Growing your brows between appointments!
When having brow waxing I will always ask when booking you in if you have at least 4 weeks growth on your brows. At Polished Beauty it is my own policy to not wax anyone who has not grown their brows for a minimum of 4 weeks. I know it is really hard to leave those brows, but it ensures you come out with the best outcome and it makes my job easier.
'Why' I hear you say must I have 4 weeks growth, and this is why................
Hair has 3 growth stages -
Anagen - The GROWTH stage
The first stage of hair growth is the Anagen Stage. This is the stage of the cycle where new hair is produced. Approximately 85% of all the hair on the body will be in the growth stage at one time. Since most of the hair on the body is in the Anagen Stage at the same time, it makes it the perfect time in the hair growth cycle to wax. When anagen hair is removed, the waxed area remains hair-free for longer because the hair was removed at its earliest.
Catagen - the FALLING OUT stage
The Catagen Stage is the second stage in the hair growth cycle. In this stage, the hair shaft grows upward and detaches itself from the bulb. Once the hair has detached itself from the bulb, its also gets cut off from the blood supply. This means that the hair no longer receives any nutrients or pigment. This is the mean reason why hair in this stage looks dull and unhealthy. Only 2 to 3% of the body's hair will be at this stage at any given time.
Telogen - the RESTING stage
This is the stage in the hair growth cycle when hair is at its fullest size. In this stage, hairs are completely erect in the follicle, allowing the hair to show above the skin's surface. Hair is more likely to either shed or fall out during this stage. Only 15% of the body's hair will be in this stage at any given time.
It can take anywhere from 4 to 13 weeks for the hair to grow from the dermal papilla (the base of the hair follicle) to the surface of the skin.
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 the 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 few days after your appointment.
With regular waxing every 4 weeks, you are more than likely to get your hair on the same growing cycle, allowing for optimal waxing results.
I hope this has explained to you the importance of leaving those brows to grow for a minimum of 4 weeks. IT all to do with the time it takes for your hair to grow and shed!! It will take several appointments to get your hair growth in the same cycle and for you to get the best results from your brows!