Got the facts on wax?
Think you’re a seasoned professional when it comes to waxing? It’s just: apply the wax, press down and pull, right? Wrong, so very wrong beauties.
If you want the best possible results from your wax there are many things to keep in mind when waxing your legs, or any party of your body for that matter. Tips that can ensure your waxing works first time around, and keep your skin hair-free for longer. We’ve got five tips to ensure you put your best bits forward when it comes to DIY waxing…
- 1. Room temperature rules. Take your environment into consideration before waxing. If the room is too hot the wax will be too runny and not spread evenly over the hairs. If it’s too cold then it won’t spread far at all.
- 2. Patch test is best. The outside of the wax pot may seem kind of hot, yet bearable, but keep in mind that it’s probably a lot hotter inside. Once on, wax is hard to get off and if it goes on too hot it could burn you. Patch test the product on the inside of your wrist first before beginning.
- 3. Rub it up. Once you’ve applied your wax, smooth a cloth strip (if you’re using pot wax) over it and rub the strip a few times to guarantee that more hair is captured in the wax. When you then pull your strip off, more hair will come with it, meaning less chance you’ll have to go over that same spot again.
- 4. Hold on tight. Tightly holding the skin around the area that you’re about to wax is a great way to minimise pain and ensure more hair is removed with the first pull. The tensing motion stabilises the surrounding skin, making the motion much swifter, and minimising the risk of pulling and damaging your skin.
- 5. Go against the grain. For a more successful hair removal rate, simply apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth (which is usually, but not always, in a downwards direction) and then pull it off against the direction of the hair growth (so if the hair is growing downwards, you’d pull the wax upwards).
Waxes to try: