If there’s one thing for which it’s better not to learn as you go, it’s waxing. Jumping in at the deep end isn’t really a wise option we think you’ll agree! So here’s a quick guide for waxing at home.
Some of this can also benefit you before you get waxing done professionally.
Choose Your Product
Firstly you’ll need to pick a product which you’ll use to carry out the procedure. You can buy a semi professional kit which uses hot wax or you can use the home waxing strip kits. Which one you use doesn’t matter too much.
The strips however create much less mess but typically the hot wax produces better results. It’s a trade off. It’s a good idea to try a few different types of products. Sometimes different products work better for different people.
It’s always a good idea to properly exfoliate your skin before the treatment. Preferably a few days before you wax and then right before you’re about to start the wax. This will help keep ingrown hairs to a minimum and help make your skin feel even better afterwards. Waxing isn’t just about removing hairs. It’s also good at removing dead skin cells and making your skin look healthier in general. Exfoliation really helps in this process.
For an easy waxing session make sure your hair isn’t too short. It needs to be a few millimeters at least! Sometimes if your hair is too short the hairs won’t be gripped properly. You don’t want to go through that pain for nothing! As for the condition of your skin – it’s best to just keep it dry and natural. Excessive oils or moisturizers could interfere with the gripping of the hair too.
Do you have a low pain tolerance? If you do then before you start the waxing you could apply some numbing cream. Some of the stronger creams can reduce pain by up to 20%. If you want an easier solution you can also take the much cheaper route of having a few painkillers before the wax. Just take the recommended dose and wait 20-25 minutes. Hopefully pain should then be significantly reduced. This is an especially good idea if you’re doing a sensitive area.
You’re Ready to Start!
Nearly… the last thing to do is read the instructions. Some people skip this step then complain when they don’t get great results. All products are different and may need slightly different approaches. Follow the instructions exactly! However, the following tips should also help while carrying out the wax.
Firstly you can’t do it too slowly. It will hurt much more and won’t work as well. It can sometimes be hard following this advice. For some reason we tend to think that going slowly will make it hurt less. This isn’t the case. You need to go against your natural instinct and quickly pull the strip off.
With or Against The Grain?
You get different people recommending different things. Typically going with the grain with be less painful, and against will get better results. The main thing is to be consistent with the way you’re waxing. If you start waxing one direction, stick with it until next time. Waxing from loads of different directions can put the skin under too much strain and cause quite a bit of irritation.
Pull The Skin Tight
Speaking of irritation, one way to reduce it is to pull the skin tight. This can also push the hairs closer to the surface and therefore help with giving better results too.
Post Treatment Care
Some people may not need this. For those with extra sensitive skin now is the time to use cooling creams and gels. This can really help with redness. Because waxing opens your hair follicles it’s a good idea to wash or exfoliate your skin again. You want to wash away any of the remaining wax which could be on your skin. This vastly reduces the chance of getting bacterial infections. Unfortunately it’s often a step which people skip.