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Ahhh quarantine. If you’d told me a few months ago that I’d basically be waxing my whole body on my own, I would have laughed. Waxing is painful enough – to inflict it upon myself? Yeah, right. But these are interesting times and we are all pretty much becoming at-home aestheticians.
But here we are, nearly three months in and not knowing when spas will open again, let alone when we will feel safe going to spas, so I have (literally) taken matters into my own hands. Besides, NOW is the time to teach yourself this stuff or try something new; if you mess up, you don’t exactly have anywhere to be, right? Haha.
Body hair is funny. Everyone has their take. Personally I just don’t like it and want it gone. I wish I felt differently, it would be much easier! I am a big fan of Flamingo. I use their razor too. And I use all three of their waxing kits. This isn’t sponsored and I will caveat that I haven’t tried any other at-home waxing products for a DIY wax (like hot wax, which intimidates me a bit!) but I love these as they make it really really easy, there isn’t any mess, and the pain level is pretty minimal. I personally like that the strips are just ready to go. No heating them up or any of that… which is nice as I a) don’t like mess and b) don’t have a microwave!
At-Home Waxing Guide
First of all, the pain isn’t bad. At all. I get so many DM’s about this and don’t really know what to say. It depends on the body part but it’s really not bad, especially as you get used to it. If you’ve never waxed anything before, it will be a shock at first but I promise you, it isn’t terrible!
My best advice is to pull the wax strip off FAST. This removes the hair the most efficiently (and hurts less). I think I was already accustomed to the pain level after getting bikini waxes for so long: I kinda just emulated what the aesthetician does: the faster you pull, the less painful it is. The second thing is hair length: you want it to be about the length of a grain of rice or the wax won’t catch it!
Flamingo Wax Strips Review
I am living for Flamingo’s wax strips. It started with my legs. I bought them on a whim after seeing Katie Sturino talk about them (her leg waxing stories are so funny!) The body strips, I use SO MUCH. I wax my legs with the full strip. This is very easy and doesn’t require much direction. Applying the wax is simple. Put the strip down on your leg, press firmly (in the direction of hair growth), and then remove the wax but quickly pulling the strip off, going against the direction of hair growth.
This might sound a little messed up but this is a great stress release. I definitely stress wax my legs. I will say that the legs are definitely the easiest area to do. Pain is minimal, it really isn’t bad at all. Each strip typically lasts me two or three pulls. You’ll know when it is time to switch to a new strip as it won’t hurt/pull anything out anymore.
I will add that I like to use the face strips on harder to reach areas (my ankles!). The full size strips won’t get your ankle hairs (or maybe they will, we’re all different!) so I like to spot treat with the facial hair strips. I also use the face strips in between my brows (more on that in my eyebrow shaping + tinting tutorial) and on my big toes. Weird, I have just a few annoying hairs that grow on my big toes, but the face strips are PERFECT for your toes, if you also have this problem.
Waxing your underarms at home.
For my underarms, I cut the leg strips into quarters (cutting them in half once vertically and once horizontally). There was definitely more of a learning curve with armpits. Initially I put the whole body wax strip into my underarm and it was a hot mess… wax everywhere… sticky and messy! I DO NOT RECOMMEND. I have learned that any curved area requires a bit of nuance. Cutting the strips into quarters was the solution for me. I wax my armpit in small sections, doing the pulls in both directions because your armpit hair (or at least my armpit hair lol!) is a little more unwieldy, growing in both directions. Again, remove the strip as quickly as possible! It will be less painful and more effective.
Waxing your bikini line at home.
More recently the brand launched a pubic hair kit. Prior to them launching this, I would use a mix of the small face strips (these are great for a small area!) and the cut up large strips. This kit is definitely the better solution; it removes the hair of your bikini line perfectly. I love that the kit has 3 different sizes – it’s really thoughtfully designed. And yes, waxing your own bikini line definitely takes a bit of finesse and it does hurt, but it’s nothing terrible.
Be sure to hold the skin taut with your other hand as you pull… I didn’t do this the first time and had some bruising (nothing terrible). Holding the skin taut prevents this from happening.
All of the kits come with post wax cloths, so once you’re done and hair free, run the cloth over the area you just waxed to soothe and remove any extra wax! Aloe Vera is also really nice for post-care. Don’t exercise or have sex or do anything strenuous for 24 hours. If you get an ingrown hairs, Flamingo has a really nice ingrown hair treatment too.
At home waxing definitely isn’t perfect. I miss going to the salon for sugaring (more on waxing vs. sugaring in this post) but this is a great short-term solution and I will definitely keep doing my legs and maybe even underarms on my own after this. There’s plenty of user error. I regularly find patches of hair on my legs that I’ve missed. But then I just go back and get it the next day. That’s the beauty of being able to do it at home vs. going back to the salon. And it is a little messy (especially if you cut the strips up) but I really really like the post-wax cloths for that!
There you have it! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!