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Do you need to spend it on tedious body-grooming tasks? Case in point, shaving your pins? A taxing process gave that it needs repeating two days later if you want silky smooth skin, right? Let's read this piece of information to know how to wax your legs properly at home with Knowinsider.

1. Don't Wait Until You're Channelling Sasquatch

You might be hesitant about waxing because of the dreaded grow-out stage, waiting until your hair is long enough to be picked up by the wax. But that's not the case anymore with the new, high-tech wax formulas, which can pick up hair as short as two to four millimetres. (That's less than 0.15 of an inch!)

“The technology with waxes nowadays has changed in that it enables people to remove their hair at this short length," says Rhonda with the skincareedit.com. "Years ago, you had to have your hair at least a quarter of an inch, so you’d be walking around with hairy legs and underarms. Now, two millimetres is nothing.”

2. Prep your skin

To wax your legs with hard wax at home, prep the skin two days prior by exfoliating to remove any dead skin cells. According to womenshealthmag.com, to get the best results, it’s important to exfoliate before you wax—but do it 24 to 48 hours beforehand, otherwise you risk increased irritation. Use a loofah or scrub to get rid of that layer of dead skin; it will help the wax to grip the hairs much better.

3. Wax at the Right Time

Make sure you’re in no rush. Don’t wax when you’re stressed out, whether it's from a big deadline, job interview, exam—or even your period. Always make sure that the environment you wax in is warm. "You want the follicles to relax," says Rhonda. "The more relaxed the follicles are, the easier the hair slides out."

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4. Choose the Right Wax

For first-time waxers, Rhonda recommends wax strips, such as Nair Moroccan Argan Oil Easy to Use Wax Strips for Legs & Body. "Sugar waxes are water-soluble, so they rinse off with water and you don’t have to worry about your carpet or tiles or wherever you’re waxing," says Rhonda. "You can easily remove the wax with a warm cloth."

Be sure to follow package directions and don't over-heat the wax, as that can lead to skin peeling and tearing. We’re going for warm wax that doesn’t hurt or burn when applied. Since the wax just rinses off, the non-woven strips that it comes with are reusable (how cool is that?).

5. Wax the Right Way

Okay, ready to do this thing? First, read the instructions that come with the specific kit you’re using. They'll explain everything from how to properly heat the wax to how to pull the strips from your skin. You want to work on just one strip at a time. Here's the gist of it:

Apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth, and then place the strip on top. Press down firmly. Now, hold the skin taut with one hand, and with the other, pull the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Make sure that you pull across, close to the skin and not away from it. Don’t psyche yourself out right before you rip that strip, because it won't help. "You’re actually creating more pain that way," says Rhonda. "Just take a deep breath and go, ‘You know what, it’s just a process.’” So chill out!

After you remove the strip, apply pressure for a few moments to ease any discomfort.

If you're tackling a tricky spot like the underarms, ask a friend to help. "You need two hands accessible, one to support the skin as it's held taut, and one to pull the strips," says Rhonda. "Don’t wax an area that you can’t support."

Take it from me: she's right. I had no idea and learned this the hard way. I waxed my underarms solo, and oh the pain! It was fine while I was waxing, but that night and the next few days... ouch. My underarms were so tender. Needless to say, next time I’m calling in help.

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