Do you deal with the need for facial hair removal on a regular basis, and are you preparing to do a facial wax at home? Tips for helping to prevent pain and excessive redness while waxing your face are found in Part 1 of this two-part series. The following are step-by-step tips for a DIY facial wax:
Supplies you’ll need:
- Pre-wax cleanser
- Wax warmer
- Wax (preferably cream)
- Baby powder
- Muslin strips or pellon strips
- Wooden applicators
- Wax remover (baby oil or petroleum jelly can serve this purpose)
- Aloe-based gel or another type of after-wax lotion
- Be sure the hairs you’re removing are at least ¼” long because if they’re not, waxing won’t be very effective.
- Warm the wax. This step can take a long time, depending on how much wax you’re heating and whether your wax is completely hardened.
- Pin your hair back out of your face.
- Give your hands a good cleansing to help prevent any bacteria from being introduced to the supplies.
- Use a facial cleanser to rid your face of oil and makeup.
- Pat your face dry and apply pre-wax cleanser powder. The powder should be lightly dusted on the hair to be waxed.
- Using an applicator stick, apply wax as evenly as possible in the direction of hair growth. There should be plenty of wax to cover the hair; however, don’t lay it on too thick, or it will be difficult to remove.
- Apply the cloth strip to the waxed area in the direction of hair growth. A portion should be left over on the end so that you can grasp it to remove the wax.
- Make sure the wax has cooled a bit.
- Get a firm grip on the end of the strip, pull the skin taut with the other hand, and remove the strip in a quick pull in the opposite direction of hair growth. Don’t pull up but rather stay close to the skin as you rip off the cloth.
- Continue to apply and remove wax until the area is free of unwanted hair.
- Be careful not to wax over the same part of your face twice because doing so could tear your skin.
- Tweeze any hairs that were missed during the waxing process.
- Clean the wax off of your skin.
- Apply a soothing aloe-based gel or some other type of after-wax lotion.