Waxing is, without a doubt, the best way to remain hair-free and smooth for a long time. But making those trips to the salon can be quite inconvenient, not to mention, costly. Have you considered waxing at home? It’s quite simple, really. But before you get started, there are a few things to keep in mind.
10 Tips to Help You Wax at Home Like a Pro:
1. Get your waxing kit ready
Collect all the materials: wax or wax strips, talcum powder, body scrub, body lotion and pain numbing cream. Choose the wax for hair carefully. For sensitive skin, select one that has been clinically-tested. If you’re not sure, an aloe-based one is always safe.
Exfoliating gently helps soften body hair and opens up hair follicles, making waxing an easier and less painful process. Exfoliation also prevents ingrown hair growth. While the maximum possibility of ingrowth is on the legs, exfoliating the rest of your body, not just before a waxing session but 2-3 times a week, will leave you feeling wonderful.
3. Ensure proper hair length
For wax to properly cling to hair, it must be neither short nor too long. Make sure your hair is no less than 1/4 inch and no more than 3/4 inch long.
4. Plan for the pain
Waxing will pain a little. Reduce it by popping a painkiller half an hour before waxing or apply a pain numbing cream to the area you are waxing. And yes, make sure you're don’t wax during your period or 1-2 days before. You are more sensitive to pain.
5. No sweat
Wash and dry the area to be waxed. Don’t apply creams, moisturisers or deodorants on the day of the waxing. Any oil or moisture will not let the wax cling to your hair.
6. Confirm the temperature
Hard wax needs to be heated before it can be applied. Too cold, it won’t spread properly. Too hot, you run the risk of scalding yourself. The ideal temperature is comfortably warm. Of course, if you’re using cold wax strips then temperature doesn’t come into the picture.
7. The right direction
While you apply the wax in the direction of hair growth, you must pull in the opposite. Keep the strip close to your skin when pulling it off. No hesitation, no slow death. Grit your teeth and just pull!
8. Wash after waxing
Remove any wax residue with cool water (hot water will hurt!), and now moisturise.
9. Going once, going twice
Waxing is traumatising as it is for the skin. Don’t go over the same area more than one or two times, or else you could develop a rash. Tweeze off any stubborn strands.
10. Don’t hesitate to ask for help
If you’re waxing at home for the first time, have somebody over to help, especially those hard-to-reach areas.
Remember to soothe and pamper your skin with a moisturiser after the process. Pick one that is made for your skin.
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