FAB BAG Magazine
FAB BAG Picks

Published on May 29th, 2015 | by Gayatri Dahiya

TO BUY OR: Pre-Waxed Strips

Waxing trips (to the salon) proving too expensive – be it time or money-wise? Try waxing strips instead!

Dip, spread, rub, and yank (ouch!), repeat procedure – this adequately describes the sequence of events involved in (salon) waxing. Now, add ‘messy,’ ‘sticky,’ and ‘extra painful’ to that equation and you’ve got yourself the recipe for waxing yourself at home. Correct? Not anymore. Say hello to your new best friend – pre-waxed strips! These are strips that coated in a layer of synthetic wax on one end, which is used to remove hair almost exactly like your regular waxing procedure. Mostly, these also come with a pack of (tiny) wipes for using after waxing to remove residual wax.

DIY (without pain)

Having used these for a couple of months now, we can safely say that these are actually really simple to use, and very safe. Instructions of usage are as follows:

  1. Thoroughly cleanse the area to be waxed, and ensure that the skin is free of oils, lotions, moisturizers and sweat. (Preferably, keep the AC or fan on.)
  2. Dry the cleansed area and dust with talcum powder (to increase hold).
  3. Take the wax strip, hold it between both hands (facing the palms); rub the strip to warm and soften the wax. We’d definitely recommend a tip here: use a blow dryer instead for faster and more effective results.
  4. Pull apart the warmed and softened strips by carefully pulling the sides apart.
  5. Apply one strip to the area you wish to wax. Press down firmly on the strip and smooth it in the direction of the hair growth for at least 15 seconds.
  6. While the wax is pressed down, fan the strip to cool the wax and have it grip the hair (if the wax is still in a semi-melted state, it will leave behind small hair and sticky residue). Make sure the wax is completely dry and cooled before you yank the strip.
  7. Pull the strip, using the tab at one end, in the opposite direction of the hair growth in one clean, swift motion. Do not leave the strip on the skin or remove it slowly as this will result in wax sticking to your skin and it will hamper your results (and cause more pain).
  8. Repeat procedure on other areas.
  9. Once done, use the wipe provided the clean off gummy residue. You may want to rub in some soothing aloe vera thereafter to let the redness subside.

Are they effective?

In most cases, yes, they are. Although, the level of effectiveness depends entirely on your hair type (these aren’t as effective with coarse hair), and your own expertise. If it isn’t warm enough, it won’t stick to the hair; if it doesn’t cool on the skin, it won’t grip all the hair; if it isn’t pulled correctly, it may not yank all the hair, and more. Having outlined that, this isn’t rocket science. Just follow the instructions above and you’re bound to be impressed by the results. But remember to always do a patch test first to rule out a skin reaction to the strips. The perks are many: it’s easy, less time consuming, and so much cheaper but these aren’t very useful for underarm and bikini hair, or coarse (and small) hair elsewhere. Repeated usage on the same spot does lead to burning and redness (and even swelling, as our poor writer once observed with an aggressive hair-yanking attempt gone wrong!). Ideally you should try and hit the salon once in a while to be as immaculately groomed as you’d expect to be. These strips are best treated as only a last minute resort and/or if you’re saving the dough.

Can these be used on the face?

Yes, they can, but given the sensitive nature of facial skin (and the possible requirement of using them repeatedly on smaller, harder-to-tug hair), you might end up with some redness or rashes. Use the ones recommended for sensitive skin for best results.

FAB BAG PICKS

The Body Shop Moringa Body Scrub: A gentle exfoliating scrub for radiant looking skin subtly scented with a delicate, floral fragrance. Stimulates the skin and removes dead skin cells when massaged into the skin. Leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and better prepared to absorb the next layer of moisture. CLICK HERE to view product.

The Nature’s Co. Chamomile Dusting Powder: Relaxing; Calming & soothing; Great absorbent; Cocoa smoothes the skin. Slip into Luxurious Body Dusting Powder that is infused with the relaxing Chamomile essential oil leaving you feel calm and soothed. Kaolin works as a great absorbent and Cocoa smoothes the skin. CLICK HERE to view product.

 Natio Mineral Body Wash & Polish: Gentle soap and SLS/ SLES free body cleanser and polish in one. Gentle body exfoliator, body cleanser and polish in one. Plant extracts: Aloe, Vitamin E and Loofah and invigorating essences of Orange, Peppermint and Rosemary. CLICK HERE to view product.

