6 Expert Tips to Make Waxing Last Longer
Jul 10, 2012 - by Jessica Lapidos
The waxing situation can be a major concern when your travel plans have you out for more than a week. As I'm headed off on the month-long FashionIndie road trip this week, and I'm an active waxer from just about waist down, I consulted one of NYC's best hair-removal specialists Hibba Kapil for advice on how to make my last New York City wax last.
Hibba, owner of her eponymous green beauty salon, uses only all natural, organic, azulen-infused wax and sugars. Like her salon, her advice for a longer lasting wax is entirely eco-friendly.
There are some tricks you can do before your appointment:
HAIR LENGTH: For best results the hair has to be quarter of an inch long.
PUT DOWN THE RAZOR: Avoid shaving in between if you can. It makes the hair thicker, which looks bad and is more painful to pull out the next time you wax.
SCRUB BEFORE YOU GO: The morning of your waxing/sugaring appointment exfoliate well with a sugar scrub to make sure all the hair that are stuck come out . This will even out the growth cycle.
AFTERCARE: Take excellent care of the waxed areas for smoother, longer-lasting results.
AVOID IN-GROWNS: Exfoliate with an ayate / cactus cloth. ( often called agave cloth), with a body wash that has some salisaclic acid in it. This will avoid in-grown hairs.
NATURALLY SLOW DOWN HAIR-GROWTH: Try using a hairinhibiting product daily. A natural hair inhibitor is tea tree oil.
DIY recipe for hair-inhibitor: In a bowl, combine a half cup of yogurt, 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder and a tablespoon of besan. Stir them all together with the spatula. If the mixture is runny, then add a tablespoon of besan at a time until it is thick but still easy to spread.
Not trying to do it yourself? Try the Totally Nude Girl Aprés Brazil Muff Buff bar. $36, and also available at Hibba.
TIMING: If you have a travel or beach vacation coming up, get a wax 24 to 48 hours ahead of time. Make sure the hair is long enough before the wax so everything is on the same cycle.
For a surprisingly calming wax session in midtown, check the brand new Hibba location on Madison near Bryant Park! Or head to her West Village spot at 448 W. Broadway.