What To Do If You Have Hair Left Behind

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a wax strip full of hair, but there is nothing more frustrating than seeing hair left behind!

Here’s what you can do to avoid it next time and some common reasons why this happens:

Completely rub hair into the wax.

Hair doesn’t stick to the wax unless it’s fully pressed in before pulling. Instead of just pressing the strip on top of hair, treat it like you’re sealing an envelope containing a letter of your deepest, darkest secrets!

Pull the strip quickly.

If you pull too slowly, you’ll just leave wax behind instead of removing hair from your body. Remember these keywords before you pull: quickly, close, and across.

Hold your skin taut.

If your skin isn’t held in place, it will move with the wax strip. This stops the tension which allows the wax to pull hair.

Here’s how you can deal with left behind hair right now.

Face

  • Your face skin is super sensitive. If you don’t get all the hair on your first try, take a break and try again tomorrow.

  • When you are ready to try again, make sure you’ve fully pressed the hairs into the strip and pull quickly.

  • For coarser hair, like on your chin, you may need to press extra hard with your thumb to ensure you’ve fully pressed the hair into the wax.

Body

  • It’s normal to not get all the hair on your first try, especially on trickier areas like your underarms.

  • Avoid multiple pulls in a row, even if they’re necessary to get all the hair. We recommend pulling only once on your underarms/arms and a maximum of twice on your legs. If you wax one area and have hair left, move onto another to let that one rest, then come back and try again.

  • For armpits, try a smaller wax strip. We like the wide strip in the pubic wax kit or the face wax strips. Armpit hair typically grows in lots of different directions. Using the smaller strips helps ensure you are maintaining control and waxing in the correct direction.

  • If you’re waxing for the first time, you may need to do so over the course of a few sessions over a couple of days.

Pubic

  • It’s normal to not get all the hair you want to remove on the first try and multiple sessions may be necessary, but keep an eye out for irritation.

  • If you wax one area and have hair left, move onto another to let that one rest, then come back and try again.

  • Use tweezers to pull stray, lingering hairs to prevent over-waxing and irritating skin.

    Remember: practice makes perfect! Each time you wax, you’ll gain a little more experience and a lot more confidence in your skills.

Tips For Future Wax Sessions

Start With Legs and Arms

If you’re having trouble removing hair, considering starting on an easier body part to get a hang of the technique. Legs and arms are great for beginners—you can see the direction of hair growth and the hair is usually thinner and longer, which makes it easier to wax.

Pause Before You Pull

Take a moment to reassess before you do a second pull.

  • Did you fully rub in the hair?

  • Are you pulling quickly and close to skin?

  • Are you pulling the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth?

  • Is your skin clean and dry?

If the wax isn’t working, there is usually something in your technique that can be improved.

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