Waxing has been a long-time favorite hair removal method. It’s no surprise either. Waxing removes hair for 6-8 weeks while shaving only lasts a day or two. It also doesn’t create the unsightly bumps or nicks that shaving can create.
Many spas and salons offer waxing services, but going out to get waxed can become expensive. It is easy to learn how to wax at home, and will save a lot of money in the long run.
Most waxing methods use the same concept. The wax grasps the hair and pulls it out from the follicle. The most basic wax is heated in a warmer to an ideal temperature then is used with muslin, paper, or cellophane strips to pull the hair away. Sugar wax is used the same way, but is made from a sugar or honey base.
Waxing has always been a pain (literally), but newer waxes are also formulated to stick to the hair and not the skin itself. This cuts down on the pain significantly. There are also many recipes for homemade waxes including honey and sugar ones that can be made in the microwave or on the stove top.
Wax strips are a mess free option. They are strips of muslin with wax already applied, and are prepped by body heat before using. The convenience of using body heat with the mess-free packaging makes them a great option for those who are on the go.
How To Wax
Despite the method, waxing is usually performed in the same way. Always begin with clean skin, and use a toner to remove any oil from the skin. When using a heated wax, it’s important to check the temperature before proceeding.
Start with taking a small amount of wax on an applicator and spread it on the inside of your wrist. If it’s too hot to the touch, turn it down and check it again in a few minutes. If it’s warm but not uncomfortable, take a small strip of muslin and apply it to the wax, smoothing it with a finger. Pull it off, close to the skin, and if it comes off with almost no residue on the skin, it’s ready.
The next step is to apply the wax to the hair you want to be removed. Spread it in the same direction of the hair growth, and apply the muslin strip, smoothing in the same direction. Hold the surrounding skin tight, and quickly remove the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth, keeping it close to the skin. Repeat this until all the hair is removed.
When that is done, apply an oil-based wax remover to get rid of any residual wax. To calm the skin, apply a soothing lotion such as aloe vera. Wax strips are used with the same method of application, except for the need to heat and test the wax.
It’s a good idea to wax the day before a big interview, date, or event, especially when new to it. There is the chance of redness, puffiness, swelling, and sometimes a burn. In the case of facial waxing, such as brows or lip, it’s advisable to wait before any facial or exfoliating treatment to prevent any rawness or excess irritation. It is ideal to wax on a day before staying in, or in the evening after coming home.
With so many waxing methods, there is something for everyone. With new advances it has become less painful and more portable than ever. When one knows how to wax, there is no longer the need for getting te razor out every night!