As the weather gets warmer and the hemlines get shorter, it’s time to start talking about hair removal (not that you weren’t thinking about it all winter long… but you know, we’re not judging). Waxing is still as popular as ever, with tons of wax bars popping up in major cities offering in-and-out services to keep skin silky smooth.
As much as at-home waxing has been a blessing for those who prefer some privacy, they can be messy, time-consuming and frustrating. Cue the Nair Wax Ready-Strips—a new strip that is about to change your mind about at-home waxing.
First of all, at-home wax strips might sound convenient, but all that rubbing and warming in-between your hands for each strip can make your DIY wax session a lot longer than you were anticipating. The new Wax Ready-Strips don’t require any warming or rubbing—just peel the strips apart and they’re ready to use.
Second, you can skip the goopy mess and inevitable burns of microwavable wax pots—these strips use an innovative resin wax technology that doesn’t have to be melted. Thank goodness.
Third, there’s no need to grow your hair before waxing. What’s the point of getting silky smooth skin if it means you have to grow your leg hair before you can do it again?! These strips work on hair as short as 2mm (think about 2 days post-shave) yet still keep you hair free for up to 4 weeks.
They smell great (thanks to the Japanese cherry blossom extract) and leave skin soothed and hydrated with natural rice bran oil. The strips can be re-used several times—basically until they stop sticking properly (I found I got about 5 uses out of each large strip). They’re great for packing on summer getaways for quick touch-ups and for carry-on bags so you can ditch the shaving cream bottle.
The strips come in a pack of 40 offered in two sizes—a smaller one for face and bikini (great for small areas like between-the-brows) and a larger one for arms, legs and anywhere else on the body.
Does it hurt? I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t not hurt (but really, show me a device that rips hair out of the follicle that doesn’t hurt). What makes these strips hurt less—like, a LOT less—than other waxing forms is the fact you’re not burning the skin with hot wax and you’re not ripping the skin off with it—it does a great job of grabbing the hair only (and that’s coming from someone with super sensitive skin).
Nair Wax Ready-Strips retail for $16.99 for Legs & Body and $12.99 for Face & Bikini and are available at drugstores and mass retailers.