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How to wax at home...

This is something I keep getting asked about and since a visit to the salon for a waxing appointment seems a long way off the horizon at the moment I thought I would give you some advice and recommendations. 

Firstly before I begin I want to let you know that at home kits will not be as effective as a salon wax but are a temporary solution in these unprecedented times.

There are two main types of waxing products: wax strips and roll on wax 

I would recommend that you exfoliate the skin 48 hours before to help remove dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs.

Wax strips are ready-to-use strips that just need warming up in your hands to remove the hair. They come in different sizes and are ideal for fast results with very little mess, and there’s also specific ones for sensitive skin types. The only disadvantage with wax strips is they aren’t as effective on short hair as warm wax.

Roll-on wax needs to be heated to the instructed temperature and once it’s reached the exact temperature it can be spread over the hair you want removing, it does the hard work for you by heating the wax to the perfect temperature. The heat from the wax then opens the hair follicles and, as it cools, it grips on to the hair, ready to be pulled in one go from the skin. They are messier than wax strips and can be tricky to apply on smaller areas.

Before you start ensure that you have got everything you need: Make sure the skin is clean, dry and free from oils and cream. If you are using roller wax you can apply talcum powder to ensure the area is free from moisture  If using wax strips, warm the strip in your hands and then press firmly down in the direction of hair growth. Then remove the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. If using roller wax ensure you apply the wax in a thin layer in the direction of growth and place a strip on top and press firmly on the skin then remove the strip in one movement. Pull the skin taut prior to doing this and try and remove the strip quickly without pulling at the skin. Whichever method you choose to use remember the following : *Ideally the hair need to be at least 1/4 of an inch in length *Never wax over the same area more than once. *Pull the skin taut prior to removing the strip and try and remove the strip quickly without pulling at the skin. *If all the hair isn’t removed then you can tweeze the remaining ones but just ensure you tweeze the hairs in the direction of hair growth.

After waxing make sure you apply a soothing lotion I would recommend the Katherine Daniels Post Depilation Concentrate which is a hair growth inhibitor and if used daily twice a day you will notice the hair will start to grow slower and finer.

If you do get in a sticky mess...this does happen, use baby oil, olive oil or something similar to remove it.  

For 24 hours after: *Avoid hot baths and showers  *Avoid applying fake tan, perfumed lotions, make up or creams to the skin.  *Avoid excessive exercise and heat treatments  

Until we meet again hope this helps!

Love Helen xx

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