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.

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.

After you wax, the hair usually grows back in a few months.

Two to eight weeks is the general time span for new hair growth after waxing.

If you're doing some at-home waxing, you should exfoliate a few days before you plan to wax.

Exfoliating the day before will help prevent dead skin and dirt from clogging pores during waxing.

You should apply wax in the opposite direction your hair grows and then pull it off in the direction of hair growth.

Both of these options are wrong. You should apply wax in the direction of hair growth and pull it off in the opposite direction.

Your hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long in order for it to be waxed.

You should aim for a quarter-inch so the wax can grab it and pull it out at the roots.

After you wax an area of your face, it can be soothing to apply a product that contains chamomile.

Herbalists use goldenseal as an antimicrobial, but chamomile is the one with soothing properties.

Waxing is a good way to avoid ingrown hairs.

Ingrown hairs are actually one of the most common post-waxing annoyances.

Your hair might not grow back if you're a frequent waxer.

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.

If you have osteoporosis, you shouldn't wax.

You should steer clear of waxing if you have diabetes (and a number of other conditions) -- it makes you more prone to infection.

If you have sensitive skin and want to try waxing at home, you should buy a sugar wax.

Sugar and water waxing solutions are gentlest on your skin.

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