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Q: I want to wax my arms and legs but I am worried about the pain and the red bumps I keep hearing about. Does the waxing process hurt and how long do the red bumps last, hopefully not long!

Lauren (Mumbai, )

A: The red bumps don't last long. Moisturise your legs regularly after waxing. Waxing is not pain-free, it does hurt.

Q: I have been shaving my legs for quite a few years. But since a year I have been waxing them but yet I suffer from ingrowths that itch and the hair that grows back is very course. What should i do to get soft smooth legs without black spots.

Nishrin (New Delhi, India)

A: Scrub your legs gently with a pumice stone, daily, during your shower. Apply soap first. This will reduce in-growths.

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Q: i have waxed my legs a few times but still i get alot of hair growing back i have never shaved and i'm 15 years old is there another way of getting rid of unwanted hair??? thanx by the way ur site is really good and u give some good answers

katherine (New Delhi, )

A: Waxing is your best bet. Hair will grow back - but after a few years the growth will diminish, and hair will keep growing back at a slower pace. Also, scrub your legs GENTLY with a pumice stone after applying soap, when taking a shower. Do this daily. It helps combat in-growths and retards hair growth.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I pluck regularly, use deodorant for whitening and even scrub my underarms with a pumice stone. But they are still dark. What can I do?

Jenny (New Delhi, )

A: Wax the area regularly. Deodorant doesn't whiten the area, but some brands may irritate the skin. Try going without it for some time. Don't wear polyester near the skin. Read this article: Dark Underarms

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, area around is getting darker and darker, i believe its due to threading. i don't know if this is pigmentation or something else. can u please tell me something to make this area lighter around the chin which is getting darker. Thankyou.

Rjinder (New Delhi, India)

A: Yes, it may be due to threading and the constant friction of the thread rubbing against the chin. This could harden and darken chin skin. Also, it may be hair under the skin that is causing darken. You could perhaps consider waxing the hair on your chin? And, make it a point to apply sunscreen on your face at all times during the day.

Vidula Chopra

Q: If you wax regularly, How long before the hair will stop growing completely?

Alex (NY, USA)

A: It differs from person to person, but it takes a number of years. Also, the hair doesn't stop growing completely. What happens is hair growth reduces a lot, and you need to wax less and less frequently. So, if you start waxing when you are around 13 years of age, and if you wax regularly without shaving, then when you are around 35 to 40 years old you may need to wax just once in 4 to 5 months. Also, in certain areas like in your underarms, hair growth may reduce a lot more than in other areas.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hello, I have a 14 year old daughter and last night we both for the first time had our lower legs waxed. Mines went well. However the back of my daughters left leg is still red with spots. Also, some skin is pealing off about the size of my palm. It is red underneth the pealing skin. We go on holiday on Saturday. What can I do please?

Nicole (Hawaii, USA)

A: Apply a calamine lotion to soothe the skin. You could buy a bottle of Lacto Calamine from an Indian store. Alternatively, apply Aloe Vera GEL to the area.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi I m 23 years old female, problem I have is after waxing or using sil-epile lots of pimples appears on my arms and on my legs. I m going to married after 4 months I feel so embarse I cant do nothing because these pimples last for almost 2 months I have consulted to dermotologist he said don't wax. Please kindly help me what I can do. I don't want to shave. Please kindly help me I want to get rid of hairy skin.

Ginger (Mumbia, India)

A: If you actually mean pimples and not in-growths, don't wax your legs. Perhaps waxing doesn't suit you, and your skin is very senstive. You could try using hair removal lotion in the months leading up to your wedding, and after your wedding, you could switch to shaving. Or, try applying ice or lacto calamine lotion after waxing, and see if that helps. Try this after your wedding though, because as you say, the pimples last for two months. However, even the ice and calamine lotion may not help, in which case it would be best if you just shaved.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I recently waxed my arms. The hair grew back and now it feels very spiky. I waited for it to grow all the way out and it is still prickly. I hate the way it feels and it is very embarrassing. Is there any way I can make the hair smooth? If I keep waxing will it get smoother?

