Spoiler alert: It was a terrible idea.
I’ve been shaving my legs since I was about 14. There was a brief period where I let it grow out because of transness, but I’ve more or less decided that I don’t like having leg hair. It’s disconnected from gender for me; I just don’t like it very much. Smooth legs = one of the best feelings.
Waxing has seemed appealing on a few occasions because how awesome is it to not have to deal with leg hair for, like, two months?! After thinking about it for forever, I finally found a waxing kit at the local grocery store and decided I’d go ahead and try it. Documenting the experience just seemed like extra giggles.
The first thing about this–and the part I wasn’t aware of or prepared for–is that your hair has to be something like 1/4-1/2 of an inch long in order to wax it off. Which is annoying when the whole point is to get rid of the hair. Since my hair pokes through the skin at variable intervals, I had most of it at the appropriate length, but still had hairs which weren’t even popped up through the skin. Very inconvenient. As a result of this, I ended up doing the actual waxing before all the hair was at the appropriate length, but I just couldn’t handle it any more.
COMMENCE THE PROCESS.
It’s very important to read all the directions if you’re planning on doing something like this. And to follow those directions. They directed me to put this *totally microwave safe* container in the microwave to heat up.
Then you mix up the stuff until it’s a decent consistency for spreading. Looks delicious, right?
You take the stick and rub the white stuff on your leg, in the direction that the hair grows.
Smooth a piece of this fabric-paper-stuff over the wax, rubbing in the direction that the hair grows. Then you wait a second.
You’re supposed to hold the skin taut from the top while you pull from the bottom. And voila! They look like very long, thin sperms.
This actually doesn’t hurt excessively. My leg hairs are relatively fine and aren’t super deep-seated in my skin, and I have a tolerance for that kind of pain because I tweeze my various body hair often. I was prepared for it to hurt some, and it does.
Here’s where things started to suck.
So, the microwave instructions said to put it in for 30 seconds, mix it, then 15 seconds more as needed. It said not to exceed one minute total. It was not mixable until it had been in for a full minute, and of course it cooled down while I was working on this and I had to reheat it. I think overheating it ruined something of the binding agents, so it started to stick to my skin and wouldn’t come off on the strips. Which led to a bunch of this horrifyingly sticky shit clinging to my leg hairs.
I took this picture of all the supplies just so you could see what all was in the kit. See that little blue bottle in the foreground? That’s supposed to help clean the wax off of your skin. It does not do a very good job.
I ended up scraping most of the wax off with one of the sticks. It was painful. And it took several days for the stuff to come off completely.
Fun fact: When I crouched to take the two pictures for that gif, a blob of wax on the back of my calf that I had forgotten about stuck to my pants. For some reason, when I stood up it hurt a LOT, and I ended up with the bruise below.
Basically, that sucked a lot. If I were to have my legs waxed again, I would probably go to a place where a person was trained to do it, rather than attempting it myself. However, the discomfort involved with letting the hair grow out is a little much for me, so I’ll probably just continue shaving.