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Wax on – Wax Off (How to wax!)

Waxing is a great way to remove unwanted hair from anywhere on your body, but let’s face it, the idea of ripping hair out isn’t appealing to anyone. To make waxing easier and less painful, try starting with quality products, including some type of topical numbing agent. Waxing kits come in all shapes, sizes, and styles.

Some brands to consider are Nair wax kit (it’s not like it used to be), Surgi, GiGi, and Satin Smooth. When buying a kit, it will normally come with the wax, applicators, waxing strips, a numbing agent (a spray, wipe, or lotion) and an after-wax skin soother (aloe-based products will also reduce redness). Before you wax, make sure hair is at least ¼” long but not longer than about ½”. If hair is too long, trim first. Be sure to clean the area with the pre-was cleanser provided which usually contains the numbing agent, then use a very small amount of powder to dust the area using a cotton ball or cotton swab depending on the area you are waxing. Apply the wax in the same direction that the hair is growing.

Try to keep the application even…not too thin, not too thick. Cover the waxed area with the strip and rub in even strokes in the direction the hair is growing several times. Be sure to leave a little of the strip at the end to hold onto when removing the strip. Now grab the end of the strip, gently hold the skin taught, and quickly, in one pull, remove the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Avoid the urge to pull up and keep the pulling hand as close to the skin as possible. Pressing a wax free hand or finger on the newly waxed area will help to alleviate some of the pain. Tweeze any leftover hairs; DO NOT rewax the same area. Use the wax remover from the kit to get rid of any leftover wax or residue once you are done waxing and finish with a skin soother. If you run out of wax remover, baby oil will also work. When you have finished, use an aloe-based lotion or the after-wax serum in your kit to soothe skin and remove redness.

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