How to Do a Bikini Wax at Home

Wondering how to do a bikini wax at home? Don't be intimidated. You can do your own bikini wax at home and save yourself gobs of money. Follow these simple steps:

Choose a Waxing Method
You can use pre-waxed strips, hot wax or cold wax, although this piece will discuss a waxing technique that involves heating wax, applying a piece of thin cloth over the hot wax and pulling.

Buy Your Bikini Waxing Products
Go to the store and pick up the following:

  • A bottle of acetaminophen
  • A waxing kit complete with pre-wax oil and after-wax soothing lotion

Beat the Pain
Take a normal dose of acetaminophen about 30 minutes prior to waxing.

Trim Your Bikini Area
Using scissors or a clipper, trim your bikini area so the hair is between ¼ inch and ½ inch long. Your hair must be at least ¼ inch long for the wax to grip it well.

Apply Oil
Apply pre-waxing oil to protect your skin. Wipe off excess. You don't want too much oil; just enough to moisturize.

Heat Wax
Use your microwave or wax warmer; a warmer works best. It's an investment, but you really don't want to have to repeatedly use the microwave while waxing your bikini area, do you?

Apply Wax
Apply a thin layer of wax to a 3-4 inch strip of hair. Lay the muslin that came in the kit on the wax, or if using hard wax, spread a little extra wax around the edge of the stretch you are waxing and let it cool. Let the wax dry and harden.

Rip it Off
Pull on the loose edge of muslin or wax such that you get a grip and can pull hard and fast against the grain of your hair. In other words, if you hair grows from left to right on that portion, you want to pull from right to left. Grip the edge of the muslin or hard wax, hold the skin taut, and the pull hard and fast. Do not pull up, but against the grain of the hair so you get the roots out.

Repeat Until Finished
Keep applying wax, waiting until it cools, holding skin taut and pulling until you are done waxing. You can wax as much or as little as you like, but be careful around your most sensitive areas. Keep waxing strips small-too big of a strip and you'll end up leaving a lot of hair behind or hurting yourself. Be patient and go little strip by little strip, always against the direction the hair grows. Be careful when you get to areas where it's hard to keep the skin taut. Most people agree that full Brazilian waxes-where all the hair is removed-are best left to professionals.

Use Tweezers
Tweeze any stray hairs that did not come out with the initial pulls. Do not wax over the same area more than once; you may damage your skin in this very delicate area.

Apply Lotion
Use the soothing lotion or oil liberally to soothe your poor skin.

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