Sarah (Mumbai, India)

A: Keep waxing it regularly. The hair will grow out spiky, but not as spiky as when you shave. Also, the hair will take longer and longer to grow out over a period of time.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Waxing underarms is really painful and moreover it doesn't remove all the hair completely. It also causes bleeding. Help!!!

Uma (Kerala, India)

A: You can try shaving, but the problem is often underarms tend to get darker. If you wax, try and wax more regularly, before you have a full growth. Wax every 15 - 20 days. The pain will be much less, and there should not be any bleeding. Also, apply ice on your underarms before waxing. After a few years of regular waxing of underarms, the hair will grow back much slower.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I have a question. I've been wanting to wax my legs for a while, and my arms. The hair on my arms, I do not like and i was wondering will my arm hair grow very thicker or will it grow thiner? Is it safe to wax my arms and legs? Please reply. Thank you.

Angela (LA, USA)

A: It is perfectly safe to wax arms and legs. Millions of women, especially in India, have been waxing their arms and legs for years. I have to say that hair grows thicker after waxing, but over the years you will need to wax less often, because hair growth slows down. Remember though that you will not be able to wax very short hair, and will need your hair to grow out partially before you can wax it again.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I was waxing my legs for past 4-5 yrs and it was fine. Now I started using Epilator and I have been getting in growths and red marks on my legs because of it. Can you help me to reduce it thanks Sonu

Dimple (Mumbai, India)

A: Many have stopped using the epilator for this reason - it causes a lot of in-growths, and by the end your legs look uglier than they do with hair! Certain other areas on your body, like your armpits, may respond better to the epilator. Try epilating your underarms regularly, so your armpits are always free of hair. Use the epilator during times of emergency, and go back to waxing your legs regularly. You may feel that buying the epilator was a waste of money, but many women, including me, have gone through the same thing! If waxing as a method of hair removal works best, stick with it.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I've tried waxing my legs, and after three and four tries over the same spot, I still cannot seem to get all of the hair. Am I doing something wrong?

Becky (London, U.K)

A: The hair should all come out generally after 2 tries. You need to jerk and pull the strip quickly, in the direction against hair growth. Also, make sure your legs are clean. There should be no cream, lotion or sweat on your legs. To ensure this, powder your legs first, before applying the wax. If none of this works, consider trying another brand of wax.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I'm trying to wax my underarms by using Skin Hair Removing Strips but the hair doesn't come out with the strips. Please tell me what to do. Thanks!

Ratchada (London, U.K)

A: Try powdering your underarms. If it doesn't help, then you may need to use another wax.

Vidula Chopra

Q: How I can wax in my gentle area can u suggest me the way???

Shivani (New Delhi, India)

A: Yes you can, but it's very painful. First, alip the hair with a pair of scissors. Then apply wax to a very small portion - around one square inch, and pull it out with a strip. It is best if you get it done from the parlour. Also, you could wax off all the hair in stages, starting from the bikini line. Then another day you can wax a little more, and so on.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Does waxing seriously slow down your hair growth? Some people have told me that it increases hair growth, others say it slowed it down, I am really confused an worried about this. Is it good for the skin around the eyebrow, better than threading? even for the reply very very very soon.

S (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, waxing does slow down hair growth. It increases growth initially, becuase hair grows back thicker and longer, but gradually less and less hair will grow back, and if you wax once a month at first, you will need to wax once in two months a few years later, and even less later on. Remember, if you ever shave legs in the future between waxes, it won't cause any harm, but your hair growth will not lessen as quickly. Stick with threading your brows.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I get my legs waxed, but my hair starts growing back within days, and then i have to wait over a month for full growth so i can wax again, so basically i have hair free legs for about 2 days every 2 months. Is there away the hair can stay away longer, i dont want to resort to laser or electrolysis.

