You like your bikini area without hair, but don't want to spend more than IDR 500k? You're not comfortable with strangers around your bikini area, but you want your hair removed? Does not matter! Enough with Rp100 thousand and a mirror.
Method 1 of 2: Using store-bought products
Step 1. Buy a good sugar wax
It can be purchased at major retail stores, but you can find a wider selection at beauty stores.
Waxing products such as Nair Roll-On Wax are a good choice because they apply the wax using a roll-on that disperses the wax evenly across the surface
Step 2. Cut the wax sheet into small pieces
These can be purchased (usually part of the wax) or make your own at home. It is recommended that the sheet is cut into various sizes (from 1 – 2 inches or 2.5 – 5 cm).
- If you choose to use materials from home, look for an unused T-shirt or a piece of cotton. Cut it into sheets like any other material.
Bonus – if you take good care of it, you can reuse it after a thorough cleaning (if your wax is water soluble)
Step 3. Clean your bikini section to remove the dirt that is in the hair
This is very important – the wax must stick.
- Trim hair to 1/4 - 1/2 inch (.63 - 1.2 cm) for easy hair pulling.
- Sprinkle baby powder on the part to be waxed. This makes the wax stick to your hair and NOT to your skin, and also greatly reduces pain.
- If the pain increases, add more baby powder. Especially if the place where you do waxing is a little warm.
Step 4. Remove any wax that may have gotten on your hands
Keep a paper towel or cloth close to you. For water-soluble types of wax, just provide a slightly damp towel.
Instead, you can moisten a cotton ball with baby oil. It removes wax residue well and the skin becomes smooth
Step 5. Start close to your belly button and work your way down
Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth, with not wide sheets.
- With one hand, stretch the skin. Use a paper towel to hold the peel from slipping.
- Remove the wax with the other hand in the opposite direction from the direction of hair growth. This gives better results and is less painful.
- Don't put too much wax on it because the wax sheets may not stick.
- Place a mirror between your legs so you can see the hard-to-see areas. A small mirror is also sufficient.
Step 6. Continue working until most of the hair has been removed, or you are satisfied with the result
Since the bikini area is very sensitive, it may take several times to remove all the hair.
- There are parts of the hair that are easier to pull out than others. It depends on how thick the hair is. Stop if there is a reddened area and continue when the redness subsides.
- Use tweezers to pluck out any excess hair instead of waxing all the time.
Step 7. Wash all parts
There may be wax that is a bit difficult to remove.
- Use warm water and apply a toning oil or lotion.
- Redness is normal and will go away with time.
Method 2 of 2: Do It Yourself Brazilian Wax
Step 1. Gather the materials you will need
Making waxed sugar is simple but has an art. Gather your materials and become a do-it-yourself person.
- 2 cups (400 g) white sugar
- 1/4 cup (30 ml) lemon juice, orange juice (squeezed), “or” vinegar
- 1/4 cup (180 ml) water
- Sheets for waxing (can be purchased at the store or a piece of cotton/t-shirt)
- Use a stainless steel pan. If you're using an old, worn-out pan, there's a good chance it will mix with your wax.
Step 2. Mix the ingredients in a saucepan over hot heat
Let it boil and then reduce the heat to half. Stir occasionally.
- Watch the pot! Under ripeness can be corrected; excess ripeness cannot be corrected.
- When it starts to boil again, reduce the heat.
Step 3. Pour into a “when it browns” container
The color of the wax will change from a translucent color to a honey brown color. When you reach this point, immediately remove it from the fire.
- This part is really science; this can take between 6 – 20 minutes. Take a butter knife and see how thick it is (don't touch it!). If it moves a bit thick and sticky, it means it's ready.
- Try dropping it into a glass of water. If it drips straight away and doesn't leave a trace, it means you've succeeded.
- If it's runny and doesn't look like wax, just throw it in the trash (not in the sink) and start over.
Step 4. Let it cool
But not too much. Let it cool to a point that is still hot but doesn't burn you. Maybe you can master this in a way that is not easy.
If it is too cold, it will lose its stickiness. But it can still be reheated. If you put it in a microwave-safe container, heat it until it becomes soft again
Step 5. Prepare your skin
Start with a clean base. Apply baby powder to the area to be waxed. Make sure all parts are completely dry!
- As you walk, you may have to reheat the wax several times or add some baby powder. Add baby powder if you are in excessive pain or start to sweat.
The level of pain depends on you. For some women, this is not a problem. Don't let this stop you
Step 6. Apply the wax
You can use a butter knife. If it's too hot, you can wait a bit. If it is too cold, it will result in the hair not lifting 100% and needing to be warmed again.
- Apply in the direction of the hair. Aim for your hair to be 1/4 - 1/2 inch (.63 - 1.2 cm) long when waxing; wax ingredients need something to stick to; however, if it is too long, it will be troublesome.
- Place a mirror between your legs so you can clearly see the inside-down side.
Step 7. Place a waxing sheet on the area to be waxed and let it dry
Start from the part close to your belly button. Scrub the wax sheet to ensure clean hair removal.
- You can use a wax sheet from the store or cut a cotton T-shirt. Sugar wax is water soluble and your wax sheet can be used multiple times; if you clean it properly.
- Cut the sheet into 1-2 inch (2.5-5 cm) sheets. Small parts can be used for cleaning or hard to reach parts.
Step 8. Drag quickly
Do it once or twice to make it less painful. Of course you don't want any snags of cotton fabric to be left behind.
- Let the sheet rest for about 30 seconds, depending on its size. Quickly pull in the opposite direction of hair growth.
The sooner the better; not too painful when removed with a rapid movement
- Repeat until all the hair is gone.
Step 9. Clean the waxed area when finished
If your skin is sensitive, use oil or lotion to secure the area. Use tweezers to pull out any remaining hair.
Of course, clean up the remaining dirt! It is difficult to remove the wax once it has hardened and because there is an element of sugar in it, it can attract ants if you let it sit for a long time
- Apply pressure immediately after removing the wax sheet. This will reduce the pain.
- If this is your first time doing this, don't expect all the hair to be gone. However, this is not done professionally and the results are definitely not as neat as if done by a professional. With frequent use, your hair will become thinner and sparse, making it easier to later get a cleaner finish.
- Since the hair is thicker, removing it can result in bleeding. Clean with an antiseptic to avoid infection.
- You can also use "Tucks pads" (a kind of cooling pad to reduce irritation) to clean the wound instead of applying antiseptic. Contains “Witch Hazel”, a type of antiseptic that soothes and protects irritated areas (much easier because it's already in the pads?). Don't forget to pull the skin tight.
- Instead of pulling the wax sheet in a "straight up" motion, try to keep it as close to the skin as possible. The proverb says "tear across, not up".
- Don't shave if you go too far while waxing, because you will definitely experience painful bumps!
- Check the temperature of the wax before applying!
- Do not wax if the hair is longer than a quarter of an inch. It is very painful and does not cause hair loss. Trim her hair short before applying the wax. Professionals trim their hair to half an inch for coarse hair, and a quarter inch for fine hair.
- Pre-shaving oil is very effective for pain relief. Highly recommended for sensitive skin.
- It is not recommended to do it yourself if this is the first time. Since professionals can do it quickly and it's less painful, try doing it professionally a few times so you get used to it. This will reduce the pain.
- If it's not finished and you're going to do it again, it's best to wait a day or two, so that the part calms down again.
- It is highly recommended not to do this yourself unless you are trained in beauty school. In some cases, unprofessionals have even removed the skin and ruptured the blood vessels.