Your Complete Guide to Waxing at Home

Is the little LBD sitting cooped up in your cupboard, waiting to be used? Is it troubling to think of a painful waxing session? Are you tired of shaving your legs again and again just to wear your favorite dress? As a woman, I am well aware of how difficult it is to maintain that smooth, enviable skin in order to wear a cute, short dress. If you are tired of your liaison with the razor, and are looking for a more permanent solution that will not damage your skin or cause your hair to grow back thicker then waxing is the perfect solution for you.

In this article, I will talk about some tricks and tips of waxing that will go a long way in giving you the perfect skin you so desire. It is important to understand the do’s and don’ts of waxing for getting the perfect result. The very word ‘waxing’ makes us feel that we have to make several trips to the beautician, and the esthetician in order to get that satin soft skin. Let me tell you it is not so, you can get your waxing done perfectly and flawlessly at home for a fraction of the cost.

But, in order to do so, some steps have to be meticulously followed. Here are some of those steps along with the types of waxes to be used, and the benefits of waxing.

To begin with, let us take a look at the benefits of waxing. Why should you endure that little bit of a twinge, and pain if there is no gain? But let me tell you, there are gains, more than one for that matter.

Benefits of Waxing

  1. Hair regrowth is sparser and thinner – Waxing allows you to uproot the hair along with the hair follicle, unlike shaving which only shaves the upper shaft of the hair leaving the follicle intact. Waxing allows complete removal of the hair follicle leading to thinner and sparser hair growth with every waxing session.
  2. Gentle exfoliation – During waxing, not only are the hair shafts removed removed but also the dead upper layer of the skin. This removal of the dry upper layer leads to supple glowing skin.
  3. Lesser chance of ingrown hair, nicks and cuts – Waxing allows the entire hair along with follicle to be removed. Unlike shaving, waxing does not leave back remnants of the hair, thereby avoiding the problem of ingrown hair, redness and bumps. Moreover, the absence of that much dreaded blade averts those nasty razor cuts that we all dislike so much.
  4. Smooth skin for longer – Waxing keeps your skin hairless for around three to four weeks which is much longer than what shaving can offer. Shaving is definitely the quick fix but is only a solution for one or two days. Within 1 or 2 days your skin becomes dry, itchy and a stubble of hair peeps through. But with waxing, your skin will remain soft and supple for over 3 weeks.

Now, let’s move on to the types of waxes that can be used for hair removal, there are many kinds of waxes that are used for waxing. Knowing the kind that would be the most effective for you is essential for that perfect wax.

Types of Waxes available in the market

Some of the categories of wax that are used for waxing are hard wax, soft wax, fruit wax, sugar wax and chocolate wax. Even though all of them are formulas that are used in salons, there is no reason as to why you cannot use them at home. It will be a little difficult, I reckon, but it is not impossible. I am here to help you and guide you, and share useful do’s and don’ts with you to make your waxing process as easy as a cakewalk for you.

Now, let us look in to the different kinds of waxes and what they are. Understanding the kind of wax that you’re going to use is quintessential in getting a good wax.

Hard wax

If you’re looking to wax your eyebrows, your upper lips or your chin, hard wax is the kind of wax that you should be using. This wax can be applied in small quantities on your skin, and then when it hardens it should be pulled up by holding the skin taut. Hard wax does minimal damage to the skin because it only uproots the hair follicle and does not pull up the skin, therefore it does not cause itchiness or excessive dryness.

Soft wax

Soft wax can come in both strips as well as in a container. Soft wax can be applied on larger areas and in greater quantities. It is the most preferred and widely used variant of wax. Soft wax is usually made of beeswax, or paraffin.

Sugar wax

Now we come to the kind of wax that does not have to be bought from the market at a hefty price, but can be made at home with a few kitchen ingredients, namely sugar, lemon and water. Sugar wax is easy to make and easy to use. The key ingredients in it also help tackle oily skin, and is very good if you have sensitive skin, it allows an exfoliation as well as reduces hyperpigmentation. The best thing about this wax is it does not have any unknown chemicals in it. If you are hyperallergic or prone to acne and breakouts, sugar wax is God’s gift to you.

