People are quite scared to get it done because of common misconceptions or because of a past bad experience. I thought I'd take this opportunity to explain a few of the common questions or complaints associated with the eye watering lip wax.
Q. If I get my lip waxed, will the hairs grow back darker and thicker?
A. No. Waxing and other forms of epilation such as sugaring, remove the hair at the root. This means the hair has to start all over again which means that, if anything, the hair will come back finer. As for the colour of the hair, epilation doesn't change the pigment so the hair colour remains the same. In saying that, everyday outdoor activities over time can sun bleach the hair and lighten it. When removed. The hair grows back at its usual colour which may be darker then the sun bleached mo you've been sporting, giving the illusion that its come back darker.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. Yes! The lip is a sensitive area and those fine hairs have a bit of a sting to it coming out. It's a small area though and only takes a few minutes to complete. It's definitely worth it to have a nice smooth top lip. If the pain is too bad, consider a bleach specifically designed for facial use. Never shave. Ever.
Q. Why do I get lumps on my lip after I have it waxed?
A. There are a few possible causes of this which I will run through.
- firstly, wax is hot and you may have been burnt. You'll know if this is the case, the wax would have been unbearable the moment it was put of and you would have screamed out. Lumps in this case are blisters caused from the burn, this is more common in salons that use strip wax and calico fabric to remove the hairs. This is an unlikely event and you should treat the burn as you would any other.
- if the lumps afterwards are small and seem to have a clear top, almost look like teeny tiny blisters all over the place, this is a histamine reaction. Histamine reactions are your body's response to trauma, similar to the way a mosquito bite becomes raised. It could be possible to consult with a doctor and take a histamine tablet before or after treatment to minimize the effect. In most cases, these little bumps go away shortly afterwards
- lastly, if the bumps have whiteheads, and resemble pimples, it's a mild case of foliculitis. After waxing, the follicle where the hair grows is open and quite venerable. Touching, sweating, wearing makeup etc within 24 hours of the treatment can cause this to happen. It's so common after a treatment for the client touch the area which has just been waxed! Bacteria and germs from fingertips embed themselves in the follicle and this can cause those little pimples and whiteheads. Keep the area clean post wax, avoid the gym and lay off the makeup for up to 24 hours to avoid this issue
I hope this helps those who have had issues and busted some common myths.