07/ 06/ 2016

At home waxing: How to make it look like you murdered a candle

Every year for the 4th of July, we go to the parade and then have a big pool party/barbecue with Cory’s family. Every year I stress about shaving my legs and trying to get all the invisible thigh hairs I haven’t been able to find since before I got married.

But this year was going to be different.
This year I was going to take a stand and show those hairs who was boss.
This year I bought a wax kit and decided to DIY the crap out of my body hair.

Apparently my lack of DIY skills doesn’t stop at macrame. No, my failure extends all the way down my patchy legs. But mostly just the front of my legs because the backs were impossible to get. I’m not made of rubber, people!

While I don’t have any secret tips or tricks on how to get a gr8 wax @ h0me, I did learn a few things during my long night in the bathroom catching up on The Bachelorette and regretting my decision with each strip of muslin.

  1. Don’t bother. Seriously. Call around to some esthetic schools and see if their salons offer waxing services. It’ll be faster, cleaner and easier.
  2. Don’t be intimidated by the pain. I psyched myself up for an awful experience, but it wasn’t that bad! It felt like a ripping off a really big band-aid. If babies can deal with that every time they get shots, you can deal with it for 30 minutes (or two hours, if you decide to tame the beast yourself).
  3. Do your research. Read product reviews and watch as many videos as you can. Educate yourself on your melting pot, your wax, the tools you need, proper technique, etc. I wish I bought the same wax I saw in the video instead of using the one that came with my kit. Mostly because everything in the video went smoothly (hah!) and maybe if I had that wax, I would have had the same experience. I swear I’m just one wax pot away to becoming a perfect waxer.
  4. Speaking of experience… If you have a friend who has waxed before (either personally or professionally) talk to them! Ask if they have any advice to make your experience better.
  5. Don’t stress about it and be prepared to fail a little. YouTube and researching made me ridiculously confident in my waxing skills. While I was hoping for amazing, salon quality results, I wasn’t heartbroken when I didn’t get them because I’m not a professional. This was huge for me because I always take failure really hard. But this time I shrugged it off and tried bettering my technique for the next section.

I’m probably making at home waxing sound like the worst thing in the world – it wasn’t. Cleaning up after waxing was the worst thing in the world. My poor, poor towels. Skin clean up went a lot better. My legs were sticky from residual wax so I hopped in the shower, rubbed them down with some coconut oil and lightly exfoliated. My skin didn’t have any redness or irritation the following morning and the parts I did manage to get felt smooth and looked great. I’m giving myself a huge pat on the back and dubbing this experiment a success. I tried, failed a little and know what to do better next time.

I’m heartbroken my dreams of having smooth legs for the 4th didn’t come true. I’m sure the universe is LOL’ing so hard because I did all this scheming to beat the system and I still had to shave my freaking legs.

4 responses to “At home waxing: How to make it look like you murdered a candle”

  1. Danica says:

    I still can’t believe that waxed your legs yourself. Ser-ious-ly impressed.

  2. Jessica says:

    You’re a rockstar. Such a huge effort!

  3. I seriously am dying. Hahaha. You are so brave. I have never attempted. I need to branch out a bit.

  4. This had me rollin! I was seriously just thinking I needed to do some diy waxing myself until I saw this. Lol. I’d rather just pay money then have to clean up any more messes at my house. 😉

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