Waxing Facial Hair

A Beginner’s Guide to Waxing Facial Hair

When you are prepared with knowledge and the proper tools, waxing facial hair is a simple and straightforward process.  Longer lasting than shaving or plucking, using wax to remove unwanted hair on your cheeks, chin, brows and upper lips can be done in the comfort of home.

Make sure that you begin the process with good tools.  Cold wax strips may look easy, but they are less effective at hair removal than other types and may require more applications.  To achieve decent results the first time, use a cream wax that you’ve warmed in a wax pot.  This product will be gentle on your skin, has excellent coverage and is less sticky than honey wax.  Look for the many different brands of cream wax at your local pharmacy or cosmetic store.

Besides the cream wax and wax pot, you will need an applicator stick (usually wood), cleanser and baby powder to prepare your face, strips (pellon or muslin) for the removal of the hair and a wax remover and soothing cream for clean up afterwards.  Clean tweezers are also handy for removing any stubborn hairs.

Prepare your work area.  Choose an open space with good light and a large mirror.  Have all of your tools at arm’s reach.  The entire process of waxing facial hair should take about 20 minutes, so be free of interruptions for at least that long.

Get your face ready for action.  Pull or tie back your scalp hair using a headband or other preferred method.  Getting hot wax into that hair can be unpleasant.  Make sure that your facial hair is at least 1/4" long for optimum chance of removal.  Wash your hands and then your face thoroughly, using your usual facial cleanser.  Pat dry and apply a special pre-waxing cleanser if desired.  Use the baby powder to give the area no more than a light dusting.  Now your face is fully prepared for the waxing treatment.

Have your cream wax pre-warmed and apply a small amount on your arm to test the temperature.  If it’s comfortably warm, apply to the facial areas in small sections, evenly distributing the wax in the direction of the hair growth (from the roots of the hair to the tips).  Be sure to spread the wax evenly and not so thick that removal will be difficult.

Spread a strip across the wax, working again in the direction of the hair growth (root to tip).  Leave a tab loose at the far end of the strip (nearest the hair tip).  Smooth your hand over the strip a few times to ensure proper adhesion and to let the wax cool slightly.  

Holding onto the loose tab, hold your skin taut with other hand and pull against hair growth direction (tip to root) in a quick, fluid motion.  Pull across the face, not up.  If you experience pain, apply pressure to the spot with your palm.  If you notice that some hair and wax has stayed behind, simply apply the strip again and repeat the process.  Remove the balance of your facial hair in the same manner using small sections.  Do not apply wax a second time to the same area or you risk a burn.  Use the tweezers to remove stubborn hairs.

After waxing facial hairs, remove any residue with a wax remover.  Also effective are petroleum jelly and baby oil, use whichever you prefer.  To soothe any pain or irritation, apply cream or gel that contains an aloe vera base.

Now you have successfully completed the process of waxing facial hair.  This will leave your skin smooth and hairless for weeks.  Much more efficient than shaving and less expensive than electrolysis or laser treatments, waxing facial hair away will get easier with practice.