“ Brand: Boots / Laser / Sugar / Type: Wax Strips / What it does: Smoothes, „
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With my impending holiday to Greece coming up my girlfriend persuaded me to get rid of my back hair. Compared to most guys I don't think I have too much back hair, but nevertheless I agreed. The things we do for love eh!
So after popping into my local Boots stored I had intended to buy a pot of wax until I saw the cost. Instead I went for these wax strips which cost around £4. I also went for these wax strips as they were supposed to be good for sensitive skin which is something I do have. The wax strip contains chamomile and vitamin E. Let me tell you after the first strip was pulled from my back, I was thinking 'sensitive - you have to be joking!'.
To use the wax strips you heat the wax by rubbing the strip in between your hands. It took my girlfriend around a minute to heat each strip sufficiently. You then pull the strip apart so you have effectively to wax strips. You then apply the strip to the area of the body you would like to remove the hair from. This is a note to the men reading this and is not in the instructions (I checked), put your face into a pillow or a cushion to hide the manly screams - and then pull the strip away from the skin - cue manly scream.
I am fairly pleased with the results. The strips failed to remove all the hair, no matter how hard my girlfriend tried and I would imagine a more expensive product would have done a better job. It did remove the vast majority of the hair though. The areas of skin where all the hair was removed was left soft and smooth and there wasn't too much redness.
There were also a couple of post wax wipes which helped remove an waxy residue that was left on the skin. I found that these are a decent enough product for a man looking for a tidy up but I think they would fall short of a women's expectations who I would imagine will be looking for all the hair to be removed.
I read about these waxing strips in a sunday magazine and thought i'd give them a try because i was fed up of the morning de fuzzing with a razor. The article in the paper made them sound easy to use and they were relatively cheap (£5.31) and i was excited at the prospect of being fuzz free for up to 4 weeks with the also promised "weaker hair growth".
The stress began with having to grow my leg hair 4mm. There are 18 waxing strips in a pack each with two sides - therefore 36 when opened. Firstly you warm the waxing strips between the palms of your hands and when warm enough separate the two strips and place on the skin. I thought I was brave and yanked off the first waxing strip as fast as i could. It hurt like hell and it did not remove all of the hairs. There were a few left behind. I thought I would try it again but try and rip it off faster. Again, odd hairs remained. I then noticed that my skin under the first waxing strip removal was raised and blotchy.
I found that the difficulty was trying to rip the strips off fast whilst being in extreme pain! I haven't used them since and it was a total waste of money for me.
The problem lies in the strips themselves being quite small and it would take a long time to wax two complete legs as well as extremely painful.
I found it very difficult to pull them off quickly and efficiently when in so much pain.
They may work for some people but I definitely will not be using them again and the Expert Bikini waxing kit i bought along with it has never been opened.
I prefer to wax my legs rather than shave, however as you have to wait several weeks for the hair to grow long enough to wax, I do shave or use an epilator as well as waxing. As for the pain side of things, that never really bothers me - you can only feel it for a few seconds, and I like the satisfaction of seeing the hair I have removed on the strip! I guess I'm a bit weird!!
~About the brand~
A while ago Boots re-branded several of their own brand ranges as 'Boots Expert'. The idea of this was that rather than having lots of different Boots own brands, there would now just be one. Boots sensitive hair removal strips were one product I used regularly, and one that was changed to the Boots Expert brand. I actually noticed after the original Boots strips were taken off the shelves, that Poundland were selling them. As they usually cost around £5 a pack, I bought several packs, but recently ran out, so went to buy some Boots Expert strips to replace them.
The strips come in a white box, with the name of the product embossed in a garish orangey red colour at the top. They also have a picture of a woman, who has smooth, flawless legs -naturally! The instructions for use are printed on the back of the box.
~About the strips~
Each box contains 18 double strips. These are basically strips which already have the wax applied to them - so no messing about heating up jars of wax and then making a mess when you try to apply it with a spatula! Each strip has the wax sides pressed together, and you pull them apart - effectively meaning you get two strips in one.
These strips cost £4.99 for a pack of 18 from Boots.
Before using the strips you must prepare the skin. It must be dry and free from any skincare products or make-up - so no body lotion etc... They suggest that the hair is a minimum of 4mm long to get effective results. I know from past experience, that anything shorter than that the strips will not adhere enough to the hair to remove it. They also suggest dusting your skin lightly with talc before use for 'even better results'. I did not do this as I didn't actually have any talc in the house.
Given the fact that since re-branding, the name of this product has stayed the same - except now they have added the word 'expert', I had assumed it would just be the same product, just in a different box. On removing the strips from the box, it became clear that this was not the case. The old strips had a greyish-green coloured wax, whereas these strips are a very bright (almost luminous) green colour.
To use the strips, you need to rub them between the palms of your hands to gently warm the wax before seperating the strip. As I seperated the strip in half, I noticed that it peeled apart effortlessly, whereas the previous strips were always a bit more difficult to seperate.
I applied the strip to my leg, smoothed it down, and pulled it back with one hand (going away from the direction of the growth) and held my skin taught with the other hand as directed. You have to rip the strip away quickly - if you do it slowly it will not work. The strip had taken most of the hair from my leg, but not all of it, and had also left a little line of wax on my leg, where the side of the strip had been. This has happened to me before, so, as the strips are re-usable, I pressed it back over the same area, pulled back and that removed the excess wax, and some of the hair, but still not all of it.
I found that not removing all the hair seemed to be a common occurance when using these strips, which was disappointing, but I have an epilator, so decided just to use that to remove the hairs that the strips hadn't managed to get rid of. I also found that after most uses the strips left residue on my legs.
When I came to doing the front of my thigh, still following the directions, I applied the strip, held my skin taught and pulled the strip back. I was shocked to see that virtually all of the wax was still on my leg and hadn't come away with the strip. As I mentioned above, you sometimes get a bit of wax residue left on your legs when using the strips. This can either be removed by pressing the strip back over the area, or by rubbing baby oil over it - this however, was a bit more than residue!
I decided the best thing to do would be to put the strip (which now was blank and had no wax on it) over the patch of wax and pull back. This did remove some of the wax, but there was still loads of it left on my skin. I repeated the process a few times, but it didn't actually appear to be removing the wax, just making the strip sticky. I eventually managed to find some baby oil, which took most of it off, but my skin stayed sticky for quite a while, and anyway by this time the repeated pulling back of my skin had actually resulted in a big red bruise.
Since the bruised leg disaster I have not used these strips, and will not use them again. The old version were excellent, and I never had a problem with them, despite using them for several years. I have no idea why Boots changed them. If I'd had any sense I should have photographed my leg and complained to customer services, but I didn't and guess it's too late now, so I'm writing this review as a warning to others instead.
Even before I ended up with that lovely red mark, I was not impressed by these strips. Not only did these strips not remove all the hair, but they seemed to leave residue each time I used them, compared to the previous strips, where this was only a rare occurance.
Needless to say, I wouldn't recommend these strips and I will now be trying out some other brands to see if I can find a decent alternative.
These precoated strips contain chamomile and vitamin E and leave even sensitive skin feeling soft and smooth for up to 4 weeks /