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Waxing your legs yourself, how difficult is it? Which waxing products do you need? How should you prepare and apply the wax? How should you remove the waxing strip? Everything you always wanted to know about waxing your legs yourself!
As a wax virgin, you have never waxed before. But the epilator is a disaster and shaving is not much better. Do you wonder if waxing your legs yourself could be for you? How difficult is it to wax your own legs if you have never done it before? You google and read horror stories because bad experiences will receive more coverage online than good experiences. Waxing your legs yourself is not difficult if you use your common sense and good waxing products. Waxing your own legs is not difficult, not even for absolute beginners! And although the first time may be somewhat strange and awkward – especially pulling off that first waxing strip - you will be fairly accomplished in three to four weeks’ time when you wax again.
The fastest and easiest way to wax legs is with a wax cartridge heater with wax rollers. You use a wax cartridge with a large roller to wax your legs. This will allow you to roll nice and quickly. The special start kits from 123waxing.com enable you to select the ideal wax cartridge yourself. You can roughly choose from three types of wax:
Try out the various wax types on various body parts
Waxing does not lend itself to a trial and error method. It is self-evident, but waxing (your legs) yourself starts by reading the ENTIRE manual IN ADVANCE. And you should also carefully read all the various steps while waxing. Finally, if you also read the manual once again after waxing, you may come across a few points for improvement or may understand better why you had to do something in a certain way.
The wax in the wax cartridges will always be so-called "oil-soluble" or "liposoluble" wax. It is important that you take this into account by ensuring the skin is properly clean, dry and especially grease-free before you start. This is why it is better to wax before you shower because many shower creams and suchlike leave a creamy layer on the skin. Therefore it is better not to apply too many body lotions and/or skin oil on the skin on the day before you are going to wax. This is why you should always use a pre-treatment lotion before you start. This is why it is also better to always put talcum powder on the skin before applying the wax. Even if your skin is not particularly greasy or oily, talcum powder always makes waxing more pleasant (read: less painful), because the use of talcum powder causes the wax to stick less to the skin. This always reduces the "plaster" feeling of waxing.
The wax in the wax cartridge is applied in the direction of the hair growth. So on the legs this is from the knee towards the foot. The wax roller will roll easily if the roller mechanism contains warm wax. So hold the wax heater upside down so that the warm wax can flow to the roller. Then roll a couple of times on a clean waxing strip until the wax roller runs well and smoothly. You can also do this on the leg itself, but the still slightly rigid roller will then perhaps pull slightly on the first 10 centimetres of hairy skin. Also ensure that the roller is at the lowest point when rolling. If you lay your leg on another chair when waxing – horizontally – it will automatically go well. However, if you hold your legs vertically, then do make sure that the wax heater is upside down and that the roller is at the lowest point. If not, the wax will not flow well to the roller (a matter of gravity!). Do not immediately wax your entire leg, but make sure that you have a bit of waxless skin left where you can stretch the skin (see below) when removing the hair removal strip.
Then you press 3/4 part of the hair removal strip on the wax, rubbing over it several times so that wax and strip stick to one another. Then you hold about a quarter of the strip with no wax on it. This quarter is the part that is closest to the foot, because the strip needs to be pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. You pull it off as follows:
This is the CORRECT way. The strip is removed along the skin. Parallel to the skin.
It is certainly possible to use a depilatory waxing strip on the legs three to four times for removing the wax. The layer of wax (with the hairs in it) will then become slightly thicker every time. You then fold it double and dispose of it.
Once you are all done with the waxing, then you remove the last bits of wax with post-treatment oil. After all, the wax is oil-soluble. Do not use a tissue or cotton pad, this will not work. Put a little oil in the palm of your hand and apply the oil on your leg using massaging movements. The combination of oil, warmth and movement will do the trick. Should you have made an incorrect movement during the waxing, resulting in wax going on your hands, then also remove this with oil, but ensure that your hand is grease-free again afterwards, otherwise you will contaminate your waxing area and the wax will dissolve and/or not work.
Finally, waxing your legs yourself ends with a feeling of relief and satisfaction and the knowledge that – provided good waxing products and a little common sense is used – it is indeed not difficult to wax your legs yourself at home.