Fact or Fiction: Waxing

By: Alison Cooper

Fact or Fiction: Waxing
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To wax or not to wax? Yes, pulling your body hair out by the roots can be pretty painful, but many women (and men) swear by it. There are risks, though -- do you know everything there is to know about waxing?
If you wax your legs, you don't have to deal with touch-ups as often as you would if you shaved them.
fact
True. You have to shave an area much more often than you have to wax it because waxing pulls hair out by the root and weakens the hair follicle.
fiction
almost fact: This is true only if you use a special lotion immediately after waxing.

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After you wax, the hair usually grows back in a few months.
fact
fiction
almost fact: It usually takes a few weeks.
Two to eight weeks is the general time span for new hair growth after waxing.

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If you're doing some at-home waxing, you should exfoliate a few days before you plan to wax.
fact
fiction
almost fact: You should exfoliate the day before.
Exfoliating the day before will help prevent dead skin and dirt from clogging pores during waxing.

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You should apply wax in the opposite direction your hair grows and then pull it off in the direction of hair growth.
fact
fiction
Both of these options are wrong. You should apply wax in the direction of hair growth and pull it off in the opposite direction.
almost fact: You should do both things in the direction of hair growth.

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Your hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long in order for it to be waxed.
fact
You should aim for a quarter-inch so the wax can grab it and pull it out at the roots.
fiction
almost fact: Your hair should be about a half-inch long.

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After you wax an area of your face, it can be soothing to apply a product that contains chamomile.
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Herbalists use goldenseal as an antimicrobial, but chamomile is the one with soothing properties.
fiction
almost fact: You should use a product with goldenseal.

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Waxing is a good way to avoid ingrown hairs.
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fiction
Ingrown hairs are actually one of the most common post-waxing annoyances.
almost fact: You'll avoid ingrown hairs only if you get professionally waxed.

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Your hair might not grow back if you're a frequent waxer.
fact
There's a chance that waxing could damage your hair follicles and cause hair to stop growing, but it would probably be only in small areas -- not everywhere.
fiction
almost fact: This is an old wives' tale -- it takes longer to grow back, but it always does.

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If you have osteoporosis, you shouldn't wax.
fact
fiction
almost fact: It's people with diabetes who should avoid waxing.
You should steer clear of waxing if you have diabetes (and a number of other conditions) -- it makes you more prone to infection.

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If you have sensitive skin and want to try waxing at home, you should buy a sugar wax.
fact
Sugar and water waxing solutions are gentlest on your skin.
fiction
almost fact: Microwaveable beeswax is the way to go if you have sensitive skin.

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