If you think about doing your hair removal treatments by yourself, you might want to learn a few tips and tricks. Trust me, when it comes to hair removal (especially waxing) it’s best to get all the important info beforehand, rather than looking for help online while you’re all stuck in a mess of wax (yeah, been there).
Ok so for a start, I can not stress this enough: your beauty isn’t defined by the amount of hair you have on your body, or the absence of it. It’s all about personal preference and if you don’t like having your hair removed, that’s okay.
I personally feel like my skin looks better without all the hair going on. I have a great deal of hair basically everywhere so I’ve been doing this for years. The hairs covering my scalp are the only ones I want to keep on (ok, my eyebrows and lashes too), so I use various hair removal techniques and have tried everything except laser tools.
No matter how you want to do it (waxing/shaving/using depilatory creams) there are some basic things you need to know in order to play it safe and keep your skin smooth.
- Start off clean
Make sure the area you want to work on is clean. Remember this step because it’s VERY important. Your skin needs to be squeaky clean so it won’t get irritated. You want to get rid of all the bacteria in order to avoid redness, rashes or appearance of little bumps all over.
My skin is quite sensitive so I’m always being extra careful when I remove hairs. I’ve had my share of skin irritation and bumps and trust me, it does not feel good.
Exfoliation is another thing you need to do before removing any hairs. Exfoliating will remove all dead skin cells and get your razor closer to the hair roots. Prepping like this will also add some more softness and smoothness to your skin, and you’ll avoid ingrown hairs and skin irritation.
You can use any scrub you like, my favorite is a natural homemade mixture of sugar and olive oil (check it out here: diy head to toe exfoliant).
- Be careful when choosing your tools
When choosing a tool to work with, take your time and be careful. If you’re using a depilatory cream, make sure you test it on your skin around 48 hours before using it (or as instructed on the packaging) to avoid allergies and rash.
Take care of your razors and clean them thoroughly after each use, also make sure to change the heads regularly. If you’re using disposable razors, throw them away after the 4-5 use (right before they get dull) to avoid cuts and razor bumps.
If you remove your hair with an epilator, make sure you clean it after every session.
Extra tip: never share you razors or hair removal tools with anyone else, you don’t want to spread bacteria or get a skin infection.
Basically, find the tool that’s best for your skin and keep things clean.
- …And your products
If your skin is dry and sensitive, avoid products that contain alcohol and fragrance. Instead of using soap that will additionally dry out your skin, use a moisturizer or a hydrating shaving lotion. Pick depilatory creams or wax strips that are best for your skin type.
- Know the direction
When you’re shaving, you need to work in the opposite direction of your hair growth. For example, when shaving your legs, start at your ankle and move the razor upwards to your knee. This will get you a closer shave and softer skin.
However, if your skin is too sensitive, you’ll have to work in the direction of your hair growth. This also goes for more sensitive areas like the bikini line, face and every area where the skin is thinner.
If you’re waxing, always pull in the opposite direction of your hair growth. When using an epilator, move the machine in the opposite direction so it pulls out the hairs better.
Last but not least, don’t forget to moisturize. Your skin is most vulnerable after having a hair removal session, so make sure you nourish it with a moisturizing lotion. I like to use coconut oil because it’s so rich and moisturizing, and sometimes I apply baby oil. Basically, anything heavy and greasy enough to protect my skin and avoid irritation.
I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below! I’d love to help.