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THE WAX GUIDE

READ BEFORE YOU RIP
Your body, your rules. Even though our wax strips are dermatologist tested and safe for all skin and hair types, stop if at any point you’re in pain you can’t breathe through. Normal pain could look like a wince, a single tear, or squeak.
Test all the components of our wax kit on the inside of your arm to ensure our formulas agree with you. Prep your skin by making sure it’s clean and dry with hairs at least 1.5mm or longer. Breathing is also important.
WAX ON, HAIR OFF
UPPER LIP
  • Your face is sensitive, so only wax your upper lip once in a 24 hour period. If you read nothing else, believe us on this one.
  • Firmly massage the wax strip in to make sure hairs are embedded.
  • Even though most lip hairs grow up and down, you want to pull towards the midline of your body, east to west, or like you’re swiping lipstick really quickly.
ARMPIT
  • Place your hand against the wall at a 45° angle to stretch out your underarm and give yourself some leverage.
  • Apply your strip in the direction of hair growth and rub firmly to make sure all the hairs are embedded in the wax.
  • Armpit hair grows in all directions, but we find that pulling from the bottom of your pit to the top will get the most hairs.
LEG
  • Identify the direction your hair grows and apply the strip accordingly. If it grows diagonally, go with it — this way you’re truly removing hair from the root.
  • Use the heel of your hand to mash the strip down and make sure hairs are embedded in the wax. Really, dig in! Especially if your hair is coarse.
  • Turn up the volume, inhale, and exhale as you pull in the opposite direction of hair growth.

Tips From Our Experts

Waxing Tip #865

Feeling a little less than comfortable post-wax? Apply a cold compress to just waxed areas. Sit back and relax.

Waxing Tip #281

Always pull away in the opposite direction of the way that your hair grows. And pull quickly.

Waxing Tip #493

Soaking up the sun and waxing don’t mix. Don’t use strips for 24 hours before or after prolonged sun exposure.

Waxing Tip #305

Gently exfoliate skin a day or two before you wax to help to make the wax more effective & minimize ingrowns.

Waxing Tip #436

If you are using any retinoids, which typically make skin more sensitive, talk to your derm before you wax.

Waxing Tip #156

Wait 24 hours before using any alcohol-based products or deodorants on your just waxed areas.

Waxing Tip #121

Don’t wax immediately after bathing as your skin is likely to be more sensitive.

Waxing Tip #801

Feeling sticky? Use our Post-Wax Cloths or coconut oil to remove any excess wax from the skin.

Waxing Tip #930

Don’t use moisturizers or oils on your skin right before you wax. They can prevent the wax from gripping the hair.

Waxing Tip #671

Waxing your toe hairs? Our smaller Face Wax Strips are the perfect size for this area.

Waxing Tip #891

Keeping skin taut is the key to a successful (and less painful) wax. For your underarms, this means keeping your arm high above your head.

Waxing Tip #485

Avoid working out immediately post-wax. Sweat and friction can cause chafing or irritation in sensitive areas.

Waxing Tip #669

To minimize tension on the skin (and some of the pain), always pull the wax strip parallel to your skin, not up and away.

Waxing Tip #264

Waxing with friends is fun! Grab some snacks, turn on a movie, and help each other with those hard-to-reach places.

Waxing Tip #372

Keep in mind that it’s totally normal for skin to be red after you wax, even for a few hours. Factor this in when timing your wax.

Waxing Tip #811

If you’re waxing, avoid shaving the same area between sessions. Our wax formula works on hairs as short as 1.5mm, so you can wax as often as you need to!

Feeling more confident? We thought so.

Give them a try, we have a feeling you'll be pleased.

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