Unwanted and unsightly hair in places we wish it wasn't, ugh. annoying. ugly. While there a number of ways to get rid of unattractive body hair, including laser removal and shaving, waxing is still the most popular and cost effective long-term method used to do away with unpleasant and persistent hair. The chin, upper lip, chest, back, legs, eyebrows and bikini area are reported as the most problematic areas for rapid hair growth. Aimed to remove hair from the root, waxing products are used by both men and women.
While you can visit a salon and have a beauty expert perform a professional wax, and many people do, you can also use at-home hair removal products. Usually, salon waxing must performed by a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician, which can be costly. At-home hair removal kits are unbelievably effective at removing hair; they are easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Anyone who can read instructions can wax at home; although you may need to employ a trusted friend to get to those hard to reach places.
Generally speaking, there are two types of waxing products strip waxing and hard waxing. With strip waxing, a cloth or paper strip is used to remove hair. After applying a thin layer of wax to the desired body region, the waxing strip is then pressed firmly atop the wax. The strip is then abruptly ripped off with a swift, strong movement that goes against the direction of natural hair growth. The strip method allows for the use of cold wax because the strips come ready to use, pre-coated with wax. If you are waxing facial hair, underarm hair and bikini areas, this is the best type of waxing product to use.
Hard waxing does not use strips and must be applied after it is heated, usually in the microwave. This method uses a thick, hot wax that hardens as it cools, which is then removed in the same manner as a strip wax. With hot waxing treatments, the wax is applied directly to the skin and is smoothed in the direction of the hair growth. Once the wax cools, it thickens and is pulled from the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This type of wax is best for large areas like the chest and back because it pulls a lot of hair at once. People who have sensitive skin are encouraged to use hard wax instead of strips, no matter where the hair is on the body.
At-home hair removal sets include everything you need to remove unwanted hair strips, cloths, a wax applicator or spatula and a post-waxing conditioner. Depending on the area that needs to be waxed and the amount of hair that needs to be removed, waxing usually doesn't take longer than half an hour. There are many benefits to using at-home waxing products as opposed to other types of hair removal, like shaving, for example. For instance, waxing produces long-lasting results. When hair is waxed, it is removed at the root and usually doesn't grow back for three to eight weeks. When hair is shaved, it is only removed at the surface, which means it resurfaces and shows just days later. Also, areas that are frequently waxed produce softer, less noticeable hair. See our full selection of Hair Removal Products .