Here's How to Wax Your Chin Hair at Home

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It's not uncommon to catch a stray hair sprouting from your chin. Even a cluster of chin hairs is normal. But if you'd rather remove them, you can easily wax your chin hair at home so you can save the time and money you would've spent at a salon or spa. And if you wax correctly, you can be fuzz-free for weeks at a time. 

1. Buy A Waxing Kit

A cream waxing kit allows you to heat the wax up and apply it directly onto the skin before pulling it off with a muslin cloth. Compared to pre-waxed strips and hard wax, this is often the most thorough waxing method and the easiest to get right.

2. Make Sure You Have Enough Hair

In order for the wax to grab on to the hairs, your chin hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long. Now, this is pretty long for a strand of hair on your face, so if you'd rather not wait for it to grow out, you can always pluck in with a pair of tweezers. But if it's long enough, then you can wax everything pretty quickly.

3. Prep Your Skin and the Wax

Make sure to pull your hair back after from your face so it doesn't get in the way of the wax. Wash your hands and cleanse your skin with pre-wax cleanser to make sure all of your makeup and natural oils are cleared before starting. Pat it dry before applying the wax.

To help reduce pain, avoid alcohol and caffeine before your wax since these stimulants can increase skin's sensitivity.

Make sure you're standing or sitting in front of a large mirror (not hand-held) so you can see clearly. Then test the temperature of the melted wax on your wrist before applying it to your face. It should be warm, not hot, and have the consistency of peanut butter. If it's too thick, let it get warmer and if it's too thin, let it cool down.

4. Apply the Wax

Apply the melted wax evenly in the direction of hair growth in small sections using a wooden applicator. Be careful! You want to apply enough wax to thoroughly coat the hairs, but not so much that it becomes too thick to remove. Since your chin is curved, wax the underneath and top of the chin in different sections to remove the most hair.  

Once the wax is applied, cover it with with a muslin strip. Apply the strip in the direction of hair growth, leaving a bit of leftover strip at the end like a tab. Firmly smooth the strip over the wax in the direction of the hair growth a few times. Wait until the wax has cooled.

5. Remove the Hair

Grab onto the end of the strip. Hold skin taut with one hand, and remove the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth with one quick pull, all the way to the other side. Don't pull up, which might be your natural inclination. Once the strip is removed, press your hand down on your skin to help relieve some of the pain. If a little bit of wax with hair remains, simply place the strip back on the hair and pull it off again.

Repeat these steps in sections until you have removed all of the unwanted hair. But don't apply wax over the same area twice or you can burn or severely irritate your skin.

6. Clean Up

If you have any stray hairs remaining, use a pair of tweezers to pluck them out. Then clear away any remaining wax with wax remover or baby oil. Finish up by soothing your skin and getting rid of redness with an aloe gel.

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