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How to Use Hot Wax

Nothing beats the look and feel of smooth skin,
except maybe the money you’ll save waxing at home instead of the salon.

Hard wax, also known as hot wax, is best for coarse, thick hair in delicate areas.
You have sensitive skin if you are prone to redness or post-wax irritation, and may get better results by using it as a total body wax. It’s a good choice because the wax hardens around the hair, which results in less damage to sensitive skin. Because it works by grabbing onto the hair, it’s best for removing hair that’s more resistant to strip wax.
 

Time Required: 45 minutes to 1 hour

You’ll Need:

Step 1: Cleanse Skin.
Completely remove all cosmetics and lotions using soap or astringent. Rinse thoroughly.
Using a wax heater or microwave, heat the wax as directed. Don’t overheat.
 
Step 2: Prep skin.
Lightly apply the waxing oil to prevent the wax from sticking to your skin.
Hair should be ¼ to ½" long. Trim hairs if necessary to minimise waxing discomfort.
 
Step 3: Apply Wax.
Most wax products are made with a variety of essential oils, so you can make a selection based on hair type, waxing area, smell, and skin benefits.
Once you’ve found the right product, grab your applicator and spread a thick layer of wax – about 2 mm – in two different directions before allowing it to cool and harden: First spread a layer going against the direction of hair growth and then spread another layer going with the direction of hair growth, continuing your second layer a little past the treatment area. Work in small sections, about the size of your palm.
 
Step 4: Remove Wax.
Wait until the wax has cooled and hardened completely.
you’ll know when the time is right because the wax takes on a dull colour and won’t be sticky to the touch. When it’s ready, lightly lift the wax that isn’t attached to the hair – this is why you continued spreading the second layer past the hair growth – and pull away from the skin in the opposite direction, holding the surrounding skin taut with your free hand.
 
Step 5: Clean Up.
When you’re done waxing, remove stray hairs with your tweezers. Clean up any leftover wax with the wax oil. Don’t use bar soap or astringent to try and remove wax.
To soothe inflamed skin, apply the soothing after-wax lotion. Stay away from direct heat, including sunlight, sweat and tanning beds for 24 hours. To maintain a smooth finish, you should plan on waxing every two to six weeks depending on the treatment area and your hair type.