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So...I'm thinking of trying to wax my armpits this summer...never done it before...only shaved.<br>
So...if you've done this, how much does it usually cost? Does it hurt? How long does the hair have to grow before it can be waxed? How long does it last? Will I have a 5o'clock shadow???<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
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Let me get this straight.....<br>
Are you going to try and do this yourself, or get it professionally done? I've heard horror stories about the at home version.
 

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Ouch! I couldnt even stand to get my legs waxed years ago, let alone even think about my armpits.......let us know how it goes if ya do......ouchieeee!
 

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Um... ow?<br><br>
Waxing usually needs at least a quarter of an inch of hair.
 

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It hurts for a second, but you will be so glad you did when your armpits are hair-free for 3 weeks at a time. And it really does grow back sparser if you keep it up. Plus, the follicle slowly moves closer to the surface of the skin, so each time becomes easier and less painful. It's worth sticking out. After about 5 waxings it'll be a cake walk.<br><br>
The first one is tough, since you've been shaving and that drives the follicle deeper into the skin. Some hairs will be missed and it will be the more painful than the waxes in the future. All in all though, it's not really that bad. Once the strip goes off, it helps to put your hand right over it and push gently. Your waxer may do this for you.<br><br>
It's like a band-aid. Not a biggie. I highly recommend it. Way easier than shaving, IMO. Especially for armpits. Makes the pits so low maintenance.<br><br>
HTH
 

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PS- I wax at home now, after doing with with an esthetician for long enough I think I've got it down. The key is using a hard wax, as in no strips. Don't let anyone wax your pits with strips. They should apply a thick wax that hardens and pull back that wax. Honey style waxes and strips should really only be used for the legs, and only if they are not very sensitive.
 

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it will probably be 15-25$<br><br>
I didn't find it worth it to have it done. The smoothness was not as long lasting as I had hoped, and I got ingrown hairs which hurt really bad.<br><br>
I have done it myself and it hurt like a mofo - if you're going to do it, have it done some where, unless you're into the whole zen through pain thing. It is do-able to diy but man, you enter a new level of conciousness.
 

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I used to have this done with soft wax and strips, and while it was a tad more painful than my legs (as a whole), it was no more painful than the sensitive areas on my legs, or my eyebrows.<br><br>
Definitely apply pressure IMMEDIATELY if the aesthetician doesn't, although I've never had one not do so.<br><br>
Oh, and don't wear a favorite shirt. Some waxes will stain.<br><br>
I used to go about 4-6 weeks between waxes, which was what it would take to get the hair long enough for another wax. When we got married, I got waxed a week before the wedding, went to the dessert 2 weeks after the wedding, and just had a "5:00 shadow" in my shorts, but yet not enough to make shaving worthwhile.<br><br>
As to length, they say 1/4 inch, but I always found that when the longer strands were 1/4 inch, I'd have shorter strands that weren't quite long enough for waxing and would get missed. I usually would shoot for a little longer. But, not too long, since more than about 1/2 an inch, and you're just asking for excess pain.
 

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Texaspeach- ingrown hairs can be a sign of a bad wax. It can also mean that your skin type or deodorant lead to clogged pores. A good way to avoid ingrown hairs is to give the follicles a few days to rest (you can even make a paste with aspirin, that's what's in the fancy, high end salon products* to help the pores become less inflamed) and then gently exfoliate when you shower every few days.<br><br>
*Sephora sells a product that is just aspirin in a rubbing alcohol solution that works really well. If you're not opposed to rubbing alcohol you can dissolve some in rubbing alcohol and save $15 or however much it is.<br><br>
You can get pill crushers in the pharmacy area of the drug store or use a mortar and pestle if you're making a paste or light wash and just use water. The aspirin trick works wonders on the bikini area- way better than all those bikini gel products you see.
 

