‘Redhead Friendly’ Beauty Products You Already Have In Your Kitchen

By: Jennah Jane

When you get a breakout, dry patchy skin or irritation on your face or body, check your pantry before you head out the door. If the ingredients are pure enough to put on your palate, they can also be applied to your body’s largest organ–your skin, too!  And when it comes to sensitive skin, we all know harsh chemicals aren’t the best.

Here are some easy, inexpensive fixes to keep your redheaded skin rockin’:

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1. Avocado–Need a moisturizing fix in a flash?! Make a mask by combining a mashed-up avocado. Gently apply to skin.  Add blended banana and organic egg yolk for extra glow. Let it absorb for about 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.

READ: 3 Reasons Why Redheads Should Use Avocado For Their Skin

2. Baking Soda–After removing your makeup at night, blend a teaspoon of baking soda into your usual face wash for a gentle exfoliation.  No need to scrub! Simply wash in small, circles on your face. Can also be used on elbows, knees and shoulders to buff out any dry spots. Read more here.

3. Organic Cane Sugar–Speaking of exfoliation, mix equal parts organic cane sugar and organic coconut oil to create a simple scrub. You can also add an essential oil or your choice for an invigorating shower experience.

4. Organic Coconut Oil–At the end of the day, when it’s time to take off the day, coconut oil works wonders in removing mascara. Keep the container near the sink and scoop out about a tablespoonful. Allow your body heat to warm it up, and the oil gently removes your makeup, without stripping your natural oils.

READ: 5 Reasons Every Redhead Should Use Coconut Oil 

5. Organic Honey–Provides healing properties that will fight acne-causing bacteria and clear out your pesky pores. Mix in some cinnamon and nutmeg for added anti-inflammatories.  Mix honey, cinnamon and nutmeg (2:1:1 ratio) to form a paste. Leave on 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

6. Lemon Juice–Brightens skin, lightens scars and acts as antibacterial agent.  Drinking hot water with lemon first thing in the morning helps to cleanse your liver of toxins, resulting in clearer skin.  Squeeze a few drops of the citrus fruit to blend into the face mask of your choice. Warning: Be careful using lime and lemon in the heat. Read more here.

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The Confusing Skin Condition Common Among Redheads

It is a fact that 78 percent of Americans don’t know about rosacea, including how to recognize it and what to do about it. To make matters worse, some think rosacea is acne. Rosacea is actually an inflammatory condition affecting the face, with a wide range of symptoms like redness, visible blood vessels, bumps, and pimples typically appearing in the middle of the face (forehead, nose, cheeks).

Rosacea can be frustrating and baffling for so many people because its signs and symptoms may not only come and go unexpectedly, but the symptoms can present differently from individual to individual. As a result, many fail to recognize a need to seek medical help and often tend to just cover it up with makeup. But, as many of us redheads know, makeup comes off quickly (especially in hot summer heat) and before you know it, you’re a slave to your liquid and powder foundations, and heavy, cakey concealers.

Since confidence is a number one priority here at How to be a Redhead, we want each and every one of you to feel great about your skin (and red hair), so that’s why we’re back to tell you about the Break Up with Your Makeup Program, where you can learn more about rosacea and rosacea treatments. While you’re there, be sure to vote for your favorite no makeup selfie and story, and you could win one of three $500 gift cards.

And, use the hashtag #RedheadsBreakUpWithYourMakeup, and you may just be featured on How to be a Redhead’s social outlets too.

Did you know there are actually treatments for rosacea? It’s true! Visit a dermatologist today to ask if any of these treatments may be right for you:

SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1% is a once-daily, prescription topical treatment for the inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Soolantra Cream may start working as quickly as week two, with continuous improvement with long-term use.

MIRVASO® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%* is the first and only prescription treatment specifically developed and indicated to treat the persistent facial redness of rosacea. Apply Mirvaso Gel to your face once daily and it may start working in as little as 30 minutes.  Mirvaso Gel won’t just cover up redness, it may reduce redness for up to 12 hours.

ORACEA® (doxycycline, USP) 40 mg** Capsules are the one and only pill approved by the FDA for the treatment of the bumps and pimples of rosacea. Oracea Capsules work from within to target and treat the inflammatory lesions of rosacea in adults.

