An ancient and effective technique, hot wax comes to your aid for waxing armpits, legs and bikini line. Let’s see in detail what hot waxing is and what are its benefits.
Hot waxing, how does it work?
Hot wax is a molten resin that traps hairs, whether short, fine, long or coarse, and pulls them out with their roots. Hot wax is mainly used to depilate areas such as legs, arms, armpits, and bikini line. But, if you are not cozy and you have the precise gesture, you can also try waxing more sensitive areas of the face ( eyebrows , mustache) with this method.
The wax used for hot waxing comes in the form of small beads of resin to be melted. On the market, it can be found in the form of a roll-on or a pot to be heated in the microwave or even as pebbles to be melted in a special wax heater for hair removal at home. Otherwise, you can go to a beauty salon that practices this hair removal method .
Applied to the skin using a wooden spatula or a roll-on that pours a dose of wax continuously, the depilatory wax, once dry, tears off with a sharp blow. It is hot that it is the most effective because its heat opens the pores of the skin: the hairs then come off more easily, which makes it one of the main advantages of this depilatory method. The other major advance is that a hot waxing allows you to be quiet for 3 to 4 weeks.
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Prepare your hot wax well
This is the negative point that one could blame for hot wax: the risk of burns. Even if the brands do their best to limit the risks, you still have to take some precautions. Before using a hot wax at home, be sure to read the instructions for use which should specify the heating and waiting time before applying to the skin.
To avoid worries, also remember to test the wax on an insensitive area such as your hand before you start.
Note that hair removal with hot wax is recommended to all those who suffer from venous insufficiency or varicose veins because the heat dilates blood vessels and often causes small bruises.
Some tips for successful hair removal:
- Perform a leg scrub the day before. This will remove dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs during your waxing session.
- Epilate on clean, dry skin.
- The wax is heated in a pan intended for the trash or in a specific device equipped with a thermostat maintaining the wax at the right temperature. First check it with the back of your hand before you start applying your wax to the different areas you want to depilate.
- For depilation of the legs, use the spatula to use wax strips about 5 cm wide and 1 cm thick. Start with the knee and work your way down to the ankle in one motion. Press lightly with the spatula and wait until the wax no longer adheres to it to pull it off with a sharp blow. Then let the skin cool before ironing a little wax to perfect the result. Do this over the entire leg.
- After waxing, remove the wax residue using wipes soaked in moisturizing essential oils for soft and perfectly hydrated skin. To soothe and moisturize the skin after waxing, you can also bet on products based on sweet almond, aloe vera, argan oil or shea.
Note: If you tear off the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth (from the ankle to the knee), hair removal will be effective but hair growth will be thwarted: they risk being embodied and forming small buttons. It is therefore better to wax by pulling in the direction of the hair even if this requires several applications.
To know :
- Wait until your hairs reach the ideal length of 5mm on the legs and 6mm on the bikini line before waxing.
- Prepare the bikini waxing by cutting the longest hairs with scissors and apply an exfoliating lotion a few days before epilation to avoid the risk of ingrown hairs.
- Take advantage of the development of “ready-to-use” methods: a pot to be heated in the microwave with its strips of fabric or an electrically heated roll-on fitted with a thermostat that maintains the wax at a constant temperature.
- In the case of hair removal in a salon, check that the wax is disposable, in order to avoid any risk of skin infection.
- Finally, note that waxing tends to be dethroned by “long-term” hair removal techniques such as laser hair removal and pulsed light hair removal.
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