Summer Hair Removal: Home or Pro Waxing to Ditch your Razor?

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In Minnesota, the next couple months will only get hotter. Baring more skin means more time shaving your legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Are you surviving your razor burn? Are you tired of getting out in public and finding a stray hair or even whole section that you missed when you shaved?  Waxing may be for you.

The question whether to wax yourself at home or seek a professional somewhat depends on the area you want waxed. Let’s break down the process of waxing at home so you know what you’re in for.

DIY waxing kits cost between $25 and $100. Suffice to say you can likely find a decent product that is less expensive than going to a med-spa or salon. You do need to decide what kind of wax you want, so do some research on the difference between honey, cream, and hard wax.

Aside from the wax itself, you will need supplies. These include:

  • Wax Warmers – it is very important to get the wax hot enough to do its job without making it so hot you burn yourself. An appliance designed to melt wax is a must.
  • Strips – without hard wax, you need strips to adhere to the wax and rip the hair out of your skin.
  • Pre-wax cleanser – it’s important to work with clean skin, especially if you’re worried about pimples, ingrown hairs, and other irritations.
  • Powder or oil – depending on the kind of wax you use, one or the other will assist you in protecting your skin
  • Applicators – usually wooden, resembling a popsicle stick
  • Post-wax cleanser – if you’d like to reduce the stickiness
  • Skin soother – mild redness or slight stinging after the wax is common, and more so in self-waxing.

Another major component of home waxing is time. You have to set up and clean up your whole operation. Waxing yourself, especially for a novice, also takes longer to complete than going to a skin professional.

The biggest downsides to home waxing, especially to the inexperienced, are exacerbated pain and skin irritation like ingrown hairs. It’s difficult to inflict the pain on yourself, and it’s difficult to get an angle and technique that lessens the pain. This is truer for some body parts than others. Anyone who has ever attempted to wax hair from her underarms will tell you – this is not a fun game to play by yourself.

Legs aren’t too difficult to wax on your own, but they do take a long time to complete. The bikini area is especially challenging simply because of your limited visibility and the room you have to move your arm to pull the strips.

If you are going to give home waxing a try, it’s best to start with your legs. It will give you the most use out of all your supplies, and it is the easiest to accomplish by yourself. If you have the time and the patience, it can be well worth it.

Where it is more difficult to maneuver the act of waxing, and where you are at more risk of ingrown hairs, you may want to skip the home wax and go to the spa. A professional will complete the job in the least amount of time with the least amount of pain, the fewest risks for side effects, and no mess for you to clean up.

Beware: there are some inexperienced technicians out there. The more trained a person is in dermatological improvements, the better. Urban Retreat Med Spa in the Minneapolis area hires only highly trained skin specialists to administer services.  We know how to take care of your skin. Get your body summer-smooth with us: 952-974-7858; Find our waxing services here.