I am not an expert when it comes to waxing since I’ve only had my eyebrows waxed! I don’t like pain, and I don’t like the fact that hair always comes back after waxing, so that’s why I haven’t embraced body waxing. I kind of skipped the whole waxing thing, and jumped into laser hair removal, which I’ll talk about soon. Anyway, I have been getting my eyebrows waxed for years, though. It’s amazing how a few less hairs can make you look so much better! And I know eyebrow shapes come and go, but I am not into bushy brows, so you will never see me with those! And I don’t like the super skinny brows, so I go for ones in between.
Eyebrow Waxing Mishaps
My whole eyebrow waxing experience had been going along great until about two years ago. I didn’t usually stick with one waxer, so I’d just go to whoever was available, until I found someone good, but inevitably they’d be gone when I’d go back in a month or two! The problems began when I had my eyebrows done, and it hurt way more than normal, and then when I was done my skin was flaming red! Yikes! A few months later I went to someone else (obviously) and something similar happened – my face was bleeding in a few tiny spots, and again the skin was bright red. Then a few months after that I had the worst experience of all – after the waxing a big stripe under my eyebrow was sort of shiny and raw looking, but it wasn’t so bad that I freaked out. The Esthetician said it was fine. It was burning like crazy (I had to ice it) and later that day it looked like a giant chunk of flesh was missing from my face! I should have gone back to the salon to complain but didn’t. I then Googled “eyebrow waxing raw” or something like that, and found I wasn’t the only one that has had layers of skin ripped off! The red gash took about two weeks to go away, but luckily it didn’t leave a scar.
How To Avoid A Horrible Waxing
After the last “mishap” I read that if the wax is too hot, that can cause the skin to be ripped off during the waxing. It then dawned on me that the three times I had a problem, the wax was always really hot and stung when it was applied. I know it’s supposed to be somewhat hot, but wax too hot can cause a problem.
You are not supposed to be using retinoids or AHAs if you get waxed. I stopped using them 5 days before each waxing. I know I probably should have waited longer, but I don’t put Differin (the retinoid I use) under my eyebrows, so I don’t see how that could have been the problem.
I went to yet another Esthetician and explained to her my skin had been ripped off and that I would give up waxing if I my skin was just “too sensitive.” She told me that she uses hard wax, rather than the typical wax, and that it would be rather gentle. Sure enough, she did my eyebrows, and the skin wasn’t even pink afterwards! It didn’t hurt as much as the regular wax either. I went to her another time with great success, and then she moved across town (of course). The Esthetician that took her place also used hard wax, and I also had great results. I’ve been going to her ever since. Yay! So, if you have sensitive skin, find someone that uses Hard Wax! Also, I am convinced it wasn’t just my skin that was the problem. One Esthetician told me I had “thin skin” but I think the bigger problem is the skill of the Esthetician. I also got folliculitis once from a waxing. That’s where the follicle gets inflamed, and it almost looks like pimples. Supposedly you can prevent this by waxing in the “correct” direction. I’m still by no means an expert about waxing, but I now know how to get good results! I just worry that all this waxing will permanently damage my hair follicles, and that if I ever do decide I want giant bushy brows, I won’t be able to grow them:( Oh and if you’re looking for a good tweezers to use for stray hairs between waxings, get the Tweezerman! Finally, check out a new way to shape eyebrows!