Post # 1
This may be a bit TMI- just warning you before I get into the gnarly details.
I tried to wax my underarms two days ago for the first time. Yeah… it’s a mess. I used the cheap grocery store Nad’s strips and followed the directions. My hair seems to grow very thickly and won’t pull out easily. I used four stips to remove most of the hair (yes, I did it right after showering and let my hair grow out to about .5 in), but try as I might it would not get rid of everything. On top of that the underarm surface was covered in little tiny drops of blood. I used the cleaning/soothing wipes provided in the kit, and promptly ended up with a rash. I’ve read posts on here before about waxing so I was expecting that part. Now, two days later, my underarms are still swollen, red (solid, not dots) with crusty bits on the skin. It’s nasty, and I’m pretty sure that’s not supposed to happen. I’ve been too sore to use deodorant. The only product I’ve used since the disastrous waxing attempt is some antibiotic cream.
So, does anyone with waxing experience know what I did wrong? Am I allergic to the wax? Or are all home waxing kits a waste of money?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Right off the bat: you are not supposed to wash before you wax. Your hair/skin needs to be dirty so there is something to grip on to. Secondly: the wax you are using is horrible. Try Parissa
wax. It is available at Whole Foods and Ulta. Buy the leg strips. They are cheaper as you get bigger strips you can cut down to size.
Make sure you are pulling the strips in the OPPOSITE direction that the hair grows and holding the skin taut. The strip also should be pulled as close to the skin as possible. For example my pits grow in two directions away from the center. So I do two strips per side in pulling in opposite directions. Practice on your legs and arms first before you move on to harder spots like bikini or pits.
Good luck! Like anything it gets easier/better with practice.
Post # 4
@baletrina: Thanks! I’m pretty clueless about this, so I really appreciate all the info. Hopefully next time will be better.
Post # 5
No problem. My sisters and I became pretty obsessive about hair removal at a young age. We have used every product out there so I’ve been where you have been!
That being said my older sis does have lots of allergies so test the product out on your arm(leave a drop of it on the inside of your arm for 24 hours) before using it next time.