Waxing is an essential part of the beauty routine. Be it a regular monthly job or a ‘for this event’ task; there is no denying that it is painful. While most of us tend to visit the parlors to get the excess hair waxed, waxing at home can be economical and saves time. It sure is a tough task, but definitely not impossible. Once you get used to the process, you will find it easier and get the job done like a professional.
Let us firstlook at the types of wax available in the market:
- Hot wax is commonly used in parlors as it is easy to apply to the larger areas of the body. The wax is heated and spread on the area with a spatula. A wax remover strip is pressed on the area and pulled to remove hair.
- Cold wax is applied directly to the skin without heating it. Sold by different brands, this wax is thick and semi-solid. It is also less messy as we don’t have to worry about the wax dripping from the spatula.
Do you know you can make cold wax at home? Yes. It is natural and free of chemicals and suits all skin types. Take a cup of brown sugar; add 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tbsp of water to it. Let it melt and come to a boil. Stir the mixture to avoid burning it. Once it changes into golden color and thickens up, take it off the heat and let it cool. The mixture should be in the consistency of honey.
Process of Waxing at Home
- Waxing pulls out the hair from its roots. It is essential to be clean to avoid getting infected.
- Wash your hands and the area that needs to be waxed. Sit in a clean place and ensure the tools are properly sanitized.
- Take the cold wax in your hands and gently rub it between your palms. This will warm it up and make it easy to use. Alternatively, you can also warm it up in the microwave for a minute.
- Apply it on the area you need to remove hair and spread it as evenly as you can.
- Take a wax strip or a clean cloth and press on the wax. Hold the surrounding skin taut and pull the strip in one swift movement.
- It would help if you always pull the wax in the opposite direction of growth.
- Repeat the process until you remove the hair from the area. Do not re-apply the wax n the same area more than twice.
- Clean excess wax using coconut or olive oil. This will also moisturize your skin.
You can buy cold wax strips that are available in the market for various skin types. The wax is applied to the strips and makes it easy to use. The strips can be cut to fit the area we are waxing and give similar results as professional waxing.