I come across a lot of people who are still confused with hair removal wax for women. And to be honest, I don’t blame them because there are so many varieties of brands and techniques that are available today.
But I also believe that if we can learn how it works and what it entails, we can not only choose the right type of waxing but even perform it ourselves.
That’s right! All it takes is some easy-to-learn basics and a little practice to get the hang of it.
Now, if you’re wondering why not just go to a salon and pay for the service, let me explain.
Firstly, salon procedures can be expensive, and you save a lot of cash by doing it at home. DIY waxing is convenient (you can do it in the comfort of your home) and saves a whole lot of your time (No appointments, scheduling, waiting, etc.).
With a little research, you can choose which products suit your skin the best, from the wide range of complete packages you’ll find in the market.
Also, I feel like waxing is an intimate and personal affair, and it’s not the same as getting your hair done by a salon stylist.
Ok! Now that that’s cleared up let’s learn the basics of what products are available today, and how we can use them. When it comes to hair removal wax for women, it’s helpful to know the different waxing techniques and products before you decide which one to go for.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WAXING?
There are a bunch of options that can all get the job done. But I’ve listed them out so that you can examine each one and see which type will suit you best.
1. HARD WAX
Hard or stripless wax has to be heated and applied warm on the skin.
You should give it a short time to cool down and then pull it off. It doesn’t stick to the skin, so it’s less painful. You can use it in the same area multiple times, but it doesn’t give the best results when spread over a large area.
2. SOFT WAX
Also called strip waxing, it comes either in removable strips, or you have to make your own pieces (strips of conventional cotton gets the job done).
It’s useful on small, fine hairs. But you should not use it twice in the same area because it can stick to the skin and cause redness or a lot of pain.
3. HOMEMADE SUGAR WAX
Cook 1 cup of sugar in a pan, occasionally stirring till it caramelizes.
Add 1 cup of honey and ½ cup of lemon juice to the mixture.
Stir the mixture till the texture is consistent with pancake batter.
After you let it cool down, the solution you have is your very own sugar wax. It’s not as convenient as the other methods because of the preparation.
4. MISCELLANEOUS SALON WAX
Salons may offer a range of fancy wax mixtures such as fruit wax, chocolate wax etc. But these options generally have more to do with form than function.
So you can try them if you have the time and money, but it’s not advisable to rely on these products for lasting results.
Strip waxing products are more convenient to use and less messy, so they should be easier to learn if it’s your first time. Hard wax can get dirty and takes some practice to master, but it is very effective.
My advice would be to start with strip wax products and once you get used to it, try and learn how to use hard wax too.
This will give you better results because both types have their uses and limitations.
USING AND APPLYING THE WAX CORRECTLY
Although wax products are usually gender-neutral, I find it comforting that there is a ton of great products out there which are meant to work mainly as hair removal wax for women.
Feel free to check out reviews and try different products so that you find out what’s best for you (Not a bad idea to consult a dermatologist to know what will suit you).
Once you’ve got your hands on a good product for hair removal wax for women, the most critical part is application and correct usage.
Let me walk you through the process so that you get the best results.
1. EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE!
It’s the first and crucial thing to do before you start using the wax. Use a soft scrub (or loofahs are great too!) and trace circular movements to cleanse your skin. You can use cleansing products of your choice.
Dead skin cells can hamper the process of clean waxing, and exfoliating your skin moves these cells out of the way.
It also removes any residue or particles on your skin that can prevent the wax from adequately gripping the hair.
Give your body or the waxing area an additional wash with soap and water and then dry off the skin thoroughly.
Avoid putting on lotions or moisturizers because they can prevent the wax from adequately sticking to the hair. You can dab some baby powder on the desired areas because they can absorb any moisture left after the cleansing.
2. GET THE RIGHT WAXING CONDITIONS
You can buy the best hair removal wax for women, but the actual results will depend a lot on applying it under the right circumstances.
Make sure you have space and privacy that you need to do it comfortably. It’s usually advisable to wait for a time when your family or roommates are out of the house so that you don’t have to worry about people walking in on you.
Choose a warm environment. You don’t want the wax to cool off faster than you can apply it. Set your AC to a warmer temperature, or better yet, do it in the bathroom where you just took a warm shower.
Research shows that hair removal wax works best on hair that is ¼ inches. If yours is too long, use a razor to trim them first. Or if they are too short, wait for some days for them to grow to the right length.