Sunita (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, you can consider investing in a hair epilator like Silk Epil, Braun or the one from Philip (I think it is called Satinelle.) The best part about these is that it removes hair from the root, just like waxing, and you don't need to wait for the hair to grow back completely. Hair just a millimeter long gets removed from the root with epilators. However, the problem is that it is very painful, and it also takes longer than waxing, so you may not have the patience to be regular. But if you are regular, and do a small portion of your skin every now and again on Sundays, you can be hair free for much longer. Also, it is very good for the underarms, because your armpits can always be free of hair, and gradually hair growth will decrease. If you run it by your skin once a week, it will not be painful because hair will be very small while epilating. Long hair hurts much more, so wax first, and epilate around a week later. Another issue you may face is that of in-growths. Scrub your skin daily with a pumice stone while bathing, to help combat in-growths. In any case, over a period of time of regular epilating, as your hair growth reduces, your in-growths will reduce too.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Can I wax my face after bleaching the face. If not then how long i have to wait for waxing my face after bleaching?

Avi (Mumbai, India)

A: After bleaching, the hair becomes brittle and may break instead of coming out from the roots, but other than that you don't really need to wait before waxing bleached hair. If you want hair to come out from the root and there is no urgency, wait for a month before waxing. However, waxing may lead to pimples and rash. Regular waxing can also lead to ingrowths. You may want to reconsider waxing your face. If you have never tried waxing before, try waxing only your sideburns first.

Vidula Chopra

Q: A couple of months ago I went to get my face waxed for the second time. The first time my face was fine but when I went back a different lady waxed my face and I dont know what she put but my face broke out and now it left scars on my face. I am so upset and I dont know what to do.

Lisa (Goa, India)

A: Waxing the face is not a very good idea. You could wax a smaller area like the chin, or the sideburns. Facial skin is delicate, and often waxing certain delicate areas leads to a rash. Certain people cannot wax their backs, others cannot wax their arms... Apply a soothing Calamine lotion to your face. The pimples will subside over time as they are just a reaction to waxing. Apply a mixture of lemon and cucumber juice to get rid of scars. Wash off after fifteen minutes. Waxing almost always results in pimples and ingrowths, and so it is best if you don't wax your face at all. Try bleaching it instead. If you have a lot of hair on the face, thread your upper lip and eyebrows, and wax your sideburns. Bleach the rest of your face. If you get pimples even just by waxing sideburns, don't wax any portion of the face. Consider going in for laser therapy to remove excess facial hair. Certain dermatologists may cause burns, so make sure you go to a reputed person.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi! For unwanted hair, Is waxing painful? can it be done on breast/face/upper lips? Is there any homemade waxing method also hasslefreee? regards

Yogini (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, waxing is painful, but not unbearably so. In addition, if you wax regularly, hair growth slows down over a period of time, and also waxing is less painful. It is easiest if you get waxing done at a parlour. You can also call a beautician home to do your waxing. Read this article for more information, as well as for a recipe to make your own homemade wax.

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Q: I have asked a few Salons here in Delhi and no one seems to even have a clue as to what Brazillian waxing is. Can u please suggest the SPECIFIC names of some parkours who would offer full body waxing? What would be the approximate cost of the same? Thanks & Regards JB

Juhi (New Delhi, India)

A: They may not know the term 'Brazillian waxing'. Tell them that you want a full body wax, including pubic hair. That they should understand. I don't know what parlour offers what service, but since you asked for a name, I do know that you can get a full body wax at the Oberoi New Delhi, near the Blind School.

Vidula Chopra

Q: What, or Where I should say is mainly targeted in a "full body wax"? I seem to have alot of hair in various places, (some very embarassing) and I don't think that waxing would be efficient enough especially with the way my hair grows, and because its very thick, and dark. I was thinking about considering laser hair removla but it is very costly, and I don't even think that would be efficent enough. But for now is there anything that I could do? at all.. Please help me..