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READ: Hello Confidence: Treat Rosacea and Say Goodbye to Heavy Makeup

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Important Safety Information – Soolantra® Cream
Indication: SOOLANTRA® (ivermectin) Cream, 1%, is indicated for the treatment of inflammatory lesions of rosacea. Adverse Events: In clinical trials with SOOLANTRA. Cream, the most common adverse reactions (incidence ≤1%) included skin burning sensation and skin irritation. Warnings / Precautions: Not for oral, ophthalmic or intravaginal use
Important Safety Information – Mirvaso® Gel*
Indication:  Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events:  In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin-burning sensation and contact dermatitis. Warnings/Precautions:  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome.  Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure.  Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease.  Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported.  Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children.  Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use.
*Each gram of gel contains 5mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base
Important Safety Information – Oracea® Capsules
Indication: ORACEA® (doxycycline, USP) 40 mg** Capsules are indicated for the treatment of only inflammatory lesions (papules and pustules) of rosacea in adult patients. ORACEA Capsules do not lessen the facial redness caused by rosacea. Adverse Events: In controlled clinical studies, the most commonly reported adverse events (>2%) in patients treated with ORACEA Capsules were nasopharyngitis, sinusitis, diarrhea, hypertension and aspartate aminotransferase increase. Warnings/Precautions: ORACEA Capsules should not be used to treat or prevent infections. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken by patients who have a known hypersensitivity to doxycycline or other tetracyclines. ORACEA Capsules should not be taken during pregnancy, by nursing mothers, or during tooth development (up to the age of 8 years). Although photosensitivity was not observed in clinical trials, ORACEA Capsules patients should minimize or avoid exposure to natural or artificial sunlight. The efficacy of ORACEA Capsules treatment beyond 16 weeks and safety beyond 9 months have not been established.
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Hayley

Hayley loves her red hair. “Sometimes it [red hair] is a positive thing, like when ladies stop me in public restroom to gush over my ‘beautiful hair color’,” she says. “It still happens, but I still slip back and sometimes think being a redhead isn’t the prettiest.” The older she is, the more she has begun to absolutely love every strand of hair, and knows it’s the most beautiful. She recently got engaged and hopes to have a few of her own little redheads.

Not only has her red hair inspired her to live a more positive, self-accepting life, but it has also helped to create the name of her art brand, Redd Artistry. It is currently sold in her local coffee shop. “Having red hair is the best, and I’ve received so much inspiration from it, just as much as I hope I’ve given others,” says Hayley.

Commercial Uses Redhead Storyline To Urge Society To Spend Time Outdoors

We all love our smart phones. But, there is something special about spending times outdoors ( — redheads, make sure to turn to your favorite sunscreen this summer). For this very reason, the Ad Council worked with the U.S. Forest Service and Burrell Communications to launch the Discover the Forest campaign, which raises awareness about the benefits of exploring the outdoors, and encourages families to experience nature first-hand.

When creating the ad, Ad Council wanted to create an add  that would urge families to see the fun is being outdoors together. The storyline is two deers talking to each other and have a “starring contest” with two humans. One of the humans, a young girl, is a redhead. The deer say to each other, “Look! A redhead!” The little girl stares back at the deer in amazement. The dad sees how excited his daughter is and the purpose is to drive parents to bring their kids outdoors.

It’s a proven fact that kids enjoy the time they spend outside. In fact, 88 percent of kids say they like being in nature and 79 percent wish they could spend more time there.

And that’s good news. When kids spend time outdoors, they get the chance to explore, use their imaginations, discover wildlife, and engage in unstructured and adventurous play. Additionally, studies show they have lower stress levels, become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems and are more likely to become environmentally conscious in the future.

Unfortunately, population shifts to urban and suburban environments, an increase in scheduled activities, and a lack of awareness of–or access to–nature keep kids and families from enjoying these benefits.

Viewers are directed to DiscoverTheForest.org,where they can search for nearby areas to explore and pick up quick tips on enjoying their time outdoors. ..And, let’s admit it. Who isn’t happy to know that even in the wild, redheads are perceived as eye-catching.

Watch the ‘redhead friendly’ commercial here:

READ: Experiment Proves Society Misunderstands a Redhead’s Beauty

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Redhead Disney Princesses and Heroines as Real Women — Stunning!

Ariel and Merida are undeniably beautiful, but their good looks can be a bit unrealistic. Are you wondering what they would look like if they were real women? Artist and graphic design student Jirka Väätäinen used Photoshop to envision what the Disney princesses would look like if they were real women, and the results are gorgeous. Is it just us or are you so excited Anna from Frozen resembles Emma Stone? We’re so excited her “real woman” portrayal showcases her as a redhead too!

1. Merida from Brave 

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2. Ariel from The Little Mermaid 

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3. Anna from Frozen 

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Who is your favorite Disney princess? Comment below.

