How To Wax Your Upper Lips at Home

Monday, October 1, 2012

How To Wax Your Upper Lips at Home

A lot of girls have upper lip hair and need to regularly go to the parlour to thread it away. Although there are many techniques available for hair removal, threading is the quickest. But it has to be done bi-monthly at least. And sometimes we just don’t have the time for a visit to the parlour and are left wondering if we could do something at home. Threading at home is also possible but takes a long time when compared to the time taken by a professional at the parlour.

So what then do I have to offer in this post? Well, its nothing other than an alternative to threading – that is waxing. Yes waxing the upper lip at your convenience in the comfort of your home. Waxing also has the advantage that hair grows out slower so you don’t have to repeat it every two weeks.

The product that I use for at home waxing is not your regular hot/cold wax that is available but rather something also known as ‘katori wax’. Sleek Wax Pack is a product that you can use for removing hair from your face at home very easily.
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
Product
The wax comes packed in a metallic bowl that is inside a cardboard box. You can see the outer box in the photo above.

The wax is called ‘katori wax’ because in Hindi a small metal bowl is called ‘katori’. The wax itself is set in this metal box, it is dark orange in colour. One drawback with this product is that there is no applicator with the wax.
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
My wax is all deformed due to reheating but the original one comes nicely set.

The Process
The process of facial hair removal using the wax is very simple.

Step 1: The first step is to heat the wax so that it melts. The easiest way of melting it is placing the metal bowl directly over a flame. But this can be tricky as the metal bowl itself will heat up very very quickly. An alternative is to take a bowl of warm water and hold the wax bowl over this water (making sure you don’t dip the bowl into the water).
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover Step 1 - heat the wax
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover - STEP 1 - HEAT THE WAX
I take a pair of tongs to hold the metal bowl and directly heat it over a flame.

Step 2: The next step is to let the wax cool down to a temperature bearable by you and then apply it over the area that needs to be waxed. For this take a spatula or a flat surfaced stick made of either metal or plastic (I use the small white ones that come with face bleach packs). Dip this into the wax taking out a small amount. Touch this with your fingers to make sure it is not too hot.
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover Step 2: Taking Wax With Spatula
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover - Step 2
Step 3: Now apply this on your upper lip going either top to bottom OR from center outwards. You need to apply it in the direction of hair growth.

Step 4: Wait for a couple of seconds and repeat the above step but this time in reverse direction (against the direction of hair growth). Make sure each time you apply only a very thin film of the wax and not a gooey lump of it.

Step 5: Once again repeat the step but in the direction followed in Step 1
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover Step 3-4-5: Wax applied on area
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
Here I have applied the wax on my hand so that I can take proper photos to show you how it looks like when spread out.

Step 5: Now pat the area with your fingers until the wax has completely hardened. You will feel your skin is tightening under the wax which is normal.

Step 6: Now time for some hair plucking action. Holding your skin taught with one hand, use the other hand to gently ROLL the wax off in the reverse direction in which you applied it (that is against the direction of hair growth).
Step 6: Roll off the wax against direction of hair growth
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover - Step 6 - Roll off the wax
Slowly as you lift up the wax you will have your hair gone! 

Below are some more photos showing you the wax as it is being removed.
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Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
This might be tricky at first or may even hurt a little (specially if hair is closer to the nose or lip line) But once you get used to doing this it will become easier and less painful. If you regularly get threading done on your lips you will find this is much faster and gives a very clean upper lip. The trick is to roll the wax off quickly (as if you are almost pulling it away).
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover - Wax after it has been removed
Sleek Wax Pack - Facial Hair Remover (Wax that is removed)
The Sleek Wax for Facial Hair Removal comes at a price tag of Rs 60 for 80gms. This is good enough for at least a year if not more.

Please do leave your comments if you found this helpful. Also let me know if you have tried it and how was your experience with the Sleek Wax for Facial Hair Removal. Or do you use some other method at home?
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58 comments:

  1. g8..nice review dear
    very much helpful.Where can i buy this from?

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    1. Thanks dear. This is available at most department stores (local ones in the residential areas) Some chemists also stock this.

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    1. Don't worry dear, once you try it you will know how simple it is to do :)

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  3. Wonderful Discovery!
    I'd try this on my under ear hair.
    Thank you

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    1. Ok dear, but please make sure the wax is not too hot - the area under the ear would be very delicate

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  4. I find this so easy to use shilpa. and it hurts less as well. But its not available anywhere near my place. Have been searching for it since ages. :/

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    1. Hi Jyotirupa - try medplusbeauty or slassy.com and you should be able to get it

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  5. nicely reviewed and useful post... but, when you pat the wax with ur finger after application, does it not stick to ur finger??? also, can we use this on sides of the face? since the wax is (though tolerably) hot, would it be good to use this on other parts of face?? i think i have asked enuff questions, sorry.... :)

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    1. thanks Jennifer.
      Let me answer all your questions one by one
      1) No, when you pat it with your finger it won't stick - patting makes the wax dry faster making it ready for the next coat. It also smoothens it out a bit so that rolling it off is more smoother.
      2) Yes you can use it on the sides of the face.
      3) I have tried this for waxing my eyebrows as well and it works just fine - so its good for the entire face - just make sure the application is done very carefully. The eyebrows are the trickiest and must be tried only when you are very comfortable in using this (and apply the wax with a very narrow ended rounded flat applicator - I used the handle of an old spoon made of steel)
      I hope I have answered your questions. And don't worry dear, I love to hear from people and am more than glad to answer your queries.

