best for: legs, arms, bikini line, brows, toes, fingers, and upper lip.
how it works: warm or softened wax is applied to the skin and pulled off (using a piece of fabric of strip wax), removing the hair at the root.
Feels Like: a very hard slap.
lasts for: Youu'll be smooth for two to three weeks. But you can't wax until the hair is 1/4" long.
how-to: Apply wax in the direction of hair growth, and pull it off quickly in the opposite direction while holding skin taut. Start with small 2" by 4" sections to get the hang of it. try sugar waxes your first time- they're water-soluble, so if you can't stand the pain, you can wipe off the wax with a damp washcloth.
at the salon: make sure the aesthetician doesn't double-up the waxing stick. She should apply the wax, throw out the stick, and use a clean one to prevent the spread of bacteria. Also ask if she has a state-issued cosmetologist or aesthetician license.
Cost: $20 and up for bikini, $10 and up for brows, and $30 and up for arms or legs at the salon. You could get it done cheaper at some places. Watch for ads or sales.
Seventeen magazine, June 2007