Warning! This post is for the ladies only and not for the faint at heart. If you get your face waxed, bikini waxed, or other body parts waxed you know it can be expensive. I have been doing my own waxing at home to save money. This post is about how to do your own face wax, bikini wax, or Brazilian wax at home. I’m not an expert, nor do I have any training. I have just figured out what works for me and would like to share my knowledge with you to avoid as much discomfort as possible. Save money, wax at home.
How to do your own Face, Bikini, or Brazilian Wax at home
Save Money with DIY Hair Waxing at Home
Brazilian waxes at reputable salons can cost as much as $100. The results last around 3-4 weeks. This can be quite an expensive monthly cost. If you buy your own products, home Brazilian waxes cost about $5 -$10 per use. That’s a huge savings!
What is a Brazilian wax and how does it differ from a bikini wax?
In a bikini wax, hair that in typically seen around your bottom bikini is removed. In a Brazilian wax, all of the hair down there, or all except a strip, is removed. Ouch!
Items needed for face or body hair waxing at home
Here are items you need if you plan to do your own waxing at home.
- A good wax kit. I like the Sally Hansen Extra Strength Brazilian Bikini Wax Kit. Another popular brand of at home wax are Gigi Brazilian Waxing Kits. I recommend reading the reviews on both to see which type you might prefer.
- little trimming scissors
- baby powder
- lotion or baby oil (for removing wax)
- Alcohol (both for drinking and cleaning!). No, but really, make sure you have some cleaning alcohol and cotton swabs or balls to apply it.
DIY Waxing – How to Wax Body Hair at Home
- Trim – Make sure the hair is the right length. If it’s too long, it will hurt. If it’s too short, the hair will be harder to remove. You’ll have to figure out what works best for you. Aim for around 1/4 inch of growth. If the hair is longer than this, trim with either scissors or an electric trimmer.
- Clean the area. The best time to wax is after a bath or shower. Clean the area with soap and water and/or isopropyl alcohol.
- Cut strips to desired lengths if needed. When I do my eyebrows and chin, I use smaller strips. For the bikini area, I leave the strips as is.
- Warm the wax. Follow the directions on your wax kit and be sure not to overheat the wax. Test the temperature of the wax on the inside of your wrist.
- Begin the application of the wax. I put baby powder on my skin before applying the wax. This seems to help the wax stick better. Start in small sections about an inch wide and a few inches long. Spread the wax on your skin in the direction of the hair growth. If using strips, place the strips on top of the wax also in the direction of hair growth. Wait a few seconds. If you are using wax that hardens, wait about 30 seconds, when it has just hardened, and slightly pick at the strip at one end so you have something to grab when it comes time to remove.
- Remove the wax. For both the strips and the hardened wax, pull skin tightly on either side of strip, and and quickly remove the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth. When you pull the wax or the strips, try not to just pull up. Think of it more as going parallel over the skin that was covered, like turning pages of a book. Repeat in small sections until all hair is removed.
- Remove stray hairs with tweezers.
- Remove remaining wax. There will be some wax that was not removed with the strips. Remove the leftover wax with lotion or the wax remover oil that came with you kit. Lotion is also good for removing wax from your fingers or other unwanted areas.
- Prevent ingrown hairs by exfoliating the area when you shower.
Tips for Home Waxing
- You can use this technique for most parts of the body. I have tried waxing under my arms, but my hair grows in different directions and I have hard time figuring out which way to apply and remove the wax. My preference is just to shave. I have waxed my legs before. It is very time consuming and hard to do on my own. For me, it’s easier just to shave every few days.
- Your first wax may not be successful. It takes some time to learn and get all of the hairs. Don’t be discouraged. The more you wax, the easier it will be.
- When I wax my eyebrows I apply the wax using a Q-tip rather than the wooden stick supplied. I find a Q-tip is better for small areas.
- Have an area designated for used strips. This can be a nearby trash can, or basin of the sink. I like to lay out a paper towel at the bottom of the sink and then pile all the used strips there.
- Don’t wax the same area more than twice. If you don’t get all of the hairs, either use tweezers or try to wax again in a few days. I have tried to wax the same area a few times and it takes a while for skin to recover, especially in sensitive areas.
- Don’t wax creases. This can cause bruising. Try to wax on either side of a crease.
Remember, waxing at home will save you a lot of money, but be sure to follow these DIY home waxing tips so minimize the pain and discomfort. If you have any other tips and tricks for waxing at home please share.