Jessica (California, USA)

A: Jessica, please refer to Excessive Body Hair, where I have answered your question.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hello, my son was messing arround with some friends and waxed the bottom of his back, this has now resulted in lots and lots of red dots/spots all over the waxed area. he says they also irritate him. what can we use to get rid of the red spots

Tom (LA, USA )

A: The rash will subside within two months. Applying a soothing calamine lotion to the rash may help. He should wear loose, cotton clothing and not pick at the rash. Also, he should not wax the area again as the rash will re-appear.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi am 17 yr old gal i wanted to do laser waxing only to my upper lip&where it is available any side effects & please tell me what will be the cost

Jaya (Mumbai, India)

A: It should not cost more than Rs. 5000. You need to tell me where you live before I can refer you to a good clinic.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I waxed my bikini line and it remains red after days.i have like brown scars on it from bumps.i want to get rid of the scars and the redness please help me i want to be able to wera a bikini.

Kerri (Mumbai, Cananda )

A: Try applying a calamine lotion like Lacto Calamine on the area after waxing to soothe the area and combat redness. If your skin is still too sensitive, you could try shaving. Always soften bikini hair with water and soap for ten minutes in the shower before shaving.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I always shave my bikini area. How well will the mix work for that area? Can I wax my whole area down there?

Melissa (Goa, India)

A: Yes, you can wax the entire area. I don't know what mix you mean.

Vidula Chopra

Q: If i cant get cotton muslin wax strips what can i use as a substitute geeta

Geeta (Mumbai, India)

A: Any cotton cloth strips will do, but the cloth should be thin. Terrycot would not work. You can also use cellophane paper. Buy sheets, and cut them into strips.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Due to waxing for long time, I have brown spots and under skin growth. I read it will be reduced by pumic stone but do you think it can be stopped by shaving my legs ? thanks, Ami

Ami (Mumbai, India)

A: With shaving one also gets in-growths, but less as compared to waxing, and shaving regularly can help lessen in-growths. Your hair growth must have lessened after waxing for so many years. If you start shaving you will have to shave often, so think about that before making a decision to switch to having. Shaving is effective as you can shave regularly and you don't have to wait for hair to grow fully before shaving again, like you need to do for waxing. So with shaving you can have hair-free legs all the time, but you need to shave regularly. Shave against the direction of hair growth, and never shave on dry skin as you will get razor burn. Always follow up with moisturiser.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Is waxing during pregnancy safe? till which week can one wax during pregnancy? I am in my 34th week now. I had waxed my arms and legs during the 29th week.was I right in doing the same? I have avoided bleaching and any beauty products all throughout.

Raginee (Navi Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, waxing is completely chemical-free and safe. You can wax when pregnant. You are right to avoid bleach. Also, don't colour your hair.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Respected Mam, would u kindly help me to get rid of this problem .Mam i would like to know for removing hair from the whole body through waxing...i want to use homemade remedy so i think if i mix sugar and lemon, it will help me but Mam i don't know the actual process...So pls help me tht how should i do this and what are the actual process.... and also tell whether it will affect my skin or not..i shall be waiting for your reply...

Ann (Mumbai, India)

A: Please read this article for the wax recipe. Readymade wax bottles are available in the market for around 50 ruppees for a bottle, so you could go in for a bottle to skip the trouble. It still works out cheaper than going to a parlour.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, i have had really bad ingrown hairs for a long time. I also have red marks on legs. Can you please advise as to how i can remover the ingrown hairs permanently without damaging my skin, and how to get rid of the red marks on my legs?

Pryana (Mumbai, India)

A: In-growths are a result of waxing. When you wax, make sure your hair is pulled in one direction, which is the direction against hair growth. Scrub your legs with a pumice stone daily while taking a shower. Don't scrub too hard or you will get scarred. Red marks could also be a result of waxing. Apply a calamine lotion to your legs after waxing to soothe them.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I had removed my sideburns once with the finishing touch thing, but... now I don't like how it looks like , plz help what can I do ?

