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Wax strips get a bad rap. There’s a misconception that they’re second to liquid wax— but that’s probably because you’re using them wrong. While they are definitely the easy and mess-free method to hair removal, you still need to put in the right prep and aftercare to get the best results. Once you get it down, wax strips are the easiest method for totally smooth skin and hair removal that lasts.
Have the right products. The first key to getting the best results with body wax strips is having the right products to complete your routine. You’ll need something to help with exfoliating, wax strips of varying sizes depending on the areas you’re waxing, and an aftercare product like oil. Check out the Parissa Wax Strips Super Pack, which is only $25 and gives you everything you need to get started. It’s perfect for beginners, or waxing pros who need an easy way to grab all the essentials. I particularly like this brand because the wax strips are clear, so you can see what you’re doing.
Be Patient. Here’s the thing about waxing that I think messes a lot of people up: your hair needs to reach a certain stage to be wax-ready. Hair that’s just growing back is stubbly and resistant. You should wait at least two weeks before trying to wax, when your hair is between 1/2 cm and 1/4 inch long. On the flip side, you don’t want your hair to get too long and wax! Hair that’s too long when waxed runs the risk of getting pulled from the ends instead of the root, and may break off before being ripped out.
Never Skip the Prep Steps. Before trying a new product, always do a small patch test to make sure you don’t have any reactions to the wax. Unlike shaving in the shower, you actually do not want to bathe or clean the skin before waxing. Your natural oils act as a buffer between the wax and your skin. You also don’t want to use wax strips on irritated skin, or right before/after exercising. About a day or two before waxing, exfoliate using the included glove or a loofah. This helps get rid of dead skin cells and loosen stubborn hairs for the best results.
Follow Directions. Finally, you’re ready to wax. Take out the strip size that’s right for the part of the body you’re waxing. Warm it up by rubbing it between your hands— this will make the wax easier to adhere to your skin. Then, slowly separate them. Take on and press it onto the area you want to wax, pressing in the direction of hair growth. Next, rip it off in the opposite direction of your hair growth. For more details, check out the photo instructions included in the Parissa Wax Strips Super Pack.
Don’t forget the aftercare. After you’ve removed all undesired hair, use the included Azulene oil, which contains chamomile as a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic to reduce ingrown hairs and redness. Reapply as necessary— this will also help remove any leftover wax residue.
Once 24 hours has passed since waxing, you can start regularly using the exfoliation glove to remove dead skin cells and reduce ingrown hairs.
So while wax strips are easy peasy, they still require some attention to detail. Once you get into the groove, they’re a great long-lasting solution to hair removal. Plus, they’re easy to take on-the-go for touchups, too!
Check out the Parissa Wax Strips Super Pack on their website, and let me know how your experience goes!