A Guide to At-home Waxing

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If you’ve never waxed before but don’t want to shell out money for a professional salon treatment, there are many at-home waxing kits you could try. However, before you even think about waxing at home, you should know a few things before you take the plunge.

Keep reading to discover a few tips and tricks to make your first at-home wax as painless (literally and figuratively) as possible.

1. Start with your Legs

As a beginning waxer, I recommend starting with your legs. Compared to other parts of the body you may want to wax eventually, your legs have tougher skin — and you’ll have an easier time seeing what you are doing. If you’re new to waxing, start here.

2. Type of Wax

With the variety of home waxing kits on store shelves, it can be difficult to decide which product to buy. Since you’re starting with your legs, look for a kit designed specifically for that area of the body. If you plan on waxing other areas of your body after you understand the process, you can buy an all-in-one kit if you prefer. Then, choose between sugar wax, hot wax, or cold wax (I told you, the choices are nearly endless!). For a first time waxer, I’d choose a hot wax kit.

3. Preparation

When preparing for an at-home wax, it’s important to clear an area of the bathroom so you have plenty of space to work. As a beginner, you should expect to take about 2 hours for both full legs (not including wax heating time).

4. Wax!

Now, it’s time to start waxing! Follow all directions on your kit exactly, but remember to pull the strip off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Since this is your first time off the block, you’ll probably miss a few hairs and your hair may even grow back sooner than you expected with a wax. The pain isn’t all the fun, either — but believe it or not, the more often you wax, the less it hurts! Additionally, you want to avoid going over the same area more than two or three times, or you can increase the likelihood of getting ingrown hairs.

5. After the Wax

Congratulations, you’ve made it through the pain and successfully (I hope!) managed to wax at home. After waxing, exfoliate the area and moisturize with a high-quality lotion, which will help smooth your newly waxed legs and remove any remaining wax residue.

Waxing may look relatively easy (if not painless), but it can be trickier than it looks. If you opt for waxing at home, these tips should prove invaluable to you. Good luck, and get ready to show off those gorgeous gams!

Do you have any tips or tricks for at home waxing? Have you waxed at home before? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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