To be very frank, my first encounter with an at-home waxing kit was so painful that I vowed to never use another one again (think: raw, irritated-as-hell skin with lots of missing spots and stubble). Quick forward several years later, however, and I’m going to be the first to confess that DIY waxes have improved tenfold — unlike my ~youth’s messy and, well, borderline hazardous recipes, today’s best home waxing kits are all about super-smooth ingredients and foolproof directions. Obvi’s 100 per cent personal option to remove your body hair, but if you’re down to go hairless like me, these home waxing kits will help you get there from the comfort of your bathroom.
Dove Exfoliating Body Polish Crushed Lavender and Coconut Milk
First things first: You have to make sure your skin is properly exfoliated before using any home waxing kits. Massage a gentle body scrub over the places you intend to wax two days before the wax, to buff away any dead skin cells. This helps to make sure that your wax pulls on your hair, not your dirty, rough skin.
Fur Skincare Ingrown Concentrate
Aftercare is just as critical when you are using a waxing kit at home as preparation work. Regularly pat a hydrating body oil on your waxed skin to help avoid itching, bruises, or ingrown hair — this one from Fur is spiked with ultra-moisturizing vitamins A and E, anti-inflammatory tea tree oil, and an antioxidant-rich safflower seed extract.
Bliss Poetic Waxing Hair Removal Kit
Don’t expect this home waxing kit to find any stripes. Instead, for fast and successful hair removal, you’ll get a microwaveable hard wax that is spread directly on your skin. However, you have to be pretty vigilant about the temperature, so be sure to follow the instructions super closely (it takes about three to five minutes to heat up the wax, so you’ll have to pause so stir in intervals).
Flamingo Body Wax Kit
If classic wax strips are more of your style, you’ll love this Flamingo easy-to-use package. The smooth, gel-like wax makes both fine, itty-bitty hairs and thick, coarse ones easy (and virtually painless) to touch. The kit comes with 24 strips and six post-wax cloths to be washed easily
No Mo-Stache Lip Wax
If you are using a home waxing kit on your face, make sure the formula is suuuuuper gentle (anything rough or chemicals-filled will cause more harm than good). That’s where these upper-lip wax strips come into play — they’re precut (so no need to think about any trimming or measuring), and they’re made without scent, artificial colors and parabens.
Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit
This gentle home waxing kit comes with pre-waxed strips that are made for your hair, brows, and bikini area in three convenient shapes. And to help settle any redness or discomfort after wax, you’ll also get a sweet, cooling oil that you can gently pat on your skin.