Whether you’re comfortably stretched out at a studio or straddling a chair in your own bathroom, Brazilian waxes aren’t known for being an easy process—or a painless one. However, you can give yourself an amazing wax at home, and there are more DIY kits and products than ever to choose fromBrazilians may be daunting, but with expert advice, editor-approved wax, and a mirror, they don’t have to be. Ahead, everything you need to know about DIY Brazilians, including tips on how to make the process as painless as possible.

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Which type of at-home wax should you buy?

“Be sure to look for a product that specifically says Brazilian on the packaging, as not all formulas are suitable for this sensitive area,” explains Natalie Ismiel, brand ambassador for the hair-removal brand Nad’s.“For a first-timer, it might be easiest to use a hard wax, as strip waxes are a little bit more difficult to do on your own and take practice.”

Moreover, stripless wax puts all of the power in your hands—literally. “It also gives you more control when applying the wax, which is especially important when waxing smaller areas,” adds Ismiel. “Wax strips require you to smooth over the strip in the direction of the hair, which is harder to do in the areas where you have less visibility.”

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How do you make sure hard wax is the correct (and safe) temperature?

Most at-home wax treatments have clear instructions on how long to heat the product. That said: “It should be the consistency of cold honey,” says Nandi Wagner, lead esthetician at Bliss Spa in SoHo, who advises doing a test patch on your inner wrist to make sure it’s not too hot or too runny. Keep in mind that you’ll likely need to re-heat after 10 to 12 minutes of waxing.

This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.

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