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  6. Wow. . Will surely try this . . :)

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    1. thanks! and do comment back on your experience too!

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  7. i must give this a try , you have given good instructions :) hope to find this some place, very economical too

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    1. sure dear, do lemme know about your own experience with this

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  8. Hi,

    Please can you tell me where can I get this Katori wax in Bangalore. Does Health and Glow have it?

    Suma

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    1. Hi Suma
      You can order this online from Slassy.com or Medplusbeauty.com (for medplusbeauty you can use the links appearing on this page if you wish)

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  9. does it remove all of the hair? have you used facial strips? this is better than that? btw, nice review :)

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    1. Thanks Angel, yes it does remove all of the hair, its almost like facial strips - the diff is that facial strips are pre-waxed strips while this one is more a do-it-yourself kinds. I haven't tried facial strips because in general I think waxing strips are great on the go and I usually use them for the arms and legs.

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  10. Hi,
    I want to get done facial wax but I am not sure If it would suit my skin because if I do waxing for the body also,many rashes are formed, also some tiny tiny..pimple kinds...on the area waxed.So, I am worried that will this suit me.My skin is very sensitive.Is there any way, that my face doesn't get red or pimple kinds..it looks like allergy kinds...plz plz..help.!!!I have heard about katori wax but don't know if it would suit me.

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    1. Hi Sarita
      If your skin is extremely sensitive this might not work for you. Usually small bumps are formed on the skin after waxing - but these go away on their own or after application of some ice.
      Since this wax is quite cheap I would suggest you try it out. But, instead of directly applying it to the face do a small patch test on your arm. This will a) get you familiar with the whole process, and b) let you know if this gives you any irritation.
      And when you do venture off on your face, make sure your face is absolutely clean and dry and after taking the wax off apply ice to the area. Remember this wax is not to be pulled off like regular wax, you can gently roll it off so it might be gentler on the skin than normal wax.
      Hope this helps!

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  12. Is it the most less painfull way to remove facial hair??

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  13. Is it the most less painfull way to remove facial hair??

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  14. Is it the most less painfull way to remove facial hair??

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  15. Is it the most less painfull way to remove facial hair??

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    1. yes Jasmeet I think it is, if you have never waxed or threaded your upper lips before then it might pain but for that rub cold ice over your upper lips before doing this to numb them and reduce the pain

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    happy waxing

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  17. Is katora wax can be used to wax other sensitive parts of the body???

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    1. No Rasho, I would not recommend this for other sensitive areas

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  18. I had tried waxing hair on face (general wax) after 1-2 days of waxing pimples comes on my face......I had used ice after waxing.....Please give me your suggestion what I can do to stop this......and any other way to remove facial hair. .....I have lots of hair on my face.....it looks very bad.......Please halp me......

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    1. Nice article! You definitely did a good job of explaining this issue really clearly. I’m anxious to read some of your other posts.


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  19. Does waxing is a good way to remove facial hair. ...is it doesn't damage our skin (face).......suggest me a good way to remove facial hair. ...my skin is dry and sensitive too. .....

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  20. I had tried waxing hair on face (general wax) after 1-2 days of waxing pimples comes on my face......I had used ice after waxing.....Please give me your suggestion what I can do to stop this......and any other way to remove facial hair. .....I have lots of hair on my face.....it looks very bad.......Please halp me......

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    1. Hi Urvashi, I think you have sensitive skin and should try getting a laser done if you have too much facial here. If its not too much try getting it bleached instead

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  21. Hi Shilpa! Thanks a lot for putting this up on net.. The best thins is that you've not gone overboard by expatiating a lot about the product(which makes reading the review almost like reading encyclopedia!) :P keep up the good work :) any idea where 2 get it in Delhi?and is a metal spoon fine 4 removing the wax?is a plastic spatula available within the pack?

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    1. Thanks Nidhal. You will find this in general stores mostly. If not try online.

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  22. can we wax out our chin if we have hair on our chin

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    1. Hi Konika, yes it is safe to be used on the chin area

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  23. Great n easy way.... But does waxing loosen our skin??

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    1. No Khushi, if done properly it does not harm the skin, infact over time I have noticed it reduces the overall hair growth

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  24. Does it also remove fine and tiny upper lip hair???

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    1. Yes Shital it does, but just like normal waxing if the hair length is extremely short it will be a bit difficult to remove the hair

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  25. Does is darken our skin like veet?

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  26. Hi Anon, no this does not darken your skin

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  27. Do I use sleek facial wax for underarms??

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    1. haven't tried it, but I think it should work.

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  28. Hello
    I m using sleek katori wax from so many years to remove upper lip hairs .its very easy n good .can u please suggest some hard wax for underarms also.

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  29. Hello
    I m using sleek katori wax from so many years to remove upper lip hairs .its very easy n good .can u please suggest some hard wax for underarms also.

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    1. I haven't tried wax for underarms - I prefer to epilate the area as it keeps it hair free for a longer time

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  30. Nice article! You did a great job of explaining how we can do waxing at home in details with the step by step images.

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  31. Really handy idea, although it doesn't apply to me as I've done a permanent solution, I will pass this onto my younger cousin who wants to get rid of upper lip hair. Thanks, great post!
    Ruby

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  32. Thank you for your post!This tutorial is fabulous! Lots of great info including,but most of us also perform a whole different class of constant personal maintenance – and also see them as real lifesavers.A greate info for related to waxing.A Waxing Salon Las Vegas is said that to the waxing shaving your legs is the most hated chore in a women’s beauty routine.

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  33. I always do prefer peel wax on face then normal wax.

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