When it comes to effective hair removal procedures, laser hair removal is the gold standard, but pricey and takes dedication and commitment. Waxing is right up there, as well, and is far more affordable than lasers and way longer lasting than shaving.
But ouch. It can hurt. And, ugh, you have to wait until your hair grows out just enough for the wax and paper to grab ahold of hair. And, oh my goodness, do you really have to pay $60 again to wax both legs? And even more for your bikini line?
Relying on at-home waxing kits is an economical solution that’s super convenient. After all, what could be better than journeying next door to your bathroom and removing all of your unwanted hair in private in just minutes?
If you’re on the fence about at-home waxing because some of the horror stories you’ve heard are, well, pretty horrible, rest assured it can be done safely and effectively. These four tricks for at-home waxing will turn you into a hair removal pro in no time.
Even if you have the smoothest skin in the galaxy and religiously use quality body creams, trust us on this one: you need to exfoliate before waxing. Consistently exfoliating (two to three times a week) sloughs off dead skin cells and opens up hair follicles to prepare for the smoothest wax possible. The goal is apply wax and remove it in an even layer so that there are fewer ingrown hairs left behind. Exfoliation is a key component of waxing that you don’t want to neglect.
Wait Until Your Hair Is Long Enough
It can be difficult to wait until your hair is at least 1/2 inch long before waxing because that means having to live with longer body hair than you may like (and it’s tempting to want to take a razor to it when it gets beyond stubble). But wax and paper won’t attach well to hair that is less than 1/4 inch and, if it gets really long, it can also be a chore to grab onto. Everyone is different, but you’ll generally need to wait about six weeks in between waxing sessions.
Don’t Apply Lotions That Day Of Your Wax
Shower or bathe and wash the area you want to wax. Dry it thoroughly. And then leave yourself bare. Applying lotions or moisturizers with oils — or deodorant to underarms — will prevent wax from sticking properly to your skin. Save hydration for when you’ll really need it: after a wax.
Apply Wax And Pull Strips In Opposite Directions
Apply warm wax in the direction that your hair grows. Next — and this is important: pull the wax strip in the opposite direction. It might take a few tries to get the kind of pull you need to remove every hair, but one strong (and, unfortunately, painful) pull is all you should need to get the job done. Going over the same area twice can damage your skin. If you still have a few strays left behind, grab your best tweezer and remove them one by one.