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6 Tips on How Redheads Should Choose a Red Lipstick

Updated: September 2, 2020

Are you one of those redheads who think you won’t look good in red lipstick? It’s okay because I was just like you once. Well newsflash, redheads CAN wear red lipstick! It happens to look stunning on us if we choose the right shade based on our skin undertones.

Here are some tips on how to make a red lip work for you.

1. Warm and cool skin tones: Most redheads are cool-toned. This means your skin has a “blue tone” to it. For instance, can you easily see your veins? You’re probably cool-toned. In this case, look for a wine, plum or blue-red lipstick.

If you have a more yellow undertone, this is typically those with olive skin, look for corals, red-oranges, or red-browns.

If you’re more of a neutral tone, a mix of both (not common, but can happen on occasion), you can almost get away with wearing any of these, but in my opinion a bright cherry red, scarlet, or a true red looks fabulous.

2. Choosing bright or deep colors: This also depends on if you’re warm or cool-toned. If you’re cool-toned, try a bright shade of red, but stick with those blue undertones. If you’re warm-toned, opt for a red with deeper more rich pigments.

3. Color match: No, do not try to match the color of your red lipstick to the color of your red hair. This will wash you out! Reds that are richer in color and intensity are better suited.

4. Other makeup: Since red lips are very bold, try to keep the rest of your makeup more neutral. I like to wear a light nude, gold or champagne eye shadow, a few coats of brown mascara (black is okay too, but it might be a bit harsh), and a pale pink blush. You want your lips to steal the show, well except for your hair of course.

5. Clothing to wear with red lips: Wearing a red dress with red lips looks stunning, but other than that I would try to keep your outfit more neutral just like your other makeup. You don’t want anything to clash.

READ: How Redheads Should Wear Red Fashion

6. Shades of red hair matter: Women with bright red hair look beautiful in blue-reds and women with deeper auburn tones look terrific with warmer reds. Always try to experiment because each and every redhead is different and unique. Just remember that when you find the right shade of red lipstick you will know because your entire face will glow.

READ: The Perfect Lipstick for Your Shade of Red Hair 

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6 Tested & Approved Sunscreen Products for Redheads

By: Adriele Dixon

Skin care is ever evolving and that is fantastic for us redheads. In the past year, many new sunscreens have hit the market that are great for sensitive (and lovely) skin. Gone are the greasy white globby sunscreens of our childhood; now those are replaced with lightweight, breathable options that protect but don’t smother.

Here are my new absolute ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved favorites for this summer:
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1. Korres Suncare Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen, SPF 30

This stuff goes on brilliantly, blends well and is weightless. This is perfect for your daily SPF under makeup. (Remember, we need SPF DAILY.)

2. Josie Maran Argan Daily moisturizer, SPF 47

Need more moisture on your skin? This is your sunscreen. This bad boy packs tons of non-greasy moisture as well as powerful SPF protection. This has won tons of awards and people are starting to call this a cult favorite.

3. Shiseido Wetface Untilmare Sun Protection for Face/Body, SPF 50+

Need something for the beach or the pool? Look no further. This provides great, stay-put coverage for your day. This is also super gentle to your skin, a redhead must.

4. Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45

Hate the feeling of slathering on sunscreen? This is the PERFECT solution! The skincare gurus were listening. This is a mineral formula that packs some serious SPF protection.

5. COOLA Makeup Setting Spray, SPF 30

This two-in-one is a genius way to add some extra sun protection. It’s a makeup setting spray that already has SPF in it. Makeup setting sprays are a MUST in the summer time to ensure your makeup stays in place in the heat and humidity and this genius solution does that AND adds an extra 30 SPF while you’re at it. Perfection.

6. Tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion, SPF 30

Skincare that feels like a spa treatment in a bottle. Beauty brand Tarte just introduced their own sunscreen specifically to help brighten and protect while it nourishes skin. This sunscreen smells dreamy and soaks in to skin wonderfully. Perfect on its own, or under your makeup.

I love all of these sunscreens for different reasons. That is the beauty of new products — we have endless options. As with shoe shopping, we can never have too many options.

Do you have any favorites? Share below.

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Aimee

Aimee has so much redhead pride. She married a redhead and not a day goes by that they do not get comments about their hair. People say, “Wow, two redheads! Are y’all married or related?” Or, “I wonder what color hair your babies will have.”

READ: 10 Things To Know About Having A Redhead Baby

Blonde or Red: Which Look Is Best On These Celeb Redheads?

