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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wax on! Wax Off!

I'm assuming that for most ordinary women in America (maybe even everywhere else) shaving is the most used method of hair removal. Other women are in a position to wax regularly or even laser the hair off. Maybe one day I will be in a position to do that but for now...shaving it is!
 The truth is, most women I know hate it. The nicks, the cuts, trying to get around those knobby knees and the rash burn that comes with it if you're legs are dry or you moisturize too soon after. Its all a nightmare.

One day, while getting some online Christmas shopping done, I came across a do it yourself waxing kit that was affordable and seemed like something I could try. I've had my legs waxed at a salon once before and was kinda of unimpressed with the results. I thought to myself, "If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself!" So I pressed that famous 'Add to Cart' button and made it an official Christmas gift to myself. Thank You and You're Welcome.

The timing was perfect because it was a time of year when my legs aren't shown often and being that I've had my legs waxed before, I knew I'd have plenty of time to grow the hair on my legs out. Truthfully I probably could have done this a month or so ago but I'll admit, laziness got to me. WARNING: Some photos shown here are a little "hairy". 

In the box of Surgi Wax were 3 things: A jar containing the wax, multilingual directions and 2 popsicle sticks. The box states that no muslin strips are needed. Hmmm. Seems easy enough. 

The directions say to heat the wax up in 10-15 second intervals, mixing with the popsicle stick as you go so that the wax heats evenly. This step took almost no time to get to the right consistency.(It took a total of 1 minute in my 1000 watt microwave) The result was a creamy baby poop green wax which reminded me of pureed peas. Bluhh! OK so yeah, It's not the most appealing to the eye but who cares right? All it needs to do it remove this jungle that I've grown on my legs.

After mixing it thoroughly, I gave it a little dab with my finger to make sure that I wasn't going to scorch my skin off. Yes. Its happened before which is why I prefer to tweeze my own brows rather than get them waxed but that's a story for another day. 

Yep, there it is, the hairy leg, Don't judge me.
OK so here it goes... Consistency? Check! Temperature? Check! All that was left to do was spread a smooth layer of wax in the direction of the hair growth, wait for it to dry and.....


Ahhhhhhhh! That was not as easy as I imagined it would be. Yes, it ripped the hair off but not all of the hair came off and neither did all of the wax. I had to gear myself up for the next go round, which did not go smoothly either (pun intended). Was there something I was doing wrong? I looked at the directions again. Apply in direction of hair. Grab bottom of wax (which dries like melted plastic would) and quickly pull up in the opposite direction of the hair growth....Nope nothing was wrong. This, I suppose, was just supposed to feel like torcher. Soon after that second try, I decided that home waxing was definitely not my cup of tea. Needless to say, I quit (call me a quitter if you want to). I left my legs hairy, with a bald spot and residual wax until that night when I showered and went back to the good ole fashioned razor. 

On a side note: I did suffer from nicks and cuts but the pain was nothing compared to my at home waxing experience. Also, I've been using Josie Maran Argan Oil from head to toe (literally) after I shower and it leaves my skin and hair silky smooth. If you haven't tried it, you definitely should.

Thanks for Stopping by The Messy Vanity,

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