Everybody has their preferred method of hair removal. And, if yours is waxing, it makes sense that you’ll be looking for DIY alternatives to costly and time-consuming salon visits.
Whether you’re an old-timer looking for your next waxing kit, or whether you’re a newbie looking for your first kit, this guide will get you on your way to the best home waxing kits of 2020.
- Top 11 Best At-Home Waxing Kits of 2020
- Gigi Brazilian Waxing Kit
- Body Honee Hair Removal Waxing Kit
- Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit
- Hypo-Allergenic Wax Strips For Face, Bikini & Body
- no-tweeze Classic Remover Wax
- Parissa Natural Hair Removal Strip-Free Hot Wax
- Nad's Natural Hair Removal Gel Kit
- GiGi Mini Pro Waxing Kit
- VidaSleek Hard Wax Kit
- Hair Removal Wax Strips by VidaSleek
- Nad's Body Wax Strips
- Even at Home Wax kits have Style
- Waxing Tips, Tricks and Hacks
Top 11 Best At-Home Waxing Kits of 2020
So now that you’ve been introduced to the best home waxing kits of 2020 for your home waxing missions, what else do you need to know?
Let’s dive a little deeper into the different types of wax…
Even at Home Wax kits have Style
You may not realize this, but at home wax kits come in several styles, and not all of them are hot. I have organized them into three categories so we can discuss the differences (and similarities) between each type.
Category 1: Hard Wax
Hard wax is rock hard and must be heated to get it soft enough to apply to your body.
To heat the wax, use the warmer the product comes with or put it on the stove in a shallow pot of water and heat it that way.
Some kits also use the microwave, but this is risky because microwaves vary so much and overheating is a problem. Getting the wax too hot can be dangerous and annoying as you have to wait for the wax to cool again.
The custom-made warmer is the safest method, especially if you are new at this.
Once the wax is the right temperature, you use an appropriate size applicator for the area you are waxing. If that area is the brows, you need a small applicator, not a Popsicle stick. This is so, so, so important for success.
Only apply wax in one small area at a time. Don’t overdo it. A small area is maybe the size of a nickel, or mini band-aid if you are doing brows.
If you are doing underarms or bikini, it can be a bit bigger, like the size of a regular band-aid.
Hard wax is applied in the direction of hair growth. Then, once the wax has cooled enough to become slightly hard again, you rip it off in the opposite direction without the need for a strip of muslin.
Hard wax can also be re-used as it doesn’t pull off dead skin cells the way soft wax does. By reheating the wax and straining out the hairs, you can give it another lease of life. But, I won’t blame you if you’re not up for this.
Hard wax is great for bikini lines and faces, but not the first choice for larger areas as it’s less economical. You’re better off using soft wax on areas like the legs, arms, and back.
Category 2: Soft Wax / Persian Cold Wax / Sugar Wax / Honey wax
This type of wax is softer. It sometimes has to be heated to be soft enough and spreadable, but it does not start out hard. You use this wax with cloth strips designed for waxing.
With soft wax, you apply a thin layer in the direction of hair growth to the legs or arms with an applicator of appropriate size.
Thin layers hurt less and cost less to use so it pays to not apply too much. Remember these are used with cloth strips, so the area your application covers must be smaller than the strip.
Once you have the wax applied, press the cloth strip on to the wax. Hold the skin tight and pull the strip off quickly.
Soft wax is great for large surface areas like legs but is more challenging for smaller areas like the brow.
Category 3: Pre-made Wax Strips
Premade wax strips are pieces of cloth with wax pre-applied. You press the strip onto the hair you want to remove and then peel it off.
These types of strips are the most convenient and least messy. This makes them great for novices and those that are not ready to heat their wax and get into all the finer details of hot waxing.
They are also great for travel and people on the go.
The downside of wax strips is they are the least effective style and you may have to re-do an area and use tweezers to catch the hairs that get missed.
Waxing Tips, Tricks and Hacks
Now that you’re familiar with the different types of waxing, here are some tips and pointers on doing it right!
- Wax on, Wax off – Apply wax in the direction the hair grows. Then remove the strip or the wax in the opposite direction.
- Baby powder – Use a small amount of baby powder on the area you are waxing to dry up any moisture and allow the wax to stick well.
- Tea Tree Oil or Witch Hazel – Use one of them on the freshly waxed area to disinfect and prevent infections.
- After Removal Serum – Always use a good after lotion for women to prevent bumps and ingrown hair after you wax. You can put the serum in the fridge for the added benefit of the cold soothing the area.
- Wax Strip Warm-Up – If you are using pre-made wax strips, rub them between your hands for 5 seconds to soften the wax a bit before applying them. This will help them catch hair better. If that’s not enough, try a quick blast with your hairdryer.
- Trim Long Hair – ¼ inch is a good length for waxing. Hair that is too short will be hard for the wax to grab on to, and hair that is too long can cause breakage of hair because the wax can pull hair from the shaft instead of from the root.
- Help with The Pain – If the pain is too much, you can try a good numbing cream for waxing. This makes the process longer, but for some, it’s worth the extra effort.
A Few Extra Pointers for the Private Regions
- If you are going the DIY route for a Brazilian, be sure you choose a high-quality wax. See my review of Gigi Brazilian wax above for a front-runner in this category.
- Also, the investment in a wax warmer is not a luxury; it’s a necessity when working in the nether regions. This area takes a while to wax and you need the wax warmer to keep the wax at a consistent and appropriate temperature.
- If you are using hard wax, the thickness should be about as thick as the Popsicle stick spatula you use to apply the wax, or maybe just barely thicker. Always wax one small area at a time, maybe about an inch wide by 3 inches long, maximum.
- Take your time and choose a time when you have privacy, maybe while you are at home alone. This is NOT the time you want to have someone walk in on you. Oh, and have a mirror handy. You will figure out why once you get going.
- If you’re thinking about other hair removal methods, perhaps you’re looking for a good epilator for Brazilian. I’ve written an article about that for the badass women out there!
Is Hard Wax Good For Brazilian?
Yes, hard wax is a great choice for Brazilian waxes.
Is Hard Wax Less Painful?
Yes, hard wax can be less painful as it’s only adhering to the hair and not the skin as well. For this reason, it can be great for sensitive areas like the face and pubic region.
What Is The Difference Between Hard and Soft Wax?
In a nutshell, hard wax needs heating to soften it before use, and it doesn’t require a strip of fabric to pull it off. Soft wax does require a strip to adhere to. I go into more detail above.
Does Hard or Soft Wax Last Longer?
Both hard and soft wax remove hairs from their roots so provided you have used the right technique and successfully removed hairs from the roots rather than breaking them, both hard and soft waxes last the same amount of time.
Can You Reuse Hard Wax?
Yes, this is one of the bonuses of hard wax. You can usually get a second pull out of each piece as it doesn’t adhere to dead skin cells the way soft wax does.
But you can also reheat the whole lot, strain out the hair and let it re-harden. Believe it or not, but some salons do this. So, why couldn’t you do it with your own wax and your own hair?.
Can Hair Be Too Long For Brazilian Wax?
Yes, ideally your pubic hair should be around ¼ inch for a Brazilian wax, otherwise, the wax may try and pull the hair from the tip rather than the root and end up breaking it.
I hope this guide has given you some useful tips to make your DIY waxing adventure a success.
Please feel free to share any thoughts and experiences below. I’d love to hear what you think!
But remember, the best waxing kit is the one you will use, so have a glass of wine and get to it!