Some professional tips for your "at-home" waxing adventure. If you are going to wax at home, please remember:
- Don't attempt waxing the three days prior to or the first three days of your menstrual cycle. You skin is much more sensitive at that time, and waxing then can be much more painful. (Did we say painful?)
- Never attempt to wax a tricky or very sensitive area (especially the bikini line) without practicing first on your forearm or leg. Make sure your hand is steady with the spatula, so you don't accidentally take off an eyebrow.
- Read the directions that come with your wax carefully. Don't try shortcuts. The people who write the directions have been doing this stuff for years. They know the procedure.
- Some people like to take an anti-histamine before waxing to prevent bumps or irritation. Also, some waxers swear by a pre-treatment Advil or two. Consult with your physician if you have any questions.
- Do not under any circumstances, wax sunburned skin, as it has a tendency to come right off! Think about it... red, chapped, raw, hairless legs don't look much better than red fuzzy legs. Wait for a normal skin tone before waxing. Also, never wax yourself if you are taking accutane or using retin-A. Both of the above medications are keratolytics and increase the rate at which you skin exfoliates. If you take a chance and wax, you may remove skin as well as hair! Don't do it!
- Don't forget your pre-waxing oil layer! If you are using a hard wax, a layer of pre-waxing oil keeps the wax from sticking to your skin, so it grabs the hair only!
- When you pull on the wax, pull parallel and low to the body. If you pull wax directly up, you take the chance of bruising yourself. Keep it tight!
- Practice makes perfect! The more confident and coordinated you are, the easier is will be to wax. Practice on a large and flat area of your body (or recruit a friend to do it with) until you've mastered the technique.