What it is: Hot wax is applied to the skin, allowed to cool and then pulled off, removing hair at the hair follicle’s base.
Pros: The procedure is relatively affordable. Typical treatments cost between $30 and $300 depending on the body part. Plus, “Results last three to five weeks,” says Raluca Minea, a head aesthetician of New Jersey’s Face Focus medical spa.
Cons: It’s painful and can lead to ingrown hairs, red bumps and other skin irritation. If you have sensitive skin, this is not for you. “Also, hair needs to grow back in before you can wax again,” says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spas, which has locations in New York and Miami Beach. “So if you wax your bikini area, you can’t go to the beach continuously. You have to wait out your hair growth before getting back your smooth look.” Note: If you’re waxing yourself, read directions carefully and test the wax first on a small area of your body so as not to burn your skin.