Thursday, September 27, 2012

how to:DIY hot wax kits

Long time no blog!
i have been out of blogging because of classes & at the same time you all know that i have camera issues. I'm supposed to get it over & done with but because of little things that come up every now & then having my cam fixed had been one of my least priorities now.

Anyway, im always on facebook though.
I'm glad that people still read my blog even though i don't update it every now & then
Thanks for the support,hunnies!

Now, let's get back to regular programming... or blogging in this manner.

I have received tons of questions about hair removal.
I have used several ways of hair removal, just not laser procedure though. I personally favor wax strips but i make sure that i keep creams & razors, aside from my strips & kits, for an easy & fast hair removal.

This time, i'll be focusing on hot wax kits. I'm sure you have seen wax kits on the department store every time you pass by the depilatory section. I think this had been a staple among depilatory products out there because it is really affordable & effective.

Hot wax, based on my experience, is by far the best way of hair removal. It's warm enough which makes the pores open up so you can really get to the root of the hairs easily. You don't have to go over the same skin area again & again unlike cold wax strips. But this is also the most painful way for me. hehehe

The heat makes me feel the pain a lot more because it makes the skin a bit sensitive. Some people say the heat relaxes them. I can't imagine how you could relax while pulling out body hairs!

I'll be featuring the kit from Glam Works for this post but i have tried others like Epillin & they basically works the same so no need to be a stickler when it comes to choosing brands if you decided to try DIY hot wax kits.

Me thinks the color of this wax just looks so pretty,no?
Ok, since i am featuring this green wax, you might as well know how the packaging looks like anyway...

The the description at the back says:

When you do hot wax, it's better if you have a wax strip like this, so that you won't scorch yourself trying to remove the wax off your skin.

Wax could be pretty messy & painful to remove if you don't use strips.
Warm wax would be malleable on which you won't be able to pull it off your skin easily. It will just stretch like mozzarella & will make the experience really painful & messy in the end.
Cooled wax will crack as soon as you remove it. Instead of you being able to pull it in one clean & easy sweep, you'll be forced to remove it little by little & you'll just end up pulling your skin again & again which will result to a very painful waxing experience.

Just trust me in on this.
I had experienced it.

Ok, now let's go to the procedure.
This is how i do mine. Every person has their own preference, it's just that this is how i like to heat my wax.

Most people just pop the wax in the microwave for it to melt. I haven't really tried it because we don't have microwave here. I would have to go to my parent's house just to microwave something.

A friend says that she puts it over a candle & wait for it to completely melt.
I have tried it.
I will not advise that procedure because having a direct fire contact will cause the wax to be really hot (that if you are not careful in keeping track of the temperature would end up with you burning your skin) instead of just warm & tolerable. You also risk ruining the whole batch of wax because exposing it to extreme temperature will lose its effectiveness.

So what i used to do is i try to simmer water on a pan, then i'll submerged an upside down pyrex bowl  on the pan then i put in the tin wax on top of the bowl (or bottom literally). I do not let the tin touch the bottom of the pan because it will just come in contact with the wax & again, it will just make the wax really hot & end up ruining it.

I let the water touch the bottom of my tin & the heat will just melt the wax. This is a good process for me but i find it quite tiring because i have to make sure i monitor the water & often times i turn the burner off because i can't let the water boil. If i leave the wax sitting too long it hardens a bit & i would have to turn the burner on again...

It works but it just takes a lot of work so i quit using hot wax for a time because i find it really troublesome to use.

Until i bought something that made my hot waxing experience a breeze!
Wanna know what it is?

An oil diffuser!
I use it & it makes waxing a whole lot easier than before!

I add water at the top part of it, light my tea candle, put the tin of wax on top (make sure that the water touches the tin) & just wait for it to all melt away.

If you take a closer look at my top picture, you'll still see the candle burning as i took the pic. I find using diffuser easy just because i can regulate the temperature of my wax. I can remove the candle when my wax is  hot & melted & put it back on when it's beginning to harden & get gloppy.

Just remember that you put water in there, which means that it will evaporate later on so you would have to keep on adding drops of water as soon as it's almost gone.

No need for before & after pics. It does the job.
So i think it would be pretty pointless to show the hairy & hairless pic,no?

It removes hair...period!


Now, a few tips here & there when you use hot wax.
  • If you have a low pain tolerance, some says that taking a pain reliever helps (im not sure though)
  • It's better to do it right after taking a bath so that your skin is soft
  • You can powder your skin beforehand so that the wax will just adhere to the hair & not the skin.
  • Apply the warm wax on the skin, making sure you cover the area with ample amount of wax then put the strip. Applying the wax on the strip first won't work & will just end up as a hot mess.
  • Once you apply the wax, wait for a couple of seconds before pulling. The wax needs to settle & cool a bit so that it would stick together. 
  • Rub the strip on the skin, giving it a gentle pressure as you push it downward or following the growth of the hair. This would ensure that the hair will stick to the wax.
  • When it's a bit cooler, pull it from the bottom or against the grain of the hair growth. Do it in 1 strong pull. If you hesitate it will just hurt all the more. So go ahead & give your girl muscles a work out with this!
DIY wax kits are very affordable some could be quite tedious to use (like this as i first thought) but im sure you'll be able to find a way on how to make one work for you.

Hope you all are enjoying your day!
Jaa ne~!


Anonymous said...

I like DIY waxing, especially when I'm using Glamworks hot wax *_* I swear, for me, it's the best wax that I've ever tried.

At first, it was quite messy than Epilin, but with the right amount of melting the wax, I got it perfectly >w<

and I should by a oil diffuser as well >,< it's better and safe XD haha!

Love your blog!! <3

Thiamere Brea said...

copied from blogger comments:
I like DIY waxing, especially when I'm using Glamworks hot wax *_* I swear, for me, it's the best wax that I've ever tried. At first, it was quite messy than Epilin, but with the right amount of melting the wax, I got it perfectly >w< and I should by a oil diffuser as well >,< it's better and safe XD haha! Love your blog!! <3 on how to:DIY hot wax kitsOnika Chan~

Thiamere Brea said...

first time is always messy no?
i even ended ruining my first tin!


marshy mallows said...

I have only tried waxing once or twice in a waxing salon but the thought of paying a lot and going back makes me lazy. I'm happy I read about your post and I'm considering to do this method.

I miss commenting here!

I'm back from the blogging hiatus!



Anonymous said...

Where can I buy diffuser like that?? Thank you :)

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