How to Wax at Home
By Renee Gerber
, last updated December 22, 2011
Waxing has quickly become a common beauty procedure. Most often, women -- and sometimes, even men -- visit a salon to get this procedure done, but it can become quite costly, especially when you go on a regular basis. However, you can save yourself some money by doing your waxing at the privacy of your very own home.
If you have never performed a self waxing before, make sure you start with a simpler area first, that being your legs. This is important because you will have a good view of what you are doing. In addition, the skin on your legs is slightly tougher than certain other areas, so you will be able to better endure the discomfort in removing the wax strips.
One of the best things you can do prior to waxing is to take a hot shower or bath. Or, at the very least, get into your bathtub and give yourself a hot or very warm washing, especially in the area or areas where you plan to wax. This will ensure that your pores are more open and the waxing procedure will be a lot easier and less painful. Of course, making the experience as painless as possible is essential, especially when you are new at waxing.
Avoid applying moisturizer to your skin prior to your waxing. However, baby powder and even tooth numbing creams or gels are appropriate for applying on the places you are planning to wax. These will enable better pulling at the hair as well as numbing the area, which will in turn lead to an easier waxing experience.
Do the waxing in your bathroom. When you apply the wax, you can sit on the edge of your bathtub, with your legs inside the tub. Pull at the strips in an even manner, and in the direction from which the hair grows. This will make for an easier procedure and should be a bit less painful or discomforting. However, at the same time, you should avoid waxing the same area more than twice. This can only serve to irritate your skin. Let a few stubborn hairs slide.
If you are a more experience self waxer and consider yourself brave, you can even give yourself a bikini wax at home. Make sure you choose a good quality waxing kit, and don't skimp on the price. There is a reason why certain items are more expensive or cheaper than others. In any case, a water soluble wax is the best.
Apply a small bit of wax first, and work on a smaller area to start with. Make sure to also apply the wax strips in the right direction, once again, as it will be much easier and quicker to remove the hair when wax is positioned in the same direction as the way it grows. Also, pull the skin taut around the area being waxed, as this will help to reduce the pain. Pull the wax strips down, and never up. Keep in mind that pulling the strips in an upward motion will hurt far worse, so it is urged to avoid doing this at all costs!