Dani (Mumbai, India)

A: I don't think you need to worry because your sideburns will grow out again to their original shape. You could, for the future, wax your sideburns or bleach them. If you wax them, try and use 'katori' wax so you only wax a small portion at a time and you do not wax off invisible hair. Is finishing touch the hair inhibitor? If yes, it slows down hair growth over a period of time, so keep using it as you wax, and hair growth will apparently decrease. I am not sure how well it works though.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi plz tell me how do i get rid of my ingrowth n marks as i get marks on my legs due 2 ingrowth is there anyway how i could get rid of ingrowth n the marks plz help thanx

Salima (Hyderabad, India)

A: Ingrown hair is one of the main problems associated with waxing. Soap and then scrub your skin with a pumice stone gently, daily, while taking a shower. Also, make sure your hair is pulled in the direction opposite to hair growth while waxing, to prevent ingrowths.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi there!!!! i m in big trouble . i applied the wax on my cheeks and during stripping my skin came out not i got a black ugly looking spot there and i have no idea how can i get rid of that one of my frn suggested that calamine lotion should help for removing but so far no luck ..pls help me and suggest me soemthing to get rid of that spot...........thanks a lot

Saarika (Mumbai, India)

A: Avoid waxing your cheeks. You may start developing ingrowths. As you are pulling the skin, you are likely to develop wrinkles earlier. It is better to bleach the face. The scar will fade over a period of time, and the bleach will help lighten the scar further. Keep out of the sun. Keep applying calamine lotion.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Is it true that waxing will make hair grow out finer and eventually the hair will not grow anymore?

Voon (Goa, India)

A: No, the hair will not be finer, but over a period of time you will need to wax less and less frequently as hair growth keeps slowing down.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi! i have been waxing my facial hair from a very early age,i have also been bleaching the hair on my face aswell.recently i have started threading my upperlip area,however this has caused my upperlip area to darken,as i am very there a natural/herbal way to undarken my upperlip area,please?also is there a natural/herbal way to slow hair growth and when the hair do grow back,they are lighter?also is there a more natural way to bleach hair?(ie made at home with herbs etc) many thanks

Aiysha (Mumbai, India)

A: It is better to bleach facial hair than it is to wax it, especially since you are fair, the bleached hair will not show against your skin. The best option though would be to remove hair permanently with laser treatment. There is no herbal way to reduce hair growth, unfortunately. Upperlip may be dark because the black hair is visible under the skin. Apply cucmber juice to your upper lip to lighten it. Also, make sure you moisturise it regularly.

Vidula Chopra

Q: First time when i tried preparing wax according to your recipe,the wax became too hard after cooling down.what do i do? The second time i tried,it did not become sticky at all.please answer my questions.

Riya (Delhi, India)

A: Boil it for longer, at least ten minutes. You could try adding a little more sugar. Heat it on slow flame.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I'm an 18 yr old girl, I've got hair on my stomach and chest, i shave my stomach but it just gets thicker and i don't want to wax, is there any at home permanent hair removal solution to this?

Lilo (Delhi, USA)

A: It is better to wax the hair on your stomach. Shaving will only make it thicker and it will make your skin rough. There is no at-home permanent remedy to remove hair. You could try LIGHTLY scrubbing the area with a pumice stone every day during your shower, after applying soap. This will weaken the hair follicle over time.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I cut my pubic hair it is all prickly/rough feeling. I like how it looks. Hate how it feels. How long (days) does re-growth usually take? How can I make the short hairs softer?

Sandy (Delhi, USA)

A: There is no way to make the short hair softer if you cut them. Waxing the area may make the hair softer over a period of time. The hair should grow back within a couple of weeks.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I have sideburns and i have been shaving them with a razor for years. however they still make me feel uncomfortable because they leave bumps and stubs when my hair is saved. my skin tone is tan and my hair is very dark. i don't want these side burns anymore and i want to know how to eliminate them without people knowing they were there. i shave them every day and i don't know what to do to stop them. please help!

Tamara (Mumbai, India)

A: Stop shaving them and start waxing them. Or, go in for laser treatment. It will remove the hair from your sideburns permanently. But until then stick to getting them waxed. They will grow much slowly when they are waxed, and you should not need to wax them more than once a month.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I cut my pubic hair short now it is all prickly/rough feeling. I like how it looks. Hate how it feels. How long (days) does re-growth usually take? How can I make the short hairs softer?

