To save hundreds waxing at home is something I have taken the plunge with over the last two or three months. As part of my monthly budget reviews, I look at finding solutions for saving even more cash within my budget.
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I’m all about getting extra value out of life, so I can use my money on other things. At the moment, I want to get out my debt as quickly as possible.
So… I get my bushy eyebrows and top lip waxed every 6 weeks.This was adding up, so it got me thinking… I had so many questions.
Could I wax my eyebrows at home?
What kit would I need?
What is the best home waxing kit?
How much would this kit cost?
Would it be worth it in the long run?
How would I shape my eyebrows?
Ouch it hurt my head!
First of all I started with a review of how much waxing in general was costing me in a year.
How much does eyebrow waxing cost?
When I have my eyebrows done, it costs £6 a time. Per year = 8 x 6 = £48
How much does top lip waxing cost?
When I have my top lip done, it costs £6 a time. Per year = 8 x 6 = £48
Total cost per year
A horrifying £96!
This money could have gone towards debt payment, and over time, towards fun things for me and Mr. Budget to do.
The first thing I did was youtube research and watched a few helpful tutorials. To be honest, my beautician, over the years, has taught me to do them anyway, I just didn’t realise. My video below will help you with what to buy in order to save hundreds waxing at home and how to use your kit to wax at home.
How do I save hundreds waxing at home then? So what would be the best waxing kit to buy? Is it worth doing?
These products underneath, you can buy from Amazon through the links. They are all so easy to use and fantastic value for money, when you compare how much you will pay in the long term.
Waxing at Home Kit You Need
So for all the kit, you will pay approximately – £50. (inc mirror)
Bearing in mind that most of this kit will last for approximately 4 years, that’s a total cost saving of….
£95 x 4 = £380 £380 – £50 (cost of kit) = £330
This calculation is only based on if you only used the kit for eyebrows and top lip. If you used it for bikini waxes and leg waxes, you could save much, much more. (average bikini wax is around £15-20)
Remember: You will need to replace the wax and lotion as recommended, for hygiene reasons.
Waxing at Home Thoughts and Concerns
Should I wax my own eyebrows and top lip? Will waxing at home hurt more?
There’s no reason why you can’t do your own facial waxing. For painless waxing at home (well as painless as possible), I firmly believe in having professional kit, because it is so much better than the supermarket paper waxing kits. Yes, I had tried these, and felt like I couldn’t do waxing myself, after that painful experience. I ended up with a bruised lip, with hair still on it. Hot wax sticks so much better and because you are using fabric, you can get so much closer to your face. This makes it less painful when you pull the strip.
Personally, I have developed a couple of techniques that minimise the pain to a manageable thing. I actually find that I can do both my top lip and my eyebrows with less pain than other people put me through! Read below for my top tips for minimising pain when waxing your eyebrows and top lip at home.
Will I end up making a mess?
The answer is that this is a learning curve and I can’t claim to be any kind of expert. What I did was to have my eyebrows done by a beautician, the shape I wanted them first. Then when they were growing out a little bit, I tried my home waxing kit myself. As a result, ended up with a great shape of eyebrow the first time – even though I was so nervous.
Another tip I have is to try one thing at once. So try whichever is least painful for you generally. For me, this was my eyebrows – I did them two times, before also trying to do my tip lip as part of my waxing session. Make time for yourself. Chances are that you will need time to set up and things will happen, that you don’t remember to do while you are learning.
Will I burn myself?
The wax heater I bought has different wax heat settings, so you just have to read the wax pot you have and what it suggests for heat settings. If the wax is hurting your skin, you should remove it immediately and treat your skin with cold water. Again, I am not a beauty expert, but, if you found the wax far too hot, just experiment with the temperature guage – lower the temperature so it’s more comfortable. With this wax heater, the wax has never been hot enough to burn me – it’s a fab little heater.
What else do I need to be prepared for when waxing at home?
- Make sure you cover the table you are going to use for waxing at home. I usually use paper and this is enough.
- Cut up your wax strips first. I would cut them along the width of the muslin strips, so they are not too long or not too wide.
- Cover the floor directly under where you are working also, so you protect the floor.
- If you are waxing your eyebrows for the first time, make sure you have had them shaped by a beautician already, and they haven’t grown out too much either.
- First prepare your wax strips and your wax by putting it into your wax heater and heating. (It could take up to 20 minutes for the wax to heat up).
- Use your thin spatula to twist into the wax. Scrape off the excess on the edge of the wax pot.
- Apply wax to underneath the eyebrow in the shape you want to create. You might need some extra. Apply it at the same time.
- Push the wax strip onto the waxed area. Smooth down
- Pull the wax strip against the hair growth. If you can use the other hand to make the eyebrow skin taut. (This will minimise pain and bruising).
- Repeat with other eyebrow.
- Apply wax to space between eyebrows. With other hand pull forehead skin tight. Pull upwards and against the hair growth at the same time.
- Use the finishing lotion with a cotton pad or recyclable pad, to remove excess wax and sooth skin.
You’re done – and well on your way to freedom from high beautician bills – yay!
Top Lip Tutorial
- First prepare your wax strips and your wax. (It could take up to 20 minutes for the wax to heat up.
- Use the spatula to twist into the wax. Scrape off the excess on the edge of the wax pot.
- Apply wax to top lip on one side but not in the middle yet. You might need some extra. Apply it at the same time.
- Push the wax strip onto the waxed area. Smooth down.
- Pull the wax strip against the hair growth. It’s really important here to push your tongue against the area on the inside of your mouth. (This will minimise pain and bruising).
- You might need more than one wax strip for each area. Dab and pull for tiny groups of hairs that are left behind.
- Repeat with other side of top lip.
- Apply wax to space in the middle of the lip. Push your tongue behind the area. Pull upwards. (This could hurt, but if you use your tongue, this should minimise it)
- Use the finishing lotion with a cotton pad or recylable pad, to remove excess wax and sooth skin.
To save hundreds waxing at home is definitely worth going for as it is not painful, and once you are set up, doesn’t need much more outlay for a long, long time. Has it made you think that you too could try waxing your eyebrows or top lip at home? Has it given you new confidence to consider that a home waxing kit could be the answer and that you can do this too?
As always get in touch with any comments, questions or further ideas to share – I love new ideas for saving money!
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