Not all of us wax equally; some can happily grin and bear the pain, while others roll around in agony. But that’s not all – those with thinner skin, and coarse hair, are more likely to bleed. Also, first-timers and those who don’t get waxed regularly will likely see blood as their hair is not used to being pulled.
Bleeding isn’t an alarming or surprising result of waxing – and isn’t your beautician’s fault – as each hair follicle is connected to a little blood vessel, but some suffer a lot more with this… and also soreness when the wax is finished.
To help minimise bleeding and discomfort, gently exfoliate the area before getting waxed; it’ll loosen hairs from follicles so wax can grab them more easily.
Gallery: The biggest hair mistakes we’re all making (Espresso) It’s also a good idea to wear something baggy, and even forgo your underwear once you walk out of the treatment room. Waxing opens the pores and makes the area (way) more sensitive, so underwear rubbing or tightly fitting jeans pressed on to the area can cause a rash. Definitely ditch underwear when you go to bed, choosing only your loosest pyjama bottoms if you don’t want to sleep completely nude.
Dehydration can also play a role in your wax pain. When the body is lacking water, pores hold on to hair and snap, rather than the hair coming out at the root when the wax is pulled off.
And finally don’t wait too long between appointments. If you’re someone who only gets waxed for special occasions, think about a more regular trip to your beautician to lessen the pain in the long run. The longer you leave it, the thicker your hair will be, meaning the more painful the wax. Oh, and it will take longer. Some waxers also suggest taking pain relief 45 minutes before your appointment.