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Once you overlook the temporary pain, at-home waxing is mighty tempting. Besides saving money on countless hair removal products and salon waxing treatments, swapping a salon treatment for, say, a Brazilian wax at home means you can look forward to being stubble-free for weeks — minus the razor burn. However, at-home waxing — especially if it in involves a DIY Brazilian wax — takes more than a simple disposable razor.

While at-home waxing is convenient, there are definitely rules for the at-home hair removal life. So as to avoid ingrown hairs, burns and possible bruising, it's important to know your DIY waxing basics. So before you try that eyebrow waxing kit you just bought, read these essential at-home waxing tips so you wind up with smooth, hair-free skin — not ingrown hairs and frustration from a botched leg waxing or at-home bikini wax treatment.

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At-Home Waxing Do: Prevent Ingrown Hairs by Exfoliating and Moisturizing
Before and after at-home waxing, regularly and gently exfoliate skin, with either a body scrub (like Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub, or one of these top-rated scrubs) or a washcloth or bath pouf. Be sure to moisturize skin with a light lotion after to hydrate skin and leave you extra smooth.

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At-Home Waxing Don't: Wax Hair That's Too Short or Too Long
For ideal bikini or leg waxing conditions, hair should be between 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch long. Any shorter and the wax won't be able to adhere well enough — which will be especially painful if you're attempting a tricky Brazilian wax at home (more on those later). If your hair is longer, try trimming it with safety scissors beforehand to make the waxing much less painful and efficient.

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At-Home Waxing Do: Use Baby Powder Pre-Wax
For hairless (and baby-smooth) skin, you'll want this at-home waxing insurance policy. After cleansing your skin, sprinkle a bit of baby powder to the area about to be waxed. It'll absorb any excess moisture so the wax and cloth strip can adhere properly.

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At-Home Waxing Do: Test the Temperature of Your Wax
To avoid a hot mess (literally), always test your wax by applying a bit to the inside of your wrist to make sure it's at a comfortable spreading temperature. Too cold and it won't spread, too hot and you'll burn yourself. You especially want to test the wax if you are waxing anywhere near your lady parts — à la at-home bikini wax, and particularly a DIY Brazilian wax.

Once you overlook the temporary pain, at-home waxing is mighty tempting. Besides saving money on countless hair removal products and salon waxing treatments, swapping a salon treatment for, say, a Brazilian wax at home means you can look forward to being stubble-free for weeks — minus the razor burn. However, at-home waxing — especially if it in involves a DIY Brazilian wax — takes more than a simple disposable razor.

While at-home waxing is convenient, there are definitely rules for the at-home hair removal life. So as to avoid ingrown hairs, burns and possible bruising, it's important to know your DIY waxing basics. So before you try that eyebrow waxing kit you just bought, read these essential at-home waxing tips so you wind up with smooth, hair-free skin — not ingrown hairs and frustration from a botched leg waxing or at-home bikini wax treatment.

Image via Imaxtree
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