Body hair is normal, we all have it! However, if you prefer to go bare and remove it, there are more than a few options out there to do so. For longer-lasting, quick, and efficient hair removal we suggest waxing. Waxing doesn’t require you hopping on a bed in a salon anymore, as at-home waxing kits are super-effective. If you’re a waxing newbie and the number of waxing options is enough to have you reach for your razor again, stop! Here’s our guide on the different types of wax available at Superdrug and how to use them.
Effective Prep = Better Results!
Waxing lesson 101: always prep your skin! Regardless of what body part you are removing hair from the first thing you need to do is ensure the area is clean; remove any bacteria, grime, or makeup if you are removing hair from your face.
Once it is clean, exfoliate your skin to remove any dead skin cells to get the best possible results. Avoid chemical exfoliants, but instead use an exfoliating mitt or a gentle face scrub so you don’t irritate your skin.
Next up, decide which wax is the one for you…
1. Pre-Made Strips
If you’re waxing for the first time, or waxing at home for the first time, then pre-made wax strips will make your debut venture into the world of waxing much easier! These strips, which come with wax already on them, completely remove the step of having to put the wax on your skin yourself; you can never apply too much or too little this way! Another bonus about this option is you can reapply a strip to the same area of skin more than once without bothering your skin.
How to use: Warm the strips up in your hands before peeling apart, place firmly down on the area you want to wax and then remove it in a swift motion in the same direction as your hair.
2. Hard Wax
Do you have thicker hair that can be tricky to remove? If so, hard wax could be your waxing saviour. Hard wax doesn’t need a strip to be removed, as it hardens when applied to the body and encases itself around the hair. The heat of the wax will help your pores open up more, making the removal of hair slightly less painful. Hard wax is best used on smaller areas, such as on your face, as it can crack if used on larger areas like your legs.
How to use: Always fully read the instructions of your waxing product. Hard wax needs to be heated up before applying it, so pop it in the microwave for as long as instructed. Once it has warmed up, check the temperature and when ready spread the wax, using the tool provided with your wax, in the direction of your hair growth. The wax should be around 1mm-2mm think, but you can make one end slightly thicker so you can use this as a tab. When the wax has hardened, pull the strip back as soon as possible to reveal hair free skin!
3. Sugar Wax
Sugar wax, or ‘sugaring’, is one of the oldest methods of hair removal around. Used by the ancient Egyptians, the process involves using a natural paste to remove the hair right from the root without the need of strips. The wax has a honey like texture, which means it can get a bit messy when applying to the skin, but people do say sugar wax hurts less than regular waxing, and as it pulls the hair from the root, hair will grow back finer and finer each time.
Sugar wax can be used on any part of your body, but if you do have particularly sensitive skin or a skin concern, such as eczema, then it is best avoided.
How to use: Gently warm your sugar wax up to its optimal temperate (always check the instructions with your kit) and give it a good stir to ensure it is warm all the way through; you should be left with a silky, honey consistency. Using a spatula, apply a fine layer of sugar wax to your skin and then apply a strip to the wax and then pull it off. Applying too much wax will mean you will have excess left on the skin and not enough will mean repeating the process, so practise makes perfect when it comes to application!