Contrary to popular belief, winter is a fantastic time to get into a regular waxing routine. You will reap the rewards from your waxes in the summer and will get far better, longer-lasting results from your treatments. To understand why, you need to know the basics of the hair regrowth cycle, which is made up of three main phases:
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 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 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.
3rd stage – Telogen: This is the resting phase, when the old hair falls out in preparation for a new 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.
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 every time you wax. The easiest way to train the hair on any given body part into a growth cycle is to come every 3 – 4 weeks for a few waxes. During this time, you may notice that the waxed area 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! This is because 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), only then will you start to notice longer-lasting results from every treatment.