Has the thought of waxing your face ever crossed your mind? Me neither, but when budgets got tighter, and there was no time for me to get to the salon to take care of the business that was growing on my face, concessions had to be made. So, I did what any desperate facially follically unchallenged mom would do, I opted to do it myself.
So, how is waxing my own face at home?
When I had no idea what I was doing, it was awful. I was very much experiencing the pain of ripping the wax off my face, however, I was very much not removing any hair from my face. With little to no results, and lots of pain, I did what any person who clearly had no idea what they were doing would do, I googled. And, after about two seconds of research, I very quickly realized that I was doing it all wrong. Turns out, if you wax correctly, the end results can be very effective and sort of painless!
What I wax.
I currently wax my entire face (sideburns, cheeks, upper lip, chin, and I just started waxing my eyebrows). I wax about once a month, or as needed.
What wax to use.
Soft Wax – This is what I think of when I get my eyebrows or upper lip waxed at the salon. The wax is applied to the area of skin and is removed using a strip of muslin.
Hard Wax – This is what I use. Hard wax is applied warm with a spatula (I use a wooden stick) and is a bit thicker than a soft wax. Hard wax is removed without a strip and is generally used when waxing the face.
The Wax Warmer.
Of course, the wax warmer and wax beads that I bought in 2018 are no longer available, but all you really need is a decent wax warmer and some good hard wax. You can find some good options on Amazon.
The one below is similar to the one I use.
As much as I’d love to break down how I currently wax my face, I thought it would be more prudent to share the video that I watched in order to become an “at home” waxing master.
A few key techniques I learned after watching the video are:
- Prep your face.
- Direction counts.
- Timing counts.
Take a few minutes and watch the video below. It’s a bit dated, but the information is still very relevant. Be sure to scroll down after the video. I share a few tips I picked up as I’ve become more accustomed to waxing my own face.
A few tips I learned about waxing with hard wax.
Beyond what I learned in the video, there are a few additional tips that I keep in mind when waxing at home.
- Test your wax consistency. I turn the temperature down just a bit on my warmer so the wax isn’t too “drippy” when applying. I find that I get a more consistent application when the wax isn’t too hot.
- Wear a headband to hold your hair back and adjust as needed. I’ve had a few accidents and took out a little too much sideburn hair because I had some hair sticking out of my headband. Keep what you don’t want waxed tamed.
I’m not a master eyebrow sculptor, but I do have a few tips to share when it comes to waxing your eyebrows.
- I would only attempt eyebrow waxing once you have a really solid grasp of using your wax and understanding what consistency works best for you. Drips on your eyelashes are no fun.
- When you are ready, use a flat toothpick to apply the wax on the eyebrows. The tiny surface area makes it easier to control the application area.
- Wax your eyebrows at your own risk. Seriously. Be very cautious when waxing your eyebrows.
What do you think? Gonna try it?
I’ve been using the hard wax for about two years now, and feel like I’ve got a pretty good system when it comes to waxing my face. The techniques are quite simple and once you’ve got enough practice under your belt, waxing at home can be quite effective and pain-free!