Sandy (Mumbai, U. S. A.)

A: There is no way to make the short hair softer if you cut them. Waxing the area may make the hair softer over a period of time. The hair should grow back within a couple of weeks.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Hi, I usually wax my legs and arms but after a couple of days I start having pimples on my legs and it looks ugly and I also have the problem of under skin hair growth advice please?

Rana (Gujrat, India)

A: Apply lacto calamine lotion after waxing. Also, scrub your arms and legs gently with a pumice stone every day after applying soap (during your shower). This will reduce the in-growths.

Vidula Chopra

Q: Where in Mumbai can I make avail of Bikini Wax and Full Body waxing.If you can tell the names of the salons it will be great!

Aditi (Mumbai, India)

A: All the parlours, even the smaller ones, should offer bikini and full body waxing. You could call your parlour beforehand and confirm. Alternatively, try Touch of Joy at Colaba, or Lakme at Churchgate. Call them to confirm and to book an appointment. These would be a little expensive though, and your regular parlour would also offer these treatments.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I want to know that can I am a male can I wax my hairs above my shave and from my forehead and is that true that waxing hair helps in removing the hairs permenantly, and I heard that waxing can cause skin diseases? Please clearify my questions. Lookin forward for your reply.

Wasif (Mumbai, UAE )

A: No, waxing does not remove hair permanently, but it helps reduce hair growth over a period of time. Women who first have to wax once a month, may gradually have to wax once in two months and then once in three months. Waxing can cause ingrowths and some people may develop small boils or a rash-kind of reaction. However, these ingrowths don't matter that much on the hands and legs, but if you wax your face they will definitely be visible. Use a KATORA wax on your face to avoid these difficulties. You could try waxing to see if you develop any reactions, if you do, you can stop but if you don't have any skin reaction, you can continue waxing. Don't wax too close to the eyes.

Vidula Chopra

Q: How do we remove the hair on private parts?

Archie (Mumbai, USA)

A: You could wax or shave it. Read this article for more information.

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Q: My 11 yr daughter want's to wax her legs but is it ok for this age.

Kumkum (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, it is fine that she wants to start waxing now. If you force her to wait, it will only make her conscious of the hair on her legs. She probably wants to start because some of her classmates have also started waxing. Let her start waxing regularly, she will feel better about herself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with starting at this age.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I have thick growth of hair in my body. My husband wants them removed. I am hesitant if my inlaws would say something. What can I do. How to remove these hairs. kindly advice

Chitra (Mumbai, India)

A: When your husband wants you to remove them, why are you worrying about what your in-laws would say? You could remove your hair by waxing your hands, legs and underarms. You could also get an entire body wax done. Read this article on waxing and on bikini-line waxing for further information.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I want to make wax at home but i dont know when the wax is ready. I tried making wax with your receipe,but the wax has become very hard.Please guide me what to do and also the step by step technique to make wax. I am very confused when to off the gas. Please tell me a way to know when the wax is ready.

Priti (Mumbai, India)

A: You need to experiment. Keep the gas low while the sugar melts. If it is too hard, add more lemon juice. Another recipe is to use only lemons and no water.

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Q: The best wasy to remove hair from the bikini line?

Emily (Mumbai, USA)

A: Waxing is the best way to remove hair from the bikini line, but if you cannot take the pain, you should shave. Read our article on bikini waxing for more information.

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Q: Due to excessive shaving I have these black-brown spots left on my skin. Now even after shaving my legs, they don't look clean. Waxing hasn't helped either. What should I do?

Pappu (Mumbai, India)

A: Every day, during your shower, after applying soap to your legs scrub them with a pumice stone. (Don't be too harsh or you will cause scarring.) This should help smoothen your legs and reduce in-growths.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I have sideburns because i was dared along time ago to shave them off. so now i have really really bad looking sideburns. how do i get rid of them? should i shave them again? or maybe i should get them waxed off? if i went to the hair dressers a nd asked them wat would they say?

