Just picked these up the other night because I needed to wax my upper lip. I had been using a jar that you heated up in the microwave and then put the hot wax on the hair but I ran out. First of all, this product is ah-mazing for upper lip hair (which that's all I have problems with). I used my blow dryer on its hottest setting and warmed it up quickly, then pulled apart the strip (all you need is one, there is wax on both sides) and put it on my upper lip and pushed down so the wax would grab my hairs. I closed my eyes, and ripped it off as fast as I could (in the opposite direction of course.) Every single hair came out! My lip upper lip is a smooth as freshly shaved legs (if you know what I mean.) I love this product sooo much! You have to go buy it, it's awesome!
I have been using this for a long time and love it. It is not sure simple but I like it a lot better than other waxing methods. I like that the Strips are pre stickyed for you.
cut to the size you want, I usually cut all the way up to the wax leaving one side with a tab to pull.
Rub between your hands to warm slightly then pull apart.
Place where you want to remove hair. I come from a long line of unibrows so I wax between my brows and above and below. Seriously I have more eyebrows than most people you will meet!
Rubb slightly to warm
Pull fast and hard against the direction of hair growth.
Repeat as needed.
I have really sensitive rosacea skin that reacts badly even to salon waxing or depilatories. I'm also on Retin-a. I also have clear and very fine hair on my upper lip that I have to get rid of every week. This is all a very bad! :(
The problem with most waxes is that they aren't sticky enough to grab this kind of hair. My skin is so sensitive I can't go over the same spot twice so I have to make sure I get it all the first time. This is the best wax I've ever tried for this. It beats Nads, Parissa and Bliss hands down.
I'm posting the method I've developed over the years to deal with waxing my ridiculously sensitive skin. This is the only way I can deal with waxing. And I have to wax. Maybe it'll help someone else out there with bad skin at least get rid of their mustache.
How I use:
-Wash your face, preferably with a soapless cleanser of some kind. Get your face and hands really dry.
-Use a natural talc-free powder like the one from Jason to lightly coat the area to be waxed. I have used makeup powder for this but why waste that when you can get a canister of rice powder with tea tree oil that'll last a year. Then brush away the excess. This really helps ensure that sensitive skin doesn't get ripped away if you don't pull just right or if the wax isn't hot enough. I haven't tried cornstarch or regular talc but I imagine they would work.
-I like to have a q-tip or 2 already dipped in some of the Azulene finishing oil for removing stuck wax or to calm just waxed skin if its burning but the wax session isn't finished yet. It has a calming agent in it. Don't get any on area yet to be waxed. The wax won't stick and you'll have to go through the whole prep process again.
-Warm wax strip with a hair dryer or a plug-in space heater. The heater is best if you have roomies or a sleeping boyfriend. Give it 30 seconds or so. The wax shouldn't burn but I've found that it won't work well unless it has actually melted.
-Place the strip on the area you want to wax and lay it on the skin in the direction the hair grows. Press it down firmly. The wax will stick to itself and not get left on the skin if you give it 5 seconds or so.
-Pull your skin taut.
-Rip, as in pull *very* quickly, in the opposite direction you laid it down and at such an angle that you are pulling it against itself if that makes sense. When the directions say pull the skin taut and pull the strip in the opposite direction, they mean it. It'll really hurt if you don't do this step right. ;)
-Do a small area until you get a feel for it so if you do rip skin off the area is contained. *Ouch*
-When done, rub in some of the Azulene finishing oil to remove excess wax and calm skin. I use just a bit with my fingers. Sometimes I have to use kind of a lot but I don't wash it off with soap, just water.
-My skin is really sensitive and so its red and burning at this point. I use Bactine which I have found doesn't break me out like some anti-pain and irritation things do. I reapply this throughout the night if it starts burning or turning red again. I also take benadryl at night and I think that also helps control bad reactions but I'm no pharmacist. ;)
-I then use argan oil instead of my nightly moisturizer. This prevents acne, calms my skin, and usually means I can go back to my regular routine the next night. I get a rather big bottle of this from Whole Foods. It's from AAASheaButter. It lasts more than a year and is much cheaper than other brands that sell argan oil. This is probably the best thing I've ever used on my face and I don't think I could wax without it because the irritation would be too severe.
