While many men may exclaim “I’m so glad I’m a guy!” when a woman brings up the topic of wax hair removal, many women actually enjoy embracing their femininity by paying attention to details such as hair removal, hair styling and clothing trends. With an entire industry surrounding the concept of beauty, its associated tasks and body up-keep, women are presented with a variety of options when it comes to hair removal.
Although the initial waxing procedure may require a higher level of pain tolerance, many women agree its results are long lasting and enjoyable. If you’re new to hair removal waxing, you may want to consider seeing a professional esthetician for the first procedure. Factors such as the temperature of the wax, the type of wax you use and the area you’re looking to remove hair from, all come into play when waxing unwanted hair.
If you feel like you’re ready to try waxing at home, remember to stock up on these key items before you start:
The Hair Removal Wax Procedure
Remember that, when you’re waxing hair, you’re actually pulling the hair from the root. This process is known as epilation because it pulls hair from under the surface, rather than removing only the part of the hair that is above the surface of the skin, much like a razor would. When doing this process yourself, it’s important to follow a strict process, especially when you’re removing hair from sensitive areas. Many waxing kits come with an instruction booklet. Make sure to read this before undertaking any step of the process.
Here is a general overview of the hair removal waxing process:
- Heat the wax in a wax warmer. Even if you’re using a hard wax, it is not until the warm wax touches your skin that it begins to cool, no longer requiring you to apply the epilating cloth. This type of wax is used for coarse areas of hair.
- Cut your epilating cloth into strips. Strips that are too big are better than strips that are too small. The only hair that will be removed when you pull the strip is the hair covered in the wax.
- Pull your skin tight, and use a wax applicator to apply the hair removal wax in a thin layer to the surface of your skin. Too much wax can result in a sticky mess later. It is better to exercise caution by removing the hair in small groups rather than large ones, especially until you are more familiar with the process.
- Apply the epilating cloth. Then press and smooth the cloth onto the wax, making sure it will remove as much of the wax as possible. Also remember to leave a small flap on one end for you to easily grip when removing the cloth.
- Now, quickly pull the cloth from your skin. Use your full strength to do this. You do not want to have it removed halfway only to lose your grip on the cloth. TIP: To help with the immediate pain, quickly apply pressure to your skin as soon as the strip is removed.
- Repeat this process until all of your unwanted hair is removed. Remember to apply your wax remover once this process is finished to ensure your skin is not left sticky. It also helps to apply a cooling gel once the procedure is finished to relieve the irritated area.