Waxing is a longer-lasting alternative to shaving for those looking for a hair removal option. The process involves the use of strip wax and hard wax to pull and remove hair from the root. Whether you choose Brazilian waxing, body waxing, eyebrow waxing, or upper-lip waxing, you can expect results to last from two to eight weeks. Where shaving removes just the surface of the hair, leaving the follicle, waxing removes the hair from the root, leaving skin more smooth and hairless much longer. Over time, hair grows back lighter and finer, making the process less painful. To start, the area that will be waxed will be cleaned and disinfected. Soft wax, used for larger areas, is applied thinly and removed with paper or muslin strips. Hard wax, used on smaller areas such as the bikini zone and face, is applied thickly and allowed to dry before the aesthetician removes it. Wax is always removed in the direction opposite the hair growth. After the area is clean of wax residue, a cream is applied. The entire hair follicle should be seen on the strip if done correctly. For those with sensitive skin, waxing can be painful. If you are worried about the pain factor, take two Advil prior to your appointment. You should also exfoliate your skin the day before and avoid using lotions the day of your wax.