From our ancestors, we got the hairline, which plays a protective role for certain parts of the body, protecting them from the sun, cold, dirt, insects and other things. The modern idea of beauty does not welcome dense vegetation, unless we are talking about hair on the head, so people who have a lot of dark hair, for example, on the legs of women or on the back and chest of men, try to get rid of them by resorting to a variety of methods.
The razor is a relic of the past. There are plenty of alternatives. The most popular method is waxing. This service is provided by many beauty salons and beauty salons, but you can also perform the procedure yourself at home.
The editors have prepared a simple and clear instruction for those who decided to do hair removal with wax at home.
What is waxing?
Waxing is a method of hair removal, when the hairs are removed using a wax mass, applying it with a special spatula or roller. After drying, it is removed from the skin against hair growth.
Waxing is simple and affordable, so it is most popular. The hairs are removed along with the root, but the follicles are not affected, because they are located deep in the skin. Removing hair from the root allows you to forget about unwanted vegetation for a long time, about a month and a half. By the way, after the hairs start to appear again, they will not grow as thickly as before. In addition, the more procedures are done, the thinner and more invisible the hair will become.
Advantages of waxing at home
long-lasting effect (no hair for up to four to six weeks);
ability to remove hair from large areas in one procedure;
low cost of products required for the procedure.
Disadvantages of waxing at home
risk of getting burned;
folliculitis-induced ingrown hairs;
skin irritation, swelling, redness;
risk of hyperpigmentation due to improper care after the procedure;
inconvenience during hair removal in hard-to-reach places.
Before you start waxing, check if there are any contraindications. The procedure should be abandoned if::
do you have diabetes or thrombophlebitis;
damaged skin, burns or fresh scars (up to three years old);
do you take medications with tetracycline or use retin A ?»;
do you suffer from a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection;
wax causes an allergic reaction.
What are the types of wax
Waxing can be done with the following products:
sets of cold wax (special fabric strips);
cartridges with wax;
special warm wax with additives for plasticity even without heating to a high temperature;
classic hot wax for hair removal, which must be heated to the melting point.
What you will need for waxing
To perform the procedure, you need to purchase wax. This can be hot, warm, or packaged wax, as well as special sets of strips that have already been applied to the desired layer. You can buy products in cosmetic stores and pharmacies.
Wax is usually sold in discs, cans, pellets, and cartridges. Usually, flavorings and various oils are added to it. Consider the type of hair: for hard, it is better to prefer hard varieties.
Melt the wax either in a steam bath, placing the mass in a glass or ceramic container, or in a wax melt – a special depilatory device that will greatly simplify the procedure at home. It is equipped with a temperature sensor, which allows you to keep the wax in a preheated state for the right amount of time. The device does not allow the wax to overheat, which means there is no risk of getting burned.
The melted wax is applied to the body using a wooden or plastic spatula, after which a cloth is applied on top, so the strips must be prepared in advance.
Wax with your own hands
Here are two simple recipes:
Mix one hundred grams of beeswax, two hundred grams of rosin and fifty grams of paraffin and put it to melt in a water bath, then let the mixture cool to forty degrees.
Prepare three hundred and sixty grams of Carnauba wax, one hundred and thirty grams of beeswax, seven milliliters of glycerin, and two drops of any essential oil. Melt the wax in a steam bath, let it cool for a few minutes, then pour in the glycerin and essential oil. Cool to forty degrees. You can store the mixture in the refrigerator and, if necessary, melt it using a microwave oven.
Preparing for the procedure
To avoid pain, you can drink analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs, for example, “Ibuprofen”, “Nurofen”, etc.the Drug should be taken forty minutes to an hour before the procedure. Also use pain-relieving gels that contain the same ibuprofen or diclofenac in the composition. But it is not recommended to resort to analgesic ointments, as they will create a greasy film on the surface, which will make it difficult to apply wax.
In addition, you can make a special pack with Dimexidum. To do this, dilute it with water in a ratio of one to three and add two ampoules of lidocoin, then soak a gauze or bandage with the composition and apply it to the areas of the body where you plan to do hair removal. Wrap the top with plastic wrap, for example, food, and remove after twenty minutes, well cleaning the skin with warm water.
Hair removal with cold wax
before epilation, perform a scrub using any scrub that is at hand. This way you will avoid unpleasant consequences caused by ingrown hairs.
You can prepare the scrub yourself. To do this, you will need unrefined vegetable oil and pre-dried coffee grounds. Mix it with oil and apply it to the skin, massaging for about five minutes. Leave on for another ten minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Sugar-based scrubs, sea salt and table salt are also popular.
Before epilation at home, apply baby powder to the skin so that it absorbs moisture and fat, allowing the wax to better adhere to the hairline.
Cold wax is used in sets with strips, where the necessary layer is already applied to them. Additionally, they may contain aloe Vera juice and softening oils. The kits also usually include special wipes soaked in soothing lotion to treat the skin after the procedure. The strips are easy to use, as there is no need to melt wax or cut fabric strips.
You don’t need to heat the strips. Just hold them between your palms for thirty seconds.
Remove the protective layer in the form of a film and attach the strip to the area of skin from which you are going to remove the hairs. Press it down well, smoothing it out.
Tear off the strip with a sharp movement against the growth of hair.
One strip can be used two or three times, so repeat the procedure if not all the hair is removed on the first attempt.
not all hairs are removed the first time;
repeated use leads to additional skin irritation.
