Looking your best starts from the top. It may not be on top of the list of your home beauty products, but have you considered a professional waxing kit?
Keeping your eyebrows looking shapely can become tedious. Finding the time to fit an appointment into your monthly schedule can be difficult, and the price starts to add up over time. Along with these factors, our current world of social distancing has made home waxing kits a popular choice.
There are many options when it comes to home waxing kits, so it is best to do some research before you go out and spend your money.
Benefits of a Home Waxing Kit
Learning how to wax your eyebrows professionally at home is not as tricky as it sounds. With the right equipment, and a small amount of research you will soon be wondering why you ever did it any other way.
You can work to your schedule, and enjoy the privacy of your own space. While setting up your home waxing station may seem a bit pricey at the beginning, it will soon pay for itself.
Another benefit of having a professional waxing kit at home is there is no need to wait for an appointment or try to squeeze one in last minute. They also travel well, so no need to look up local brow specialists on extended holidays – you can just do it yourself!
Why Wax When You Can Tweeze?
Tweezing can be time-consuming, and overdoing it can ruin your eyebrows. Waxing picks up multiple hairs per strip instead of one hair at a time. Tweezing is a great way to catch that one stray hair that escaped the wax.
Also remember not to tweeze between waxes, however tempting it may be! The regrowth process is around 30 days, so you will only have a week or so that your brows may look a little scruffy.
Choosing a Professional Waxing Kit
There are various waxing kits to choose from, with the top three choices being
- Wax strips
- Loose wax
- Wax pens
While wax strips are generally simpler and cheaper, it can be tricky to get the perfect shape with rectangle strips. Often these strips only require a quick rub between your hands to activate the wax, not other equipment needed.
Waxing pens are another simple way to get the perfect wax. They apply one drop of wax at a time and are great for working on hard-to-reach or curved areas of the face.
The more professional loose wax kits come with wax warmers and are quite easy to use as long as you follow the instructions properly.
Your waxing kit should contain the following:
- Cleanser to be used pre-wax
- Wax warmer
- Wooden applicators
- Muslin strips
- Wax remover
- Soothing lotion to be used post-wax
- Add a pair of tweezers to your kit for those stubborn hairs
The Waxing Process
Once you have decided which professional waxing kit best suits you, follow this simple guide on how to wax your eyebrows at home. Are you ready?
Remove any makeup residue and cleanse your skin. Warm the wax to the correct temperature. It should have a similar consistency to liquid honey, and it should be warm, not hot. If it looks like oil, it needs to cool and thicken a bit.
Use a wooden applicator to apply a thin layer to the area you want in the direction of the hair growth. Press a muslin strip over the wax, also in the direction of the hair growth. Leave a small section of the strip at the end that you can hold.
Smooth the strip firmly a few times with your fingers to make sure the wax is sticking to the hairs. Allow the wax to cool for about 15 seconds with the strip in place. Once cooled, pull the skin around the strip tightly with one hand. With the other hand pull the muslin strip against the direction of the hair growth. Try and use one quick smooth movement.
Finally, use a small amount of facial oil to remove any remaining wax and tweeze any stubborn hairs.
Apply a cooling gel or an aloe gel to the waxed area to help soothe the skin. Steer clear of any products that contain perfume for about 24 hours as this can cause a reaction. It is also recommended to avoid exercise for the same amount of time after you have waxed.
Shaping Your Brows
The trick to perfectly shaped eyebrows at home is to keep things as simple as possible. Keep the shame as natural as you can unless you are an experienced or professional waxer. There are a few basic eyebrow shapes to go with, and knowing these will help you correctly map your eyebrows.
Remember to start slowly – you can always remove more hair afterward but you cannot put them back once they are gone!
Tips and Tricks
Be sure to read all the instructions and precautions on how to wax your eyebrows at home before you use your professional waxing kit. The area around the eyes is particularly sensitive, so always test the temperature of the wax on your wrist before you apply it, and be careful not to drip it into your eyes.
It is also better to apply less wax for better results. Often, home waxers make this mistake and over-apply the wax which can make the process that much more painful.
The technique of pulling off the strips also goes a long way to easing the discomfort of waxing. The skin around the area must be pulled taught to make the process as painless as possible.
A Final Word on Waxing
Setting up your waxing station at home is a great way to step up your beauty routine. It can save you time and money, and allow you a quick fix whenever and wherever you need it.
Making sure you do your research into the best professional waxing kit for you will go a long way to ensuring perfect eyebrows. Read the instructions, take all safety precautions and you will never look back!
If you found this article helpful, have a look at our skincare section for other beauty tips and tricks.