Recently I tried the Parissa Body Sugar, an at home waxing product. To find out more about DIY hair removal I spoke to Parissa expert Alley Laundry, and in the following article she shares all her hints and tips for a silky smooth, hair free body:
Can at home waxing really be as effective as salon waxing?
There are 2 factors that contribute to pro-style results: salon grade wax and proper technique. Parissa waxes are formulated with salon-quality wax and include step-by-step photo instructions that are easy to follow.
Like many things, (including the first time I ever tried to apply my own make-up) practice makes perfect, and these products are so easy to use you’ll be waxing like a pro in no time.
Do you need different products for different parts of your body?
Not necessarily. It really depends more on your hair and skin type. For example, if you have sensitive skin and medium hair growth, you can very safely use Chamomile Body Sugar on your face, as well as your legs or bikini line. The same goes for Warm Wax and people with thick hair. I do however always take the Wax Strips with me when travelling – SO great for doing touch-ups between waxing sessions.
How long should the hair be?
Waxing lifts your hair from the root, so the hair needs to be about 5 mm long for the wax to effectively grab it.
What advice do you have for girls who don’t want to use microwavable wax for fear of getting burnt?
You should ALWAYS test a product for temperature before applying it to the area you are going to wax. I usually put a little dab of it on the inside of my wrist – if it’s comfortable there, it will be comfortable enough for my tender zones too. However, not all our waxes need to be heated – Parissa Wax Strips are simply warmed between your hands for a few seconds, and are ready to use right away.
Is at home waxing more painful?
Does it take longer?
If you take into account the time involved in driving to a salon, finding parking, waiting for the appointment etc, then I would definitely say that at-home waxing takes MUCH less time, money and frustration than the salon does. I would suggest though, that setting enough time aside IS important. Waxing isn’t an event that one should rush through.
What techniques are important to use?
The general rule of thumb is to apply wax in the same direction of hair growth and remove it in the opposite direction. My top 3 techniques are:
1. Taut, taut, taut…Hold your skin firmly when removing the strip.
2. Speed counts…Zip that strip off quickly! Just like if you are removing a bandage.
3. Size matters…work in small patches at a time. Don’t try to wax your entire lip all at once, break it up into 3 or 4 smaller sections.
What are the best ways to minimise ingrown hairs?
Exfoliating your skin regularly and applying Parissa Azulene Oil when you get out of the shower works wonders for preventing ingrown hair. But if you do get one, don’t pick at it – just continue to gently exfoliate and avoid wearing tight or restricting clothing that could rub and irritate the area.
Do you have any tips for removing wax spills?
Sugar based wax, such as Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar and the 2 in 1 Roll on Body Sugar will rinse away with water. This is also great for first time users if they get the wax somewhere that it isn’t meant to be. Resin based waxes such as Parissa Warm Wax are oil-soluble.
So if you spill some wax in your microwave (as I often do) simply pour a little oil on it (regular household cooking oil will do) and leave it for a little while. Then it should wipe away with an old rag. Depending on the spill, you may have to apply a little elbow grease – but an old rag dipped in oil will do the trick.
Are there any skin types who should not use at home waxing products?
No, but it is important to choose the correct wax for your particular needs. We formulate sugar-based waxes to be super gentle on even the most tender skin. If you aren’t sure which is right for you, feel free to visit www.parissa.com for further details and video tutorials.
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