To save time and money, we often do waxing at home, and, alas, the result is not always excellent or even satisfactory. Ingrown hair, irritation, wax residue on the skin… Familiar? Then read our material and find out how to avoid all this!
It seems that it could be easier - apply wax to the skin, stick a strip, pull … Tears from the eyes, and now your legs, bikini and armpits are already perfectly smooth. In fact, waxing is a responsible event, otherwise your friends would not have so many funny and at the same time sad stories about how they did it at home.
We asked the master to name the 10 most common mistakes that girls usually make when deciding to do waxing at home.
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HOME WAXING: MAJOR MISTAKE
1. DO NOT CLEAN SKIN BEFORE EPILATION
The most common waxing problem is ingrown hairs. To minimize unpleasant consequences, prepare the skin for the procedure. The best scrub for this purpose is a scrub that you can either make yourself from coffee or sugar, or, even better, buy a special product in the store. If the skin is left uncleaned, it will not “stick” enough to the wax, resulting in poor epilation and ingrown hairs.
2. DO NOT DEGAT SKIN BEFORE EPILATION
An important step in preparing for waxing is the removal of sebum. Ideally, use a special lotion before epilation, but, in principle, it can be replaced with a regular facial tonic. Apply the product to a cotton pad and thoroughly wipe the area you will be working on.
3. BUYING LOW-QUALITY WAX
Now let's talk about the choice of wax - it really can be different, your hair removal at home also depends on its quality. Your best bet is to purchase professional wax from a beauty salon rather than buying the cheapest option from a regular store. Most salons in Russia work with waxes from Spain or Italy (Roial-Kristal, White Line), but Australian products (Mancine Professional) are considered the highest quality and skin-friendly - they can be ordered online.
Do not ignore allergy tests - wax is very often an unpleasant reaction. First, apply the product to a small area of the skin, leave for 5 minutes and make sure that there is no redness or itching.
4. CHOOSE THE WRONG WAX TEMPERATURE
If you have a professional wax melter, then everything is simple - it automatically selects the desired temperature. But we are sure that most girls heat wax in a water bath or in a microwave, hence all the mistakes. Too cold wax is difficult to apply and terribly removed, and too hot can cause burns and irritation. The product packaging always says what temperature the wax needs to be brought to in order for it to work, so we advise you to use a regular medical thermometer and constantly monitor the heating.
5. DO NOT WAX YOUR SKIN CORRECTLY
The rule "the more the better" does not work in this case - do not try to put as much wax on the skin as thick as possible - then you simply cannot remove it.
If you use regular wax in a jar, then it must be applied with a spatula as thinly as possible. If you prefer wax in cartridges, then the task is simplified - the device itself regulates the thickness of the layer, which means that there can be no mistake. And one more important point - do not dig! Wax cools instantly, so you need to work with it quickly.
In addition, the application area itself should be small - do not try to remove hairs from the entire lower leg in one easy movement. It is best to apply the wax to small areas of the skin and remove gradually.
6. TRYING TO REMOVE TOO SHORT OR TOO LONG HAIR
Remember that the optimal hair length for waxing is 5mm. If they are shorter, then the wax simply cannot capture them, and if they are longer, it already hurts and there is a high probability that the hair will then grow in.
7. REMOVING HAIR IN THE WRONG DIRECTION
This item should be marked with an exclamation point! The most important thing about waxing is which direction you remove the strip. It is necessary to remove wax only against hair growth - and nothing else. Pull not up, but parallel to the skin. To make it clearer, imagine a plane taking off - just so smoothly, at an acute angle, you need to remove the wax.
8. RIPING STRIP TOO SLOW OR TOO FAST
Yes, it hurts, and it has to be done at a certain speed, fast enough. The slower you pull the strip, the more it hurts. And at the same time, if you “rush” with a sharp movement, a hematoma may remain on the skin. To get an idea of what the speed should be, practice on a small area of the skin - do it quickly and smoothly.
9. YOU DO NOT REMOVE WAX CORRECTLY
If wax remains on the skin after epilation, do not try to wipe it off with a damp towel or, worse, wash it off with soap. The only remedy that can effectively get rid of sticky marks is any vegetable oil.
10. BREAKING THE RULES OF SKIN CARE AFTER EPILATION
Immediately after epilation, you need to disinfect the skin by wiping it with any antiseptic (for example, Miramistin), and then moisten it with a light body milk. Pro tip - add a little cosmetic oil to the cream, the effect will be great.
And finally, a couple more important points: you can not do waxing immediately before tanning. If you are going on vacation, remove your hair at least three days in advance. The same applies to tanned skin - the likelihood of damage increases, so after sunbathing, hair removal is shown no earlier than a week later.
Also, if you are taking hormonal contraceptives, it's better to go straight to the salon to a professional, rather than do waxing at home. The fact is, your skin may be too delicate (even if you don't notice it), and there is a big risk of damaging its top layer.