs, but that isn’t what happened.  I was really disappointed that I had amounts of stubble on my legs.  I was told that there are different growths of hair and that it typically takes 2 to 3 waxings to get the completely smooth effect.  I talked to many people about this and the opinions were different.  Some said they had the same experience, while others say that their legs are silky smooth every time, including the first time.  I’ve only waxed once, so I’m not sure which is accurate.  I also found that my left leg was more painful than my right leg and my ankles hurt the worst!

While I was on the table, I also braved the Bikini Wax.  Yowzas!  Although it was a different kind of pain (compared to the legs), I left with the feeling that I would NOT do it again!  And there is no way I will get a Brazilian Wax!  I’ve talked to many women and most of them only had a Brazilian Wax ONCE if they had it at all.

I think for now, I will stick to shaving.  While I may have to shave every other day, it is still more cost-effective than waxing and NO….that kind of beauty is NOT worth the pain!  So, let me ask you, is Beauty really worth the Pain?

I received no compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

10 Responses to “Wednesdays for Women – Waxing – Is Beauty Really Worth the Pain?”

  1. Oh hunny, try going 2 months without shaving-You’ll REALLY feel beastly then. LOL Unfortunately, that was NOT by choice either; I get so sick that sometimes I can’t bathe for weeks, let alone do all the girly things like shave, hair, makeup, etc.

    I’ve always wanted to try waxing and I will admit, this post fascinated me! While I’d like to try it, I don’t know if it’s worth all that work. Lol Of course I could deal with the pain (I have a high pain threshold).

    Very informative post! 🙂

  2. Vickie Couturier says:

    I have never waxed,I cant stand the thougt of the pain,,

  3. Shannon says:

    Ummm….so it WAS painful, but I was told there were some things that should have been done differently. I don’t know if it’s worth trying again, but I definitely know I will NOT be getting a Brazilian wax ever!!!!

  4. Erica Stein says:

    I was always under the impression that waxing was a sure-fire way to remove every bit of hair quickly. Thanks for the tips, I don’t think I’ll be waxing my legs any time soon. There’s so much prep for something that’s not 100% effective.

  5. Lisa Brown says:

    I’ve done waxing on myself before and there really is a technique to doing it right, and even a “professional” job can not go as expected. If you felt stubble the very same day, or even the next morning, that means the hairs broke off at the surface of the skin instead of being pulled from the root. Your legs for the most part, should have felt smooth. I could not bear the ingrown hairs. There were just too many of them, so I stopped waxing and epilating, which caused massive ingrown hairs. I am sorry your experience was not so positive.

  6. Wendy T says:

    Well, my hat’s off to you for trying. At least now you know, right?

  7. Marysa says:

    I’ve never been waxed, but I have heard lots of different kinds of advice, including to take Advil I think? I’d probably go to someone only on a recommendation, sorry to hear you didn’t have a very good experience after all you went through!

  8. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    Yikes.. well I do have to hand it to you ladies. I’m such a tough guy that cringes at something like that. I admire your pain tolerance there.


  10. Maria Malaveci says:

    I use to get a brazilian bikini wax every month, but the price is what turned me off. I would never do my legs though, just because it is too pricey and shaving is just so quick. I own a Emjoy for my bikini area now and I love it!

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