8 Best Waxing Kits | March 2017
- includes an instructional dvd
- doesn't cause much skin irritation
- wax is hard to remove if it cools
- microwavable cup for melting wax
- includes detailed instructions
- comes with ingrown hair eliminating pad
- warmer melts wax quickly and easily
- same wax as used in professional salons
- includes body waxing strips
- wipes clean with included towelettes
- good for both men and women
- won't need to reapply for up to 8 weeks
- includes multiple applicator sticks
- has 1 pack of wax collars
- bar on top of pot to prevent dripping
|Brand||Clean + Easy|
|Model||Clean & Easy|
The Unique Culture Of Hair Removal
Many people think of removing body hair, especially in the genital region as a modern ideal, but this practice actually dates back thousands of years. Copper razors from 3,000 BCE have been found in Egypt and Mesopotamia. There are also paintings from the 1500s that illustrate women with little, and sometimes no pubic hair. Having pubic hair in ancient Greece was considered uncivilized for both women and men, and they were known to either pluck out their hairs one by one, or singe them off with a candle.
Some archeologists believe that Samoans used to use sharp seashells to scrape of their underarm hair. While it is not known exactly when and where the practice of removing body hair originated, it is clear that many different cultures have performed it throughout the ages.
In addition to style and sanitary reasons, hair removal is sometimes done for religious reasons. Buddhism and Hinduism require that monks shave their heads during monkhood indoctrination. In the Amish religion, it is forbidden for men to have a mustache.
Some religions take the opposite stance on hair removal, and forbid removing hair from particular areas of the body. In Judaism, men are not allowed to shave their sideburns or beard with a razor, and in very strict circles men and women cannot shave for 30 days after the death of a close family member. In Sikhism, any form of hair removal is seen as an affront against god.
The ancient Egyptians can probably be credited with starting what could be considered the first form of waxing. They used a technique called sugaring in which a gel is made from a combination of sugar, hot water and lemon juice. When this mixture dries it becomes thick and can be used to pull hairs in a very similar manner to waxing.
Benefits Of Waxing Over Shaving
While a large percentage of women prefer shaving over waxing as they believe there is less pain involved, waxing actually offers a number of benefits. One of the first things most women notice when switching from shaving to waxing is how much less time they have to spend on hair removal. While a single waxing session may take longer than a single shaving session, the results last a lot longer. It takes anywhere from three to six weeks before hair starts to grow back after waxing, as opposed to three to four days after shaving.
Since waxing completely pulls out the hair and its root, many women say their hair grows back finer than before. The complete removal of the root also results in smoother skin, without the annoying stubble shaving often leaves behind. Waxed legs will never feel rough or abrasive.
For those with sensitive skin, waxing can be a boon as it rarely ever results in a rash, making razor burn a thing of the past. There is also no chance of accidentally nicking oneself while waxing, which is a constant worry when shaving. In addition, waxing will never cause ingrown hairs.
How To Choose A Home Waxing Kit
When choosing a waxing kit, you'll have to ask yourself a couple of questions to determine which is best for you. How large of an area do you want to wax? Will you just be waxing your bikini line or do you plan on waxing your legs, arms, face, and armpits as well? It's also a good idea to consider how often you plan on waxing. Will it just be done periodically when you don't have time to go to a salon, or will you be waxing yourself regularly? Once you have answered these questions it will be much easier to pick the right kit.
Waxing kits are available for hot and cold waxing. As a general rule of thumb, cold waxing is best for small areas and sensitive areas, like the face or bikini line. Since cold waxing kits come with the wax already on the strip and don't require any heating or self application with a spatula, many find them less messy. On the other hand, you get less bang for your buck with a cold waxing kit. When comparing two equally priced waxing kits, one hot and one cold, you will be able to cover a larger area with the hot waxing kit. Some women also feel that cold wax doesn't work as well.
For these reasons you would be better off going with a hot waxing kit if you plan on waxing frequently and need to cover large areas, like the legs or arms. Hot wax is a little more labor intensive as you'll have to wait while the wax heats up. Then you must spread the wax yourself, apply a backing paper and wait for the wax to cool before you can pull the strips off. It only takes about 30 seconds or so for the wax to cool, but some find this inconvenient.
It's a good idea to read the manufacturers specifications for where their particular wax should be used. Not all wax is suitable for every area of your body. Some are harsher than others and should only be used on the legs, arms, and back, while others are designed to be used on sensitive areas like the face, arm pits and bikini line.