Hair removal with warm wax
Warm contains special additives, thanks to which it is characterized by plasticity without bringing it to a high temperature. Some companies that produce such wax recommend using a microwave oven for heating, but it all depends on the brand and packaging, so you should carefully read the instructions before using it.
Apply the heated mass with a spatula, which usually comes with the kit, on the body in the place where you need to remove the hair.
Take a cloth strip of the right size and place it on top, pressing it down well.
Wait until it cools down completely (the time depends on the manufacturer and is indicated on the package or in the instructions) and tear it off with a sharp movement against hair growth.
all the hairs are removed at once.
less adhesion to the hairline;
recommended for fine and soft hair, not suitable for hard hair.
Hair removal wax cartridges
This is also a warm wax, but packaged in special cartridges.
Before the procedure, place it in a warm-up device.
After melting, spread a thin layer over the skin using a roller.
Place a ribbon of fabric on top (in some cases they are supplied as a set) and smooth it out thoroughly, pressing it down.
Pluck against the growth of hairs with a sharp movement.
Remove the remaining wax with a cloth, if it was included, or with a cotton pad soaked in vegetable oil.
no risk of getting burned;
removal of vegetation from the first application.
- not suitable for areas with coarse hair.
Hair removal with hot wax
This is the most effective product in the fight against hard hair. It is best used to remove unwanted hair in the bikini area and on the legs.
Take a glass or ceramic bowl and a pot filled with water, which will fit the selected container.
Heat the wax in a water bath: place the piece in a bowl, and put it in hot water, which is preheated in a saucepan. Wait two to three minutes. You can also use a microwave oven, if this method is allowed by the manufacturer.
When the mass becomes viscous, remove it from the water bath.
Cool the wax to forty degrees.
Using a wooden or plastic spatula, spread it over the area where hair removal is planned and leave it on for thirty to sixty seconds. It is important to apply the wax in the direction of hair growth.
After the wax has hardened, tear off the hair growth with a sharp movement.
Remove any leftovers with special napkins or by wetting a cotton pad with vegetable oil.
copes with any type of hair;
removes all the hairs from the first time.
risk of getting burned;
you can not repeat the procedure, even if not all the hairs are removed from the first time;
may cause severe skin irritation.
Nuances that are important to consider when waxing your legs, bikini area, and face
If you have never tried waxing, then start with your feet. Removing the hair on the legs is the most painless, as the skin on this part of the body is quite dense. Even if there are uncomfortable feelings, they will disappear over time. The more procedures you perform, the less pain there will be, the new hairs will become thinner, and the hairline will become less frequent.
Take a shower two hours before hair removal, as the body should be completely dry. Don’t forget to treat the surface with baby powder or talcum powder to eliminate grease and moisture. Pay special attention to the areas under your knees.
The bikini area is difficult to access, and therefore the most problematic, as it has thin and delicate skin, and the hair is the most rigid.
Those who have experience in self-depilation and all the necessary tools for the procedure at hand, and also have a low pain threshold, should not be afraid of waxing on this part of the body, even with the use of hot wax. The main thing is to follow all the points.
For a classic bikini, you need to remove the hairs that protrude behind the swimsuit, so we advise you to put on the bottom of it before the procedure, so that it is easier to navigate.
For a beach bikini, you need to remove all the hairs, even if they are covered with a swimsuit, including on the buttocks. To make it more convenient, it is better to stock up on a mirror.
For deep bikinis and Brazilian hair removal, the entire hairline is also removed.
Before waxing, you should shave the hairs about five days before the procedure, so that by the right time they have grown to four to six millimeters-shorter ones will not catch the wax, and long ones will be more painful to remove.
To look perfect on the beach, perform the procedure at least two days before going to the pond or pool.
As with your feet, take a shower two hours in advance and treat all areas with baby powder or talcum powder. Do hair removal lying down or half-sitting, opening the view in hard-to-reach places with a mirror. After the procedure, we recommend wearing seamless underwear made of natural and soft materials, so as not to irritate the skin in addition.
If you have unwanted facial hair, it is better to resort to cold wax by buying sets of strips. They perfectly cope with thin and sparse hair.
Waxing on any part of the face should be done very carefully, since the skin is sensitive here, and any irritation or redness can take a long time, which will provoke the appearance of unnecessary complexes, because the face is always in plain sight. Especially carefully remove hair in the nasolabial triangle, above the upper lip-this is the most sensitive area.
Grooming procedures after waxing
It is important not only to properly perform hair removal at home, but also to provide the skin with the necessary care after the procedure to soothe and moisturize it. This will avoid unpleasant consequences in the form of irritation, redness and over-drying.
Prepare ice cubes from a decoction of chamomile or calendula. Wipe the treated areas with them and allow the surface to dry. Cooling will relieve puffiness, and herbs will soothe the skin.
Special creams will help to moisturize and restore the skin. Excellent works “D-Panthenol” and “Bepanten”. Before going to bed, you can apply a nourishing cream.
Do not wet the skin after epilation for six hours.
You should also avoid taking sun baths, as this can lead to hyperpigmentation. If you need to go out in the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen – a special cream or gel containing SPF-to the waxed areas.
You can scrub the skin or use peels only after three to four days, when the dermis is fully restored.
On the epilated parts of the body, wear clothes made of soft natural fabrics.