How To Wax At Home Like A Pro
Waxing is essential. While there are parlors that do the job for you, knowing how to wax on your own at home is a skill that comes in handy if you have no time to go to one or prefer doing it yourself. Waxing at home is economical and saves time. Yes, it could be quite a task, but it becomes more comfortable with practice and proper preparation. Which is what we will help you with. Scroll down to know how to wax like a pro!
What Should You Keep In Mind Before You Start To Wax?
Smooth skin is excellent, but for a great waxing experience and infection-free skin, follow the tips below.
Examine Hair Length
Yeah, your hair needs to grow to a certain length before you wax it again. To be precise it should be at least 1/4 of an inch so that you can easily grasp and remove it.
Also, frequent waxing can loosen your skin. So, the next time you decide to wax, check if your hair has grown enough to be removed.
Check Your Menstrual Cycle
Do not wax when you are on your periods. Your body is already in pain, and you don’t have to go through more bouts of agony. It’s best to finish off or wait until the first two weeks of your cycle before you wax.
It’s not a good idea to exfoliate right before you wax; it can make your skin sensitive and make it more prone to pain, allergy, and burns. You don’t want that. Exfoliating a day or two before waxing is okay though.
Do Not Moisturize
Moisturizer forms a barrier between your skin and the wax, making your hair hard to pull out.
You can moisturize your skin the previous night so that it does not feel too dry by the time you wax it the next day.
Clean your hands, the place, and the tools you use to wax. It’s crucial because waxing can lead to small cuts and nicks through which bacteria can creep in. Also, sanitize your waxing tools with alcohol.
Pain-Proof Sensitive Areas
Ice the areas that cause a lot of pain before you start to wax them. These can include the upper lip, underarms, etc. The ice numbs the area and causes lesser pain during the waxing process.
What Are The Different Types Of Wax?
Sugar wax is made up of natural ingredients (sugar, lemon, and warm water) and has been around for centuries.
It pulls the hair out from its roots and does not affect the skin, which is why it is ideal for multiple uses on the same area. Sugar wax works best for those with sensitive skin; and it is okay to use it on any part of the body.
Chocolate is as good on the skin as it is in your mouth. If you are looking for something luxurious and pampering, then chocolate wax is the best choice.
Chocolate wax causes lesser pain than sugar wax and benefits your skin with its antioxidant properties. It also contains other ingredients like almond oil and glycerin. The wax is a little on the expensive side compared to other waxes.
Fruit wax contains fruit extracts such as bananas and berries, and is rich in nutrients. It nourishes the skin and even works great on sensitive skin.
The wax is rich in antioxidants and is gentle on your skin. It does not cause allergies and also doubles up as a skin-enhancing formula.
Hot wax is heated wax that is used on larger areas of the body. The wax is melted in a pot or is microwaved.
Hot wax is used with a flat, stick-like applicator and waxing strips to remove hair from the body. The wax quickly spreads on the skin and is capable of removing very thin hair.
Cold wax is applied directly to the skin without any heating or processing. It is easy to use while traveling and does not make much of a mess.
It is available in the market in containers, or as waxing strips with wax attached to them. It comes in a semi-solid form with a firm and thick consistency.
Now that we know about the different kinds of wax, let’s learn how to make a simple one at home.
How To Make Wax At Home?
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of water
- A cooking utensil
What You Need To Do
- Add the brown sugar to the cooking utensil. Then, add lemon juice and water to it. Stir the mixture while you heat it on a low sim. Increase the heat as you stir it and wait till it reaches to a boil.
- Lower the heat. The color of the mixture should turn golden. Check its consistency by taking a spoonful of the mixture and letting it cool. If the texture is slightly thicker than honey, you are good to go.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and let it cool for about 30-45 minutes. Post which it is ready to use.
How To Wax At Home?
Either you can make wax at home or buy it from the market. Once you have the wax, prepare for the hair removal process by following the tips mentioned at the beginning of this post.
Clear the space you would be waxing it should be clean. Spread a cotton cloth on the table or stool where you will place the wax and in the area where you will sit.
Take adequate wax from the wax container or wax heater, if it is hot wax and apply it gently to your skin in the direction of the hair growth. Use a wax applicator for this purpose. Then, take a wax strip and rub it on the area where you have applied the wax it will stick to it.
Choose the right wax
For sensitive skin, I like to make my own natural sugar wax. It’s less expensive than purchasing wax at the store and since it’s made with just 3 ingredients (brown sugar, lemon and water) it’s better for you, too.
Some sugar wax recipes don’t require you to use strips just apply and rip off. But getting the right consistency can take a lot of trial and error (and wasted batches of wax).
Instead, I whip up this simple wax recipe and use cotton wax strips to ensure clean removal:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 lemon, juiced
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly until you get a thick, honey-like consistency (it will darken as it cooks and that’s okay). This may take between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the size of your saucepan and how hot your stove gets. Remove from heat and let sit for 20 minutes to thicken up. If it’s too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you get back to the right consistency.
Make sure your hair is the right length
If hair is too short, the wax won’t be able to get a good grip and you’ll be left with a spotty wax job. Hair that’s too long can create an equally unpleasant scenario. To be safe, aim for around 1/4-inch of growth.
Making sure skin is clean helps the wax adhere to the hair follicles. Wash with a bar of soap and water or pick up a pre-wax cleanser that will evaporate cleanly without you having to rinse it off.
Heat and test the wax
If you don’t have a wax warmer, pop your sugar wax in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm it up slightly (if using store bought wax, follow the instructions on the package). Grab a popsicle stick and dab a bit of wax on the inside of your wrist.
Apply wax in the direction of growth
Working in 2-inch sections, apply wax in the direction of hair growth. Let sit for 5-10 seconds before placing a wax strip on top and smoothing it down gently.
Pull off against the grain
Pull the strip off in the opposite direction of the hair growth, being sure to hold the skin underneath taught to lessen the pain.
What Are The Tips To Keep In Mind While Waxing?
Check Your Skin
Check for cuts, burns, and pimples on your skin while you wax. Avoid those areas and wax carefully around them.
If you suffer from any skin allergies and infections, it is best to consult your dermatologist and follow his/her advice.
Regulate Wax Temperature
If you are using hot wax, ensure it doesn’t get too hot as it might burn your skin. Also, ensure it is not so cold that it won’t spread properly on your skin.
The wax must be of the ideal temperature. Ensure this by checking its warmth at regular intervals or toggling the wax heater accordingly.
Figure The Right Direction
You need to find the right direction of your hair growth for a smooth waxing session. It is easy in some areas, and in some areas where the growth looks haphazard, you need to take a closer look and wax in multiple directions, if needed.
Avoid Multiple Applications
Do not over wax a particular area. Finish the job in one go. Waxing an area multiple times can lead to rashes, redness, and burns.
Thread or tweeze off the tiny areas that don’t come off in the first pull. This is better than waxing the area multiple times.
Douse The Burn With Ice
If you burn your skin, stop waxing and rub the area with ice or soak it in ice water. Wait till the redness and pain subside before you continue with the process. But, avoid the affected area.