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I'm pretty awful at hair removal. I can barely shave my legs without having a cascade of blood pour from behind my knee (that spot always gets me!) and once had an....incident with some hair removal cream and my ladyparts. Oh, and if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me live tweet me using wax strips on my underarms. It did not end well. At all.
Anyway, after that really comforting introduction, let's talk waxing. Yes, the girl who has failed miserably at every hair removal technique ever wants to delve into ripping the hair off. Try and suspend your disbelief, and let's hope for no bloodshed.
Okay, minimal blood. A low goal is a good goal.
I was sent the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit to trial, and after receiving it, I ended up leaving the box untouched in the corner of my apartment for a few weeks. This is because I
While the box says it takes about 20 minutes to heat up the wax, I found through trial and error that just under an hour was the optimal amount of time to achieve evenly flowing wax.
It rolls out from the applicator in thin layer of pink wax, covering a decent width with product, and the cloth strip happily stuck to it. Now for the hard part!
The first few attempts were pretty hopeless. I wasn't holding my skin taut enough or pulling the strip off fast enough. Everytime I went to tug it off, I winced a little and pulled back for going at it hard. Such a sook!
Eventually, I sucked it up and got quite successful at pulling them of in one smooth motion, although not all of the hair was being picked and and just left indents in the wax. I found that the success rate was far higher when I did let the wax heat up for much longer than instructed.
The package says that there is enough wax for four uses, however I used two and a half cloth strips per leg out of the 12 cloth strips included. Curse these long, long legs! The wax removal wipes are very effective, but the four included aren't enough for four uses, and I ended up using olive oil to remove excess wax. It ain't water-soluble, so oil removal is a must!
Second opinion time! I gave one of the extra packs I had to a hairier friend and long-time waxer who refuses to be named because she apparently likes to kept some things sacred. She found the EasyWax kit super easy to use compared to her usual pots of wax and that the strips were easier to reuse, due to how thin the layers of wax were. She also performed a successful wax on the patches I'd missed, showing that it really is all in the technique.
My takeaway from this experience? The Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-on Kit is perfect for those who have some experience with waxing and have even a slight pain threshold. It's a lot tidier and less fiddly than traditional pot waxing and I found it gentler than the wax strip versions. I'm going to go back to shaving and will leave all my waxing to the professionals/bored friends to do because I can't be trusted to woman up and do it myself!
Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit retails for A$39.99
What say you? Are you an at-home waxer? Any tips for my fellow wussy waxers?
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Veet and beautyheaven. They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. It is also my opinion that guys should never wax, because their chest stubble rubs off my fake tan. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.