Do-it-yourself body waxing is easier said than done.

Avoiding the costs associated with professional body waxing is enough of a reason for many people to go the DIY route, but it’s important to note that it’s all too easy to make mistakes that can mess up your results and leave you with redness and discomfort. Here are some of the biggest and most common DIY waxing mistakes.

Mistake #1. You don’t let your hair grow long enough.

In order for body waxing to be effective, there has to be enough hair for the wax to grab onto. That’s why you should never shave before you wax. Even if you can feel your hair, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is long enough for the wax to grab it firmly enough to remove it. Your best bet is to put off waxing for two weeks after you last shaved.

Mistake #2. You don’t trim long hair before waxing it.

While, yes, you won’t be able to effectively wax hair that is too short, it’s also problematic if the hair is too long. Just like with too-short hair, too-long hair will be difficult for the wax to grab firmly enough to effectively remove the hair. If you’ve been letting your hair grow freely in the weeks leading up to your waxing appointment, it’s important to trim your hair a bit before you get it waxed, ideally between ⅛ and ¼ inches.

Mistake #3. You’re dropping the ball when it comes to prep.

Before any wax touches your skin, you’re going to have to get the skin ready. Why? First of all, if there is any oil, makeup or dirt on the skin, the wax won’t adhere to the hair as well, and it won’t be as effective. Second of all, there’s a much higher chance that hairs will be missed if you don’t prep first; plus, you’re more likely to experience post-wax irritation, such as breakouts. Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to prepare your skin for waxing. Simply wash the area using water and a gentle soap, and then dry the skin completely.

Mistake #4. You’re using too much wax.

Effective waxing is all about finding the right balance. While it’s important to make sure that you’re using enough wax, it’s also important to make sure that you’re not putting it on too thick. You really only need a thin layer of wax — as long as you have enough to cover the hair, you’re in good shape. If you use too much wax, there’s a chance that it might be difficult to get it off of the hair, even after the strip as been removed. Plus, using too much wax will likely make the entire process more painful, as well as increase the risk of bruising.

Want to learn about more DIY waxing mistakes? If so, stay tuned for our next blog. And, in the meantime, turn to Inner Beauty Concepts for all of your waxing and pampering needs. We offer a variety of spa treatments in Nashua, from body waxing to massage therapy, and you’ll leave our day spa feeling relaxed and at peace with the world. Schedule your appointment today!