Is Waxing Painful…?

What to expect when you are waxing:

Frequently asked questions about men’s Brazilian waxing

Is Brazilian waxing really painful?

It’s one of the most common questions I get asked – how painful is waxing, really? The anticipation of pain before waxing for the first time can be off-putting – because try pulling a single hair out from your nose, it really hurts! So, try removing many hairs at once… from a sensitive area on your body…. it’s logical to assume that it might be somewhat painful…!

Surprisingly, it’s not as bad as you might be assuming. Most people after their first wax comment that it was much less painful than they were anticipating.

How does that work then?

Wax is heated before being applied; the heat in the wax helps to open up the pores, meaning hair pulls out easier (and less painfully). This is also why cold epilation methods, like sugar waxing and Epilady machines can hurt like hell. It’s also why pulling out a single hair hurts too – the cold pores are holding that hair in, and don’t want to let go – ouch!

I’m not going to tell you that waxing is only going to tickle – there is some pain involved – but for most it’s no worse than ripping off a band-aid. Also, the pain doesn’t stick around once a patch of wax is removed. It’s also dramatically less painful the next time you wax (provided you don’t leave it too long)

Some skin types and hair types can be more sensitive to waxing and tend to feel the pain more than others (fair skins with red curly hair, or any hair that has deep roots may experience more pain on their first wax). If you’re concerned, pop a couple of painkillers before your appointment, have a warm shower before you go, and let your therapist know if you are finding it more painful than you anticipated – they may apply a cold compress to the area for some relief for you.

My most important advice to keep pain to a minimum:

If your therapist asks you to hold your skin to assist them, the tighter you hold the skin, the less painful it will be when the wax is removed

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