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Let’s be honest: of all hair removal methods available as shaving, donning, waxing and laser waxing is one of the most daunting options. Certainly not for the faint of heart, but the benefits of waxing really worth it. Not only does it leave a soft and smooth surface, but we are happy to report that waxing makes your hair thinner and softer.
We know that there are many conflicting beliefs regarding the effects of different hair removal methods, such as the idea that shaving makes your hair darker and thicker (spoiler: no). After discussing with two experts from European Wax Center, however, we’ve learned exactly why waxing makes your hair thinner and how to maximize its benefits.
Does waxing make thinner hair grow back?
According to Diedra Green, a field training manager for EWC, constant hair removal will make your hair grows thinner over time. “When we pluck, we pluck the hairs, which means that we pull them out at the root, so every time we pull them out at the root, it’s will make the hair thinner“, she explains. About 90% of human hair is found anagen phase, which is the first step in the hair growth process. The science behind why hair gets thinner after waxing is because hair is be damaged repeatedly during this phase of growth so we must generate a whole new hair.
Studies have also shown that when patients with hair removal before laser treatments, they showed less hair a month later compared to those who shaved before their treatments. This is because shaving only removes hair on the surface and also leaves a blunt end, which can make hair look and feel darker, thicker, and prickly, explains. Gina Petak, an EWC training manager.
How often do you need to epilate to see results?
If you are a new epilator, it may take a few visits before you start to feel the difference in hair growth. “We always say your third wax is your best wax, because that’s when you start to see the smoothness start to appear,” says Green. She adds that she has heard of some patients who have completely stopped seeing their hair growing because the hair follicles die after being damaged repeatedly by waxing, while others have had much thinner hair. and darker.
For the best results, Green recommends going every three to four weeks for your wax appointment. This time frame is suggested as this is when you will start to see regrowth, depending on the hair growth process. Ultimately, however, it differs for everyone because genetics also play a role in hair growth. Also, if you remove facial hair, you can come back earlier (every two weeks) as this hair tends to be more noticeable at first. You can also maximize the results of your wax with proper aftercare.
What’s the best way to maintain less hair between waxes?
“A consistent waxing schedule, when paired with proper aftercare, can slow hair regrowth,” says Patek. Because waxing is also a form of exfoliation, be sure to stay away from harsh skin care products made with potentially irritating ingredients, like actives or fragrances, since you don’t want to irritate sensitive skin. Patek also recommends wearing loose clothing so the skin can breathe after your appointment.
You can also incorporate hair minimizers into your routine to help slow hair growth. The EWC has a range of hair minimizers formulated with narcissus tazetta bulb, aka dandelion extract, which studies have shown that it inhibits hair development. “This slows down hair growth at that time when hair is actively growing, allowing your wax to last a bit longer,” says Green.
It is important to note that once you have started your hair removal journey, you will want to stop all other forms of hair removal. Shaving between waxes can make your next date more painful because, as Green explains, the blunt end caused by shaving doesn’t sit as well in the wax and will make it harder to remove. “I say stick to your one form of hair removal,” she says. “You don’t want to do a whole lot of things to your skin. Just stick to your diet and you will see the results.”