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Your 5 Step Guide To Waxing

Body hair has been a conversation among people for a very long time with shaving being at the forefront of it. Shaving has been around for centuries dating back as far as Ancient Egyptian times. Women, along with men, love to shave to keep their body groomed.

But what about waxing?

Often, people are scared to take that step and start waxing. I know waxing can be scary. I used to be stuck in that scary mindset too. When I decided to get my first Brazilian wax, I was petrified of the pain I would be in.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and tell you waxing doesn’t hurt because it does – especially when it’s your first time doing it. However, the results waxing gives you makes the pain you might feel worth it. In this case, beauty is pain because waxing has several benefits over shaving.

To be honest, shaving sucks. How many times have you shaved just to have to do it again a couple days later? When it comes to waxing, it lasts longer than shaving because it pulls the hair from the roots producing smoother results. In addition, because the hair is pulled from the roots, it grows back slower and finer. There will also be no cuts or nicks that can leave you with scars.

Contrary to popular belief, waxing is not always painful. If it is done right, it could be pain-free which is why I would recommend waxing to anyone who will listen to me.

There are some important things you need to know when it comes to waxing – the most important being to breathe. Just relax. There is no need to panic or be scared because the calmer you are the better your waxing experience will be.

Different Types of Waxing

There are several types of waxing with strip wax and hard wax being the most common. In strip waxing, a thin layer of wax is applied using a little stick followed by a little piece of special paper is placed on top of the wax. The paper is quickly ripped off in the opposite direction of hair growth, removing both the wax and the hair.

Hard wax is warm wax that is spread thickly over the skin with no paper or cloth strips. The wax hardens as it cools, allowing it to be able to be ripped straight off the skin.

Say No to Numbing Creams  

Thinking about the pain might cause you to go to your nearest Target and purchase a numbing cream. I’m here to tell you, they do NOT work how you think they will. They simply do not penetrate the skin deep enough to be effective. So, save your money.

Stay Consistent

Consistency truly pays off in this waxing world. You should get waxed every 3-4 weeks. After your first wax is out of the way, every time afterward gets easier as long as you don’t shave. Shaving will only make the next one feel just like the first.


I can’t stress this enough. Exfoliating your skin where you waxed is important. Since your hair will be growing back thinner it can sometimes get trapped under the surface. Exfoliating allows the hair to come out quick and clean avoiding ingrown hairs.


No matter where you wax or how you do it, these are some essential tips that will help make your experience a good one. Trimming longer hair with a scissor can make the waxing process less painful. However, don’t get scissor happy because you need to have at least 1/4″ of hair for the wax to catch.

This tip is one that I abide by whenever it’s time for me to get a wax. Pain relievers are your best friend.  Take one or two a half an hour beforehand so they’re already working in your system by the time you’re doing your wax.

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About Shekera Clarke

My name is Shekera Clarke. I am currently a senior at the University at Albany majoring in journalism with a business minor. I grew up in Queens, NY. QGTM! My goals upon graduating include either writing for a pop culture magazine/blog or work for ESPN because of my love for sports - whether that's behind the scenes or on air.

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