How to Wax Your Chest Hair

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Step by step, here's how to wax chest hair at home. Because this removes hair from the root, it lasts much longer than shaving so you can be hair-free for weeks at a time. It's not so easy, especially on yourself. So you may want to enlist some help.

What You Need:

  • Wax warmer
  • Wax for your hair type
  • Pre-wax cleanser
  • Baby powder, cornstarch or pre-epilation powder
  • Muslin or Pellon strips
  • Wooden applicators or popsicle sticks
  • Wax remover for the skin (or you can use fragrance-free body oil)
  • After- wax lotion, or aloe based gel
  • Tweezers

Here's How:

  1. Get waxing supplies. Compare waxing kit prices. I would recommend either a honey or other strip (soft) wax made for coarse hair. Soft tea tree wax is also wonderful for coarse hair and pimple prone skin.
  2. Have the right length hair. It needs to be at least 1/4" long, but no longer than 1/2". If it's longer than 1/2" use hair clippers with 1/4" guard so it trims evenly.
  3. Wash up. Since we use our hands to touch everything, wash them first.
  4. Cleanse chest. Wash it with gentle soap, pay dry and then wipe a pre-wax cleanser on with a cotton pad. Use another cotton pad to wipe dry. Lightly dust pre-epilation, cornstarch or baby powder on the area to be waxed. This helps the wax to stick to the hair and less to the skin.
  5. Wax on. Wearing gloves, use a wooden applicator or popsicle stick and at a 45-degree angle spread wax evenly in the direction of hair growth in somewhat small sections. The wax needs to cover the hair, but it shouldn't be put on thick. Don't put wax on your nipples!
  1. Cover with a strip. Apply a Pellon on muslin strip in the direction of hair growth, leaving some leftover strip that isn't attached to any hair so that it can act as a tab. For example, if hair is growing from right to left, leaving leftover strip on left-hand side. Smooth fingers over strip in the direction of hair growth a couple times so the strip is attached to hair.
  1. Remove wax strip. Hold skin firm with one hand. Grab onto the tab and in one quick pull remove strip in opposite direction all the way to the other side. Your reaction might be to pull up or not go fully to the other side. This is going to make it hurt more, not remove the wax and cause hair breakage. If a little bit of wax with hair remains, simply put strip back on hair and pull off.
  2. Press skin. After wax is removed, press your hand on the skin which helps relieve some of the pain.
  3. Repeat. Continue with steps 5-8 working in sections growing in the same direction until it's removed. Don’t apply wax over the same area twice or you may end with severe redness, inflammation or burns.
  4. Clean up missed hairs. While holding skin firm, use clean tweezers to remove any strays.
  5. No stickiness here. Get rid of any sticky residue with wax remover. If you don't have any, you can use baby oil or any other fragrance-free oil made for the skin. Just clean with water afterward.
  6. Calm skin. Apply an after-wax lotion. If you don't have it, an aloe based lotion or gel to act as a soother.
  7. Too much work? Next time call a salon or spas for an appointment.

Tips:

  • Do not wax anywhere if you're taking Accutane or have within the last year. 
  • Don't put wax on or close to your nipples. The skin is too delicate to wax. It's better to trim the hair down using a trimmer, like Philips Norelco BodyGroom.
  • Wax in front of a large mirror, or better yet, get someone to help you. Practice using the wax on a small part of your body, like your arm so you get the feel of it. Always test small amount of wax on hand before waxing, to make sure it’s warm, not hot.
  • If you're worried about pain, apply a numbing spray or cream (compare prices).
  • After waxing keep hands away from skin to avoid getting red bumps and irritation. See other ways to prevent side effects of waxing.