How To Wax At Home Like A Pro

Waxing comes with tons of benefits. It lasts longer than shaving, it leaves your skin smooth and stubble-free, and it allows the hairs to grow back with finer tips, meaning you’ll need to wax less and less over time. It’s also quick - unlike tweezers or epilators that pull out one hair at a time, you can rid a whole area of unwanted hair in a flash. 


Waxing is no pain-free solution - you’ll feel the pinch! But there are ways to get it done with maximum speed, and minimal discomfort. Even better, you don’t need to attend a salon to get fantastic results. 


First off, you have a couple of choices to make. You can opt for preloaded wax-strips, which tend to be less messy, and easier for beginners. The wax on these can be thinner and not so strong, so are better suited to finer hair. If you’re feeling brave, and want to get as close to the salon method as possible, you can try liquid wax. For this, you’ll need a wax warmer and spreading tool. Soft wax requires cotton or paper strips; hard wax you can pull off by hand. 


Another option is using a roll-on wax kit, which heats the wax internally and automatically, and applies it directly to your skin. Some beginners find this easier than using liquid wax.


What you’ll need:


  • Wax of choice
  • If using liquid wax, a wax warmer and spreading tool 
  • Talcum powder 
  • A soothing oil or gel for afterwards

You’ll also need to ensure ahead of time that:


  • The hairs you wish to remove are around 5mm long, to enable the wax to grip onto them.
  • You exfoliate 24 hours before, to give the wax a clean area to stick to just the hairs. Build up of dead skin cells can prevent the wax from sticking properly. Exfoliating also helps prevent ingrowing hairs! 
  • Just before waxing, smooth talcum powder over the skin to remove any excess moisture.

Let’s get going!


Firstly, make sure your skin is clean and dry. Get seated in a comfortable position, ideally in a waterproof location like your bathroom, in case of spillages. Wax and carpet aren’t good friends!


For liquid wax: Sit the wax in your warmer and allow it to gently heat up. Make sure it’s not too hot - you can dab some on your wrist to test. It should never be hotter than the temperature you’d run a warm bath to - overheated wax can lead to blistering and scars. Use your stick to collect around a grape-sized scoop of wax, and smooth it evenly onto your skin in the direction of hair growth. If you’re using soft wax, smooth the waxing strip on top in the same direction, pause for 1-2 seconds to let it harden, and pull off in the opposite direction to the hair growth, not upwards. This is important, and less painful!


If you’re using hard wax, the same applies - let the wax harden, then pull it off in the opposite direction to hair growth.


For preloaded wax strips: Warm the strip between your hands by holding it and rubbing it gently. Then smooth the wax strip onto the skin in a top to bottom motion, or in the direction of hair growth. Firmly press down on the strip in the same direction, giving it a second or two to harden, and then pull off the strip in the opposite direction to the hair growth. 


Repeat until you’ve removed all the unwanted hair. Whichever type of wax you’re using, try not to wax the same area twice. Use tweezers to pluck away any strays - over waxing can cause irritation. 


Aftercare


When you’ve finished waxing and all traces are washed away, it’s good practice to soothe your skin with an oil or moisturizer. Aloe vera gel is particularly effective.


Over the next 24 hours, try to avoid scented products, and hold off on swimming, sunbathing and hot showers. Some find loose clothing helpful, to let your skin breathe and recover. 


Now all that’s left to do is enjoy a few hair-free weeks. Professionals recommend leaving 4-6 weeks between waxes, but with time, you should be able to enjoy longer gaps in between as your hair’s growth rate slows.