Donna Summer, we heart you! If you’ve got to have some hot stuff, this evening to wax your legs, or wherever, then this guide will get you on your way to the best at home waxing kits.
Waxing kits come in several varieties and are tailored for specific areas. So you first need to decide what or where you are waxing and then choose the style kit you prefer.
The best at home wax kit is the one that you actually use, so read this guide for a successful wax.
WHO? WHAT? WHERE?
OK, it’s not a writing exercise, my apologies. The who, that’s YOU! The what or where? That is for you to decide. Do you want to wax your legs? Arms? Underarms? Bikini area? Go all the way??
Once you know what or where you would like to wax, it’s time to decide what style of wax kit you prefer. Read this guide and discover the best at home waxing kit for you.
- Even at Home Wax kits have Style
- Waxing tips, Tricks and Hacks
- The Top 12 Best At Home Waxing Kits
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 thoughtfully organized them into three categories so we can discuss the differences (and similarities) between each type.
Category 1: Hot Wax / Hard Wax / Strip-less Wax
This type of wax is usually in a metal tin or plastic tub. When you first open this wax it is rock hard. You must heat this wax to get it soft enough to apply to your face or wherever. Then you test it to be absolutely sure it’s not too hot.
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 even heat up directly on the stove, but please, read the package instructions. The warmer is the safest method, especially if you are new at this.
Some kits even use the microwave, but this is risky because microwaves vary so much and overheating is a huge problem. Getting the wax too hot can be dangerous and annoying as you wait for the wax to cool again.
Once the wax is hot, 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.
Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth.
Hard wax is great for bikini and face, but not the first choice for legs because it is more economical to use soft wax on large areas like the legs, arm, 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 softer and spreadable, but it does not start out hard. You use this wax with cloth strips designed for waxing.
With soft wax, you apply it to the legs or arms with an applicator of appropriate size. See note above on size. Apply a THIN layer moving in the direction of hair growth.
Thin layers hurt less and cost less to use. Don’t 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.
The wax and unwanted hair should come off. 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.
But I should mention that they also receive some complaints because they don’t capture hair as well as the way you apply yourself.
I will go over the reviews and products in a moment, but first here are some general waxing tips you should read over.
Waxing tips, Tricks and Hacks
- 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 a bit of tea tree oil or witch hazel on the treated area to disinfect and prevent infections.
- After removal serum – Always use an after lotion or serum meant to prevent bumps and ingrown hair after you wax. Ingrown hair is unattractive and can lead to infections. You can put the serum in the fridge so the cold soothes the area and prevents ingrown hair at the same time.
- 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.
- 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. Cutting hair down with a trimmer to ¼ inch allows the wax to pull only from the base of the shaft and only in the direction you remove the wax strip, minimizing follicle damage.
- Help with the pain – If the pain is too much, you can try a numbing cream for waxing. Apply it and let it sit for 10 to 15 min, then wash off and wax immediately. This makes the process longer, but for some, it’s worth the extra effort.
The Top 12 Best At Home Waxing Kits
Best At Home Brazilian Wax Kit
A note on the Brazilian Wax
A Brazilian style wax is when all the hair is removed from the pelvic and pubic region, including hair on the vulva and around the bottom.
This style is also known as a full bikini wax and a ‘Hollywood Wax’.
Going to the salon to get a Brazilian wax can be more awkward than going for a yearly pap screen. You may have to strike a few yoga poses, and at the end of your performance, YOU pay the stylist. Don’t forget to tip!
It’s no wonder many women elect to wax themselves.
If you are going the DIY route to get to Brazil, be sure you choose a high-quality wax. See my review of Gigi Brazilian wax below 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 a 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.
You may be interested to know that researchers discovered that women who use the Brazilian style hair removal have “more positive genital self-image and sexual function.” Mmmm, veeeery interesting.
Best Home Face Waxing Kit
Hard wax and strips are good options for the face. The face needs smaller applicators and the application is more precise. Hard wax and strips are generally more precise than soft wax and cloth.
Best Eyebrow Waxing Kit
The eyebrow needs a wax kit that can remove hair from very small areas, which pretty much leaves you with hard wax. Some of the best waxing kits for the eyebrows are hard wax kits.
Best At Home Bikini Wax Kit
Best At Home Wax Strips
Wax strips are great for novices and those that are not ready to heat their wax and get into all the finer details of hot waxing. Wax strips also happen to be 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.
I hope this guide has given you some useful tips to make your DIY waxing adventure a success, and that you found the best at home waxing kit for you.
The best waxing kit is the one you will use, so have a glass of wine and get to it!