This weekend begins the unofficial start to Summer!!! We all know what that means…more sun, more fun and more bare skin. Many of us choose to wear dresses or shorts and don’t want a mess of long leg hair sticking out – if you don’t mind, then you do you! No judgement from me…that sounds freeing actually, but for me I prefer to keep the leg hair to a minimum. So today I thought I would share just how I keep my legs hair free for as long as possible…and with as little effort as possible! 😉 It’s actually quite simple and relatively inexpensive, though this particular option is not vegan if that’s a deal breaker for you. There are vegan options out there, just none that I know if in this exact form. What am I referring to? Well….
What I find to be the absolute best way to keep my hair to a minimum for as long as I can is to use at-home waxing strips! They’re quick, easy and, if used correctly, pretty quick and easy to use! My brand of choice comes from Parissa and they are the Wax Strips Legs & Body. I love these and they are cruelty free, though they do contain Beeswax. I’ve seen them at some grocery stores, Whole Foods and best of all, Ulta sells an extra large pack for an even better price ($15.99 retail, but coupons work and they’re often on sale)!!! I really like these strips because the wax is already applied in the appropriate thickness to properly remove the hair. If you’ve ever tried using hot wax from a pot, you may have struggled as I do with getting the wax not too thick so that the hair isn’t touched, yet not too thin so that there is not enough to grab onto the hair and actually pull it out. These solve the problem – and there’s no worrying about them getting too hot and burning the skin! 😳
Let’s get to how they’re used. It is pretty self explanatory, but after having my legs waxed professionally for a while, I feel like there are some definite tricks that are easy to just gloss over in the directions. First things first – get out your supplies (they’re all included in the box), make sure your skin is clean, dry and free from any kind of moisturizer or added oil. You’ll find that you have a whole bunch of waxed-coated strips (there are two placed back to back so you’ll need to pull these apart, but you’ll do that as you go along) and you’ll also have a blue vile of Azulene which is a soothing oil used after waxing to help remove any wax residue and to soothe the skin. You might want to put a towel underneath you…just in case. I have never had any issues with wax getting on other areas, but you’ll need to be careful with the wax strips once you peel two apart or after you’ve finished using one. They are extremely sticky! 😂 That’s really about it! Pretty simple.
Now it’s time to bare your legs! I tend to only wax from the knees down because the hair higher than that is more like peach fuzz so it’s not too noticeable, plus it’s harder to grab.
The first step is to rub the still connected pair of strips between your hands to warm the wax a bit (the wax to wax sides are still touching).
Now pull the two strips apart.
Gently place one to the skin where you want to remove hair with the wax side facing down, smoothing the strip in the direction of the hair growth (so the opposite of shaving).
Gently pull the skin above the wax strip upwards, making the skin taut. This is so important! Without doing this, it’s going to be a lot more uncomfortable and the hair may not be removed very well.
Ready? Brace yourselves! Grab the bottom end of the strip (preferably towards the center) and rapidly pull the strip backwards against the hair growth keeping the hand pulling the strip as close to the skin as possible (at roughly a 45 degree angle to the skin). You want to make sure you do this fast. The slower you go, the more it will hurt, the more wax will be left behind and the more hair will remain. Basically just rip it off like a Band-Aid and you should be good. I don’t find that this is terribly painful, but then I don’t find much in the world of hair removal painful…and yes, I’ve had Brazilian waxes as well! 😳
Keep this up in each area you want to remove hair, but you don’t want to continuously go over the same area. If a few hairs remain, you can use tweezers or, what I tend to do is shave once in a while to remove the stragglers. Maybe once a week at most because there are so few hairs that it’s not terribly noticeable…and I hate shaving! 😆
Once all the areas are hair-free, take the blue Azulene oil included in the kit and pour a bit into your hand. You actually don’t need very much for the entire calf area. Rub the magical blue oil wherever you’ve removed hair to soothe, hydrate and calm the area. You may find that there are some bumps here and there or a bit of redness, but I find this is usually gone within an hour or so. I often do feel a slight stinging after the hair removal, but the Azulene oil helps and it doesn’t last long, nor is it terribly bothersome. I find that just a bit of the oil wherever the wax strips were used typically removes any wax residue, but if it doesn’t you can try a bit more or use another body oil or lotion. In my experience, oil is really the best way to get rid of any excess wax. I should also say that I have tried a number of brands over my many years of trying at-home waxing, and the Parissa Wax Strips are by far the cleanest in their removal!
So that’s it! You have successfully waxed your legs in the privacy of your own home!!! 🎉 To do just my calves and knees takes maybe 10-15 minutes for both legs. It’s not quite as fast as shaving, but it lasts a good few weeks before becoming noticeable again. I also don’t get that prickly stubble that actually makes my legs even more uncomfortable than the entire waxing process. Plus I don’t have to wonder on days that I want to bear my legs whether or not I should have shaved first! 😉 I find this an absolutely fantastic solution for dealing with unwanted leg hair…especially in the Spring and Summer when you never are entirely sure when you might be baring your legs to the world! Now bikini lines? THAT I would leave to a professional!!! 🤣
I hope this has given you something to consider when dealing with the rapidly warming days, especially as leg-baring season has arrived! It’s relatively quick, easy and I would argue more affordable than shaving regularly. Not to mention I rarely find myself worrying about stubble! 🙃 Let me know if you try this or have another cruelty free wax (particularly a vegan version) that you would recommend as well! Here’s to hoping everyone has a fantastic Summer and thank you so much for stopping by!!! ❤️