So, you want to wax, but you don’t know where to start? I got you!!
- Grow your hair, caveman style. Seriously, though. Your hair needs to be about the length of a grain of rice, which usually takes 2-3 weeks depending on your body. If the hair is too short, it won’t pull out the way it needs to. (Please note: the longer the hair, the more painful the waxing session. Don’t wait too long to wax once the hair gets to be the right length.)
- Heat your wax. You don’t want your wax to be too hot (aka burn alert), so set your temperature to medium/medium-high heat. The more wax in your bowl, the longer it may take to warm up. (You can always set it to high heat and then turn it down to the desired temperature when the wax is close to being ready.)
- Set up your wax station. While your wax is heating, lay an old towel over the area where you plan to wax (you’ll want to be sure to set your wax warmer on the towel in case there’s a spill). Grab a waxing stick as well as several waxing strips. I typically use two towels: one to sit under my wax warmer and one to sit under me in case I drip wax anywhere.
- Exfoliate the area you plan to wax. While this might be a step you want to skip, take it from me that it is so worth it. Exfoliation opens up pores and lessens the pain associated with waxing. I’ve skipped this step a time or two and have regretted it later.
- Ready, set, WAX!! Once your wax is heated, you’re ready to go. Place your stick into your waxing bowl. Wipe off the back of the stick against the edge of the bowl. (You might also want to wipe off the sides of your stick if your bowl is full to get rid of excess wax.)
- Apply the wax. Place your stick at a ninety degree angle to your skin. Slowly drag the wax in the direction the hair is “laying down.”
- Apply the strip. Place your strip on top of the wax and gently press down in the direction you applied the wax.
- Remove the strip. Take ahold of the strip and pull quickly and firmly in the opposite direction that you applied the wax. Be sure to pull the strip close to your skin rather than out and away from your body (the latter may result in bruising in more sensitive areas like your armpit). You may also want to pull the skin taut before pulling off the strip which will reduce pain.
- Repeat steps 5-8 as needed.
- Remove excess wax. After you’ve finished waxing, apply Wax Off Cream to the area to remove any wax that may still be on your skin.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!! Exfoliate the area once again with a sugar scrub in about a day or so to cleanse the pores.
A few notes about waxing:
When placing your stick back in the warmer after applying wax to your skin, rest it on a different side than the spot where you wiped off the excess wax. This will prevent the back of your stick from getting sticky (aka less frustration).
You may find you have to apply wax in various directions in order to get all the hair. Pay attention to the way the hair is growing and apply the wax accordingly.
If you wax a particular area and miss a spot, only apply wax to that spot and try again. If you only miss a few hair, consider tweezing the individual hair rather than applying more wax, as the latter will increase the sensitivity following your waxing session.
On a scale of 0-10 for sensitivity:
Under Arms: 7
Legs: 5 (with the most sensitive area being directly above your shins)
Bikini: 8 (with the most sensitive area being your lower abdomen/upper pubic region)
The first time you wax will be the most painful (because you are removing the most amount of hair). After that, expect about half the rating that is listed above (less hair = less pain).
The more often you wax, the faster you’ll get! Your hair will become finer and thinner which will speed up the process as well.
I hope this brings you one step closer to trying this for yourself!! If you’re interested in my “why” for waxing, you can read about it here along with my favorite waxing supplies. And if you want a live tutorial, you can watch me wax my legs here on my Instagram page (just click on my highlights video). Happy waxing!!