 

Tags: , , ,


About the Author



Back to Top ↑

  • Recent Comments

  • Latest

  • Instagram Slider

    • Tag a friend who can never have enough makeup MakeupLovehellip
      1 week ago by thefabbag Tag a friend who can never have enough makeup.  #MakeupLove   #MakeupAddict   #FOTD   #MOTD 
    • Giveaway Alert Get smooth skin and fabulous lips with Natureshellip
      1 week ago by thefabbag  #Giveaway  Alert: Get smooth skin and fabulous lips with Nature's Co White Tea Night Cream, Votre Gel Lip Scrub & Iba Nourishing Foot Massage Cream. 6 lucky ladies stand a chance to win this trio at the end of this contest. To participate, all you have to do is: Step 1: Follow  @TheFabBag  Step 2: Tag 3 friends Step 3: In the comments section, tell us a skin care tip you swear by. Note: Participants, please keep your Instagram accounts public to be eligible to win.  #Contest  ends: 19th November 11:59 PM
    • Give your skin a fresh  soothing glow with Natureshellip
      6 days ago by thefabbag Give your skin a fresh & soothing glow with Nature’s Co. Sugar Body Scrub inside the ‘HitList’  #NovemberFabBag . Simply spread the scrub over your entire body. Rub into skin to exfoliate and then rinse well. It will leave you feeling smooth all over and the enticing fragrance will linger on. Tap the link in the bio to book your November  #FabBag .  #SkinCare   #HitList   #BeautyEssential   #BeautyBag   #BeautySubscription 
    • Musthave moisturising cream for the season Moisturge For normal tohellip
      4 days ago by thefabbag Must-have moisturising cream for the season. Moist-urge: For normal to dry skin type. Enriched with the finest oils, this moisturiser will leave your skin soft and hydrated. With an explosion of natural shine, you’ll be glistening from within. Bash the Gloss: For normal to oily skin type. Formulated for those who cannot handle the glossy skin appearance. Enriched with Vitamin E, this matte finish moisturising cream will leave your skin beautiful and hydrated. Get any of these according to your skin type in the  #NovemberFabBag . Tap the link in the bio to book your  #FabBag  now!  #SkinCare   #BeautyBag   #BeautyEssential   #BeautySubscription …
    • Get tagging! BeautySubscription SubscriptionBag BeautyBag
      2 days ago by thefabbag Get tagging!  #BeautySubscription   #SubscriptionBag   #BeautyBag 
    • Enhance and rejuvenate your skin like a pro with SkinCareEssentialshellip
      2 days ago by thefabbag Enhance and rejuvenate your skin like a pro with  #SkinCareEssentials  by AromaTreasures. Aroma Treasures Aloe Vera Gel- Hydrating and moisturising gel for face, body and hair. Best for: Face- Acne scars, pimples, aging, dry and chapped skin, soothing razor cuts. Hair- Scalp disorder, improves hair quality, prevents dandruff. Aroma Treasures Lavender Face Wash- A deep cleansing facewash designed to fight the ill-effects of pollution. Best for: Removing dirt, excess oil, skin impurities. Get any of these in the  #NovemberFabBag . Tap the link in the bio to book your  #FabBag  now.  #SkinCare   #SkinCareEssential   #BeautyBag   #BeautyEssential   #BeautySubscription 
    • The winners of our InMyFabBag October Contest are jyoti kreativkudihellip
      23 hours ago by thefabbag The winners of our  #InMyFabBag  October Contest are  @_____jyoti______ ,  @kreativkudi ,  @sakshi0689 ,  @sarkar .srijita,  @so_sonaly_1 ,  @wabisabi_ami ,  @ashlilgurlatheart , Wander Girl Life, Jyotsna Fernandes & IndianBeautyHub ... Congratulations! Each of you wins a Be a Bombshell Eye Crayon ! Winners, please DM us your Name, Address, Contact No, Email ID and Order ID at the earliest so we can ship your prize. Lots of love to everyone who participated. Xx
    • GiveawayAlert Add glam to your nails and shimmer to yourhellip
      2 hours ago by thefabbag  #GiveawayAlert : Add glam to your nails and shimmer to your lips with these gorgeous nail lacquers and lip gloss at the end of this contest. 6 beauties stand a chance to win this  #Giveaway . To participate, all you have to do is: Step 1: Follow  @TheFabBag  Step 2: Tag 3 friends Step 3: In the comments section, tell us a tip for the perfect weekend look. Note: Participants, please keep your Instagram accounts public to be eligible to win.  #Contest  ends: 26th November 11:59 PM