By: Anna Terrill 

Anything Blondes Can Do, Redheads Can Do Better

You may be surprised to learn that some of our favorite celebrity redheads have dabbled as blondes. But it’s no surprise that all of these women usually return to their red roots.  These seven redheads will show you why anything blondes can do, we can do better.

1. Nicole Kidman.  First, let’s take a look at one of the loveliest ladies in red.  If you’ve ever seen my favorite movie, Moulin Rouge, you know that Nicole Kidman owns that red on red on red look.  Even with a strawberry hair color, she looks divine in a red, but when she goes too blonde, she loses something in a red dress.  Don’t get me wrong, she’s still beautiful, but there’s something striking about a redhead wearing red lipstick in a red dress that just isn’t the same for a blonde.

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2. Emma Stone.  And red is not the only statement lip color redheads can pull off.  Ever seen a redhead rock a pink lip?  I know, I know–typically, redheads are taught to avoid pink.  I know I have been my whole life.  Pink is just one of those colors better suited for a blonde or brunette, right?  But, let’s take Emma Stone for example.  Emma has worn a bright lip both with blonde and red hair.  So, which do you think suits her better?  I’d give you my opinion, but I think it goes without saying.

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3. Amy Adams.  The first time I remember seeing Amy Adams was alongside another gorgeous redhead, Debra Messing, in The Wedding Date.  Except I didn’t even know that Amy was one of us, because she was sporting a blonde do.  She wore a lot of white in the movie–she was the bride, after all, but all the white dresses with Amy’s fair skin and blonde hair seemed to wash her out.  I remember making a mental note for myself that white dresses did not look good with fair skin.  However, that is not actually true!  White dresses can look great with pale skin, as long as you’ve got the red hair to bring out a little color in the ensemble.  Just look at the difference a sleek red ponytail can make over the sleek blonde ponytail Amy wore in the movie.

READ: Redheads, How To Wear White and Look Good

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4. Jessica Chastain.  Another color I have avoided most of my life is yellow.  I was under the impression that, like pink, yellow clashed with my red hair, and, like white, yellow washed out my fair skin.  It took one photo of Jessica Chastain on the cover of Vogue to completely change my opinion.  I first fell in love with Jessica Chastain in the movie The Help, where she played the bleached-blonde Celia Foote (pictured below). She would never dye her red hair, so she only wears blonde wigs for roles. I love her fashion choices too. I remember when the November 2013 issue of Vogue arrived at my house, featuring J-Chas in a stunning yellow gown.  Since then, I have paid close attention to the colors she wears on the red carpet, and the girl is the queen of the yellow dress.  But the best part is, she’s not wearing just one shade of yellow, she’s wearing them all, and I promise you Miss Celia’s blonde wig is nowhere to be seen.

READ: How Redheads Should Wear Yellow

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5. Julianne Moore. There is a theory that the Oscars don’t favor redheads, but Julianne Moore proved to everyone that theories are all relative when she won the Academy Award this year for Best Actress.  Julianne has been donning a shorter do these days–a nice mid-length lob, which reminded me of that time she wore a similar length in blonde.  Although I’m sure the look was role-specific, short or long, I’m glad Julianne usually stays loyal to her red roots.

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6. Julia Roberts.  Speaking of Oscar-winners, we can’t forget the glorious auburn-maned Julia Roberts!  Here’s the thing, Julia Roberts always looks great.  She may be the one person on this list who looks just as good with blonde hair as she does with red, which makes this comparison rather difficult for me.  So, instead of basing this appraisal solely on looks, I’m going to base it on her movies.  Anyone who says Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Notting Hill, and Runaway Bride aren’t Julia Robert’s best movies is wrong–sorry, no way around it.  Any true chick-flick connoisseur would agree.  And, the one thing all of these movies have in common (other than maybe Richard Gere) is that Julia is rocking red hair in them.  Sure, she won the Oscar for her role as the blonde Erin Brockovich, but she’s received far more noms and Golden Globe wins for her movies with red hair.  Plus, what color was her hair when she actually accepted her Oscar in that famous black and white Valentino gown?  Wasn’t blonde, that’s for sure.

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7. Connie Britton.  This list would not be complete without a shout-out to everyone’s favorite Strawberry-Blonde Southern Belle, Connie Britton.  Connie Britton can do no wrong, in my opinion.  She has played three of the best roles on television–Tammy Taylor, Vivien Harmon, and Rayna James; she’s an ambassador for the anti-poverty agency of the UN; she has a precious adopted son from Ethiopia; and then, of course, there’s HER HAIR!  As Laura Benanti put it, Connie Britton is a golden unicorn and her hair is like angel wings.  There’s not much to criticize here, except to say that I love Connie’s hair even more when she goes a little more strawberry and a little less blonde.  Look at her!  Her glowing skin is always flawless, but when those curls that perfectly frame her face are red curls instead of blonde, her skin somehow looks even more pristine.

