Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tips for doing a bikini wax at home

Bikini waxes can be costly-$50 and over $75 if you want a Brazilian wax. You can buy Bikini Wax kits for less than $10

When purchasing a bikini wax kit at any pharmacy or drug store, ensure you read the directions carefully. Waxing consists of a mixture of wax, oil and resin, which is then applied directly over the hairs to be removed. Most kits come with a stick (similar to a tongue depressor) and a strip of cloth or muslin as well. The wax is warmed and melted to a caramel-like texture. It is then spread over the area to be waxed. While the wax is still warm, the muslin or cotton cloth is put over the wax and pressed down. The wax is allowed to cool and then the cloth is pulled off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Hand pressure is then applied to the area for a few seconds to relieve discomfort.

In addition, this procedure will have to be done every 4-6 weeks. Before waxing, make sure the hairs are at least one-half inch above the skin. If you need to, carefully cut the hairs down to the appropriate length. Make sure the area is dry and free from any body oils. Therefore, a good tip is to wash and dry thoroughly. Since you are using this product for the first time, as with anything else, test it on your skin to ensure you are not allergic.

After the waxing has been completed, the area will be tender and irritated for a couple of hours. Ensure you have cream or an over-the-counter steroid which will alleviate the irritation. Above all, make sure the wax is not too hot before applying it to the skin. Avoid exposure to the sun for at least 24 hours after which be sure to apply sun block.

While there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not to use hot or cold waxing (some prefer cold waxing at home), cold waxing may not be as effective since the wax may not adhere well to the thick hairs. The good news is that with every waxing, the hairs will become less brittle and the growth of the hair will eventually decrease.

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