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I read this on another forum...thought it was funny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br><b>The pitfalls of hair removal....</b><br><br>
All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy, painless removal - The epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now...the wax.<br><br>
My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours: "Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet." So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom.<br><br>
It was one of those "cold wax" kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off. No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)<br><br>
So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other<br>
stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. ("Cold wax," yeah...right!) I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull.<br><br>
It works! OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad.<br><br>
I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire!<br><br>
With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet. Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my *hoo-hoo* and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (Yes, it was a long strip) I inhale deeply an brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!!<br><br>
I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!....OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!! Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip.<br><br>
CRAP!!! Another deep breath and RRIIPP!! Everything is swirly and spotted.<br><br>
I think I may pass out...must stay conscious...Do I hear crashing drums???<br><br>
Breathe, breathe...OK, back to normal.<br><br>
I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair.<br><br>
I hold up the strip!<br><br>
There's no hair on it. Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX???<br><br>
Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip. I touch. I am touching wax.<br><br>
CRAP! I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair.<br><br>
Then I make the next BIG mistake...remember my foot is still propped up on the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.<br><br>
DAMN!!!!!!!! I hear the slamming of a cell door.<br><br>
*Hoo-hoo*? Sealed shut!<br><br>
Butt?? Sealed shut!<br><br>
I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself "Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!" What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, Right??? *WRONG!!!!!!!*<br><br>
I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to<br>
torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.<br>
Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub...in scalding hot water. Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.<br><br>
So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cement-epoxie myself to the porcelain!!<br><br>
God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!! I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter - "So, my butt and who-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!" I calmly tell her.<br><br>
There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, "Are we talking cheeks or hole or who-ha?"<br><br>
She's laughing out loud by now..I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box.<br><br>
YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.<br><br>
While we go through various solutions. I resort to scraping the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better then to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry- shaving the sticky wax off!!<br><br>
By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm sure I'm going to need Post Tramatic Stress counseling for this event.<br><br>
My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax. What do I really have to loss at this point? I rub some on and OH MY GOD!!!!!!!<br><br>
The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend. It's sooo painful, l but I really don't care. "IT WORKS!! It works!!"<br><br>
I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up.<br><br>
I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair....<br>
THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.......ALL OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.<br><br>
So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.<br><br>
Next week I'm going to try hair color
 

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I agree with PP, get it done somewhere. If you're just doing your underarms it doesn't cost much. And for your first time it's best to do one bodypart at a time. Underarms are over with really fast. It's very true that the more you do it the less it hurts. I've been doing legs and underarms for years and they're totally easy. It's so worth it to me.
 

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I've had a bikini wax before and it was insanely painful, but worth it. I think I'd have my armpits waxed if it weren't so darn expensive. The pain is awful, but it's so short (and the wax lasts so long) that i don't care.
 

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This just made my toes curl.<br><br>
My sis had her pits waxed and swears by it. She is very hairy and she says this works the best for her and lasts the longest.
 

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Mesa, thank you soooooooo uch for a great hearty laugh!!!
 

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Be prepared for ingrown hairs if you wax your armpits. Cleanse your armpits thoroughly with a soap like Dial and scrub vigorously with a bath sponge. My beautician girlfriend had a client that came down with a case of boils when bacteria invaded the pores. Were I you, I'd stick to shaving.
 

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It hurts. It hurts more than waxing legs or bikini line. I have had it done several times though. I have very dark hair and very fair skin so even with shaving you can still see the shadow of the hair under my skin. Waxing eliminates that.<br><br>
Last summer I bought an epilator and started epilating my pits. I find it easier to keep up with the regrowth that way. If I were to start over again I'd have my pits waxed first and then do the upkeep with the epilator.<br><br>
I've never had trouble with ingrown hair in my pits. I do have trouble with ingrown hair in my bikini line but almost never in my pits.
 

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I used to wax my armpits and bikini line for years. I tried it myself once, but prefered the salon treatment. Then, about 4 -5 years ago I went in for the lazer hair removal on both (bikini and underarm) and it was SOOOO worth it. Especially with the underarm as the hair was pretty coarse from years of shaving (and I would shave and then have a shadow by 5 o'clock for sure!).<br>
Like I said it's been about 4 or 5 years and I still have some hair that will grow in periodically but it's pretty fine and doesn't require a great deal of attention.<br>
As for waxing, I highly recommend it. I found my bikini line to be the most painful, armpits aren't quite as sensative!<br>
lol, keep us posted!
 

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Ew, boils. This is what keeps me shaving, and not trying waxing.
 

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Oh mamas! Quit torturing yourselves! Go hairy! Hairy pits are HOT!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Yep, ouch, I tried this with Nads and it sucked.
 
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