How-to: Master the DIY wax
We’ve been spoiled with gloriously warm weather, so it’s natural to want to show a little more skin than usual. For most of us, that means committing to a hair removal regime. If your waxing lady is booked up or you’re keen to de-fuzz at home, Veet EasyWax™ Electrical Roll-on Kit will give you salon-worthy results. We explain how to use it here, plus we’ve included some pre- and post-waxing tips so you can enjoy silky smooth legs/arms/underarms for longer.
So, here’s how to get beautifully hair-free skin in six simple steps:
Before you start…
A good wax begins the night before. Make sure your skin is properly prepped before going in hot with the wax. Veet recommends exfoliating 24 hours prior to remove any dead skin cells that could clog pores and cause ingrown hairs.
Top tip: Instead of rubbing your skin dry, pat it dry - this is less irritating.
STEP #1 GET EVERYTHING READY
Insert the wax roll-on refill snugly into the heating device, connect the cable and plug in.
STEP #2 ASSESS THE TEMPERATURE
One of the biggest problems with at-home waxing is heating the wax to an ideal temperature. With the Veet EasyWax™ Electrical Roll-on Kit, you'll always reach a salon-quality temp. Wait 20 minutes, then check the temperature of the wax by rolling it over a piece of paper. If it rolls evenly, it’s ready for use. If not, let the device continue to warm for another five to ten minutes before checking again.
STEP #3 GO WITH THE FLOW
Roll the wax in the direction your hair grows, for example, from knee to ankle. Keep the slanted side of the roller in contact with your skin so it glides easily - and to make sure you don’t miss any spots!
STEP #4 APPLY THE STRIP
Immediately place the strip over the layer of wax, leaving a 1cm section at the bottom of the strip free from wax. Smooth the strip over the wax in the direction of your hair growth.
STEP #5 BE BRAVE
Hold your skin taut with one hand, and with the other, grip the bottom of the strip and quickly pull back against the direction of your hair growth. Remember, beauties, the faster you pull, the more hair you’ll remove (and the sooner it’ll be over!). Place your hand over the area straight away to soothe the skin and cool it down.
STEP #6 THE AFTERMATH
Clean away any leftover wax on your skin using a Veet Perfect Finish Wipe, some baby oil or a used strip. Don’t be alarmed if your skin is a little red after the waxing; that’s completely normal. If you want to reduce the redness faster, apply a cool wet cloth to the area. This will soothe the skin. Oh, and always remember to unplug the device after use.
More tips from Veet
- For the best results, wait until your hair is at least 2mm long.
- Make sure the area is dry, and free from any traces of creams, oils or antiperspirant. Apply talcum powder to the area to avoid ending up with residue.
- Allow a day for any redness on the waxed area to dissipate fully.
- If you’re a first timer, start by waxing your legs. They’re the easiest to reach, and pretty tough!
What are your tips for DIY waxing at home?