Waxing Pain -- Tips for Withstanding Waxing Discomfort


    First, the bad news: waxing hurts. Think of it as having a large Band-Aid ripped off. How much it hurts is largely attributable to an individual's pain threshold. But, any way you slice it, pulling hairs out from the follicle smarts.

    The good news is there are a lot of things you can do to minimize waxing discomfort.

    Now that you've found a reputable waxer and have made an appointment there are a few things you can and should do beforehand. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and sugar for at least two hours prior to treatment as these will increase your sensitivity. Consider taking aspirin, Tylenol, Advil or some other over-the-counter analgesic. Relax and reduce any sources of stress in your life. Try to schedule treatment when you're most likely to be relaxed. Give yourself time to get to your appointment. Some people find a pre-wax glass of wine or a cocktail helps them to relax and dulls the pain.

    When you're in the room with your waxer communicate any fears or anxieties. Talking through the procedure often helps. Wear loose clothing and take off anything constricting or remotely discomfiting. Ask for a fan if it's stuffy or hot. Ask for more heat if it's chilly.

    Now that you're ready to be waxed make sure your waxer applies pressure to or rubs the area that has just been waxed. A good waxer will know this without being told. In addition, there are lots of things you can do to take your mind away from any pain or discomfort your body might be experiencing. Nothing works for everybody but you might experiment with one or more of these techniques:

    *Hold a towel or stuffed animal to squeeze

    *Suck on mints or hard candy or chew gum

    *Focus on why you're there and the end result of your efforts

    *Use breathing and visualization (think Lamaze) strategies to disassociate yourself from the procedure and any discomfort

    *Bring a friend for support and distracting chit chat

    *Arrange for a foot massage or reflexology during treatment

    Remember, the first waxing is always the most difficult. Consistent waxing of a body area will reduce the amount of hair that grows in that spot and will make remaining hairs easier to remove. Subsequent waxings will get progressively easier and less painful.


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