Methods to remove unwanted hair

How to wax at home

Waxing is another temporary method of hair removal that removes hair from the roots. Waxing is performed by spreading hot or cold wax in a thin layer over the skin. It is allowed to dry, then a paper or cloth strip is applied over the wax and ripped off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Hair will be removed along with the wax. If this sounds painful, it is. Any method that removes hair from the roots will be. Waxing can be done at a salon or you can do it yourself at home. In this article I am going to tell you how wax at home.

 

Advantages

  • It lasts longer than shaving. Results will last 2-6 weeks.
  • Shaving causes nicks and cuts. This will not happen with waxing.
  • Skin is less likely to become irritated. There may be some redness after waxing but it will usually go away within an hour. Applying Aloe Vera will make it go away faster.
  • Hair will grow back lighter and finer at a slower pace.
  • Waxing produces smoother results because hair is pulled from the
    root. Your skin will feel smoother longer without feeling itchy,
    because of slower hair regrowth.
  • It can be performed on all areas of the body.

Disadvantages

  • It is painful. Taking an over the counter pain medicine 30 minutes before waxing can help.
  • Hair will need to be 1/4-1/2 inch long for the hair to effectively adhere to the wax. Courser hair will need to be closer to 1/2 inch. Hair that is shorter than that is more likely to break above or below the surface.
  • Waxing can cause ingrown hairs. Regular skin exfoliation will help prevent this from happening.
  • Wax that is too hot can burn your skin.
  • There will be a waiting period between treatments where you will have to wait for the hair regrowth to be long enough. This will take several days.
  • Waxing should not be done if you are taking certain medications blood thinners, cortisone, Retin-A, Renova and hydroquine will all increase the chance of complications. Wax should not be applied to areas where salicylic acid acne products have been applied.

 

There are 2 types of commercial wax that can be purchased to be used at home. Hot and cold. I will also give you a recipe for a cold sugar wax you can make yourself at home.

 

Hot Wax

Hot wax is more effective than cold wax. It adheres to the hair better and usually does not require multiple applications to the same area. It is messier than applying cold wax. Hot wax can be warmed in the microwave or a special wax  warmer.


Directions

  1. Wash skin with soap and water. Dry skin.
  2. Warm the wax following package directions. Check the temperature by applying a small amount to the inside of your wrist.
  3. Apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth using a popsicle stick or spatula.
  4. Firmly press a cloth strip over the wax. Leave in place for 2 seconds.
  5. Hold the skin tight with one hand and quickly pull the cloth strip off with your other hand in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  6. Apply Aloe Vera to reduce redness. Avoid hot showers for several hours.

 

Cold Wax

Cold waxing is easier to do at home and less messy. The wax is already applied to plastic strips. It uses your own body heat to warm the wax. It will not grip the hair as tightly so you may have to repeat several applications to the same area.

 

Directions:

 

  1. Wash and dry your skin.
  2. Rub wax strip between the palms of your hands. Then peel apart.
  3. Apply the wax strip pressing down firmly in the direction of the hair growth.
  4. Hold the skin above the plastic strip taught and quickly pull the strip off in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  5. Repeat until all hair is removed.

Homemade Sugar Wax

Supplies:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Saucepan with lid
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • spatula
  • Cotton muslin cloth, cut into ½-inch strips

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar and 2 cups of water in the saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil on low heat. Continue to boil for 1 minute. The mixture will be transparent when finished
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Stir the lemon juice, olive oil and remaining 1/2 cup of water into the mixture.
  5. Place the saucepan back on the stove. Heat on medium temperature for 45 minutes.
  6. When mixture turns brown remove from heat.
  7. Cover the saucepan and let mixture cool until you are ready to use it.

 

Directions to remove hair

  1. Clean and dry skin.
  2. Apply cooled mixture with a spatula to the skin in the direction of the hair growth.
  3. Press the muslin strip over the wax.
  4. . Hold skin taught with one hand. Lift the furthest corner of the strip with the other hand and quickly pull the strip up and away from the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  5. Apply Aloe Vera to skin.

 

Additional tips
  • If the wax has a gummy texture when you pull the strip, it has not set long enough. Press the strip back down and try again in a few minutes.
  • Exfoliate skin 2 days prior to waxing.
  • Avoid hot showers for several hours after waxing.
  • Any wax stuck to your skin can be removed with baby oil. Don’t pick it off with your fingers.
  • It is possible to use the hot wax and sugar wax without the cloth or paper strips. I personally find it easier to do it with the strips.
  • If you are not using the strips and having problems finding the edge of the wax to lift up, try using the edge of your wooden applicator  underneath to start it.
  • Brazilian (pubic area) waxing is better left to the professionals.

 

f you have questions or want to share your own tips about waxing leave them in the comments below.

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10 Comments

  1. Sunny says:

    I much prefer waxing to shaving. The red bumps and itchies aren’t nearly as bad. I almost rip my skin off when I scratch after shaving. Waxing is definitely a better way to go, especially because you don’t have to do it nearly as often.

    I generally love cold wax because it’s not as messy, but I had no idea I could make it at home with such simple ingredients. I definitely have to try your sugar wax recipe. Thanks for the suggestion!

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sunny,

      Cold wax is definitely less messy. I hope the sugar wax works out well for you.

  2. Jackie says:

    I’ve had waxing treatments done at my local salon, but never tried doing it myself… Mostly because I didn’t know how it was done. It seems like spring would be a good time to try because I generally shave my legs less in the winter. After reading your post, I had the idea to let it grow out till the end of March and give it a whirl. Thanks for the complete instructions.

    1. admin says:

      Your welcome. I am glad you found this helpful. You will definitely save money doing your own waxing at home.

  3. Sharnna says:

    Hi Lisa, Finding the best method to removal can be a challenge especially when you have sensitive skin and allergic to some chemicals. Honestly, I’m scared to wax hair off my body, because I’m scared of the pain. But you have introduced to me two methods that I can use and how to deal with the disadvantages of it. I would rather the hot waxing. Thank you so much for providing this information, now removing hair will be a bit of a breeze

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sharna,

      Waxing can definitely seem intimidating at first, but gets easier with practice. I think you will be happy with the results.

  4. Joann says:

    I’ve tried many ways of getting rid of unwanted hair and waxing has always been the best method for me. The only thing is that it can be a little painful, so I’ve always chickened out and opted for shaving instead!

    You mentioned that you could take an over the counter medication 30 minutes beforehand, to reduce the amount of pain. Which medication is this? Thank you!

    1. admin says:

      Hi Joann,

      Ibuprofen is what I recommend that you take 30 minutes prior to waxing.

  5. Sharon May says:

    I’ve been waxing for the last 25 years. I once tried epilating but I thought it was rubbish in comparison. I’ve still got my epilator and use it occasionally in a major emergency.
    I’ve always used hot wax, but I do remember trying cold wax once and thought that was rubbish as well because I found it didn’t pull the hairs out as good as hot wax. Hot wax is definitely the best.
    I agree that there are negatives to waxing with hot wax, but I guess you get used to it like anything else. I honestly think having to shave every day is a major negative so waxing for me is a bonus..it’s done and I don’t have to think about for the next 2 months. One thing with waxing is that the older you get the less hair you have to wax…that’s such a bonus. And, the longer you’ve been waxing the less hair returns.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I have personally found that the hot wax works better for me than the cold wax. I do like to give options about what is available and possible even if is not my preferred method of hair removal.It is definitely a bonus not to have to shave everyday.

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