The correct way of waxing: Dos & Don’ts
While at-home waxing is convenient, there are rules for the at-home hair removal life. To avoid ingrown hairs, burns, and possible bruising, it’s important to know your DIY waxing basics. So before you try that eyebrow waxing kit you just bought, read these essential at-home waxing tips, so you wind up with smooth, hair-free skin — not ingrown hairs and frustration from a botched leg waxing or at-home bikini wax treatment.
When planning to get your waxing done at home by a professional, small things really go a long way to make your experience more comfortable. So we bring to you these at-home waxing tips that will help you get your money’s worth.
Getting Prepared for waxing
- Ideally, the best time to get waxed is after you have let the hair grow out for 1 to 2 months. According to many waxing professionals, one home waxing tip that they always share is to let your hair grow completely before calling a professional for a waxing session. Waxing done on full-grown hair is easier to pull out completely and the hair comes after a longer duration.
- Avoid shaving in-between waxes as it can increase in-grown hair making your skin itchy and irritated. Using a razor to shave in-between waxing also hinders the waxing process.
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At-home waxing Dos:
- Exfoliation– Before and after at-home waxing, regularly and gently exfoliate the skin with either a body scrub or a washcloth. Be sure to moisturize skin with a light lotion to hydrate the skin and leave you extra smooth.
- Use Baby Powder– For hairless (and baby-smooth) skin, you’ll want this at-home waxing insurance policy. After cleansing your skin, sprinkle a bit of baby powder to the area about to be waxed. It’ll absorb any excess moisture so the wax and cloth strip can adhere properly.
- Test the Temperature of Your Wax– To avoid a hot mess (literally), always test your wax by applying a bit to the inside of your wrist to make sure it’s at a comfortable spreading temperature. Too cold and it won’t spread, too hot and you’ll burn yourself. You especially want to test the wax if you are waxing anywhere near your lady parts — à la at-home bikini wax, and particularly a DIY Brazilian wax.
- Apply and Pull in the Right Direction– If you’re an at-home waxing newbie, then this next tip is especially important in waxing anything at home, whether it’s using a leg and eyebrow waxing kit or attempting your first Brazilian wax at home. Always apply wax in the direction of hair growth, as it allows the wax to adhere more completely. After spreading on the wax, place the cloth strip over the wax and press it down firmly using strokes in the same direction as hair growth. Leave the strip on for a few seconds to set.
When removing the cloth strip, hold your skin taut and quickly pull it off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Stay close and parallel to the skin, like turning a page in a book, don’t lift the strip up in the air.
- Apply Pressure Post Wax– Beauty is pain, but at-home waxing — even a DIY bikini wax — doesn’t have to be unbearable. Immediately after removing the cloth strip, apply pressure to the waxed area to help relieve the sting, prevent bruising and make the skin less sensitive.
- Use Baby Oil Post-Wax– After leg waxing, eyebrow waxing, or bikini waxing, you want to make sure you give your skin a little love. A hydrating product, like baby oil, can help clean up any residual wax on your skin and also moisturize the skin. So how’s that for killing two birds with one stone?
Also read: Do’s & don’ts after body waxing
At-home waxing Don’ts:
- Wax Hair That’s Too Short or Too Long– For ideal bikini or leg waxing conditions, hair should be between 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch long. Any shorter, and the wax won’t be able to adhere well enough — which will be especially painful if you’re attempting a tricky Brazilian wax at home (more on those later). If your hair is long, try trimming it with safety scissors beforehand to make the waxing much less painful and efficient.
- Wax the Same Area More Than Twice– Going over the same area more than twice can damage the skin — and be quite painful. If you still have a few stray hairs after applying the wax twice, use tweezers to remove them.
- Pick at Ingrown Hairs– Although it’s tempting, picking at ingrown hairs won’t help, and it may lead to an infection. If you have stubborn ingrown hairs after waxing (especially common after a bikini wax at home), soak in warm water to soften the skin, gently exfoliate the area and apply a salicylic acid treatment to help further exfoliate the area.
If you really must pick after attempting a Brazilian wax at home (though we repeat, don’t), only use sterilized tweezers and only target ingrown hairs that are right at the surface of the skin.
- Try a Brazilian Wax at Home– This style of bikini waxing (in which every hair follicle is removed, with the possible exception of a thin landing strip) can be challenging to do on yourself, as there are some very hard-to-reach places. So you might want to avoid the at-home Brazilian waxing, and leave the full wax to a pro.
- Try Waxing Under These Conditions– If you’re taking strong acne medications (which can make skin extra-sensitive), have a sunburn, or have any sort of circulation or immune system issues, you should avoid waxing.
Also, DIY waxing your bikini area two days before or after your period can be more painful than other times because your skin is more sensitive due to your hormones (thanks, Mother Nature).
Home Waxing Tips by a professional
Now that you have read what things should be followed before you get waxed. Here are some after-care things that should be followed once you are done with waxing.
- If you have got a bikini or Brazilian wax, 24 hours after the waxing session is crucial, keep the area clean and moisturised. You can apply aloe vera gel to the area to minimise ingrowth and soothe the skin in case you feel irritation or redness and bumps on the skin.
- Here’s a pro aftercare waxing tip- wear cotton panties to reduce irritation around the bikini area.
- A gentle oil massage after waxing at home helps calm the skin down and keep irritation at bay.
- Avoid using strongly fragranced products on your skin after waxing as they may irritate the skin further.
Waxing is a technical process; if you do not know how to wax, then you might cause some severe problems for your skin. Improper waxing can lead to heat burns, skin peeling, rashes, and improper hair growth. To avoid all this, waxing should be done by professionals who have the proper knowledge and experience to carry out the service. At Yes Madam, all the experts are given proper training before they begin providing services to the clients to maintain the service’s quality standards and provide our clients with the best possible experience.
The experts of Yes Madam know everything about the waxing procedure and carry it out with utmost care and caution. From pre-waxing preparations to post-waxing care, our experts take care of everything! Not just that, the hair removal technique practised by them is such that it’s less painful, especially in the case of RICA waxing, which is why we call it low-pain waxing.
Why go through all the trouble of waxing by yourself when you can get an expert to do it for you at your home and at an affordable price? Book a waxing appointment with Yes Madam, and you wouldn’t have to worry about a thing; the whole hair removal process would be carried out with all hygiene and precautions, and in the end, you’ll be left with smooth and hair-free skin.