Leg waxing is one of the most popular forms of hair removal for women. Although there are some men who wax their legs, most men who do so are body builders who are professionally competing. But, since most men do not fall into this category, the concentration for leg waxing is typically on the woman.
Leg waxing is a great hair removal system that is quick, easy and inexpensive. This is especially true if leg waxing occurs at home. Before embarking on a leg waxing regimen, though, it is important to know how to do it so the hair removal is most effective.
First, you will need to get the proper tools to wax your legs. You can buy starter kits and accessories at a number of places. Grocery stores, discount stores and specialty beauty stores have waxing products available. You can also purchase waxing accessories online.
As you get more experience, you may want to experiment with different types of wax and accessories, some of which can only be purchased online or at beauty supply stores. However, to get started, you simply need an easy to use waxing system that would include a vat of wax, applicator and cloth strips. You should also make sure the kit has soothing cream included and if it does not, you should purchase some.
Next, keep in mind that waxing takes practice. It may not be simple and quick the first few times you do it but with practice it will become so. You will learn how to apply the wax properly and remove it with little pain.
You will also learn how to properly care for the waxed area to avoid any side effects such as redness, red bumps and ingrown hairs. So, if you do not get the best results the first time you try it, don’t give up. Simply practice a little bit and you will soon be waxing with confidence.
The hair on your legs should be at least a quarter of an inch long to enable the wax to properly adhere. If your hair is less than that, you run the risk of having patches that are not removed. If your hair is over half an inch long, you should trim it to a quarter. Use hair clippers to accomplish this so you get all the hair evenly trimmed.
Make sure your legs are clean and dry. If your legs are too oily, the wax will not adhere to the hair and the process will be useless for hair removal. Also, apply a very light dusting of powder to your legs. Be careful not to overdo it, though.
The next step in hair removal is to apply the wax. In the beginning of the hair removal process it is recommended to work in smaller sections. As you get more confident and skilled you can start with longer sections.
Apply the hair removal wax to the area using the applicator. Apply in the same direction of hair growth, not against it. Use a light layer of the wax. It may take a little time to get a feel for how much wax is enough and how much is too much.
The next step in hair removal with waxing is to apply the cloth strip. Smooth it in the same direction of the hair and leave a small part of the strip free so you can use that part to pull it off without getting wax all over your fingers. Use your hand to press it in a stroking motion. This allows the wax to cool a bit and to make sure it sticks to the hair.
The next part of the hair removal process is where it can be a bit painful but keep in mind this lessens over time. The more often you wax, the finer the hair grows back and the easier it is to remove. Take the end of the strip and pull in the opposite direction of hair growth. Do this quickly. The hair will be removed with the strip. If there is some wax left over, simply repeat the process with the cloth strip.
Continue the process until you have completed your leg waxing. After you are done, you may have a few hairs that were not caught by the wax, especially if this is your first time waxing. Use tweezers to catch those stray hairs so you have perfectly smooth legs. Afterward, make sure to apply a soothing lotion especially designed for waxing. This will reduce redness and bumps and will soothe any pain you may have.