Waxing Kits for At-Home Hair Removal
Using a waxing kit at home to remove hair from arms, legs, bikini area, chest and face can save you time and money. Waxing takes more preparation time than shaving, but the results usually last two weeks. To perfect waxing at home takes practice and patience. The pain lessens as you wax more and the hair follicles decrease in sizeAt-home waxing kits can be very effective at removing hair, and are a great alternative to shaving; however, the waxing process itself can be rather “annoying” for many people. If you plan on doing large areas of the body, you can count on making several trips to the microwave to re-warm the wax, so you better clear your schedule for at least an hour because this method of hair removal is definitely high maintenance.
Most beauty supply stores will have everything you need to start waxing from home—The waxing kit, strips of cotton or cheese cloth, and moisturizing products for post-treatment. If you want to treat smaller areas like the upper lip, a facial waxing kit usually includes a small spatula for even distribution of the wax that is melted in the microwave before application.For hot waxing treatments, the wax is applied directly to the skin in the direction of the hair growth. A strip of cloth is then applied, smoothed down with the hand, and pulled from the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Cold wax treatments are applied in a similar way, but the strips are ready to use, pre-coated with wax or a sugaring substance, and are usually best for facial, underarm and bikini areas.
Popular At-Home Waxing Kits
White at-home waxing is still considerably cheaper than going to the salon, some waxing kits can be expensive and the price adds up over time. So your choice will depend on the area you want to treat, and your budget.
Side Effects of Waxing at Home
· Pain (Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Waxing can be painful depending on the type of product, the sensitivity level of the skin, and how well the user adheres to the instructions)
· Broken Skin
· Ingrown Hairs
Step1: Exfoliate the skin about one or two days before you intend to wax at home. This will bring small hairs to the surface and ensure a slower re growth.
Step2 : Grow or trim the hair to a quarter inch before opening the wax kit. Use a small pair of scissors to trim, making sure not to injure yourself. On the other hand, wait to wax if the hair isn't at least a quarter inch long.
Step3 : Make sure the area is clean and dry. Use baby powder on the area to ensure dryness.
Step4 : Heat the wax, if necessary, either on the stove in a pot full of water or in the microwave. Follow the kit manufacturer's recommendations carefully. Under or overheating can slow down or ruin the whole procedure.
Step5: Apply the wax to the desired area as directed. Common methods include a roll-on container or using a wooden or plastic spatula to spread the wax evenly over the skin. Put on a single muslin strip, following the direction of hair growth. Smooth a hand over the strip a few times, pushing in the direction of the growth.
Step6 : Pull the strip (or the wax, if stripless) off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Check the strip to make sure you're getting the roots of the hair.
Home Waxing Tips :
Once you have the wax applied to your skin, and the strip laid on top of it, rub firmly in the direction you applied the wax. This will help the wax adhere to the hairs. Don't wait too long though, or the wax will cool too much. Pull the skin below the area taut and tear the strip off in the opposite direction that you applied it. Do it quickly! Slow removal doesn't work and it prolongs the pain. Once you've removed the strip, apply pressure to the area immediately with your palms or fingers. This will help alleviate pain in the area. Apply the wax for your next section, trying not to overlap the previously waxed skin. Never wax the same area more than twice in one treatment.
Waxing Aftercare Tips
Use a moist, warm towel to get rid of any excess wax.
Avoid sun exposure to the treated areas for at least 48 hours, and always use sunscreen.
Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes/underwear that would rub or irritate the treated skin.
Always do a test patch first before fully treating your skin. You never know how your skin will react to waxing and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
After 24 hours, exfoliate the skin to make sure wax or dead skin does not clog the pores, resulting in ingrown hairs.
There is an increased chance of ingrown hairs using this method, particularly in the bikini area. Here's why... because hair is being removed from the root, it takes a while for it to grow back. In the meantime, skin cells which are not exfoliated can grow over the follicle. This makes it difficult for the hair to find its way out and it ends up growing around in circles just below the surface of the skin. Use a specialty product to diminish the number and severity of ingrown hairs you get from any hair removal method.