Waxing is a preferred method of hair removal for many people, offering quick yet lasting results and silky smooth skin.
With the nights getting lighter and weather getting (slightly) warmer, it’s time to start preparing our skin for summer by exfoliating, moisturising and removing excess hair. There are a number of different ways to get rid of facial or body hair, but, for many of us, waxing remains the preferred method of hair removal.
When it comes to hair removal, there is a huge number of options out there, from shaving to epilation, and hair removal creams to laser treatment. So, why do so many people choose waxing? Waxing is a great solution for getting rid of a large amount of dense hairs, such as those found on your legs and your bikini area. It’s quick and effective and, although not permanent, the results do last several weeks – perfect if you’re going on holiday. It’s also relatively cheap, particularly in relation to more permanent solutions such as laser removal. The more often you wax, the thinner and softer your hairs become, making the treatment less painful and needed less frequently.
DIY vs Salon
It is possible to use wax on yourself at home, but it is not always straightforward, particularly for novices. A lot of home waxing kits use ready-made cold wax strips which are not as effective as hot wax, and if you do use hot wax it can be a very messy affair. Home waxing can also be very painful if you don’t know what you’re doing, leaving you with bruised, sore skin. When in doubt, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals.
Finding a salon
When it comes to getting waxed, finding the right salon or beautician is vitally important, so it pays to do some homework before making an appointment. The most important thing is to make sure that the salon you use follows recommended hygiene practices, such as wearing disposable gloves and using a disposable paper sheet on the bed – otherwise you could risk an infection. If you have sensitive skin it’s also a good idea to ask about the products they use so that you can avoid any harsh chemicals.
With so many beauty salons in Chelmsford, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff, but word of mouth recommendations are usually a good indicator of quality. Either ask your friends and acquaintances who they use or look online. A quick google search of ‘waxing Chelmsford’ will give you a number of recommendations and reviews.
One reputable salon offering waxing services in Chelmsford is Mimosa Beauty. Run by founder Jenny Lawson, Mimosa offers a wide range of beauty treatments, but sees waxing as its speciality. The salon offers a full set of waxing services, including the leg, arm, underarm, lip, chin, eyebrows and the bikini area, with prices ranging from £12 to £14.
For leg, arm, chest and back waxes, Mimosa uses Australian Bodycare wax containing tea tree oil which is known for its antiseptic properties, and 90% of the salon’s waxing treatments are carried out with hot wax. Mimosa’s fully trained therapists are committed to good hygiene, wearing disposable gloves and never ‘double dipping’.
Of course, waxing isn’t just for women. More and more men are waking up to the benefits of waxing, and Mimosa also caters for these with waxing treatments for the back, chest and intimate areas.
To get the results you’re looking for it’s important to follow some advice from the professionals. Make sure that the hair you want waxed has been allowed to grow to at least 1/4 cm in length, otherwise it will be difficult for the therapist to remove all the hair, and it is likely to be more painful. You should also exfoliate the area every two to three days in the weeks leading up to your appointment. This will help to minimise the risk of ingrowing hairs, leaving you with silky, smooth skin that you can’t wait to show off.