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How To Wax Chin Hair

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How To Wax Chin Hair
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If you wax chin hair correctly, you can be fuzz-free for weeks at time. I highly recommend cream strip wax (compare prices) heated up in a wax pot if you’re mostly removing fine hair because it's one of the gentlest waxes. If you have a lot of coarse hair, then a hard wax (compare prices), (a.k.a. stripless wax) also needs to be heated up but works well because it has more strength to remove thicker hair.

This is only a reference guide, please consult the directions of the manufacturer of the wax for specific instructions.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20 minutes to wax chin hair

Here's How:

  1. Buy waxing kit. Compare waxing kit prices.

  2. Have enough hair. Chin hair needs to be at least 1/4" long.

  3. Pull or pin-back hair. You don’t want your hair in the way or end up getting wax in it.

  4. Wash hands. You would never work with dirty tools, would do?

  5. Cleanse chin area. Wash face to rid makeup and oil, pay dry and then apply a pre-wax cleanser. Lightly dust powder on area to be waxed. Don’t over do it on the powder, more isn’t better.
    For hard wax, use pre-epilation oil instead of powder.

  6. Wax on. Wax in front of a large mirror (not hand-held) so you can see clearly. Apply wax evenly in the direction of hair growth using applicator (wooden stick) to the hair in somewhat small sections. Be careful! You want enough wax to thoroughly cover hair, but not so thick that it becomes too thick to remove. Since the chin is curved, do the underneath and top of chin in different sections to remove the most hair.
    For hard wax, apply it as thick as a nickel.

  7. Cover with strip. For strip wax apply strip in the direction of hair growth, leaving some leftover strip at the end not attached to hair like a tab (say hair grows from left to right- leave leftover strip on right side). Press and firmly smooth hand over strip in the direction of hair growth a couple times, to ensure wax is attaching to hair and has slightly cooled.
    For hard wax, it doesn't require a strip. But needs to cool enough so when you tap the wax, it sounds like plastic.

  8. Wax off. Grasp onto the end of strip that isn't attached to hair. Hold skin taut with one hand, and remove strip in opposite direction of hair growth in one quick pull, all the way to the other side. Don't pull up, which might be your natural inclination. Press hand down on skin to help relieve some of the pain, after strip is removed. (Sounds silly, but it works!) If a little bit of wax with hair remains, simply put strip back on hair and pull off.
    For hard wax, use applicator to push up the very end on side of wax to use as a tab to grab onto to remove wax.

  9. Repeat. Continue with steps 6-8 working in sections until you have removed unwanted hair. Don’t apply wax over the same area twice or you can burn or severely irritate your skin.

  10. Clean up missed hairs. Use clean tweezers to remove any hairs missed by the wax.

  11. Clean wax off skin. Remove any remaining residue, with wax remover, baby oil or petroleum jelly.

  12. Soothe skin. Apply after-wax lotion, or an aloe based lotion or gel.

Tips:

  1. Do NOT perform chin waxing you are taking Accutane. Read: Waxing Precautions & Warnings for the full list.
  2. Practice using the wax on a small part of your body, like your arm so you get the feel of it. Always test small amount of product on the back of hand before waxing, to make sure it’s warm, not hot.
  3. If you're worried about pain, apply a numbing spray (compare prices) to a cotton swab and then to chin area. Make sure not to near your eyes!
  4. After waxing keep hands away from skin to avoid getting red bumps and irritation. See other ways to prevent side effects of waxing.
  5. Learn about other options: How To Remove Female Chin Hair.

What You Need

  • Wax warmer
  • Cream or hard wax
  • Pre-wax cleanser
  • Baby powder or pre epilation oil
  • Muslin or pellon strips for strip wax
  • Wooden applicators
  • Wax remover for the skin (or you can use baby oil or petroleum jelly)
  • After- wax lotion, or aloe based gel
  • Tweezers
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