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April 9, 2020
I am a total baby when it comes to pain. I literally cry when I get my brows waxed at the salon, which is why I rarely do it. So at-home waxing has always been daunting to me. Why go through that pain when I can just shave? But after four different friends mentioned at-home waxing casually in conversation, I started to reconsider. After all, I had never even gotten my legs waxed at a salon, so maybe it’s not as bad as I always imagined.
Like magic, Parissa, an at-home waxing company, emailed me to possibly partner–just as I was starting to consider at-home waxing as a real option for me. It was totally meant to be, so I took it as a sign and decided to try at-home waxing for the first time. As you may remember, I do have laser on my underarms and bikini area, so all I really need to worry about is my legs. I didn’t get laser there because I thought it would be too painful, plus you can’t get it when you’re tan and it’s way too hard to keep my legs from getting tan! Which brings me to another reason why I wanted to try waxing: it’s so much better for self-tanning and spray tans! Instead of shaving off a sunless tan, I can just wax first and then not worry about shaving or waxing again for weeks. And that’s exactly what I ended up doing. I waxed, showered, exfoliated, and then applied a sunless tanner. It’s been a week and my legs are still just as smooth as the day I waxed–and I was able to build up my fake tan for a gorgeous and healthy glow!
Now that you’re ready to dive into at-home waxing, here’s how you do it:
Get some Parissa wax. I opted for the sugar waxing, just because I liked the name. Parissa recommended this wax for legs & body and the hard wax (no strips needed) for face waxing. I also started with clean skin since I used a sugar-based wax. If you’re using a resin-based wax, you can add apply baby powder to the area before waxing to protect your skin.
Take off the lid and heat wax for 20 seconds. I heated mine for 30 seconds because I was filming as I was doing it. I did not need to reheat at all and waxed both legs without a problem.
Using the provided wooden stick, apply wax in the direction of hair growth, which would be from knee to ankle for your legs. Don’t worry if you mess up (or get wax all over the place) – it’s washable and super easy to clean up! All you need is warm water.
Apply provided strip on top of the wax. Make sure to leave a little room at the bottom so you can grab it. Rub it for a second to make sure it’s really sticking.
Quickly pull off strip in the opposite direction of hair growth, so at the end closest to your ankle. The first strip hurt the worst for me. After that, I was totally fine since I knew what to expect.
Honestly, it hurt way less than I thought it would. It’s basically the same as when you get your brows waxed, maybe a little less painful since the skin on your leg isn’t as delicate as the skin around your eyes. And the slight sting only lasted about 10 seconds or less. I will absolutely be waxing my legs from now on. I can’t believe how easy it was! All in all, it took me about 30 minutes. I’ll definitely get faster with more practice too!
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