Maybe you’re a waxing pro or maybe the phrase “bikini wax” is enough to strike fear into your heart. Anyone who’s ever gotten a bikini wax can agree they’re not the most… pleasant of experiences, but for some of us they’re a necessity once the weather heats up. Maybe you’re tired of spending upwards of $70 every time you feel you could use a little fix-me-up “down there” or maybe you just want to give your tried-and-true razor a break—either way, this complete guide is a great place to start before making the brave foray into the world of at-home bikini waxes. We got the lowdown on the best at-home bikini wax kits, why they’re so great, and what NOT to do.
GiGi Professional Home Waxing Kit
Why it’s awesome: This kit is a one-stop shop designed with first-time users in mind. Not only does it come with a wax warmer, hard wax, pre-epilation oil, post-wax cooling gel, waxing strips, and 30 different applicators, but it also comes with an instructional DVD to give you step-by-step advice on how to get a professional-grade bikini wax in the comfort of your own home. Users claim that although it still hurts (you can’t really escape that aspect of a bikini wax), the salon-style hard Brazilian wax adheres to the hair, not the skin, which minimizes the ripping sensation—and the amount of time you spend biting your tongue.
Where to get it: Amazon.com, $29.49
Surgi-wax Brazilian Waxing Kit For Private Parts
Why it’s awesome: Surgi-wax’s Brazilian Wax King is easy-to-use and mess-free. All you have to do is pop the jar of wax (equipped with a useful handle to avoid burning hands) into the microwave and stir it up for a smooth, consistent wax. The Surgi-wax kit is also designed to save you time: the applicators are wider than usual to spread more wax down at a time, getting you a faster, smooth wax.
Where to get it: drugstore.com, $5.99
Parissa Wax Strips
Why it’s awesome: If you’re looking for the easiest at-home waxing option, wax strips are definitely for you. To use them, all you need is warm hands. Warm a strip between your hands, separate the wax-covered sheets, and smooth onto your bikini line. The only thing that’s left to do is pull! California-based esthetician Nicole Fierro purports that Parissa’s strips are “the best [she’s] ever tried.” Parissa has strips with different formulas for different skin types and sensitivities and their wax formula keeps you hairless for up to six weeks, which is significantly longer than the usual three to four.
Where to get it: Parissa.com, $10