At home waxing is cheaper than waxing you do in the salon. However, when you do waxing at home, you should know about the do’s and don’ts of waxing. It is true that you may suffer a temporary pain when you wax at home. But before you attempt it, it is important that you know your waxing basics. Below are given tips that will help you do it properly and have soft, smooth and hair-free skin.
Dos and Don’ts of Waxing:
Do: Prevent ingrown hairs by exfoliating and moisturizing
Before you wax and after waxing, it is important that you gently exfoliate your skin using a body scrub like shea moisture coconut & hibiscus hand & body scrub, or any of the top rated scrubs. You can also use a washcloth or bath pouf for exfoliating. Apply a moisturizer on your skin after waxing to keep your skin hydrated and smooth.
Don’t: do not wax hair that is too short or too long
Your hair should be of a length between ¼ inch to ¾ inch to apply wax and remove them. If your hair is shorter than this, the wax you apply will not adhere well on the hair. So you will have difficulty in removing them. If your hair is too long, you can trim it and then wax. This will help the process less painful and effective.
Do: make sure to use baby powder before waxing
Applying baby powder on your skin before you apply wax helps in absorbing the excess moisture that may be present on your skin. As a result, the cloth strip you use will adhere well. This way you will get baby smooth and hairless skin that you will be proud of.
Do: remember to check the wax temperature for hair removal.
To avoid getting minor burns and redness on your skin, make sure to test the temperature of your wax. You can check it by applying a bit of it on your wrist. If the temperature is comfortable and the wax spreads properly, then you can apply it on your skin. If the wax is too cold, it will not spread. If too hot, you will burn yourself.
Do: Apply Wax in the right direction
If you are applying wax on your hair for the first time at home, this tip is very important. When you apply the wax on your skin, always remember to apply it in the direction of hair growth. This allows the wax to adhere fully. After you have spread the wax properly, put a cloth strip over the wax and pres it firmly with your fingers in the same direction as hair growth. Leave it for a few seconds, so that it gets set.
When you remove the cloth strip, you have to hold your skin taunt and pull the strip off quickly in the direction opposite to the direction of hair growth. You should stay close and parallel to the skin, just like you turn the page of a book. Never lift the strip up in the air.
Do: Post waxing apply pressure
To get beautiful, you need to suffer some pain as well. But at home waxing need not be very painful. As soon as you remove the clot strip, you have to apply pressure in the waxed area. This helps in providing you relief from the sting and also makes your skin less sensitive.
Don’t: Double waxing
If you wax the same area more than twice, it can cause damage to your skin. It can also be quite painful. If you still have some hairs remaining after you have applied wax twice, you can remove these hairs using tweezers or change waxing frequency.
Do: Use baby oil after waxing
After you wax, you have to give some love and attention to your skin. This you can do so by applying baby oil ion the skin waxed. This helps in removing any wax remaining on your skin and also keeps your skin hydrated and well moisturized.
Do: Hair growth inhibitor is natural
Using a hair growth inhibitor is very useful as this means that you need to wax less often. Hair inhibitors help in making the coarse hair soft. This makes it easier to wax and also the process less painful.
Don’t: do not wax under these conditions
You should avoid waxing if you are under strong medication for acne treatment or have sunburn. You should also not wax if there is any sort of circulation or immune system issues. This is because your skin becomes extra sensitive under these conditions.
Don’t: Stop picking ingrown hairs
Although you may be tempted to pick at the ingrown hairs, you should refrain from it as it is of no use. It can also lead to infection. If after waxing you have stubborn ingrown hairs, you can soak in warm water for softening the skin. Then gently exfoliate the skin and apply a salicylic acid treatment like Queen Bee Waxing Buzz Off Bumps. This helps in further exfoliating the skin.
If you have to pick, then make sure that you use sterilized tweezers and pick any ingrown hairs that are right on the surface of the skin.
Don’t: Do not try Brazilian Wax at home
This is a style of waxing in which all hair is removed, except for a thin landing strip. So, it can be really difficult if you do it yourself at home, especially as there are some places where it is hard to reach. So, skip home waxing and have the full wax in a salon or parlour.
Another thing to remember is that waxing your bikini area two days before or after your period may make it more painful than at other times. This is because your skin is more sensitive due the hormones release during this time.