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As the seasons change and we start to wrap up warm we tend to forget about our silky smooth summer skin and let the fuzz set in...

Contrary to popular belief, winter is one of the best times to start waxing and get yourself into a regular routine. Establishing a routine now will ensure you really see the benefits come summer and you will get far better, longer-lasting results from your treatments then, if you start now.

The reason behind this is all to do with the growth cycle of your hair. The regrowth cycle is made up of three phases and it is integral to regulate this growth in order to get the best results. Here is a breakdown of the stages so you can see why its so important to maintain a regular waxing routine...

1st Stage – Anagen. 
This is the active, growing phase of hair and is by far the best time to get a wax. When anagen hair is removed, the waxed area remains hair-free for longer because the hair was removed at its earliest, or youngest stage of development. Waxing anagen hair should also eventually lead to a reduction in regrowth. If the hair is repeatedly removed from the full depth of the follicle, the structures that surround the hair follicle which are responsible for hair growth will eventually weaken.

2nd stage – Catagen. 
The catagen phase signifies the end of the active growth of a hair. During this short, transitional phase, the lower part of the hair is cut off from its blood supply and from the cells that produce new hair, and what is called a club hair starts to be formed.

3rd stage – Telogen: 
The hair follicle enters its third and final phase, called telogen as the hair is completely formed. This is the resting phase, during which the old hair falls out in preparation for the development of a new anagen hair. This is the worst time to get a wax because during this stage, brand new anagen hair may already be developing below the existing visible surface hair, which won’t be picked up by your wax. The results of your treatment therefore won’t last as long, because even though all of the old hair was removed, new hair could start to break through your skin soon after your treatment. (You can tell when you have pulled out hair during the telogen stage, because you can see the white bulb at the hair’s root).

Therefore in order to get the best results, it is vital that you establish a regular routine for your waxing to ensure that you try and catch the hair in the anagen growth phase each time. The best and easiest way to train the hair on any given body part into a growth cycle is to come every 3 – 4 weeks for your first few waxes. During this time, you may notice that the waxed area actually starts to look even hairier than it did before, which is another reason why winter really is the best time to get into this cycle! But this is good, because it means that all of your hair is coming through at once, instead of at different times. Once you get to that stage and if you keep the routine up (by coming every 4 – 6 weeks for a wax), you will then start to notice longer-lasting and better results from every treatment.

Paintbox Nails & Beauty provide an extensive range of waxing treatments using Waxxxpress wax suitable for all skin types including sensitive. We provide treatments using both Strip and Hot wax and our expert therapists will advise on which is best to use on your skin in each area.

Book your waxing treatment online, T: 01423 810 710 or pop into our Harrogate salon and speak to one of our waxing experts. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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