home waxing for a first timer...

(7 Posts)
DarylDixonsDarlin Thu 06-Aug-15 20:05:04

Probably been done to death I know, but I'm a newbie so come here and scare me share your tales!

I've just bought a hot wax kit - Nair brand i think - pot of wax which you heat in the microwave, apply, peel off the wax only (no strips). I only want to do my underarms, I'm happy with epilating my legs at the moment, that's working well for me. I might have to do my tache before the year is out, judging by what I saw in the mirror this morning hmm.

I go to an excellent lady who does a fab job of my eyebrows and I wouldn't hesitate to let her loose on my pits, I just cant really afford it. Shaving doesn't ever give me a totally hair free armpit, no matter which way I point the razor, whether I use gel or soap, new blade or not - just never get a clean finish. Always looks like 2 day old stubble. Fed up with it. Not brave enough to try the epilator on the armpit though (interested to hear from anyone who does?)

So hit me up grin What should I definitely do/don't? What will remove the excess wax if the wipes included in the pack don't get it all off, baby oil? Coconut oil?

Ready to do my patch test this evening. Have chosen hairy right knee. Think I may need to let underarms grow for a couple of days. I've only ever been waxed once before, I was left with bruises and tbh the results weren't great in terms of hair removal.

DarylDixonsDarlin Fri 07-Aug-15 10:34:53

No one wax at home? grin

I fell asleep early last night instead of doing my patch test blush will try again this evening. So any tips or tricks still welcomed.

MintJulip Fri 07-Aug-15 15:05:25

no tips op, but i struggle with cost of waxing too and only ever get under amrs waxed I never ever shave them.

so interested to see how your experiment goes grin sorry no help. how much was pot by the way as I think I need to just wax my knees, they always seem to sprout long black hairs and so quickly!

good luck

chanie44 Fri 07-Aug-15 15:25:45

I tried the nair stuff once, but I didn't like the fact that there were no strips, as by the time I'd peeled a big enough section to grip, I'd pulled off half the wax.

Like you, I can't always afford to have all of the areas I want doing at the salon. I buy the per waxed strips from the poundshop and do the areas I can myself go to the salon for the rest.

I tried waxing my pits, but I barely removed anything.

WickedWax Fri 07-Aug-15 15:40:26

Have you got someone who can help you? I'm a trained waxer and I can't do my own underarms.

My main tip would be (if your DP? is helping), to have them get a good stretch on the skin, and pull fast along the body rather than upwards, otherwise they'll just snap the hair.

If you don't see roots on the hair that's been removed then it hasn't been done properly.

DarylDixonsDarlin Sat 08-Aug-15 11:08:16

Thanks grin yes Wicked, DH has offered to help, he says it's 2 man job, my sister said the same thing but didnt offer to help grin

Patch test seemed fine although I didn't remove any visible hairs from the knee. So I tried a bit on each underarm, some actually did come off! There were about 7/8 hairs from each side, and yes they did look like they had roots, they were long and sticking bolt upright on the wax so I guess that's a good sign? I think the rest of the hair is either too short yet or grows in a different direction maybe? Going to have another try in a couple of days when they're looking a bit longer. Surprisingly painless actually. Quite satisfying! <gross>

I think I put it on a bit too thick, but this meant there was plenty to grab hold off. The wax didnt melt as well as I expected in the microwave, it needed a lot of stirring and jabbing to get it all the same consistency and temperature, but I've hardly used any so hopefully the pot will last a while. Might need some more wooden sticks. I wasn't left with any wax on my skin afterwards. The pot was about £5.90 ish on half price at boots, not sure I'd pay full price for it though. I doubt its professional quality but not a bad punt for a diy job, if you know what you're doing.

MintJulip Sat 08-Aug-15 15:33:49

£5.90 isnt bad for a trial run, thanks so much Daryl. I imagine my dh would also love to see me in pain and help with the wax wink keep us updated!

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