How to Remove Facial Wax

Waxing looks simple enough when you're in the chair at the salon. Your tech slathers some wax on your face, applies a strip over top and yanks the hair out. When you try this at home, you might find that a good facial wax is part art, part science and experience helps avoid messes, like facial wax on your hands or face. A few tricks using common household items will get the wax off painlessly and leave your remaining hair in tact.

Step 1

Wash off sugar wax with soap and warm water. Wet a washcloth with warm water and hold it to the wax like a compress to loosen it if the wax is still difficult to remove . Sugar wax is water soluble.

Step 2

Peel off non-sugar wax where you can. Get as much as you can off without irritating your skin or pulling out hairs that you are trying to keep.

Step 3

Dab a bit of fresh wax over the wax residue and pull it off. The new wax will take the old wax with it. Don't use this method if you're trying to remove wax residue from eyebrows or hair you're not trying to remove.

Step 4

Dip a cotton ball into olive oil, mineral oil or oil-based wax remover. Rub the cotton ball back and forth over the remaining wax residue until it comes loose, according to the Sally Hensen website.

Step 5

Dip your hands into a bowl of very warm water to melt any wax residue on your fingers. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. If this doesn't work, use oil on a cotton ball to rub off the wax.

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