-The next morning I will use a cleansing oil like the one from MAC for removing waterproof eyeliner. Using even a mild cleanser at this point will cause a reaction because the skin hasn't yet rebuilt it's defenses. If you don't have one then it's better to just use water and maybe some more Bactine if you are still raw.
I know this all sounds very involved but if I don't do all of thse steps, I'll regret it. It's worth it for a hair and rash free face.
I was surprised to see such low ratings for this product! I've been purchasing these wax strips for at least 10 years now and they've yet to let me down. I love these wax strips in particular because you can cut them to the size and shape needed and then just chuck them into the trash. For my brows, I cut the arch shape that I prefer and because the two strips are stuck together with wax, I have identical eyebrow strips for perfectly symetrical brows. Same thing goes for anywhere else you're using them, of course.
This wax is exceedingly sticky and I have actually ripped skin off of my upper eyelid before (my fault...I shouldn't have waxed the morning after using my Retin-A, and on clean skin, no less), so be careful. Warm the strip up well, keep the skin pulled taut, and gently press the strip into the skin for a few moments to allow the wax to settle around the hair. Pull in one, swift motion against (or diagonally against) the hair growth. Oh, and learn from me...never use these on freshly cleansed skin or the wax will adhere more to the skin than it will the hair. OUCH! I like to use these in the evening before I take my makeup off and find they work best and remove the most hairs with the least amount of pain this way. I have not used them on any areas other than my face, so I cannot comment on that.
Okay, I hate this product. It didn't pick up hair when I used it on my legs, and the only hairs it did pick up were the fine ones. I tried using it on my underarms thinking that if it didn't work on my legs maybe it'll work there... and I ended up bleeding and still not removing any hair. I read the instructions very carefully, and it didn't work well. I am very dissapointed in this product.
These wax strips are amazing!!! I have been using them for a couple years now, and I love them. I stole them from my sister after she stopped using them (she plucks) and ever since, they have worked amazingly for me. I use them for my eyebrows but have yet to wax my bikini area or underarms. I heat the strips up with my flat iron instead of rubbing them together in between my hands. You can place the strips in between the two ironing plates on your straightener (DO NOT TOUCH THE METAL WITH THE STRIPS) and it heats it perfectly. Make sure the strips are fairly warm before you put them on your skin. Read the directions on the box if you need further help. Overall, I LOVE these wax strips. Use them for an every month touch up, they last a while. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs a good wax kit that doesn't irritate sensitive skin.
This product was horrible! never repurchasing. I bought this product specifically for the bikini area and it removed no hair at all whatsoever. I did everything it said and i even tried heating it up with a hairdryer to no prevail. all it did was leave a sticky residue that i had to use half the bottle of post waxing liquid to get it off. It was very painful too which i expected seeing how i was going to be ripping hair out of a sensitive place but it didn't even remove ANY hair at all!
This product is great really fast and effective! Ive tried veet strips before but these are sooo much better!
so i'm not gonna lie, i didn't buy the Sally Hanson brand, but instead the CVS version of it. it was cheaper, and plus, i get more of an employee discount on our pharmacy brand stuff :P i bought it before leaving work because i planned on going home to do my arms, and i forgot that i ran out of my good jar wax that i usually buy at Ulta, which was unfortunately closed at that time of night. i really never put my faith into wax strips before, but i thought i'd give them a try.
and i LOVE them! honestly, they removed more hair than my sugar wax, and it was so much faster! and i love that the azulene oil is in a wipe form, making it much easier to apply an even amount. i only give it 4 stars though, because it says that you can use each strip 3-4 times, but i found that after only 1 time, it wouldn't remove any more hair. so the strip goes to waste. and right after waxing, my arm turned pinker than usual, and itched a little...so i hope it's not a tiny allergic reaction, because i finally found my go-to product! it's gonna save me tons of money on salon expenses (: and if the Sally Hanson brand doesn't work out...maybe try the CVS one like me?
This product is terrible! I followed all the instructions, including the one that requires hair grown out for about 21 days. So I tried this out after waiting, and it not only was it quite painful, but didn't even remove a noticeable amount of hair. After you use the wax strip, it leaves all of the sticky wax residue on your skin, which is really difficult to remove. I also noticed that it broke me out in painful red blotches. Not repurchasing this ever again, and I'll be returning it.