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Hair Removal by Waxing
Body hair is the bane of every (well, almost every) woman's existence, and getting rid of unwanted body hair tops the list of beauty priorities. One popular body hair removal method is waxing. Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on waxing. Find out on what parts of the body you can wax, and how to prepare wax at home.

On what areas of the skin can I wax

You can wax your entire body, whether you are a male or a female. However, there are certain areas where you shouldn't apply wax:
  • Inside the ears and nose
  • Eyelashes
  • On the nipples
  • The male genital area
There are of course far more women who wax their bodies than men, but the number of males who go in for waxing is on the increase especially those with excessive body hair.

Can I wax my sideburns

Yes, you most certainly can! You can wax your entire face, including forehead, but unless absolutely essential, this is not recommended. When getting your sideburns waxed, specify that you want a very small area waxed, and ensure that the beautician sticks to the area close to the ear. You could wax your chin, upper lip and eyebrows as well. However, it is preferable to thread the eyebrows and upper lip.

Can I wax my privates

The term 'Brazillian waxing' is used to denote removal of hair from the entire female genital area. As wax is made from purely natural products like sugar, water and lemon, it can be safely applied to the genitalia. Brazillian waxing can be very painful, but many women feel that the results are well worth it. A less painful alternative is a bikini wax, in which the area visible outside the bikini line is waxed.

What are the advantages of waxing

  • Hair takes a longer time to grow back after waxing, because the hair is removed from the root. It takes around 4-6 weeks to grow back, and sometimes even longer.
  • Waxing slowly reduces the growth of hair, so the more often you wax, the slower your hair growth.
  • Gradually, over an extended period of time, the hair may even stop growing in the waxed area.
  • Wax is made from natural ingredients like sugar, lemon and water, as opposed to depilatories (hair removal creams and lotions), which are made from harsh chemicals that burn the hair. Sugar and lemon are both beneficial for the skin.
  • Dead skin is removed in the process of waxing. Waxing thus doubles as an effective exfoliator.
  • The skin feels smooth after waxing.

Can I wax by myself

Yes, you most certainly can! All it takes is a little practice, and once you've nailed the technique, waxing can be as easy as, well, cooking rice! The best part about being able to wax yourself is that you can be clean and hairless all the time since you will not have to take time out to visit the beauty saloon, and will not be dependent on anyone. And if you're prone to shaving in times of emergency, once your learn how to wax yourself you will not have to touch a razor ever again! Nevertheless, it can be a little messy and you may feel that it's just not worth the hassle. If the saloon is a stone's throw away, by all means, enjoy getting waxed by professionals. But if you're tight on cash, you just may want to give it a shot yourself. So, here goes:

Wax recipe


2 cups sugar

¼ cup water
¼ cup lemon (nimbu) juice


Pour the sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan, and heat it over a low flame. Keep stirring the mixture until all the sugar has melted, and you have a thick brown liquid. Let it cool slightly.

Waxing technique

  1. Test the temperature before applying the wax to your skin. It should be hot, but not scalding, or you can burn yourself.
  2. Once the wax has cooled slightly, test it on your finger. Blow on it to cool it with your breath and apply it to your skin with a butter knife, in the direction of hair growth.
  3. Place a clean cotton cloth strip on the wax and yank it against the direction of hair growth.
  4. Wipe the area clean with a cold cloth after you've finished waxing.
  5. You could also apply ice to the waxed area, to close and tighten pores.
  6. You may notice that your skin has turned red, or that you have tiny bumps on the skin immediately after waxing. This is a normal reaction, and the redness and bumps should disappear within an hour. Applying a moisturizer or soothing lotion will help.

If you can still see sugar particles in the wax, the hair will probably not come out and you would need to re-cook the wax.

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Name: Shruthi
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Oh thanks a pile! You have helped me overcome on major hassle of my life. Budget for waxing. Thanx for the recipe.
Name: Maleka
City:   New York, USA
Comments:   I really liked the article. I was thinking that I should not wax from my face, You clear my doubts. Thanks
Name: jayendra
City:   surat,gujrat
Comments:   any therapy which remove hair from whole body,non painful ,cheaper
Name: Bindu Nair
City:   Baroda
Comments:   How thickened the mixture should be.
Name: To Seema
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   hi seema, you can get brazillian waxing done from any parlour in bombay. all parlours do it.. go to your usual parlour, as you will be comfortable with them.
Name: jyothi
City:   hyderabad
Comments:   nice article,i did not know wax is so easy to prepare and can be prepared with only sugar,water and lime juice. this tip was very useful. thankyou
Name: Hazel
City:   Bangalore
Comments:   Absolutely marvelous... Its cheaper, a little messy , a little painful.. but the results are just tooooooooo good.
Name: Radhi
City:   Miami, USA
Comments:   Hi! I am 20 weeks pregnant. I have Some/little hair on my tummy below belly button. I used to wax that area before pregnancy. Can I wax that area nowNULL and also, Can i use hair removing lotion for the pubic areaNULL Thanks for your reply in advance.
Name: glynn
Comments:   thanks for the wonderful idea. i can't wait to try it!
Name: Janice
City:   Kauai, Hawaii
Comments:   Searching information on how to do b waxing in a salon. How do you become certified or learn anything about it. I'm doing this search for someone else. I'll share your recipe with friends. Thank you.
Name: bahira
City:   malaysia
Comments:'s simply cheapest way of waxing.. very sad coz i just found this page...!!but do u have any tips on stop the unwanted body hair...?? THANKX ANYWAY
Name: vin
City:   mumbai
Comments:   thanks..but are the named products are available in or bikin wax
Name: Mandy
City:   South Bend
Comments:   Does it matter what type of sugar is used. I have bought "sugar in the raw" and white processed sugar....
Name: sachin
City:   bombay
Comments:   any parlour for men specialised in body waxing & facial do let me know the postal address or tel no thanxs sachin
City:   dublin
Comments:   thanks for the wonderful information about waxing. The easiest way of removing unwanted hair by the cheapest method.
Name: leah
City:   pasay
Comments:   thanks 2 d recipe. even though, i was jst planning 2 try it.
Name: Aditya
City:   Mumbai
Comments:   Hi please let me know any parlour in mumbai perform brazilian waxing for men. Pleae give me their address or phone no. Thanx
Name: yvonne
City:   edinburgh
Comments:   great information for people starting out on waxing many thanks
Name: Anjali
City:   delhi
Comments:   wonderful piece of information, nicely written in very simple form. loved reading the same.

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