Wax hair removal at home is one the most popular approach to removing unwanted hair in the body. Everybody loves the feeling of a smooth skin after waxing but not many like the process of waxing itself. It intimidates many and puts them off. This article provides you with all you with all the best tips for waxing hair before and after the waxing process.
- Prior to waxing test a small area of skin to make sure there is no acute sensitivity or allergic reaction to the process.
- 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.
- Wash your skin thoroughly to remove any oil or lotion residue and then dry it.
- Be sure to wash the skin thoroughly and dry it well beforehand to remove any lotions or oils which may prevent the wax from adhering closely to the skin.
- 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.
- Apply the wax with a spatula or any other application tool held at a 45 degree angle. Apply a thin layer in the direction of hair growth.
- 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.
- The face is very sensitive so if you’re thinking of waxing facial hair, make sure the wax temperature is lower than the temperature used for the rest of the body. Test it on a small area.
- Never pull in a series of light pulls. This may cause more pain and may also leave patches. Pull in one swift jerk.
- If your skin is really suffering from pain and discomfort during waxing then you are able to purchase pain reducing gels and creams that numb your skin. These usually are applied 30 – 60 minutes before waxing.
- Breathing exercises help making the process a little less painful. Breathing in and holding your breath for a few minutes and then breathing out helps relaxing the hair follicles so they let go of the hair more easily.
- Water makes the hair soft and doesn’t grip onto wax. So, don’t shower before waxing and make sure your skin is perfectly dry.
- Don’t wax on skin affected by acne. Wait for it to recover and heal before trying to remove hair.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing over freshly waxed areas to minimize the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.
- You can remove residue and excess wax afterward with a warm, moist towel.
- Having got rid of your hair, it is important to moisturize the affected area following waxing. If you go to a salon for a professional waxing session your technician would apply an “after-wax” lotion. In the majority of cases the products can be bought relatively inexpensively from the Internet if you shop around. Alternatively, you can use a good aloe vera product to achieve the same result.
- To avoid the skin appearing darker after waxing, be careful not to expose the treated area to the sun for 48 hours after treatment.
Waxing can be a very effective hair removal technique, but it can also be messy and painful. Hence I prefer the hair removal cream option. As it is easy to apply, doesn’t hurt and it is also very effective.