How to Use Wax Strips on the Face and Sideburns

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If you're pressed for time, a razor can quickly get rid of your sideburn hairs.
If you're pressed for time, a razor can quickly get rid of your sideburn hairs. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Waxing can eliminate unwanted hairs for anywhere from three to six weeks. Instead of using hot wax, which can be messy and burn your skin, you can use wax strips. Wax strips can instantly be used. The strips contain a solid wax, which liquefies when warmed. When waxing sideburns or other areas on your face, always use wax strips that are made for facial skin. To get the best result, learn how to properly use the strips.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors or clippers
  • Facial wash
  • Towel
  • Baby oil
  • Cotton ball

Wait until the hairs you want to remove are at least a quarter-inch long. This makes it easier for the wax to adhere to the hair. If your sideburns are longer, trim them with scissors or clippers, because if the hair is too long, waxing can be more painful and your skin can get damaged.

Wash your face with an oil-free facial wash geared toward your skin type. Pat your face dry with a towel.

Use a small wax strip that fits the area you want to remove the hair from. If the wax strip is too big, make it smaller with scissors and adjust it to the shape of the area you want to cover.

Rub the wax strip between your hands for approximately five seconds. This warms the wax and softens it.

Peel the strip apart to expose the wax inside.

Place the waxed part of the strip over the hairs you want to remove. Lightly rub over the strip with your fingers in the direction of the hair growth.

Hold your facial skin taut with your nondominant hand. For sideburns, tilt your head to the side and lightly pull down the skin on your jaw line. Use your dominant hand to remove the wax strip with one quick tug. Avoid pulling the wax upward; quickly slide off the skin.

Reapply the same wax strip to remove any hairs that were left behind. Discard the wax strip when it loses its grip.

Apply baby oil to a cotton ball and wipe it over your skin to get rid of any wax residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Perform a patch test to make sure you don't have an adverse reaction to the wax. Apply the wax to a small area of skin on your face and wait 24 hours. If there is no itching or excessive reaction, proceed with the treatment.
  • Avoid using wax strips on moles, scars and broken or sunburned skin.

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