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These ladies prove once and for all that not all that glitters is gold!  Red hair will never be outshined by golden locks.  Sorry blondes, but the truth is redheads have more fun.

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Hair Removal for Redheads: Getting Bathing Suit Ready

By: Tessa Viole

The most stressful part of getting bathing suit ready is hair removal! Especially for redheads. Those with red hair can be allergic to razors, unable to get laser hair removal and are commonly sensitive to products — it can get complicated.  And, let’s admit it; just when you think you’ve gotten rid of all that unwanted hair, there’s a missed spot. Grrr!

Luckily, redheads do have many options when getting rid of unwanted hair. Let’s look your best this season by the pool or beach:

1. Shaving:

Of course, the most common way is to shave. Thanks to inventions like Finishing Touch and NoNo, and even regular razors, we have an easy way to get rid of the unwanted hair on many areas on the body. Just make sure to always fully hydrate the skin after shaving so that razor bumps do not occur.

In How to be a Redhead‘s previous article titled: “Signs You’re Allergic to Nickel in Razorblades,” Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, dermatologist, dermatopathologist and founder of VMV Hypoallergenics confirms that women, especially those with sensitivities, can be allergic to certain razors with nickel in its make up. “Nickel is one of the most allergic metals and in many studies is the most common allergy,” says Verallo-Rowell. “Symptoms include dryness, redness, scaling, itching, darkening or other abnormal symptoms on areas that might come in contact with the metal parts of the razor.”

She also shares that in razor blade studies, it has been proven that those with small skin irritations due to the nickel in the blade have increased reactions if one is sensitive and/or allergic to the fragrance in the shaving products. And, the nickel release in the razors, if allergic, can worsen reaction to shaving cream and/or shaving products. This proves that sensitive skin can be equally affected by fragrance and nickel, both of which redheads should avoid if experiencing the symptoms above.

What To Do If You’re Allergic? Use hypoallergenic, fragrance-free shaving products & opt for waxing.

READ: How Redheads Can Get The Best Shave

2. Laser treatment:

If you have the money to splurge on laser hair treatment, and have a lot of unwanted hair, laser treatment is for you. The laser treatment is painless and treats hair at the follicle, allowing it to not grow back. Sounds like a perfect scenario! Keep in mind that laser treatment can be very expensive, and you should consult with your doctor first to make sure it is safe for you.

Also, keep in mind that most redheads cannot get laser treatments because the hair is too light. The laser light simply cannot pick up the hair to extract it. It’s important to find a laser hair removal center that will work on redheads. Typically, laser experts will not works with a redhead because their hair is too light; but if you find the right center with the right technology, you may have luck. If you keep hearing “no,” begin researching the electrolysis process.

READ: Can Redheads Get Laser Hair Removal? 

3. Creams:

There are certain prescription creams that can stop hair growth. These creams will have to be prescribed by either a doctor or a dermatologist; in most instances, a product like NAIR will greatly irritate a redhead’s skin. Try asking about prescription hair removal creams at your next doctor’s visit.

4. Sugar Scrubs:

If you’re more into DIY projects, especially beauty related ones, then a sugar scrub may be for you! Sugar scrubs are very similar to waxing when it comes to the hair removal process but they are a little bit more gentle on the skin and hurt a bit less when removing. Here is more redhead-specific information about the process.

5. Waxing:

Waxing can be a great alternative to shaving because it pulls the hair from the root leaving less stubble. Although, if you are a virgin waxer it might take a couple of treatments before your skin is silky smooth. Hair grows in cycles, so not every hair is targeted in one session. After you have waxed at least 4 times you will notice the hair will be thinner and softer and will also grow back slower. Waxing is a great option for vacations.

Waxing doesn’t have to be painful. A lot of the pain can come from poor technique and poor pre-care. Always make sure skin is well hydrated and moisturized. Think of your hair as a weed. It is much easier to pull the weed out from the roots when you water the ground before you pull. Also do not over exfoliate the skin before your appointment. Wax has the ability to remove up to 5 layers of dead skin. If you exfoliate right before your treatment the wax will remove too much. There are also numbing creams and sprays that can be used.

Read more here.

Do you have a hair removal technique you love? Comment below.

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