Waxing at home is not that complicated and once you get used to it, it can turn out to be a really good hair removal method. I’ve tried it and if it weren’t for epilators, I would have chosen waxing.
Even if it’s simple to wax at home, I think every woman needs to be reminded of some simple tips for silky smooth at-home waxing sessions.
These tips are especially helpful if you want your at-home waxing experiences to be completely satisfying.
1. Buy a Good At-Home Waxing Kit
The first of the 7 waxing tips is to buy a great wax for hair removal. Why is this the most important step? Because a good wax removes all the hairs from the root from a single pass, without little or no hairs left after you quickly pull that strip.
If half of the hairs remain on your body once you pull that strip of wax then you may need to simply throw it in the garbage and buy yourself a proper waxing kit for home usage.
I’ve written two excellent posts with wonderful suggestions. One is about the top 3 at home waxing kits, while the other focuses on the best wax for hair removal.
2. Exfoliate Before Each Waxing Session
One of the most important things to remember is to always exfoliate before waxing.
Exfoliation helps prevent ingrown hairs by removing the layer of dead cells or dead skin, as it’s also called. Legs are the no. 1 target for ingrown hairs so a body scrub or an exfoliating glove should be your best friends.
But don’t only exoliate before a session and then let the exfoliating glove/body scrub slip your mind. Exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week. I’m doing it whenever I take a shower, daily.
3. Use Baby Powder Before Waxing
Once you’re done exfoliating, use baby powder on the skin area that’s about to be waxed.
Baby powder absorbs any existent moisture, which will enable the waxing to properly adhere to your skin.
4. Make Sure that the Hair has the Proper Length
What does it mean? For the wax to grab the hairs and remove the majority of them from the first pass, they must be neither too short nor too long. Between 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch long. You can use a trimmer like Panasonic ES246AC if the hairs are too long.
I would approximate that you would end up waxing once every 3 weeks. When I was waxing, that was the time frame for me.But it depends.
If you’re new to waxing you will figure out how much time you have to wait before your hairs have the proper waxing length.
5. Test the Temperature of the Wax
You definitely should test it if we’re talking about hard wax. If it’s too hot it’s definitely not good. You need the right temperature, supportable warm is how I would describe it.
If you’re using cold wax strips then it goes without saying that there are no risks.
However, the majority of women prefer hard wax and that’s why I insist that testing the temperature of the wax is one of the most important tips for successful at-home waxing.
6. Remove the Hair in the Right Direction while Keeping the Skin Taut
This one is another essential waxing tip.
The right direction would be to pull the wax strip against the direction of the hair growth.
Apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth and pull in the opposite direction in a quick move, while keeping the skin taut, stretched.
Pull without any hesitations. Otherwise not all the hairs will be pulled from the root. You want the hairs glued to the wax strip for silky smooth skin.
You’ve probably heard that it’s not advised to wax the same skin portion twice. I don’t know why that is. I use cold facial wax strips and I always apply two strips on each of my upper lip portions and nothing has ever happened to my upper lip. And facial skin is pretty sensitive.
Try it once and see how it goes. I’m lazy and I don’t like using the tweezers if 2 or 3 hairs remain so I apply another facial wax strip instead.
Another thing that I should mention is that if it’s your first at-home waxing experience then you should have someone help you. If you’ve waxed before and the pain is not a problem for you anymore you should be able to pull the strip quickly without hesitations.
But if you plan on waxing your bikini area then you might need help reaching every place that you plan on having hair-free. So in those cases, a girlfriend would be of much help. Unless you are insanely flexible.
For removing any wax residues you can use cooking oil, either vegetable or olive oil. It works perfectly.
Baby oil is just as helpful in removing wax residues and it’s also a very good moisturizer. You can use Burt’s Bees Baby 100% Natural Baby Nourishing Oil.
If you plan on using baby oil to remove the wax residues, you can skip the 7th tip entirely. You are moisturizing and cleaning your skin with the same product.
So we’ve reached the last tip for an amazing at home waxing experience.
Using a moisturizer is a tip valid for shaving, epilation, and of course waxing. Basically, you can use any moisturizer that you prefer.
These are my seven tips for waxing at home. What’s your favorite? Just let me know in the comments bellow.