Waxing is one of the most popular hair removal methods presently used. If you find waxing at saloons to be uncomfortable you can try waxing yourself at home. Here are some tips to help you do that:
Waxing Tips Home
- If you are going to be out in the sun after a waxing session, use a good sun blockers to the skin doesn’t appear to be darker in the treated area. Alternatively, stay out of the sun for 48 hours after waxing.
- As waxing preparations contain chemicals, make sure your skin will not react negatively by just testing a small area first in a place that’s not so visible.
- Make sure the hair is at least one eighth of an inch long before the hair removal session.
- The wax needs to really adhere closely to the skin so remove any oil or lotion residue by washing thoroughly and then DRYING thoroughly before using the wax.
- Heat the wax to a soft consistency. Avoid it becoming runny. Also try it on a small area to make sure you have not overheated it and thus avoid the risk of burning the skin.
- If you find the pain factor too much, try using an anesthetic numbing spray. Be sure to apply it thirty minutes to one hour before the waxing session to ensure the skin is properly numbed.
- Hold the spatula or application tool at a 45 degree angle as you spread the wax on the skin and make sure you apply a thin layer in the direction the hair is growing.
- If you are using cotton strips, leave about one third of it free so you have enough to allow for a good grip on the strip so you can pull it back in a nice swift smooth action. Also when pressing it onto the skin, rub it in the direction in the hair is growing.
- Gently pull on the skin to make it taught before you rip off the cotton strip.
- Don’t pull the strip up, don’t pull it out – just pull it back as close as possible to the skin with one swift movement.
- Avoid a series of light pulls. Instead do it in one rapid movement. Doing repeated pulls can be more painful and leave patches.
- If you are removing facial hair, heat the wax to a temperature a little lower than the rest of the body. The face is a sensitive area! Treat a small area at a time.
- You can remove residue and excess wax afterward with a warm, moist towel.
- Hair absorbs water and makes it soft, not a good condition when trying to grip it in wax and pull it out! So don’t shower or wet the hair before you wax. Make sure the hair is dry and it will come out easier.
- You will probably want to wear loose fitting clothing after a waxing session to avoid the skin becoming irritated. Also, tight fitting clothing on freshly waxed areas can contribute to painful ingrown hairs.
- Exfoliate the skin using a Loofa sponge or other exfoliation accessory between one and two days after waxing. This gets rid of dead skin and helps prevent ingrown hairs.
- Don’t wax on skin affected by acne. Wait for it to recover and heal before trying to remove hair.
- Some find that deep breathing exercise also help. Just breathe in through the nose, hold your breath for a few seconds, and then slowly let it out through the mouth. You will find the body relaxes more easily. Also it has the interesting effect of relaxing hair follicles so they let go of the hair a little more easily with constricting.
- A very simple precaution is to press firmly with the finger or the palm of the hand IMMEDIATELY after you pull the waxing strip away. This can drastically reduce the discomfort.
- Rubbing the area with an ice cube right afterwards is also recommended. This can help calm down protesting nerve endings.
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.