So you got your first Brazilian wax and are loving the smooth results! But when will you start seeing those prickly hairs popping up again? Hair regrowth post-waxing timeline depends on a bunch of factors. Let’s break it down!
How Hair Growth Works
Understanding the science of hair growth cycles is key to managing your waxing schedule and expectations.
The 3 Phases of Hair Growth
Human hair follicles go through 3 distinct phases:
Anagen phase:** Active growing period that lasts 2-7 years. This phase accounts for 85-90% of hair at any given time.
Catagen phase:** Transitional phase lasting 2-3 weeks when growth stops.
Telogen phase:** Resting period of 2-3 months when hair detaches and eventually sheds.
The percentages of hairs in each phase varies by body part. For example, only 10-15% of eyebrows may be resting while up to 50% of leg hair can be in telogen phase.
Ethnicity, Genetics & Climate Impact Cycles
Your ethnicity, genetics, and even climate impact hair growth patterns. Asian hair stays in growing phase longer with faster regrowth while African hair grows slower. And hair thrives in warmer weather!
Getting Ready for Your First Wax
Prepping for your virgin wax? Here’s the tea:
Don’t Let It Get Too Long!
Wax works best on 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch long hair. Any longer requires trimming which can be tricky to DIY. Leave that to your esthetician!
Stop Shaving Early
If you’ve been shaving, quit at least 2 weeks before. This gives enough runway for proper waxing length.
Take an Advil
Pop an Advil an hour before to dial down swelling and sensitivity! Your esthetician will love you for it.
During the Hot Wax Session
Okay girl, let’s get waxing! Here’s what you can expect:
Hard Wax vs Soft Wax
Hard wax is gentler for Brazilian and bikini areas. Soft wax grabs finer hair on upper lip and brows. Your esthetician will use what’s best for each zone.
Risk of Hair Breakage
Improper technique can break hairs below skin causing ingrowns later. Not to worry – the pros got this!
Post-Waxing Regrowth Timeline
So when does the stubble start popping up again?
Regrowth Duration Varies
Bikini area – 3 to 4 weeks
Underarms – 4 to 6 weeks
Facial hair – up to 6 weeks
First session may start growing back faster since hairs aren’t synced. But stay consistent!
Early Visibility Depends on Hair Type
Thick dark leg hair will seem to return overnight. Meanwhile fine blonde hairs go unseen for weeks.
Regrowth Slowing Products
Specialized products containing Bulb Extract help retard regrowth between sessions. Just ask your esthetician!
Caring for Skin Post-Wax
Maximize results and slow regrowth with proper aftercare:
Use a soft brush or scrub to lift dead skin cells that can block emerging hairs.
Moisture is Key
Keep skin supple with lightweight, non-pore clogging lotions and butter. No thick creams!
Prevent Ingrown Hairs
Keep skin turnover brisk to allow hairs to surface. Consistent waxing also helps weaken follicles over time.
Don’t Start Shaving Again!
Shaving between wax sessions disrupts the process. Stay the course for best results!
Professional vs At-Home Waxing
Attempting to DIY wax seems like a money saver but here is why you shouldn’t:
Risk of Skin Damage
Home wax kits often contain harsher ingredients that can burn or scar skin if not used properly. Yikes!
Likelihood of Breakage
The pros have perfected technique, timing, temp, and pressure to minimize traumatic hair removal. It’s harder than it looks!
Get Best Results
Leaving it to the experts ensures best practices for your unique hair type and skin sensitivities.
Trust me, your esthetician has seen and done it all when it comes to waxing. Let them take the lead for safest, smoothest outcome.
Making Your Wax Last Longer
Who doesn’t want silky, stubble-free skin for as long as possible? Here are some handy tips:
Hair Growth Inhibitors
Opt for wax aftercare products containing Bulb Extract to help slow regrowth.
OTC NSAIDs like ibuprofen help minimize redness and sensitivity between sessions.
Time It Right
Book your wax as soon as you feel pricklies sprouting to keep hairs synced for optimal results.
Smooth Sailing Ahead!
As you can see, a lot of factors impact waxing effectiveness and longevity. But understanding basics of the “Hair Regrowth Post-Waxing Timeline” sets you up for silky success! Stay consistent with aftercare and appointments to maximize smooth skin between waxes.