While we all have been busy making grocery lists… stuffing stocks of grain and other necessities, we didn’t spare a thought about salon necessities. Now that Salons all around are shut and summers at the peak, it is getting so difficult for me to wear shorts and look like a goose and manage household chores especially cooking with my arms sweating like a pipe leakage.
If you are as tired of bodily hair as me, then hey we got your back! Here’s a step by step guide to waxing at home.
Prepare your skin for what’s to come with that sizzling spatula. Exfoliate with a scrub gently a day or two before, for two reasons – to remove dead cells and pull out under skin hair. Moisturize well for at least three prior to your waxing day. Make sure you don’t have any abrasions, cuts, rashes, or inflammatory reactions on your skin because the wax will only worsen it. Cut your hair (specifically for the intimate area) if needed, the wax won’t grip really long hair. The recommended hair length for waxing is ¼ inch.
Take a warm bath right before you wax so that all your hair follicles are loosened. Use a microfiber towel to dry the body parts that are to be waxed. Don’t moisturize, go right away and heat up the wax.
If you are waxing at home for the first time, then it’s recommendable to apply a topical analgesic cream to prevent any irritation. You can continue using it in later sessions based on your preference. Sit on a clean cotton cloth which you are ready to soil. Take an adequate amount of wax in the heater and with the help of a spatula, check the heat and apply it to your skin in the direction of hair growth. And quickly stick a wax strip to it and stroke the strip twice or thrice without too much pressure to stick the strip properly and put it off altogether. Pulling direction should be the opposite of hair growth, so you have to take the farther corner first. Make sure you pull the strip in a strike, pull hard enough.
Apply the same method to all the parts that you want to wax.
There are a lot of post-wax products in the market, which you can try based on your dermatologist’s opinion. However, a simple step to maintain hygiene goes a long way in waxing results. Wipe the waxed areas with warm and wet cloth, then with a cold one. Try to keep these areas clean for a couple of hours to come. To get rid of residual wax, use a cotton swab dabbed in coconut oil and rub it gently over the wax. Avoid using fragrant moisturizers or deodorants that day. Use coconut oil for moisturization.
Waxing at home can sound daunting to some, but it’s actually pretty easy and private. Plus, think of all the saved money!