How to Wax Short Hair

by Samantha Cabrera

Waxing short hair keeps legs smooth all the time.

legs image by Stefan Jovanovic from Fotolia.com

Waxing short hair can be tricky. When hair is very short, the wax cannot adequately grip the hair. The key is using the right wax. Hard wax works best. It goes on smooth like pot wax, but hardens and doesn't require strips for removal.Hard wax will wrap each hair, even the very small ones and allow you to pull them out from below the surface.

Items you will need

  • Hard wax
  • Microwave
  • Disposable spatula
  • Cotton pads or cotton balls
  • Pure witch hazel
Step 1

Heat hard wax. Look for hard wax kits that can be heated in the microwave, as hard wax that must be heated on the stove takes more time and effort. Hard wax may be heated for anywhere between 4-10 minutes depending on the brand. Follow directions carefully. The wax is ready once it appears soft when poked with the disposable spatula.

Step 2

Position the area to be waxed on top of a towel on the bed. Use the spatula to break up the wax. Pick up enough wax to cover anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of the spatula and spread it liberally over the area you are waxing.

Step 3

Removing hard wax. Gently pat the top of the wax to ensure it's hardened. The wax should feel smooth and not stick to your hands. Start at one end of the patch of wax and lift up as if you were lifting up one end of a bandage. Now pull the wax off in a single, swift motion.

Step 4

Pick up excess hairs. If there are any stray hairs left behind after removing the wax, take the used wax on your hand and gently pat the remaining hairs. They should lift off easily. Any additional hairs should be plucked with tweezers. Waxing the area again may result in skin irritation.

Step 5

Pat the waxed area gently with a cotton ball or cotton pad soaked in witch hazel. This will minimize redness and inflammation.

Tips

  • For best results, work in one small area at a time.

Warnings

  • Allow wax to cool for several seconds after warming. If it is still too warm, blow gently on the wax before applying it to your skin.

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About the Author

Samantha Cabrera is a freelance editor and writer, covering fashion and beauty. She currently serves as the Fashion Director of Papierdoll.net, and writes Style-television.com, a blog of b5 media. Cabrera also serves as the National Women's Fashion Examiner for Examiner.com and has written for About.com and Bride.ca. Cabrera is a native Texan and attended the University of Houston.