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I’ve been getting professionally waxed for over 4 years now. It saves me a lot of time and effort, because I hate shaving and I have really sensitive skin. Waxing is a better long term solution for me, but it’s expensive!
The first time I went to get waxed, I was nervous! Never having done it before, I had no idea what to expect.
It actually put me at ease, and that was why I started going regularly. I thought, “well this is way better than shaving, I can do this!”. Then I moved a little farther away and it become more inconvenient, so I stopped going as often.
Then I got engaged and had to stop going all together because I needed that extra money every month to put toward my wedding!
I recently found an all around better solution for my issues: a Kolua At-Home Wax Kit.
This was like the answer to my prayers! And I had to share it with you all so you can rejoice with me for a few reasons. I’ll tell you all about my experience for the first time I used this wax kit at home.
Going to the salon, I had been getting waxed with what is called a “soft” wax, meaning the kind that is put on and then removed with a paper strip. Soft wax grabs onto fine hair very well, which is why it’s great for bikini/Brazilian waxing.
What came in this kit was hard wax, and I LOVED IT. With hard wax, you apply it to the skin and wait about 30 seconds for it to harden, and you peel up the edge and remove it without a paper strip. It’s the kind I’m sure you’ve seen in a ton of advertisements for “painless hair removal”.
So, why did I love it?
First, I personally found it to be less painful than the soft wax. It’s not “painless” by any means, but there was definitely a noticeable difference. I was seriously dreading my first attempt, thinking it was going to be like it normally is in the salon. But I was relieved to find that I thought it was easier!
My husband is typically my photographer, so when we were taking the photos for this post, I was telling him how nervous I was to pull it away. Once I actually did it, he laughed out loud at my expression because I was so RELIEVED! It wasn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting.
Now, obviously waxing doesn’t go without pain since you’re removing the hair from the root, and I have a pretty decent pain tolerance. But I do 100% feel like the hard wax was better for me. I’m hooked.
The other fantastic thing is this is going to save me a ton of money in the future! I went to get waxed every 6 weeks for about $120 with tip. I can wax at home now and spend $20 every time I need new wax AND not have to worry about traveling anywhere to do it. That’s a big win!
Is there a downside?
There were some cons about the at-home process, naturally, but I’m happy to report they weren’t enough to deter me. When in the salon, my entire wax takes maybe 20 minutes total for my bikini and legs. When doing it at home myself, it took me about an hour haha.
The reason for that is the learning curve. Since I had never done it before, I had to figure a few things out. Getting the wax the right temperature and applying it evenly was a task that I had a new found respect for because my wax girl had that down to a SCIENCE. I tried to imitate what I saw her do, which helped, but I have a feeling it will take me a few tries to get it down like that.
It did get better as I went, but it was still much slower, especially having to wait for it to dry after applying it.
Next, as with most waxing, it doesn’t always get every single hair. BUT it does warm your pores up and open them, so when I went back over right after removing the wax, the hairs left behind came out with zero effort or pain.
Neither of these things is really a negative for me, because it’s literally saving me hundreds of dollars a year and I will get better at it!
What comes in the kit?
My kit came with a wax warmer and 3 different kinds of wax beads:
– 2 bags of Best Loved wax for all over hair removal
–Bikini Babe wax, specifically for more coarse hair
-Bare Face wax for your face and brows
It also contained 10 facial applicators and 10 spatula applicators for all over use. And my favorite part was the How To guide that walked you through step by step how to do things and made me feel much better for my first at-home attempt.
You can get this entire starter kit for just $29.89!!!! AND it comes with Prime shipping. Talk about SAVING. I’m also giving one away for FREE — enter to win at the end of the post!
How to prepare:
Set aside plenty of time so you don’t feel like you need to rush. It will take you a few tries to apply the wax the right thickness, get a good lip on the edge, and apply to those harder to reach places like the back of the legs.
Take some ibuprofen beforehand to help if you don’t do well with pain. I really do promise it’s much better than the soft wax, but it does still have discomfort.
Test the wax before applying a lot of it. Make sure it’s not too hot!
Make sure your hair is about 1/4 of an inch long for optimal results. The longer the hair, the easier it is for the wax to get a good hold on it and remove it.
Start with an easier place like your legs. I wouldn’t jump right into trying your bikini line or your face on your first try!
Have some tweezers nearby to remove any leftover hairs that are missed.
Be patient with yourself! This is a learning experience for sure. Don’t get frustrated.
After waxing, it’s important to exfoliate your skin to prevent ingrown hairs. I use an inexpensive facial scrub on my legs just to get off any extra wax residue and make my skin feel baby smooth. Do this every 2-3 days for best results.
If you’re going somewhere afterward, it’s best to wear looser fitting clothing as your skin can be a tad sensitive.
Avoid putting on lotion for about 12 hours as it can clog your pores and cause ingrown hairs.
Overall, I’m thrilled to have this new product to use at my convenience to help me save money and use in the comfort of my own home.
If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to reach out! Happy waxing!
*Thank you to Kolua Wax for sponsoring this post!
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