Waxing yourself can be quite challenging. Follow these steps to avoid hardships while waxing by yourself and make the process way easier than it seems.
Body hair is an unavoidable part of life. However, you may choose to delete it for whatever reason; the choice is yours. Perhaps your happy path is beginning to resemble a field of dreams.
You could use a razor, but waxing is the ideal option if you want your results to linger for weeks without stubble. If you want to pull off a do-it-yourself who prefers to save money and time, at-home hair removal may be the way to go.
It’s one of the more time-consuming grooming procedures if you want to shave. There’s a lot to be irritated about, from minor skin irritation to having to repeat the process the next day. In most circumstances, having thick hair is a blessing, but when it’s on your legs, it’s not so great.
However, to avoid damage or infection, all waxing activities involve safety procedures. Here’s how to do a wax job at home safely and effectively.
Here Are Some Pointers You Should Follow Before You Wax By Yourself
Waxing removes hair from the follicle; in other words, it pulls your body hair out by the root, allowing pathogens to enter the open hair follicles. Waxing removes the top layer of dry, dead skin cells in many situations, leaving the skin smoother but more prone to discomfort. Heated wax, on the other hand, can burn. Using sugar wax kits is usually a safer option.
That’s why appropriate skin prep and aftercare, as well as effective waxing techniques, are critical for preventing problems that might derail your quest for smooth skin.
You should be able to safely remove your hair and enjoy the effects for weeks if you follow these procedures.
Avoid Directly Doing It by Yourself
Learn how to use the proper techniques. When you get behind the wheel, you’ll be able to observe how things are done and deal with slightly less obstinate hair. You can face these mishaps the first time you will be doing it yourself, such as:
Prepare Your Hair and Skin to be Waxed
- The Skin Should be Exfoliated
Exfoliate with a gentle scrub, brush, sponge, or loofah a day or two before waxing to eliminate dead cells that surround the hair follicles. Exfoliating also aids in the removal of ingrown hairs and improves the results of waxing.
Just keep in mind that scrubbing too hard might irritate your skin, which isn’t ideal for waxing.
- Clean Skin
Waxing should always begin with freshly cleansed skin. Scrub away any bacteria, perspiration, oil, makeup, grime, or other residue using a mild soap.
Oily skin and hair might prevent wax from adhering, and grime raises your chances of getting infected pimples.
- Dry Skin
Wax also won’t stick to damp hair. So, using a clean towel, completely dry the area.
Also, a pinch of talcum powder. If you’re sweating from the heat or humidity, or if you’re anxious about waxing, the powder can assist with absorbing moisture. It also aids in skin protection during the painful pull.
- Cut Hair First For Your Ease
Waxing requires at least a quarter-inch of hair, although excessively long hair might make waxing more difficult and unpleasant.
If your hair is longer than three-quarters of an inch, the experts suggest trimming it to three-quarters of an inch. Use a clean personal grooming instrument, such as an electric trimmer or safety scissors, to trim your hair.
Purchase More Wax Strips
You’ll need more strips than you think when using roll-on wax. The package we use has ten strips, which are insufficient to cover the full surface. In a pinch, we’ve washed the strips with sudsy water and reused them, but we recommend stockpiling up ahead of time.
Check to See if Your Leg Hair is the Appropriate Length
If the hair is too short, the wax will not be able to adhere to it. It’ll hurt a lot more if you wait too long. The length of your leg hair should be at least a quarter-inch long before waxing.
How to Wax Your Legs
- Clean the skin first.
- When you’re using hard wax, heat it for thirty seconds at a time in the microwave. Between each cycle, stir until it thickens. To make sure the wax isn’t too hot, do a patch test on the back of your wrist.
- Spread the warmed-up hard wax over your legs in parts using a wax spatula, being careful to move in the direction of hair development. If you’re using strips, warm them between your palms before applying them to your legs in the direction of development.
Wax should be applied in the direction of hair growth. Always smooth the wax over the skin in the direction of the grain, whether you’re using a strip wax or a stripless wax. In the same direction, apply your strip. Never dip your applicator twice in the wax bottle to prevent germs from entering your wax.
- If you’re using hard wax, wait until it dries before using it (but is still soft). You don’t have to wait for strip wax to dry, but pulling against the hair growth is still a good idea.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for your specific wax. Some waxes need time to solidify before they can be pulled, while others may be pulled practically instantly.
Hold skin tightly with one hand and pull it gently in the direction of hair development when you’re ready to pull. Then, in one rapid move, pull the strip of wax off with the other hand in the opposite direction.
- Apply pressure quickly after taking the wax off to reduce stinging. You may do this using a cold, damp cotton pad or simply your hand.
- Reduce the discomfort caused by the pull. Take a deep breath and exhale as you pull hard to reduce the sting. Then, to soothe the skin that has just been waxed, lay your palm on it. Apply lidocaine, a sensory numbing lotion, thirty minutes before waxing if you’re prone to waxing discomfort.
Remember to take care of yourself once you’ve waxed. The same wax aftercare instructions apply whether you wax at a salon or home. Avoid saunas, steam rooms, very hot showers, and bright sunshine during the first twenty-four hours after waxing. Apply cold compresses to your skin and wear loose clothing to prevent inflammation.