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How to Wax at Home

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: March 29, 2017
How to Wax at Home

Waxing has advantages and disadvantages, but the truth is that more and more people are encouraged to try waxing. It is a method that, at first, hurts a little. However, waxing lasts much longer than shaving and it's far less irritating for your delicate skin. Also, the hairs become all the more finer and therefore they will be less visible, thinner and weaker. If you can not go to a beauty center and you'd prefer to do it at home, try these tricks that we give in on OneHowTo so you know how to wax at home properly and you'll be an expert in no time!

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Steps to follow:


First of all you have to examine your skin. Wax cannot be applied on moles, scars, burns, rashes or other injuries that could become irritated and which could hurt you during the process. You also have to prepare your skin: clean it with warm water (never hot), exfoliate and then moisturize. This will help make the waxing process less painful and the hair will come out much faster, thus facilitating the process. If you want you can use a moisturizer before waxing, but make sure that when you start, it has been fully absorbed into the skin.

Another thing you should take a look at before you start waxing is the size of the hair. Hairs that are ideal for waxing are between 13 and 19 mm, so if they're longer, it is better to give them a nip back with the scissors. And if the hairs are shorter, then the hair removal will not be as effective. For thin hair areas, you can try turmeric hair removal.

How to Wax at Home - Step 1

Note which area of the body you're going to work on, because each area needs different care. For example, leg waxing is much easier because the skin in that area is tougher, less likely to be irritated or damaged and also it does not hurt. However, areas such as your crotch, armpits or face need to be better prepared in terms of hydration and cleaning, so you should pay more attention there.


If you are going to get rid of hairs with hot wax, you need to be very aware of the temperature. If it is too hot, it will certainly damage the skin and you'll have to stop the process completely as too hot wax will leave wax burn marks on skin. To avoid such situations, there are products for sale that control the temperature so the wax doesn't get very hot.

Hot wax is always the best option, because the high temperatures cause the skin pores to open, thus making it far more easier for you to pull those nasty little hairs right out. However, it can not be used on all parts of the body. It is suitable only for your legs, your underarms and your underarms. Never use it on your face, pubes or inside your anus. You could damage your skin.

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Cold wax is suitable for many more areas of the body and that is its main advantage. Also, cold wax does not need prior preparation, so it is faster, but also a more painful method because it doesn't open the pores like hot wax does. You can use it on your legs, armpits and your gootch. It's also ok for the facial area (moustache and eyebrows).

It is also suitable for use in your pubic area, but you must be very careful because this type of hair tends to be much thicker and harder to rip out, so I always do these areas on different days. And remember to trim your hair if it is too long for the wax, otherwise you could hurt yourself.

How to Wax at Home - Step 4

If we focus on how to wax properly, then the process is very simple. Cover the hair with a dollop of wax (either hot or cold) or plop it on the area you want to treat, spread it against the skin and pull away. Always pull in the opposite direction to the hair. Why? Because then you rip out so many more hairs in just one stroke. Remember that using the wax twice on the same area is more harmful to your skin that only doing it once.

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When you're done, if you see some loose hairs, do not apply the wax again. Just get rid of them by plucking them out with tweezers. Be sure to remove all the wax well and leave none behind. You can do this by applying a helping of baby oil around the area once you have shaved it. This product will easily remove any wax residue that may be present, which you've may have missed. If you still have wax left, take a look at how to get rid of sticky remnants of hair removal wax.


Finally, apply on the shaved area a bit of moisturizer. This accelerates the healing process of the skin and it will leave less rough skin behind. Yes, some spots may appear, but do not worry, it's completely normal and they disappear after a while. If you want, before applying the moisturizer, you can have a warm shower to relax your skin.

We recommend that you consult our OneHowTo article on how to moisturize legs to avoid the onset of irritation and excess spots.

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