Although waxing takes a little bit longer and is more effort than shaving, it is still an extremely popular choice of hair removal. Waxing your own legs, underarms, bikini line and anything else at home can be a lot more efficient in terms of time as well as saving yourself quite a bit of money.
However, although not especially difficult, mastering the art of home waxing can take some time, so it is definitely worth taking advice on how to use a waxing kit before actually using it.
Step 1: You must clean and exfoliate the areas you’re planning to wax
A lot of people make the mistake of just slapping the wax on before they’ve properly prepared the areas needing to be waxed. Not only is this incorrect but it can actually end up causing you pain and irritation. You need to start off by washing your legs, underarms or whatever else it is you plan to wax. You need your skin to be as clean as possible. You must then make sure it is bone dry.
Next you should exfoliate the area. You can do this using a loofah (also known as luffa) or an exfoliating cream and by rubbing the area you want to wax in a circular motion. Exfoliating in this manner will get rid of any dead skin cells and encourage your smaller hairs to the surface, making them easier to remove.
Step 2: Make sure you have trimmed all the hair you plan to wax off
It is absolutely essential to make sure you have trimmed the hair you want to wax off before attempting to use a waxing kit. Hair should be no longer than a quarter of an inch and no shorter than an eighth of an inch. Trim to this ideal length using a small pair of scissors, alternatively, if the hair is not long enough, wait a few days before attempting to wax it off.
Your hair needs to be this ideal length because otherwise the wax will not grip the hair as well, and you may find, if too long, it merely removes the hair from the surface of the skin and not the root. Likewise if hair is too short, the wax may miss it altogether and your skin will therefore not be as smooth as you’d like.
Step 3: Getting the wax prepared
In most cases of waxing kits that you can use at home, you will need to heat up the wax. Always make sure you have enough space to lay out all your waxing goodies and to ensure, once the wax is heated up, that you have somewhere safe to place it. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions as to how to heat up the wax. This is really important since under-heating the wax will mean it is not as effective at removing your unwanted hair and likewise, over-heating can cause your skin serious damage.
Step 4: It’s time to wax
Home waxing kits should always include a method of applying and removing the wax from your skin, such as a spatula or a roller to apply it and waxing strips to remove it. Some waxes do not need waxing strips, since the wax hardens enough so you can just pull on the wax itself. Again, it is important to make sure you follow the directions regarding these waxing tools that have been specified by the manufacturer.
When it is time to remove the wax (and therefore your unwanted hair) make sure you always pull it off in the opposite direction to the way your hair grows, else you risk leaving a lot of hair behind. It is best to pull quickly and ensure you get a good grasp of the waxing strip (or wax itself) as close to the skin as possible. This will ensure you get the very best results.
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Laura writes for Ellison’s. When not writing about Ellison’s waxing kits, she can often be found purchasing them herself.
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