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What Is a European Wax?

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Waxing is a popular method for removing unwanted hair from various areas of the body. Over the years, many forms of body wax have become available to the public, each with benefits and techniques for intended use. One form of body wax that has become popular among the waxing community is European wax. This hair removal process is known for using all natural ingredients and a lower source of heat, providing a more soothing feeling on the skin than other types of wax used on the body.

The process of waxing varies somewhat from technique to technique, but the basic protocol is the same. A thin layer of warm wax is generally spread over the area where hair removal is desired, using a blunt wooden stick. Then, working quickly, the wax is removed, taking the hair below with it. Waxing is usually done in a salon by a technician, but it can also be done at home.

Some brands of wax include a blend of ingredients, some of which may not be natural or even healthy for the skin. Alcohol, which can cause extreme dryness, is frequently found in some body wax kits. When using European wax, concerns about chemicals and unhealthy ingredients are less pressing: European wax is made of one hundred percent natural beeswax. Using natural ingredients reduces the chance of adverse reactions or irritation as a result of the process, such as red bumps or ingrown hair.

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Many home and salon body waxing kits require users to heat wax over very high temperatures. Since hot wax begins to harden quickly, there is little time permitted to allow for proper cooling of the wax before applying it to the skin. This practice can result in burns — sometimes serious ones — and can even result in scarring of the skin. European wax, on the other hand, is able to remove hair effectively while using a very low heat for the melting process. The temperature is comparable to that of warm bath water; this results in no burns, and a lower chance of irritation or rash.

Some brands of body wax require the use of strips for the application of the wax to the skin, but European wax uses a strip-free application process. This not only leaves less mess, but it also provides for a more accurate application on the skin. Without the use of waxing strips, the European wax formula leaves skin feeling less sticky, and silky smooth to the touch.

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bythewell
Post 3

@Fa5t3r - The thing that I think works the best is to get a professional to do it. I was convinced I just had very sensitive skin and there was no way I would ever be able to wax, but my skin acts completely differently if I go to a salon instead of trying to do it myself.

You can ask for a European wax and most of the time they will know what you mean. You might need to ask around though, because in my experience they usually have their own brand of wax and only use that.

Fa5t3r
Post 2

@Ana1234 - You might have heard it all before, but there are several things you can do to prevent ingrown hairs. Using a natural wax, like a European wax, is a start and you can also have a hot shower before hand and exfoliate to soften the hair and get rid of any loose skin cells.

There are some products you can get that are designed to help prevent ingrown hairs as well. They can be fairly harsh though.

With all that said, I think some people just can't wax without hurting their skin, so they shouldn't do it. It can be a nice convenience, but I don't like the social stigma that sometimes gets used against people who don't wax. It should always be a choice, not a default.

Ana1234
Post 1

I really can't use wax at all. No matter how natural it is, my hair always ends up growing back as ingrown hairs and it's painful and embarrassing. It's a shame, because shaving is a pain and I do prefer to stay neat and tidy as much as possible. But I've never been able to get the wax to work for me.

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