Ask Belle: At-Home Waxing Tips
Feb 2, 2015
This might be an intimate question, but do you wax at home? I’ve never DIY’ed my hair removal before, but I’m searching for ways to cut costs. Any tips? Suggestions?
It depends on where you’re talking about waxing. So let’s expand this conversation to hair removal in general.
Eyebrows. I trim and tweeze my eyebrows for a groomed, but not over-plucked look. You can trim them with mini-scissors using this tutorial. I have fine hair, so sharply edged tweezers can cut the hairs instead of plucking them. To combat that problem, I use a rounded tweezer.
Upper-lip. I don’t wax or tweeze my upper-lip because I worry about ingrown hairs turning into acne. I’ve found that I have the fewest problems using a micro-touch hair remover.
Bikini-area. I tried using an epilator, and I liked it fine. However, in the end, I decided that this is a professional job. I don’t pay for manicures or pedicures, but this I am willing to pay for. But if you’re looking for an at-home option, try an epilator.
Neck. I wear a lot of up-dos and ponytails, so I wax the hairline on my neck. It looks nicer, cleaner. For that, I use the Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit. It takes a while to get the hang of using it, but once you do, it’s fairly easy.
Pro-tip from several dozen uses? The plastic applicators that come with the kit are basically useless, as they’re too messy to re-use. I recommended dropping a few bucks on disposable applicators. You should also exfoliate the night before with a scrub, and use exfoliating gloves after to prevent ingrowns.