Chocolate wax

We all love chocolate, and what can be better than a chocolate infused wax. The yummy smelling wax is infused with the goodness of chocolate which ensures bouncy, plump, supple skin and is great for you if you have sensitive dry skin. The monthly hair ripping ordeal is definitely not fun, but why not make it a little more fun with chocolate infused wax.

Fruit wax

Fruit wax is another variant of wax which is used for waxing and is infused with the goodness of fruits and berries. It is laden with antioxidants and is therefore good for sensitive skin it is gentler than soft wax and it doesn’t pull up your skin along with your hair.

Undoubtedly, there are many other variants of waxes which I will cover in my articles to come but for now these are the kinds of waxes that you can use at home for superb results. And, now moving on to the next section I will help you go through a few useful tips and tricks using which you can get salon like waxing at home.

Tips and Tricks for Waxing at Home

Washing and prepping the skin

If you’re using a water-based wax, go ahead and wash your skin before waxing. This allows the sugar wax to stick better on your skin without an oil barrier. On the other hand, if you are using a resin based wax which is soluble in oil, do not wash your skin as it removes the oil layer and sticks onto your skin even after the waxing has been done and removing that patch of wax can be both painful and arduous.

The length of the hair

We all get excited before an event and want to wax as soon as possible, but please hold your horses dear ladies. I recommend the two-week rule, let at least two weeks elapse after your last shaving session before you wax. Do not wax hair which is extremely short as the wax will not be able to grip the hair and leave uneven patches of hair even after waxing. Can you imagine how disappointing that would be? Let the hair grow and only when it is relatively long, around ¼ of an inch then go on for a wax.

Selecting the right kind of wax

Getting the perfect result from waxing also depends on selecting the right kind of wax for the correct body part. For instance, warm wax is used on larger areas such as chest, arms, and legs. Whereas, hot wax is supposed to be used on delicate areas that need minute work such as your eyebrows, upper lip, and chin. If you apply a very big patch of hot body wax on a large area not only will you risk burning your skin but will be disappointed with the results.

Getting the right temperature and the right consistency

If you’re using a wax strip, to your task is easy you just have to rub it between your palms and you’re good to go. But, if you’re using a wax that needs to be warmed before it’s being used, that can be a bit of a tricky affair. The correct temperature is very essential. If the wax that you are supposed to use is too cold then it’ll be lumpy, and not spread evenly. Whereas if it is too hot it will spread too much and also risk burning your skin.

Have everything ready before you begin with the task

I can tell you from mistakes and experience that many a times my waxing sessions have gone awry because of my over-excitement. I have sat down many a time to do the waxing without proper preparation, either the scissor is not handy or the strips of cloth are not by and by the time I fetch them, the wax is too cold or lumpy. Preparation is key, before you sit for your waxing sessions remember to have everything that you will need handy.

  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Wax
  • Warm oil for cleaning your skin
  • A wet or damp cloth
  • Something to cover the floor, and
  • Your wax strips or molten wax

Removal and cleaning up after waxing

The method of removal

Often waxing fails because we remove the wax strip too slowly, we just cannot find it in ourselves to give that firm tug because we think it’ll hurt too much. But let me tell you something from my personal experience, if you remove the wax strip slowly not only will it not yield any results but also hurt you much more than that firm tug. Also, hold your skin taut in order to maximize the results, zip off the strip backwards parallel to the skin and do not pull it straight up.

Cleaning up after waxing

I have already stated in the first point that there are two kinds of waxes. One soluble in water, and the other in oil. The cleaning process after waxing is just as important as waxing itself. Be sure to know the kind of wax that you are using, and use the respective solvent to clean your skin afterwards. If you are using a resin based wax be sure to use a baby oil or some oil be it coconut oil or almond oil to wipe your skin. And if you’re using a sugar based wax go ahead and wash it off with water and you are good to go.

General precautions before you start

Perform a patch test always

Be sure to apply a small quantity of the wax on your arm or a certain area of your skin before smearing yourself with the wax and having breakouts or allergic reactions.

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