Hair Removal 101: The Right Way to Wax
Yes, it can be expensive to go to an esthetician regularly, and yes, waxing can absolutely torturous when done incorrectly at-home. So why even bother? Well, this age-old method yields results that last longer than shaving or depilatory creams (up to three weeks), soften and minimize regrowth, and can actually reduce/eliminate the hair in those areas over time.
To find the best ways to get our wax on, I’ve been busy testing a bunch of at-home kits, tips, and techniques so that we can enjoy all the benefits of waxing- without the struggle.
What You Need to Know Before Waxing:
- If you’re a closet shaver, wait a good two weeks before waxing any body hair. (Hair should be between a ¼ to ½ an inch, if it’s longer be sure to trim with safety scissors.)
- If you’re quite sensitive to pain, pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic cream, like No Scream Cream, to apply about 30-45 minutes before waxing.
Top Tips for a Stress-Free Waxing Session:
- Start with clean, dry skin. If you’d like to apply a ‘primer’, use a little baby powder (be sure to dust off excess) but never apply alcohol before/after waxing.
- Wax small areas at a time, so you have greater control and a faster, less painful experience.
- Practice makes perfect. Test your skills in easy-to-reach areas like your calves or arms before attempting to wax your bikini or underarms.
- If hot/warm wax is too intimidating (or time consuming), pick up a pack of pre-treated wax strips. My favorite ones to use are Parissa Quick & Easy Strips, as they manage to get every little hair and come in all sorts of sizes and formulations.
- Always apply hot/warm/strip wax in the direction of the hair growth, and pull it off in the opposite direction, keeping the wax/strip as close to itself as possible. (ie: don’t pull out & away from your body… It’s not fun, trust me.)
- Less is more. Always apply a thin layer of wax (except when using strip-less, hot wax) for best results.
- The faster you can pull the wax off of your body, the less painful and more effective the treatment will be.
- Two times is the MAX. If you don’t get all the hair with two attempts, just tweeze the remaining strays.
- Once all of the hair is removed, be sure to moisturize the area with a cleansing, calming oil like Tea Tree or Azulene.