Andiam (Mumbai, India)

A: There is no reason why you should go around with sideburns if they make you uncomfortable, when it is so easy to get them waxed off. It is very common to wax your sideburns so don't give it a second thought. If your skin is very sensitive, you may develop small boils after waxing your sideburns, but it is worth a try. You could also bleach your sideburns, but that doesn't look as clean as getting them waxed, especially if there is a lot of hair. Also, if you have darker skin, the bleached hair may stand out. However, you could try bleaching your sideburns as well to see if it does the job.

Vidula Chopra

Q: How to prepare wax for removal of hair at home in an easy manner?

Sowmya (Mumbai, India)

A: Please refer to this article on Hair Removal by Waxing for information on waxing, and on how to prepare wax at home.

Vidula Chopra

Q: I used wax to remove facial hair, but a day later I noticed whiteheads all over the waxed area. What should I do?

Kelly (Mumbai, USA)

A: Your facial skin is probably too sensitive to wax. Avoid waxing your face. If you must, wax only your sideburns, and apply ice and calamine lotion to soothe your skin after waxing it. Bleach the rest of your face.

Q: How do I remove hair from pubic area, which is the best method? The color of my hips is dark and rough. How do I make the complexion of the hips look like models?

Manjusha (Mumbai, India)

A: Waxing is a good way to remove hair from the pubic area. It is painful, but many women swear the pain is worth the gain. In addition, over a period of time, the pain reduces. Try waxing it once, and if you feel you would rather not go through the pain, you could shave it off. Clip it with a pair of scissors before shaving it, though. You will need to exercise in order to get firm hips.

Q: My daughter is eleven years old. She has hair on whole body.Could we wax the legs?

Babita (Mumbai, India)

A: Yes, of course you could. In fact, it is better if you begin now, rather than waiting until she is really conscious of her hairy legs. I would suggest that you wax her arms as well, since, as you say, she is very hairy. Clean, hair-free hands and legs will make your daughter feel better about herself, and will boost her self-esteem. Waxing regularly leads to a weakening of hair roots, and the growth lessens over a period of time.

Q: I am a male having very thick eyebrows.which beauty treatment. Do i go for to get thinner i go for waxing?

Ravi (Pune, India)

A: No, waxing is definitely not a good idea. The best option for men is plucking. Purchase a pair of tweezers and begin by plucking the hair between your brows. Gradually, as you are more confident of plucking, remove excessive hair under your brows. Don't do this all at once as you may overpluck, and your brows may look uneven.

Q: I've been waxing my legs for past 6 years. I do it by myself at home. But for past one year (after my marriage) after I wax (same wax product since the first day) legs get so itchy, and I ended up being scratching. After scratching my heartbeat goes up and I pass out several times within couple of hours. So I have to stay in bed and somebody has to be with me for at least a day. After 24hrs I'm ok but still with itchiness. Even without scratching same result (fainting). I don't know what to do. I wax only my legs but my whole body skin react (itchiness). I can tolerate the itchiness, but I cannot really go through multiple pass outs in 2-4 hrs. Please help me and find a way to go back to my normal waxing days. I don't like shaving. Thanks in advance.

Beena (Mumbai, India)

A: You seem to be having a very severe allergic reaction to the waxing process/wax. The best way out is take an anti allergic tablet (Tab Ceterizine/Loratidine on the day you wax and 2-3 days following that). Fainting attacks long after the procedure is just inexplicable though it may occur immediately after the waxing. A physicians opinion may be required and your BP monitored- you might be having Hypo/Hyper tension. If possible wax small areas on different days. Hope this helps you sort out your problem.

Dr. Vivek Jain

Q: I am 25 years female staying in US.I am really worried about this that which is the good and best way of hair removing in underarms and bikini parts.Is waxing is ok for both or which products should I use, so that I retain my natural colour of my skin.

Sanaya (Mumbai, USA)

A: Waxing is a perfectly safe and effective method of hair removal. Visit your parlour and ask them to remove hair from your underarms and bikini line. Hair removal creams are less painful, but as they contain chemicals to destroy the hair, they could cause some damage/dryness to your skin in the long run.

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