At just 13 years old, I waged a personal war on my hair. The hair on my head was unruly and frizzy, and I was constantly trying to tame it with mousse, an iron (flat irons weren’t a thing yet), or a helmet of hairspray.
The hair on my legs didn’t bother me until all my friends started shaving their legs. Then I suddenly despised it, and even though my mother urged me to avoid shaving because “it’s not as much fun as it looks,” true to my stubborn personality, I ignored her.
These days, I have the hair on my head pretty much under control (or so I’d like to think), but like most women, the hair on my legs is an ongoing battle. During the winter, most of us occasionally skip shaving and cover up with opaque tights or cozy pants. But when the temperature rises, so do the hemlines; cue the summer beauty routine:
1. Moisturize dry winter skin with an all-natural moisturizer
2. Kick off summer with a pedicure and a new coat of polish
3. Pull out my summer clothes from storage and try not to sing with glee
4. Pack up my winter wear for storage, and try not to cackle with glee
5. Dig out and check the expiry dates on my sunscreen
6. Make sure my legs are smooth and hair-free
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble
To get my legs beach ready, I normally reach for a razor. I’ve tried at-home waxing in the past (the kind with a pot of wax and a Popsicle stick), but I ended up spilling it on my arm, resulting in a bald patch that lasted for weeks.
This year, I was given the chance to wage war on my leg hair with a new piece of artillery: Veet’s Easywax Electrical Roll-On. Veet’s new product is a self-heating wax system intended for home use, and boasts “salon wax results at home.” Here’s a play-by-play of how the battle unfolded. Note – I’ve summarized the steps below; for the detailed steps and precautions, click here.
The starter kit contains all the items that you’ll need to use the product for the first time. You’ll need to buy additional refills if you plan on waxing your underarms or bikini line, as they have a smaller roll-on head.
Starter Kit Contents
A self-heating device and its cap
A 50ml roll-on wax refill, specially designed for use on legs & arms
12 reusable and washable fabric strips
4 Perfect Finish Wipes
A base to hold the device and electrical cable
Insert the Veet wax refill into the device.
This first step is pretty self-explanatory; mission accomplished.
Plug the electrical cable into the device and into the electrical socket. Leave it connected for 20 minutes to warm up the wax.
As per the instructions, there is a handy red light that illuminates when the wax is actively heating. The light does not go off once it’s been 20 minutes, so be sure to keep an eye on the clock. The first time I rolled on the wax, it took a few rotations of the applicator to pick up the wax. When it did, it was uneven at first, but once the roll-on head completed a full rotation, the wax went on evenly and smoothly.
In my past home-waxing experiences, the applicator of the microwavable wax systems frequently jams and sticks as the wax starts to cool. The great thing about this system is that it keeps the wax warm, so you don’t have to keep reheating and dealing with wax that’s too hot or too cold.
Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth.
It takes a bit of practice to learn the best way to angle the applicator against your skin for even distribution. As a rule, you want to angle the applicator so that the entire surface of the rolling head comes into contact with your skin as you apply it.
The wax has a consistency similar to cool maple syrup, and it goes on pink, which makes it easy to see where you need to apply the strips.
Immediately place the strip over the layer of wax and rub it, ensuring that there is at least 1 cm at the bottom, which is wax free.
The kit comes with a few wax strips, but I highly recommend purchasing additional ones, especially if you’re waxing a large area. No one wants to explain to the cashier at your local drugstore why you’re covered in a pink residue.
Holding the bottom of the strip, very quickly and in one swift motion, pull the strip back on itself against the direction your hair grows.
This is the step that everyone hates. May I suggest yelling a few four-letter words to help ease the pain?
When you have finished waxing, remove any wax residue from your skin with a perfect finish wipe.
Most of the wax and the hair came off my legs with just one pull. I removed what didn’t with the back of a used waxing strip. I was pleasantly surprised when my legs weren’t left feeling sticky; I didn’t need to use a perfect finish wipe, so I decided to save them for future use.
Once completed, unplug the device and allow it to cool down before storing the device.
The instructions aren’t clear on whether you’re supposed to keep the unit plugged in while you apply the wax, so I kept it connected to ensure that the wax stayed warm.
By the time I was done, the roll-on head had built up wax in the corners and on the outside of the applicator. It was easy to spot because of the bright pink colour, so I used a waxing strip to remove what I could, let the unit cool down, and stored it with the cartridge inside the unit.
It took me about 35 minutes to wax both of my legs, and I spent under five minutes cleaning up.
If you’re looking for a neat and tidy system of hair removal, wax is never the first option that comes to mind. Veet’s Electrical Roll-On is the cleanest home waxing system I’ve used, and I’m happy to say that I escaped the experience with all my arm hair.
Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On is a professional-quality wax hair removal system. Just plug it in and the wax stays heated at the perfect temperature. It’s so easy to use. The roll-on applicator makes it easy to apply the wax in a thin and even layer every time with no mess.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Veet via Glam Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Veet.