When it comes to hair removal, many of us breathe a sigh of relief in the winter when we can relax the routine a little and wrap up in our winter woollies.
Then when the first sign of sunshine arrives, it’s all systems go with the shaving, waxing, depilating and general de-hairing.
And there’s nothing wrong with that at all.
But if you’re a fan of waxing, did you know that if you start during the winter months, you’ll get much better and longer-lasting results than if you wait until you’re ready to bare.
Why is this?
Your hair grows in a three-phase cycle:
Anagen. This first phase is the best time to wax, as your hair is just starting to grow and you can remove it from its follicle. Repeatedly doing this will ultimately reduce regrowth, too.
Catagen. The end of the active growing phase of a hair, this is the transitional phase, when the lower part of the hair is cut off from its blood supply, beginning to form what’s known as a club hair.
Telogen. This is the resting phase, when old hair falls out to prepare for a new anagen phase – if you have a wax now, new hair may be developing underneath your skin, which won’t be removed. This means you might get regrowth much sooner. You’ll know if you’ve removed a hair at this stage, as you’ll see a white bulb at the root.
Getting into a waxing routine
It all sounds quite technical, but simply put, if you can catch the hair in the anagen phase you’ll get the best results.
The easiest way to do this is to start waxing every 3-4 weeks, as this can help train your hair to come through all at once, rather than in different phases in different places.
At first, you might notice the waxed area looks even hairier, which is another good reason to start in the winter!
Once your hair is in a good pattern of regrowth, you’ll be able to wax every 4-6 weeks.
So, while you’ll probably want to stay under wraps in the winter, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the warmer days to come.