This viral at-home hair waxing video is so relatable (+ so funny)

We spoke to the experts for at-home hair waxing tips.

at-home hair waxing video

With salons and spas closed during the coronavirus, mamas are turning to at-home kits to maintain their beauty routines. Last week, Molly Lee filmed herself using an at-home waxing kit and it's pure comedy. Lee wanted to get rid of her unwanted facial hair, so she did what any sensible person would do—she bought a kit from Amazon and got to work.

We love the video because it's incredibly real. It's a look into what at-home beauty is really like: the laughs, the mistakes, the pain—all wrapped into one big ball of confusion.

"Shelter-in-place has taken a turn... I bought a home waxing kit. My face will never be the same. #GoWithGod," she captioned her video on Instagram.

For the newbies, waxing involves a layer of melted wax that's applied to the skin and allowed to harden. It is then pulled off quickly (in the opposite direction of the hair growth), taking the uprooted hair with it.

What to know about facial waxing at home

Not all waxes are created equal so it is important to understand the differences between various types of waxes. When choosing a wax for your face, look at the ingredients and make sure it's nothing you're allergic to. "Certain facial waxes are made to improve skin's texture, while exfoliating, removing dead skin cells and impurities, and promoting blood circulation," says Noemi Grupenmager, founder of Uni K Wax studios. Be sure to find the wax that will give you the results you need.

Here are four additional tips from waxing experts to remember when trying at-home waxing:

1. Let it grow

Right now is the perfect time to let your unwanted hair grow out. "It only takes five to 10 days to grow out underarm hair and two to three weeks for legs so this will get you into a waxing routine that will last all summer," says Grupenmager. "For the best results, make sure your hair is grown about an eighth to a quarter of an inch so wax can grip the hair and pull it directly from the root."

2. Avoid retinols + retin-A

Using topical retinoids can lead to scaring when waxing. Grupenmager suggests avoiding using retin-A or retinol a few days before and a few days after waxing. Unwanted effects can include redness, dryness and lots of irritation.

3. Exfoliate before waxing

Perhaps the biggest thing to remember when waxing is to exfoliate before waxing—not afterwards when your skin will be sensitive. "Always exfoliate first. A well-timed scrub has plenty of benefits," says Natalie Ismiel, Brand Expert at Nad's. "It removes dead skin cells that block the hair follicle, which is the cause of undesirable ingrown hairs. Exfoliating also boosts circulation, encourages cell regeneration and improves skin tone and appearance.

Exfoliate a day or two before you get your wax because this helps the wax stick to your hair instead of your skin, says Grupenmager. "A good scrub or dry brush is the best way to exfoliate," she says.

4. Use a serum post-wax

A successful wax doesn't stop once the waxing is done. "Use a soothing serum to help calm your skin and treat any ingrown hairs, bumps, or breakouts," says Gina Petak, European Wax Center Education Manager. " Dry or brittle hair can easily break during a waxing service leaving behind a not so smooth result and increasing the chance of developing an ingrown hair. Using a serum gives you a soft-to-the-touch feeling."

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When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

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MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.


Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.


Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.


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Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.


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Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.


Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.


Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.


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