1. Grow your hair out. The ideal length of armpit hair for waxing is 1/4 inch. If your hair is shorter than that, the wax won’t be able to pick it up properly. If it’s longer, it will be more painful to pull out.
2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Slough off dead skin cells by gently giving your armpits a good gentle scrub. Use a soft washcloth dipped in warm water and rub your pits. Doing this will also lessen the chances of developing ingrown hair. Don’t use any chemical-filled exfoliators—you don’t need it.
3. Shower before your appointment. Keep your body clean and skip deodorant entirely, because you don’t want it interfering with the wax. If you don’t feel comfortable with not swiping on some deo, sprinkle some baby powder instead.
4. Ditch the caffeine. Skip the trip to Starbucks before going the waxing salon. Caffeine increases your skin’s sensitivity to pain, and it’s no secret that the procedure is quite painful.
5. Speed up your recovery. After your waxing session, you’ll probably experience some redness and swelling. Don’t panic, this should go away quickly. (If it doesn’t, run to the doctor, seriously.) To avoid irritation, stay in a cool, comfortable place so you don’t sweat too much. You also want to let a full 24 hours pass before you apply deodorant again.
6. Exfoliate some more. Prevent the formation of ingrown hair by exfoliating your pits, 24 hours after your waxing session. To keep your pits hairless longer, exfoliate two to three times every week.
7. Ditch the razor. Commit to underarm waxing and say goodbye to annoying nicks and bumps that you get when you shave.
8. It gets better. Trust us when we say that the first few times of getting waxed will hurt, but it will get better over time.
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