Have you ever thought about waxing your underarms?
Let me show you just how easy it is to wax your armpits in the comfort of your home.
All without spending too much money on it.
I must be honest.
I prefer epilation.
It’s just a personal choice. Everyone has their own preferences.
It’s much simpler from my point of view but waxing your armpits has it’s advantages as well.
Since I have gone through almost everything that can be done to have smooth skin (excepting the most expensive ones, laser and electrolysis), I hope I can give you some pretty useful guidelines for waxing your armpits.
What You Need to Know for Having Perfectly Waxed Armpits
If you used to shave and you want to switch to waxing tiny dots of blood might appear.
There’s nothing to panic about.
It happens to people who have coarse hairs. The skin is too sensitive in that area and the hairs are pulled from their follicle.
It can happen in the bikini area, as well.
That was what happened to me when I first epilated my underarms.
I have coarse hairs unfortunately.
It’s nothing alarming.
There won’t be any scars at all.
Apply an aloe vera gel or a moisturizer and in a day or two you’ll be able to admire your smooth skin, forgetting all about it.
The skin should get used to it and no more blood will appear.
How to Apply and Pull the Wax
In the beginning of waxing the underarms hair, it’s best to take it slow.
Let’s take it step by step.
1. Apply some baby powder to absorb the moisture.
This is an area where you definitely need baby powder because the pain it’s going to make you sweat.
Even the anticipation can make you a bit sweaty.
It definitely happened to me.
The baby powder absorbs the moisture so the wax can stick to the hairs instead of remaining on the skin when you pull.
That would be painful and your hairs will be mostly intact so you need to apply the baby powder.
It’s the same when you do your own Brazilian.
2. Lift up your arm high above your head, the skin must be really stretched.
3. Apply a small strip of wax in the direction of hair growth and pull in the opposite direction.
It’s best to take it slow so small strips are the way for waxing your armpits.
4. Pull quickly the strip without any hesitations.
I cannot stress enough how important that move is.
If the wax is not pulled quickly most of it will stick to the skin.
It will be painful and the hairs will still be comfortably in their follicle.
That’s when waxing is messy indeed.
It might be best to have someone pull the strips for you in your first attempt.
Or go to a salon for your first experience and continue from there at home when the hair grows back again.
5. Not 100% of the hairs are going to removed from the root from the first pull.
Even if you see a hair or two astray, leave them alone.
Get a tweezer if it bothers you but don’t apply more than two strips on the same area because it’s going to sting afterwards.
Usually you should apply just one strip.
After your skin gets used to it, you can even apply a second strip on the same area. It won’t get irritated anymore.
It happened to me in the beginning when I started using an epilator.
The hairs in this area grow in different directions.
I insisted on the same area, going over and over again with the epilator, usually for just two or three hairs.
Since the skin is so sensitive, I managed to irritate it quite badly a few times but the discomfort passed in a few days.
I learned my lesson.
6. When you’re done apply a moisturizer or an aloe vera gel if you think that your armpits got a little irritated and they’re sore.
That sight of no black roots showing, no hairs left, that image of clean underarms is the best reward for the effort.
The sight of black roots under the skin that remains after shaving was what let me to try a hair removal method that removes the hairs from their root.
As I discovered through your comments, it’s actually a frequent reason for other people, as well.
What Type of Wax You Should Use
A very good waxing kit can do half the job for you.
My recommendation is to get hard wax.
It’s the best because it pulls almost all the hairs from the first application without pulling off any of the skin and that’s why it also hurts much less.
It’s also the only type of wax that can get coarse hairs out from their roots.
You can either get microwavable or hard wax that needs a warmer to get it nice and melted.
I don’t recommend roll on or waxing strips for the underarms because their wax is not as strong.
Gigi Brazilian Waxing Kit – One of the Best Waxing Kits for the Underarms
I’ve already said that I recommend first considering hard wax when thinking about waxing your underarms.
The Gigi Brazilian waxing kit should be one of your first considerations when shopping for a kit.
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It’s quite perfect for everyone:
- it’s hard wax
- comes with a warmer that will maintain the wax hot and melted throughout your session, there’s no need for interruptions and there’s no hurry
- if it’s handled properly, it removes coarse and thin hairs without sticking to the skin
- the little wax residues left on the skin after the hair removal can be easily removed using baby oil or any other type of oil that your prefer
- the price is quite decent
- once you buy the kit, the only recurrent investment will be for the Gigi All-Purpose Honee or the Gigi Brazilian Hard Wax
- it can be used on the whole body and for facial hair removal, not only for waxing underarms
The Gigi Brazilian waxing kit comes with:
- 14 oz warmer with cover
- the Gigi Brazilian Hard Wax 14 oz
- 1 pre-epilation oil that’s supposed to help a bit with the pain but it’s still going to be painful, there’s not much that such an oil can do so you can skip it, actually applying baby powder it’s more important
- 1 post wax cooling gel that can be applied after you’ve removed the residues, this cooling gel is for calming the stinging sensation but it’s best to sooth the skin with an aloe vera gel and a nourishing cream
- 10 small accu edge applicators
- and 10 large accu edge applicators
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The wax hardens and you pull it directly, there’s no need for additional waxing strips.
You can clean the applicators and use them again but it’s best to buy more when you get the kit.
And there are also the Gigi clean collars for 14 oz if you want to prevent wax from dripping all over your warmer.
I would recommend this Gigi kit to anyone, there’s nothing that dissatisfies me about it.
What are the Main Drawbacks?
There aren’t many drawbacks but it’s best to know about them in advance.
You need to know what you should expect.
The underarms are a sensible area so the pain is intense until you get used to it.
The hairs are removed from the root so pain is a major drawback that makes many prefer shaving instead even if it’s so short lasting.
I was one of those women in my adolescence.
At one point,
I went to a salon for waxing my underarms and legs and bikini area.
It’s needless to say that it was incredibly painful.
The results were amazing.
But I found it a bit expensive for my budget and I was too young and lazy to get a good at-home kit.
I went back to shaving.
Back to those tiny black dots showing underneath the skin (the roots of the hairs).
Back to hair starting to show after merely a day.
I was always stressed out about my armpits because I have black coarse hair and because they were exposed most of the year, I wear T-shirts basically in every season.
Pain might stop you from waxing your underarms but it shouldn’t because of the rewards:
- having smooth skin for 2-3 weeks
- not seeing the roots at all
- and even having thinner hair if you don’t let it grow for months
The best way to avoid inflicting a greater deal of pain is to remove the hairs when they are shorter and thinner.
2. Making a Mess
I don’t consider this a major drawback at all but there are some of you that might.
The residues can be easily removed with oil, whatever oil you have in the house.
Baby oil is the best.
Waxing only becomes messy when the strips are not pulled properly and instead of getting hairs on the strip you get almost all of the wax on your skin and almost no hairs removed.
Ingrown hairs are seldom seen in the armpits area so I don’t consider it a reason that might stop you from removing the hair from the roots in this area.
That’s about everything you need to know.
If I’ve left anything unsaid about waxing the underarms hairs, leave a comment and tell me all about it.