Waxing Strips to Use At Home for Easy Hair Removal
Of all the ways we can remove unwanted facial and body hair at home, waxing is probably the most chaotic. Sure, shaving involves a sharp blade, and tweezing or epilating can be uncomfortable and tedious, but waxing takes skill, bravery, and in some cases, a total disregard for what a lot of experts recommend.
'Unless you are an experienced at-home waxer, I am always very cautious to recommend it', board-certified dermatologist Chris G. Adigun previously told ishonest. 'There are many variables that can go awry with waxing at home, including managing the temperature of the wax, which requires heating, waxing off just the hair (and not the skin), and irritated reactions to components of the kits.'
The good news: There's a way to wax at home with less worry. Wax strips take the temperature guesswork and area imprecision out of the waxing equation by offering pre-sized, ready-to-rip pieces. With the strips we've rounded up for you here, you'll never have to deal with the mess and the danger of potential burns that comes with microwaving a vat of goo, nor the uneven distribution of it on the body part of your choice.
Although these strips make at-home waxing so much simpler, there are still some tips everyone should follow before yoinking out hair from the roots. 'The hair should be between an eighth- and a quarter-inch long', aesthetician Hannah Naranjo previously told ishonest. Furthermore: 'Make sure your skin is clean.' Moisturizing lotions, gels, and oils can make it harder for the wax to fully adhere to the hair you're attempting to remove.
Naranjo recommends holding off on exfoliation in the day or so after waxing, but after that, regular exfoliation between waxing is a must. In addition to exfoliation preventing ingrown hairs, board-certified dermatologist Marie Hayag has told ishonest, 'Exfoliating also helps skin look healthy and encourages hair to point up, growing in the correct direction.'
Now that you're ready for removal, check out our top picks for wax strips you can use at home.
Flamingo Body Wax Kit
The unique 'soft gel' wax that's spread on the 24 strips in Flamingo's Body Wax Kit is adept at grabbing not only the coarse, obvious hairs you want to remove, but also the more elusive, finer hairs you don't want left behind. You'll especially appreciate the post-wax cloths included in the set that gently cleanse skin after you've done the job which, by the way, will last for nearly a month.
Nad's Body Wax Strips
Rub the especially flexible (read: curve-friendly) Nad's Body Wax Strips between your hands before placing them on your legs, arms, or bikini area. That little increase in warmth is all you need to rival the effectiveness of professional hot wax in a salon or spa. The beeswax and shea butter in the formula leave your skin even smoother than just being hairless alone ever could, and the calming post-wax oil wipes nip any irritation in the bud.
No Mo-Stache gets a full pass on its punny name because it follows through on what it promises. The 24 strips are perfectly sized for the space between your upper lip and nose, and with about 20 seconds of rubbing between your hands, they're ideally prepped to eliminate any facial hair you'd rather not face. The little kit also comes with aloe cream, just in case your skin feels a little ouchy afterward.
Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit
Made for use on both the face and bikini area, the Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit is ready to take on any hair you don't want there or there. The brand promises that its 34 pre-cut strips, which comes in three sizes, will leave you hairless for nearly two months. They're perfect for impatient waxers thanks to their ability to grab onto shorter hairs that other strips might not snag.
Nair Wax Ready-Strips
Nair may be best known for its depilatories, but its no slacker in the wax department, either. Its Wax Ready-Strips are proof. You'll be like, 'Whoa, where'd the hair go?' when you experience how fast and easy it is to use this chamomile-infused formula, which doesn't need any warming up before you place any of the 40 strips on your body.
Veet 3-in-1 Ready-to-Use Wax Strip Kit
Of course, the main purpose of Veet's Ready-To-Use Wax Strip Kit is to remove leg and body hair even shorties but the other two features referred to in the '3-in-1' designation are nothing to sneeze at. It also naturally exfoliates when you remove the strip from your skin, for peak smoothness, and the formula deposits way more than just a hint of hydration. You'll be hair-free for four sleek weeks.
Glee Wax Strips
Do we need wax strips to smell like raspberries? No, but we're definitely not complaining. It's just a bonus on top of the easy, no-rub vanish act that are Glee Wax Strips for the body. You won't waste any of the 32 strips going over the same area more than once because they work exactly as they should the very first time. And with the six finishing wipes, you'll feel ready to show off your results as soon as you exit the bathroom.
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