How to Wax Your Eyebrows

Our faces are the first things people tend to look at, which is why we feel the overwhelming desire to make sure that every inch of it is perfect. The moment something is off, we feel insecure that people will focus on it. One of the most crucial features on our face is our eyebrows. Not only do we hate it when they are asymmetrical, but even a single hair out of line can be off-putting.

Taking extra care of how our eyebrows look should not only be one out of necessity but shaping them can also be a soothing activity. Working on our appearances can provide us with a sense of calm and control. They should not be rushed but handled with precision and a whole lot of restraint. So before you pull out your makeup bag and draw them on, let’s see how we can take care of your eyebrows by waxing the rogue little hairs.

THE DIFFERENT DIY EYEBROW WAXING METHODS

Fortunately for you, there is more than one way of achieving the perfect pair of eyebrows. The methods listed below make use of very simple ingredients that you will most likely find lying around the house, or you can easily get them at the nearest store. All you have to do is pick which one you’d like to try.

PARAFFIN WAX METHOD

If you’re planning to use the paraffin wax method, you will need the following: microwavable wax, a popsicle stick, strips of cotton fabric (from an old T-shirt will do), brow shading pencil, and a brow comb. Once you have gathered all that you need, you may begin.

Start by washing your face to get rid of any dirt and excess oil on your face. It would be best if you used warm water so that your pores will open up a little, making it less painful when you pull your little hairs out. Pat your face dry with a towel and then use the brow comb to brush the brow hairs neatly to the side so that you can see the shape you want. Use the brow pencil to outline the area of your eyebrow that you want to wax. Make sure you stick to the outline you draw so that you don’t accidentally go overboard and wax too much. The only areas you should be waxing are above and under your eyebrows, not over them.

Put the paraffin wax in a container and heat it up in the microwave. The wax will heat up very quickly so only microwave it for 10 to 15 seconds. Don’t let it come to a boil. Once it is warm enough, stir it and begin applying it to your eyebrows using the popsicle stick. It’s best if you do it one eyebrow at a time.

Carefully apply the wax while it is still warm in the direction that the hair is growing. Make sure that the wax does not go over the outline or into your eye. Place the strips of cotton fabric on the wax and gently rub the cloth in the same direction as the hair growth. After a few seconds, use your non-dominant hand to pull your skin taut, and with your other hand, quickly pull the fabric off in one smooth motion in the opposite direction. Any hairs that you missed should be tweezed. It is not recommended to wax an area of your skin, especially the face, more than once.

Finish the process by applying some vitamin E lotion onto the area that was waxed. It will soothe the stinging and help with the redness. Once you’re done, move on to the other eyebrow and do it all over again.

HONEY AND SUGAR METHOD

For this method, you will need the following ingredients: one teaspoon of honey, two teaspoons of brown sugar, one teaspoon of water, a popsicle stick, strips of cotton fabric, brow comb, and a brow shading pencil. The first step is the same as the previous method – wash your face with warm water, comb the little hairs to the side, and draw the outline.

Start by mixing together the honey, sugar, and water in a microwavable container and heating them up. Heating up the mixture on a stove is another way of preparing them. You should only heat them up for about 30 seconds; you’ll know that it’s ready when the mixture turns brown and it’s a little bubbly. You have to find the right balance in order for the sugar and honey method to be effective: too hot and it becomes hard; not hot enough and the mixture will be too soft to adhere to the hair.

Once the mixture is ready, give it some time to cool down first. You don’t want to burn your skin. This is also a good time to check on whether it’s too thick. If that’s the case, add a little bit of water.

Carefully apply the mixture onto the area that needs waxing in the direction of hair growth using the popsicle stick. Take your time so that you don’t make any mistakes. Next, place the cotton fabric onto the wax and gently rub it in the same direction as the hair growth. After a few seconds, use your non-dominant hand to pull your skin taut, and with your other hand, quickly pull the fabric off in one smooth motion in the opposite direction. Top it off with vitamin E lotion before moving on to the other brow and repeating the whole process.

Just so you know, this method is less painful than the paraffin wax method, due to the fact that the honey and sugar mixture only adheres to the hair, whereas regular wax also sticks to the skin a little.

PROFESSIONAL WAXING KITS

If you don’t feel like mixing together your own home-made wax, there are several professional kits available at drug stores or department stores. The kit contains everything you will need with clear instructions on what to do, but you generally need to follow the same steps as the aforementioned methods. Wash your face, heat the wax, carefully apply the wax in the direction of hair growth and remove it by pulling them off in the opposite direction. There’s nothing to it.

TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND

  • Work on a clean surface – wash your face with warm water before you start and dry it with a towel.
  • Don’t apply hot wax onto your face or it will burn – let it cool down first.
  • Apply the wax in the same direction as hair growth, and remove it by pulling it off in the opposite direction.
  • Don’t wax the same area twice – use a tweezer to remove any hair that you missed.
  • Use a vitamin E lotion or aloe vera gel to soothe the stinging sensation afterward.

The different methods are there for your convenience. They differ in the ingredients you’ll need, not really in how you get it done. Some consider the professional kits better so that you don’t mess up the mixture, whereas some prefer the honey and sugar method because it is slightly less painful than the rest. The decision is up to you.

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