Editor’s Note: Just joining us now? Catch up with Part I of Luelle’s Waxing How-To series.
This week, my dear readers, I will give you an introduction on how to wax your own body hair at home.
I did a photo edition of my legs, but this information carries over to whatever body hair you want wax (maybe excluding thick facial hair; from what I’ve read it doesn’t seem like a good idea to remove it with wax).
Let me first say that waxing at home isn’t for the faint of heart; even though I’ve done it countless times, it still ends up hurting more then I expect when I end up doing it!
My advice for those who want to wax and who haven’t done it before is firstly to spend the extra money at a beautician for the “initial” wax so you can get someone who knows what they’re doing (which will lessen the pain).
Then all you have to do from there is maintain your hairless look by waxing at home. Not only will it be less costly in the long run, but also less painful (the first time is always the worst).
To wax at home you’ll need the following supplies:
- Strip wax. Choose a brand that’s meant for at-home use, either online or at a local drug store.
- Cotton strips of some kind. You can use strips made for waxing or you can cut up your own from old t-shirts.
-A microwave, for heating up the wax.
- Cornstarch or baby powder
For those of you brave enough to try it on your own here are the tips I can offer.
1. Take a painkiller (or two!) like Tylenol, Ibuprofen (whichever your body likes best) about a half hour before you start.
2. Warm your wax in a microwave in increments of 15-20 seconds until it is liquid enough to spread in a thin layer, but not too liquid that it is scalding hot! Usually about a minute will do, but make sure to test the temperature of the wax on a small patch of skin before lathering it on to make sure it’s not too hot.
3. Cut cotton strips in bands about 4-5 inches in length. I’ve only ever bought cotton bands from stores in Canada when I lived there, but as long as you have some woven cotton fabric that should suffice. The internet is probably the best source for waxing-specific cotton, but old cut up cotton t-shirts would also suffice.
4. Dust whatever area you will be removing hair from with either baby powder or corn starch. This will prevent the wax from sticking too much to the skin and bind it more firmly to the hair.
5. Spread a thin layer of wax over an area about twice to three times as wide as your waxing strips and equally as long (I like to do 2-3 “yanks” per layer of wax I put on my legs. Otherwise doing a 1-to-1 wax-to-strip ratio can get tiresome)
6. Quickly lay down a cotton strip on the layer of wax on your body and smooth it out in the direction of hair growth.
7. Pull sharply in the opposite direction of hair growth and put your other hand immediately on the area you’ve just waxed. I’m not sure why, but for whatever reason this eases the pain a little bit (a trick my ma taught me).
8. You can reuse the same cotton strip 6 or more times!
Hope that helps describe what waxing should look like at home! It’s definitely quite the process, but the smoothness lasts for weeks and once you’ve gotten accustomed to it it’s nearly impossible to go back to shaving. I find waxing to be the sexiest form of hair removal possible, so if that’s not a ringing endorsement I dunno what else to tell you.