All you need to know about hot waxing
An ancient and effective technique, hot wax comes to your rescue for underarm, leg and bikini waxing. Let's take a detailed look at what hot waxing consists of and what its advantages are.
Hot waxing, how does it work?
Hot wax is a molten resin that traps hairs, whether short, fine, long or coarse, and pulls them out with their roots. Hot wax is mainly used to remove hair from areas such as legs, arms, armpits and bikini line. But, if you're not comfortable and have the precise gesture, you can also try waxing the more sensitive areas of the face (eyebrows, moustache) with this method.
The wax used for hot waxing comes in the form of small resin beads to be melted. It is commercially available in the form of a roll-on, a jar to be heated in the microwave, or in the form of pebbles to be melted in a special wax heater for home waxing. Alternatively, you can go to a beauty salon that offers this method of hair removal.
Applied to the skin with a wooden spatula or a roll-on that pours a continuous dose of wax, the depilatory wax, once dry, can be pulled off with a quick jerk. It is most effective when hot because its heat opens the pores of the skin: the hairs can then be pulled out more easily, making it one of the main advantages of this depilatory method. The other major front is that waxing with hot wax allows you to be at peace for 3 to 4 weeks.
Our choice for waxing at home? Our Wax Kit 3-in-1.
Prepare your hot wax well
This is the negative point that could be blamed on hot wax: the risk of burns. Even if the marks limit the risks, some precautions must still be taken. Before using hot wax in your home, remember to read the instructions for use, which normally specify the heating and waiting time before application to the skin.
To avoid worries, also remember to test the wax on a less sensitive area such as the hand before you start.
It should be noted that waxing with hot wax is not recommended for all those who suffer from venous insufficiency or varicose veins because the heat dilates the blood vessels and often causes small haematomas.
Some advice for a successful waxing session:
• Exfoliate the legs the day before. This will remove dead skin and avoid ingrown hairs during your hair removal session.
Our favorite: the coffee and sugar based scrub by Frank Body (available on sephora.fr)
• Spy on clean, dry skin.
• The wax is heated in a pan for the garbage or in a specific appliance equipped with a thermostat that keeps the wax at the right temperature. First check the temperature with the back of your hand before you start applying your wax to the different areas you want to wax.
• To waxing the legs, use the spatula to apply wax strips about 5 cm wide and 1 cm thick. Start at the knee and move down to the ankle in one go. Press lightly with the spatula and wait until the wax no longer adheres to it before tearing it off with a sharp blow.
• After waxing, remove the wax residue using wipes soaked in moisturising essential oils for soft, perfectly moisturised skin.
If you pull out the wax in the opposite direction of hair growth (from the ankle to the knee), the hair removal will be effective but the hair growth will be hindered: it may become ingrown and form small pimples. It is therefore better to waxing with wax by pulling in the direction of the hairs even if this requires several applications.
Things To know:
• Wait for your hair to reach the ideal length of 5 mm on the legs and 6 mm on the bikini line before waxing.
• Prepare for bikini line epilation by cutting the longest hairs with scissors and apply an exfoliating lotion a few days before waxing to avoid the risk of ingrown hairs.
• Take advantage of the development of "ready-to-use" methods: a jar to be heated in the microwave with its fabric strips or an electrically heated roll-on with a thermostat that keeps the wax at a constant temperature.
• In the case of waxing in an institute, check that the wax is single-use, to avoid any risk of skin infection.