Your hairs have four main stages of hair growth that are important to understand in order to get the best results from your waxing or sugaring service. Whether you have fair, thin hair, or dark, thick hair, the stages of growth are the same; and the form of hair removal you choose, will directly affect the re growth period.
The four stages of hair growth are: Anagen, Catagen, Telogen and Exogen. At any one time, different body hairs, even in the same region of skin, may be in different stages of hair growth.
Stage 1: The Anagen Stage.
Also known as “the growing stage”, this is when the hair shaft is at its strongest. It can last as short as 4 weeks on eyebrows, and up to 4 months on Brazilian and legs. This is the only stage when the hair shaft is connected to its “food source”, the dermal papilla.
The Anagen stage of hair growth is the best time to get your wax or sugar service because when we remove the hair from the root at this stage, you are damaging the papilla, or the hair’s food source. When you remove the hair from its food source, the follicle will shrink, the papilla will be “damaged” and thus, you get less hair regrowth.
Stage 2: The Catagen Stage
This is when the hair shaft separates from the papilla, stops growing, and is allowed to move upward. It lasts 1 – 2 weeks.
Stage 3: The Telogen Stage
Know the “resting stage”. This is the final stage of hair growth. It lasts between 6 weeks and 6 months, depending on the body part. The hair is ready to fall out and will be pushed out by the new hair which is already forming in its own Anagen Stage. (Stage 1) If you get your wax or sugar in the Telagen stage, you will see quicker regrowth, since the new hair below it is already growing and pushing out the next hair.
Stage 4: Exogen Stage.
This is the resting stage (often considered part of the Telogen stage), when the old hair sheds and the new hair continues to grow.
Why Do We Ask You To Re Book Within 4 – 5 Weeks?
If you have been shaving, then your hair will be growing in all sorts of different stages. That’s why your first 2 to 4 sugaring or waxing services don’t give you that perfectly smooth skin you’re after. What you are feeling is the hairs that were lying just under the skin, coming to the surface because they were in stages 2, 3, or 4.
If you wait 5.5 weeks, or longer, between your Brazilian or leg wax, then your hairs are not in stage 1 anymore, and are not attached to the papilla. So when we pull these hairs out, while you still get a good 3 weeks hair free, we don’t get the chance to damage that papilla, and permanently reduce your hair growth. (Which is the whole goal!)
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This is why we always recommend you return for your next waxing or sugaring appointment between 4 and 5 weeks maximum. This will ensure you are always removing the hairs in the Growing Phase, and getting the best, long term results from your waxing or sugaring service!
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