With the hot summer months upon us, you probably find yourself wearing shorts, dresses, and bathing suits more often than not. While the sunshine feels great on our skin, it also means that you may find the need to shave more regularly. If you’re tired of shaving every other day, it may be time to find another hair removal solution that lasts longer. Waxing can be a great do-it-yourself option to give you long-lasting, smooth results.
Although waxing isn’t a hard task, it can seem pretty daunting the first time you try. If you’re ready to get started with at-home waxing, follow these expert tips for a professional-quality wax at home.
Determine What Type of Wax to Use
If you’re new to the world of waxing, you may not be sure where to start — and that is perfectly alright! There are a few different types of wax on the market, and while we recommend trying both over time, you’ll need to decide which kind you want to use for your first at-home waxing session. Consider the following types of wax:
- Hard wax – Hard wax makes using waxing quick, easy, and less painful. Instead of having to pick the wax off or rip off waxing strips, you can easily grip the hard wax and rip it off. Hard wax is a great option for thick, stubborn hairs and offers more precision when applied. However, it dries more quickly than other options, which can make it more difficult to handle (especially for beginners).
- Hot wax – Melted down from hard wax beads, hot wax is applied to the skin and removed with a wax strip. Because of its soft and pliable nature, it is easier to work with than hard wax which is great for waxing newbies. Hot wax is also the ideal choice when waxing large areas because of its ability to spread and resistance to drying out quickly.
Once you know which type of wax you want to use, it’s time to get started!
Prep the Skin Before Waxing
You may be excited to begin your at-home wax, but you don’t want to jump the gun without properly prepping your skin first. To remove excess oils, dirt, lotion, and dead skin cells, you should exfoliate the areas where you plan to wax. Not only does this give you a clean slate to work with, but removing dead skin cells before your wax also reduces the chance of ingrown hairs. Along with exfoliating, you may want to invest in a pre-wax spray to remove any oils, dirt, or makeup that may have been missed during the exfoliation phase.
Only Wax When Hair Is the Right Length
Patience is key when it comes to waxing because you shouldn’t wax until the hair is the right length. But what exactly is the “right” length? Between waxing sessions, the hair you are removing needs to be about a quarter-inch long. If the hard is shorter than a quarter-inch, the wax won’t have enough to grip onto (leaving you with more hair than you’d like to have!). However, you also shouldn’t try to wax hair that is too long. If your hair is longer than a quarter-inch, it is recommended that you trim it down before waxing.
Don’t Skip Proper Aftercare
Your job isn’t done after you pull off the last wax strip — you still need to focus on aftercare! When getting dressed immediately after waxing, you should opt for clothes made of soft fabrics like cotton so no harsh materials rub against your sensitive skin. About 24 hours after waxing, you need to thoroughly exfoliate the waxed area to reduce the chances of ingrown hairs. While the first exfoliation is the most important, you should continue exfoliating a few times a week to ensure the hairs are safely growing back in.
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