In partnership with the makers of Nair Cire Divine Bye Bye Ouch Microwaveable Resin Wax with Moroccan Argan Oil. Are you a DIY waxer? I am not. I've used those little stache-wax strip thingies on my knuckles, maybe on toes, but a tub'o'wax? Nuh uh. Too. Much. Trouble. Also: owww! I've had waxing done at salons; am not a fan. I say bad words. Loudly. But then the TV told me that a new Nair Cire Divine Moroccan Oil wax would "stick less to skin" and thus be more comfortable to use. But we all know how reliable the TV is as a teller of truth.
nair cire divine bye bye ouch wax
Um... it's totally true. Yes, bye-bye ouch! Nair Cire Divine Microwaveable Resin Wax with Moroccan Argan Oil really is noticeably less painful to use than standard hot wax hair-removal stuff. You don't need strips of fabric either, which eliminates that hot-mess element too.
The "secret ingredients" in this new Nair Cire Divine Moroccan Argan Oil microwaveable resin wax include two percent zinc oxide and a polymer that cuts the stickiness of the wax enough to allow an easy release of skin without compromising its grip on pesky body hair. (As for that "resin wax" term, it means the wax has been sourced and distilled from pine-tree resin.) The formula worked very well on my legs and on my arm hair – now I can do more swatching! #workbonus. And I didn't say any bad words!
I said whoa instead.
wax on: prep and application tips
Nair Cire Divine Moroccan Argan Oil microwave resin wax can securely grasp and remove hair as short as two millimetres, and the effects can last up to a month. Now some best-results tips:
1) The day before your at-home waxing appointment, exfoliate the areas you want to denude.
2) When you're ready to wax, clean skin – as in freshly washed and dried – is key. Natural body-oil build-up or moisturizer will make it tough for the wax to grab the hair, let alone sit properly on skin. Try not to wax in a steamy bathroom. Skin should be dry to the touch, not hot and humid. If you've just showered, let the room air out before you start your waxing session.
3) Heat the full tub of Nair Cire Divine Bye Bye Ouch resin wax in the microwave for one minute 45 seconds.
3) After three minutes, give the wax a good stir from the outside-in with the spatula that came in the box. The wax consistency should resemble creamy caramel. (Now I want ice cream.)
4) Dip the spatula back in the pot to pick up a generous dollop of wax on the tip; turn it like a fork in spaghetti so wax doesn't drip where you don't want it.
5) Place the dollop at the beginning of the area you want to wax, and angle the spatula slightly so you use its edge to smooth the wax into a one- or two-inch thick strip in the direction your hair grows. Make sure the end bit is a little thicker so you have something to grasp at removal time.
wax off: removal tips
1) Once the Nair Cire Divine Microwave Resin Wax is set on your skin – you'll know because it'll be cooler, and non-sticky when you touch it – it's ready to come off.
2) At the end of the wax strip, hold the skin in place with one hand as you begin to lift the edge up with the fingertips of the other.
3) Quickly pull the wax back off the skin in the direction opposite to the hair growth; stay as closely parallel to the skin as you can.
4) Immediately place your hand on the freshly waxed skin and apply a bit of light pressure. It's an age-old soothing trick, which I found I hardly needed with this wax.
5) Wipe skin with an enclosed removal towelette if necessary – I also found I didn't really need this step. The wax came off pretty neatly.
6) Moisturize with a light lotion.
I'm not yet fully converted to DIY waxing, but after I tried it a second time (twirling that wax on the end of the spatula takes a bit of practice – I need to eat more spaghetti), I'm wavering. I especially like the results on my arms. (Seriously, it's about swatching!) And let me say again, the Nair Cire Divine bye-bye ouch claim is legit -- at least on arms and legs. I was too chicken to try my underarms, but I'm working up my courage on that. Bikini? Well, maybe that'll happen in time. That area is tricky for most of us, whether or not the wax formula sticks less to skin.
Nair Cire Divine Microwaveable Resin Wax with Moroccan Argan Oil ($18.99 CAN) is available at most major mass retailers and drugstores. For more info on Nair hair-removal options, visit nair.ca.
Are you a longtime at-home waxer? Do you use microwaveable wax in a pot like this one? If you're a novice like I was, do you think you might give this bye-bye ouch stuff a go? Or have you already tried it??