Shaving is a morning ritual that's as traditional as a cup of coffee, but men who've learned how to wax chin hair know that it isn't the only option available. For most guys waxing anything is about as appealing as having a tooth pulled sans the Novocaine. It isn't so much the fear of pain that will make a man balk at the mere notion of waxing, but rather the idea that waxing isn't considered a masculine way to groom such a manly trait as chin hair. The truth is, men have used wax longer than one might imagine. Athletic swimmers, for example, not only wax chin hair, but their entire bodies for increased performance and speed. Professional bodybuilders wax their bodies to better show off muscle definition and overall better presentation. Other hairy guys choose to wax their backs and other excessively hairy areas in lieu of shaving for the long lasting benefits and a natural smooth appearance. The appeal of knowing how to wax chin hair lies in its effectiveness. If you're a man who sports an all day shadow no matter how often you shave or if your girl likes the feel of smooth skin without the prickle of stubble, waxing just may be the perfect option for you.
What you'll need to wax chin hair:
- Facial hair wax
- Muslin or cotton strips
- A wooden spatula or applicator
- A soothing lotion or moisturizer
- Start with a clean face. The first step in waxing chin hair, is to thoroughly wash and gently pat dry your face.
- Trim excess facial hair. If you have a full beard, you'll want to cut or shave a majority of the hair away for easy and effective waxing.
- Warm the wax. In a pot on the stove top, in a microwave safe bowl or if you have it, a wax warmer, heat up the wax so that it goes from its solid state to a thickly melted one. Follow the instructions that are given on the wax packaging for the most effective way to heat up the wax.
- Test the temperature. Test the wax on the back of your hand to make sure that it isn't too hot. If you attempt to wax chin hair with wax that has been over-heated you can easily burn and blister your skin. The wax should be on the warm side of comfortable.
- Use the wooden spatula to apply the wax. Scoop up a small amount of the wax and apply a thin layer to a small area on your chin. Be sure to apply the wax in the same direction as the chin hair grows.
- Quickly place a strip of the muslin over the wax. Press the muslin firmly into the wax so that it sticks, smoothing it down in the same direction that you applied the wax.
- Pull your skin taunt. Take the fingers of your non-dominant hand and pull the skin besides the waxed muslin strip taunt.
- Pull off the strip. Grasp the edge of the muslin strip with your free hand and pull in the direction that is opposite of your hair's growth, or against the grain. Make sure that you pull the cloth away swiftly and close to the skin.
- And repeat. Repeat steps 5 to 8 until you have removed all of the chin hair.
- Clean your face. Using warm water carefully wipe away any remaining wax and apply a calming lotion to the skin.
- Remove stray chin hair. If there are any remaining chin hairs that need to be removed, snip them with scissors, tweezers or shave them away.
Tips and Warnings:
- If you have broken or thin skin use caution or avoid waxing altogether.
- Never use hot wax when waxing any part of your body.
- Always pull the strip in the opposite direction of your hair's growth.
- Never wax over the same area twice during the same session.