Deciding to wax from home is a smart move, whether you’re used to shaving or you usually go to a professional for wax appointments, waxing is obviously better than shaving because you don’t need to worry about stubble every few days and waxing yourself from home is going to save you mega bucks if you’re used to going to a salon to get professionally waxed.
Going to a salon means the only thing you need to worry about is coping with the pain, but waxing yourself allows you to save money which can be spent elsewhere. If you’re reading this article, you’ve obviously decided to start waxing yourself from home, so good on you!
If you’ve decided to go for roll-on waxing as your at-home hair removal method and already have your waxing kit then you are nearly set to start waxing with your roll on hot wax although there are a few important details that you should be informed of before going ahead with your first roll on wax session. This article is a guide to get you fully ready for your first roll-on waxing experience providing handy info you should know to help have a straightforward procedure.
What You’ll Already Have from the Kit
So, upon opening the box of your roll on wax kit it should contain the following as a minimum:
- 1x wax roller machine AKA roll on wax applicator with a cartridge of wax
- wax paper strips
- 1x electrical wax machine for heating the (unless the cartridge is microwavable, which is sometimes the case)
Other items that are often included in roll on wax kits, but aren’t mandatory for the kit to include:
- Oil substance wipes – which remove any wax residue after the procedure.
- An additional refill
Addition Items to Have at Hand
Besides what’s contained in the roll-on waxing kit, the additional items needed for the most successful, comfortable and pleasant waxing experience include
- Extra wax strips – you might need more than the kit supplies and it’s better to be safe than sorry, plus you can always keep the leftovers for next time.
- Talcum powder – this is to be applied before the waxing procedure, after exfoliating to absorb any moisture on the skin which can stop the wax from sticking properly.
- Ensure you have some form of oil – this is in the case your wax kit does not contain oily substance wipes to remove wax after the procedure. You probably have some form of oil in your kitchen at home and any kind is suitable. You can use sunflower oil, coconut oil, olive oil-whatever you have. After you’ve removed any wax residue the oil, you’ll just wash it off anyway-to ensure your pores don’t get clogged.
- Have some form of exfoliator – this can be anything from a loofah to an exfoliating sponge, exfoliating gloves or any kind of scrub. You need to exfoliate your skin before waxing to get rid of dead skin cells – you should do these 24-48 hours prior. This makes it easier for the wax to grip the hairs. You should make exfoliation part of your regular routine – exfoliate your skin a couple 2-3 times per week, the last thing you want is dead skin build-up! Regular exfoliation provides a clear path for new hairs to grow back through, meaning ingrown hairs are less likely.
- Choose a suitable after-wax care – specific lotions are intended for this purpose, which doesn’t clog the pores. An aloe Vera gel is very soothing for sensitive skin types.
- Have enough time! – make the time to wax, so that you can take your time. You never want to rush an at-home waxing procedure, especially if you’re doing it for the first time, ensure you have at least an hour.
- Have the appropriate hair length – they shouldn’t be too long or too short. Hairs should be a length between ¼” to ¾”. If they are longer than that, then you should trim them.
Finally, one you’ve started waxing, start a regular routine for your waxing procedures – get to know how long it takes for your hair to reach the appropriate length. Then it’ll be easy for you to know exactly when you’ll be due for your next waxing session.