So with all of the gorgeous weather we’ve been having this summer (NOT) I haven’t felt the need to de-fuzz my pins. How depressing. I’m not one to go sunning myself (thanks to the knowledge of what UV rays do to skin and fear of “the big C”) so I’m content to neglect my furries to the point where I’d need a lawnmower to tackle ‘em. The pure lazebag in me loves getting waxed, since the results last for weeks and someone else is doing the hard work. However the miser in me hasn’t allowed the luxury of a salon wax in over a year *sniff*. Well my postgrad ain’t gonna pay for itself
The lazebag in me also couldn’t be doing with DIY drippy wax pots needing to be reheated constantly and spatulas getting stuck to everything, so home waxing wasn’t an option. Until now. Ladies, behold the wonder that is the Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll-On.
What you get for your Eurobucks
In the starter box you get the heating unit and stand, a 50ml roll-on wax refill for legs and arms, 12 removal strips and some sachets of finishing wipes. I picked mine up when there was a special offer half-price deal, for €19.99. The kit at full price will cost you around the €40 quid mark and refills (4 uses each) about €12.50. Not bad for an at-home system, if it works…
How did I find it?
Surprisingly easy! I gave up on at home waxing about 10 years ago, as I spent too long stuck in the recursive loop of waiting for wax to cool that was too hot, reheating wax that had cooled too much halfway through, then waiting for that to be cool enough to use (repeat ad nauseum). Since the Veet kit contains heating plates to keep the wax at optimal temperature, problem solved. Also if you think the job is going to be a long one (as mine was, thanks to the stopping to take photos every two seconds, thank me later) you can leave the unit plugged in as you work if the situation allows. I found the roller head spread the wax nicely – thinly enough to avoid wastage but still be effective. Then you just have to smooth down a strip, hold the skin taut, and whip off in a quick motion, parallel to the skin. And it worked very well. Check out the below pictures for all the gory details, or exit here if you’re squeamish!
What wasn’t so great about my at home waxing experience
The unit takes about 45 minutes to heat up to starting temperature, not the 20 minutes stated. <rant> Meh, the time doesn’t bother me much, I’d happily plug in and come back in an hour. However dishonesty does bother me. The golden rule of good customer service is to under-promise and over-deliver, however unscrupulous marketers do the opposite </rant> I was left with the “chicken skin” effect immediately after, but this eased off within a few hours. The wax didn’t catch all the hairs, but this is due to them being at an earlier stage of growth and not long enough, not a fault of the wax itself. Waxing at 3-4 week intervals for the first few times will help bring all the hair to the same growth point.
The only major negative that I have to report about the kit, is that it only provides about half the number of removal strips you will need. I had waxed a single half leg and above knee when I ran out. So I improvised. I picked up a very thin 100% cotton top which I was throwing out, and cut it into strips. And it worked brilliantly, better than the Veet strips in fact! Have a look at the photo above if you don’t believe me! But making lemonade out of lemons is besides the point. You shouldn’t have to do this. Most people would naturally presume they are buying an all in one kit which has everything for “up to 4 wax sessions” (as it states on the box). That’s misleading, never mind annoying if you have a hair removal emergency and run out midway. I did have enough wax left over for about another 3 sessions, so Veet, your strip stinginess displeases me *glares*
Despite this, I’m very happy with the results from the kit, and I will definitely be waxing at home in future. That’s a big deal for a lazebag like me. However to spite Veet and their stinginess, I shall be picking up a pack of 100 strips from my local salon supply store for around €4 (versus Veet’s 24 strips for the same price). I urge you all to do the same. Oh and in case you’re interested in waxing aftercare, to prevent ingrown hairs I’m using my muchly beloved NeoStrata Glycolic Body Lotion.
So ladies, have any of you tried the Veet kit? What’s your hair removal method of choice? Let me know in the comments!