3 years ago
I'm doing a detailed review of this for use as a bikini/Brazilian wax - it doesn't actually say bikini on the box but it worked well for me. If you want a quick review, this is not it: HEATING: The wax comes in a jar and is quite sticky and thick if you use it as is, but I decided to heat mine in the microwave. I don't have a warmer and from going back and forth to the microwave (it took me hours to do this as it was my first time) it may be worth investing in a heater. STRIPS: Strips were great but much larger than needed for a bikini region. I ended up cutting the large pieces into 6 smaller strips (cut in half, then cut lengthwise into thirds), which allowed me to work in smaller, easier sections. The size is designed to be large enough for legs after all, so I definitely recommend cutting them into smaller pieces if you're doing a brazilian. APPLICATION: I like to take a warm wet cloth and hold it against skin for a minute (opens the pores and dissolves any previous wax). Then I pat dry and apply powder, usually talc (baby powder) which is NOT provided in the kit. If you don't powder the area, the strips will not adhere to the hair properly. It didn't really work at all until I started using powder. And of course you must apply in direction of hair growth and pull in opposite direction. PULLING: Make sure you have a good grip with a long enough overhanging strip to really give it your all. Hold the skin taut from top and bottom if you can. Then when you finally pull you have to do it QUICKLY with effort and power. You can't half-ass it or the strip wont come off completely and you'll be left with patches. Also you must try to pull as close as possible to the skin instead of pulling up and away from the skin. Once you pull off a patch, you can use the same wax covered strip to go around and quickly grab at less dense areas of thinner hair, like the outermost areas furthest from the pubic region. The hair here is sparse and thin so it didn't really need it own full application if I used the leftover wax still on the strip. PAIN: Of course it's painful, but it's really the anticipation and getting the courage to just rip that's difficult. Something that REALLY helped me: Listen to music while you rip. Before each strip I quickly put on a pump-up song and promised myself "When the chorus starts, or the beat kicks in or whatever, you HAVE to just rip" Sounds silly but it worked literally the very first time I did it (when I had been psyching myself out for 20 minutes prior too scared to pull). RESULTS: I'm generally pleased with the results, with a smooth and relatively hairless region down there. However there were some areas where the hair was so stubborn - Right around the clitoris, I applied and tried multiple times but was left with a small patch. Areas that were more moisture prone closer the labia and anus were also less effective - possibly because of the fact that the wax is water based, so use powder generously in these areas. I reduced 1 lippie for this reason, but will edit if it works with more experience. CLEAN UP: One of the greatest things about this wax is that it is WATER SOLUBLE! This not only makes clean up a breeze, but the actual process so much more streamlined and tidy. I just need a wet cloth beside me to wipe up my hands, the spatula, or any wax that leaves a stick residue. With oil based wax you're either oily or sticky while working, which just adds to an already painful process. AFTER-CARE: I held a warm wet cloth in the area for a few minutes to dissolve all wax and soothe the skin. Parissa sells azulene oil specifically for use after waxing. It's meant to soothe skin and prevent ingrown hairs. Unfortunately it's not included in the cold wax kit, but sold separately in a spray bottle. I'm a little tender the next morning so maybe do this before bed/when you have some downtime so you can let the area breathe and relax while you sleep instead of rubbing against tight pants. All in all I'm satisfied, and think I will be more satisfied with more experience.
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