Waxing at home is an ideal way to save money, but it can also be a great and painful way to torture yourself. Luckily, it is not difficult to learn how to wax like a professional. Whether you'd like to remove unwanted hair from your chin, eyebrows, bikini area, or any place in between, these tips will make your experience more comfortable.
1. Always cleanse the area you are going to wax. Wax will not adhere to skin that is covered with makeup or skin that is too oily. Cleanse the area with a mild astringent, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel before applying the wax. Lightly dusting the area with baby powder will also help wax "grip" the hair better.
2. Apply the wax in the direction in which the hair naturally grows. This can be tricky in some areas where the hair may grow in several different directions, such as the underarms or the bikini area. In these areas, it is always better to work in smaller sections.
3. Certain medications can cause your skin to become more sensitive, which may result in severe irritation, redness, and even bleeding in some cases. It is generally not a good idea to wax if you are on any type of prescription skincare medicine, especially Accutane.
4. You will get a better result if you allow the unwanted hair to grow a little. There needs to be enough hair for the wax to adhere to, so this may mean not shaving or tweezing for a while. When it comes to body waxing, hair 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch in length is ideal.
5. Stretch the skin taut before pulling off the wax. The tighter you stretch the skin, the less painful it will be when you remove the waxing strip.
6. Apply pressure to the skin immediately after pulling off the waxing strip. By pressing firmly on the area you have just waxed with the tips of your fingers, you will decrease the sensation of pain.
7. Always pull off the wax in the opposite direction of the hair's natural growth.
8. Try not to wax over the same area twice. This can lead to irritation and redness. If you need to re-apply the wax because you've missed some of the hairs, it usually means that you applied the wax in the wrong direction, removed the wax in the wrong direction, or the wax has not been heated to the proper temperature.
9. Use the right applicator. The size of your applicator will depend on the size of the body part you are trying to wax. Small wooden applicators work well for the eyebrows or the upper lip, but for legs, arms, and larger areas, you will need a larger applicator.
10. Use oil to remove wax residue from the skin. Most salons and spas use either baby oil or mineral oil to remove excess wax from the skin. Professionals use these oils because they are cheap, easy to find, and effective.
By following these ten tips, it will be easy to perform painless waxing services in the comfort of your own home.