With the warmer months of summer right around the corner, tidy bits and pits are on the forefront of every fashionista’s mind. Wax is the go-to grooming aid for many of us, but with the myriad of products available, how does one pick the best available for the job? Recently, I put Best Gigi Brazilian Hard Wax to the test.
With a 4.1 Star rating on Amazon, people seemed to really like the product. I wondered if I would feel the same. I read the reviews and surveyed my wax-using friends. My pros and cons are listed here.
- An economical alternative to expensive professional waxing. When using the product for my underarms only it can last months. Certainly, the number of uses per pot will vary according to the amount used during each waxing session, but overall, at an average cost of under a dollar an ounce, this hard wax is an excellent buy.
- Provided with full and complete instructions on the label. For those of us who have forayed into the world of hard wax with little more than a label with a couple of ingredients, the step by step process of application and hair removal that is outlined in the Directions, is helpful to even regular waxers. Even if you have never waxed at home before, you can use this wax, despite the slight learning curve (see the Cons).
- Used with a warmer. Gigi makes a warmer to be used with this wax (sold separately). This eliminates any mess or guesswork. Nothing is more miserable than a glob of overly-heated wax on a sensitive area.
- Gentle enough for the face for most. A friend of mine has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and needs to wax unwanted hair from her face on a regular basis. This wax does the trick without causing her to break out. I, on the other hand, tend to get in-grown hairs in my brow area.
- Less messy than strip or sugar pot methods. The first time I used wax strips, it was a veritable disaster. They were on my legs, the floor, the couch, sticking to themselves… it was such a mess that I spent several years going to salons before I even attempted the use of another at-home waxing product.
- Without fragrances. For those of us with sensitive skin, or allergies, the fragrance-free aspect of this wax is appealing.
- Strong. This is a durable, tough wax that can adhere to the thickest, most gnarly hair. I have even used it on winter leg hair after not having shaved in the month, with excellent results. It does not crumble or crack, which can be a problem with waxes.
- Not stringy. There are no annoying little threads to be found in this wax.
- Easy to clean from the skin. Even if the wax has already hardened, you can use a strip to pull it off quickly and effortlessly.
- A fast-melting wax. This wax melts to the right temperature and honey-like consistency very quickly in the warmer.
- Better for the environment than disposable plastic razors. It also provides far better hair removal.
- Convenient. Has your honey surprised you with a weekend get-way, and you can’t get an appointment at your go-to salon? You can take care of your waxing in needs in a few minutes and be beach-ready in no time.
- Easily available. With both in-store and online availability (it’s even on Amazon Prime), you can easily purchase this product any time.
One last great “Pro” for new to waxing readers is the availability of “How-to” videos on YouTube. Even if you have been a salon regular for years, I highly recommend watching a few in preparation for your home-waxing session. Not only will you find tips and tricks for effortless hair removal, you can also find recommendations for how to best care for the skin after the wax. Keep those parts clear, ladies and gents!
Overall, while I have found this to be a reliable and easy to use product, there are a few cons that I will explore below.
- Staining to fabric. I avoid this by using it while sitting in the bathroom, being careful not to get any of the product on the rug, so it has not been much of a problem.
- Sometimes hard to use when you are just starting out. There can be a learning curve, and you can find yourself doing any or all of the following: heating the wax too much or not enough, not applying the wax evenly so that there are hard and soft areas of the wax, and getting the wax all over your fingers making it difficult to complete the waxing process properly. To avoid this, I highly recommend reviewing the YouTube videos first, as well as reading some of the recommendations provided by Amazon reviewers.
- Without fragrance. Yes, I know that this is also listed under “Pros”; however, those wishing for a more of a salon-type experience may desire a scent. For me, the lack of fragrance is a positive thing because I have very sensitive skin, but I will leave it to you to be the judge.
- Painful for some to use. Any waxing treatment can be uncomfortable, depending on the area being waxed, as well as how sensitive you are. You’re ripping hair out from the room, so if you have never waxed before, test out a small area first. Know that long-term waxers are generally much less sensitive than newbies. Regardless of your expertise with waxing, always go slowly.
- Not always the best choice for every area that you wish to remove hair from. For example, I have thick, unruly, eyebrows that seem to enjoy growing into a branching mono-brow. Waxing my brows generally, leads to 2-3 ingrown hairs right below the brow line. In this instance, tweezing is a better choice. Overall, though, Gigi’s can be used for most, if not all, of your hair-removal needs.
In summary, I do believe this product lives up to its 4-plus star reviews. It is economical, easy-to-use, and effective. When done correctly, you, too, can have salon-perfect ma’am-scaping at a fraction of the cost of a salon.
Instructions on How to Use Gigi Brazilian Hard Wax and Warmers
1. First, you must heat the wax until it melts. Your container of GiGi Brazilian Hard Wax is designed to fit into a professional wax warmer, these instructions should be fairly easy to follow. Many wax warmers can be purchased for under thirty dollars and will last for years if properly cared for. In order to melt your hard wax, simply place the container into the wax warmer and turn on the machine. The wax will be ready to use as soon as it melts. Test the temperature of the wax by applying a small dab to the backside of your wrist.
2. Cleanse the skin with witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, toner or astringent. You can also use a cleaner especially made for waxing, such as GiGi Pre-Hon Pre-Epilation Cleanser. Cleansing the area you are about to wax will allow the wax to adhere better to the hair you are trying to remove. Make sure the skin is completely dry before applying the wax. For best results, lightly dust the skin surface with talcum powder. This will also help the wax adhere to the hair.
3. Apply the wax in a thin layer with a wooden applicator. It is important to apply the wax in the direction of the hair’s natural growth. When waxing certain parts of the body, such as the bikini area, you may notice that the hair is growing in more than one direction. If this is the case, work in small sections, applying the wax only in the direction of the hair’s growth.
4. Once the wax hardens, use the edge of your fingernail to pry up a tiny section of the wax to create a “tab”. This tab is what you will grab onto when you pull off the wax. Unlike soft waxes, which require a strip of fabric to be placed on top of the wax, GiGi Brazilian Hard Wax can be pulled directly from the skin.
5. In order to minimize discomfort and reduce pain, use your free hand to stretch the skin tight before removing the wax. Now, using your other hand, grab onto the wax tab and pull off the wax in one quick, fluid motion. It is very important to pull off the wax in the opposite direction of the hair’s growth. This should also be the opposite direction in which the wax was applied. You can further reduce pain and discomfort by applying firm pressure to skin with your hand immediately after pulling off the strip.
6. Repeat this process until you have removed the desired amount of hair.
7. Once all of the unwanted hair has been removed, use a cotton pad soaked with baby oil or mineral oil to remove any wax residue from the skin, or use a professional wax removal product such as GiGi Wax Off.
8. As an optional step, you may also apply a post-waxing cream or gel, such as GiGi Post Wax Cooling Gel, to the skin in order to reduce pain or redness.
9. Once you are done waxing, make sure to unplug your wax warmer and let the wax thoroughly cool before removing the container of hard wax. Since hard wax is very economical, you will be able to get several applications out of each container of Gigi Brazilian Hard Wax. Do not use wax on skin that is broken, cut or sunburned, and do not apply wax on top of moles or warts. Do not use soap or skin care products containing alcohol for at least two hours after waxing, as this may cause skin irritation.
By following these Gigi wax warmer instructions, you will be able to remove unwanted hair like a spa professional from the comfort and privacy of your own home, and for a fraction of the cost of going to the salon or spa.