Avoid waxing during your periods. It can be more painful because the skin is more sensitive during this time.
3. PREPARING THE WAX
If you are using wax strips, you should rub them between your hands to warm them up. Wax strips may come with layer covering the wax like the back of a sticker.
Carefully separate the strip layers to expose the wax. Pre-coated strips usually have different pieces for specific areas. They are useful because you don’t have to prepare different strips for different parts of your body.
Identify them so that you don’t end up using the bikini line strip on your face or the other way around.
If you use hard wax or wax that you have to heat, use a microwave or a better solution is to get a wax pot. Read the instructions carefully and melt the wax to the right temperature.
Following the directions of the product will prevent you from making the wax too hot or not hot enough.
Try to get your own wax pot. They are designed to heat the wax as well as keep them in the right warmth.
Waxing on your own can take some time, and you want the wax to remain consistent in temperature as well as texture.
Test a small amount on your wrist or other safe areas to make sure it spreads and sticks to your skin comfortably. It will confirm whether the solution is ready to apply on the other parts of your skin.
4. GET THE RIGHT TOOLS
Get an applicator, a thin flat stick that you can get from most cosmetic stores (Popsicle sticks work too!).
If your product does not have strips, you can make your own by cutting small pieces from any muslin or cotton fabric to use as strips.
I’m including this step mostly for clarity and understanding the process. Almost all products marketed as hair removal wax for women should have these items in the pack.
5. WAX ON AND WAX OFF!
Apply the strip (wax side down) on the area you want to wax. Smooth down the piece towards the direction of the hair growth.
For example, if you are applying it on your legs, you should apply the pressure in a downward motion, since leg-hair grows facing down. Wait for several seconds for the wax to cool down.
Then with a quick jerk, rip off the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Keep the strip as low and close to your skin as possible.
This should ensure that the hairs are uprooted from the follicles and not torn halfway. It will keep your skin hair-free for a longer time.
If you are using hard wax or stripless wax, use the applicator to scoop the wax and spread it over the desired area.
Do not cover it over a large area if it is warm wax.
Spread the wax in the direction your hair is growing. Apply the muslin strip, or hold the edge of the dried wax (if it is stripless wax) and pull in the opposite direction with a quick jerk.
Here too, you should remember to keep the ripping action as close to your skin as possible.
6. PREVENT SKIN IRRITATION
Ripping off the wax and strips from your skin can leave redness that lasts for a couple of minutes or several hours depending on your skin, wax product, temperature, etc.
Here are some remedies you can apply to reduce the unpleasant after-effects.
Aloe Vera gels are can relief residual pains and help in soothing your skin after the waxing. Essential oils like calendula and lavender can provide anti-septic remedies and general healing of any redness you may develop. You can also use Witch Hazel to refresh your skin because they have anti-inflammatory and relief properties. Sometimes a cold ice-pack can also calm the burning sensation that remains after a waxing.
When we’re first starting out with home waxing, we can make mistakes or make the wrong decisions if we aren’t informed and aware of the risks and potential dangers too.
Try to remember some of these pointers that can help you prevent accidents, and get the best results.
- If you have sensitive skin or your skin is prone to irritation, consult a dermatologist to make sure the ingredients in your hair-removal wax will not aggravate your skin.
- Depending on the type of wax you use, you may occasionally find a few strands of hair that remain after the waxing. Instead of waxing the whole area again, use tweezers to pluck out individual strands of hair.
- When you buy wax that has to be heated, make sure you follow what the label says, to get the optimum viscosity in the wax. Also, the heating can pose fire hazards or burn risks. Make sure you do it carefully and without distractions.
- Hair removal wax for women is also usually equally applicable to men. You can recommend them to your guy friends if you found certain products useful.
- As much as it is convenient to do our own waxing, it’s not a bad idea to occasionally get it done by the professionals so that you find out what you may be doing incorrectly or if there is a better product available.
- If you experience any side effects from doing it at home, contact an expert or seek medical advice as soon as possible. Some of the side effects may include hyperpigmentation, scarring, swelling, ingrown hair, etc.
Remember, waxing is also a temporary solution to hair removal. If you can practice caution in handling the wax and its effects, there’s no reason why you should have trouble getting satisfactory results.
Depending on your body, it should take a few weeks for the hair to grow. This means you also have to regularly wax at home which should allow you to learn and master the process in no time.