Worked Great For A First-time Amateur
I braved my first-at home waxing with this kit and it went great. Everything you need is included. Waxing both lower legs took about an hour--including set-up and clean-up. Reaching the back part of the legs was a bit hard, but do-able.
One earlier poster, also not a professional, mentioned that it was too difficult for her without training. This was not the case for me, but probably that's because I have been getting waxed at the salon for years with the same product--so I know how it works. I know by feel what temperature it should be, how fast the strips should be pulled; I've had good and bad waxings, and I've learned a ton from the bad ones. I'd recommend getting at least one salon waxing with a similar product (ask if they use muslin strips and if so it is similar) before trying this at home.
The motivation for me in doing it at home is hygiene. I am not happy that my salon double dips so the bacteria from each client contaminates the pot. It's also a big cost savings: I used about $5-$10 in wax, strips and wooden applicators--compared with $50 for the salon visit including tax and tip. Time spent is about the same, given that I have to set up and clean up but I don't have to drive to the salon.
Here are a few tips for home users:
1. Watch the video. It has a lot of promotional nonsense but it does show you the essentials of waxing and has a separate segment on how to do each part of the body.
2. Start with lower legs. This is definitely the easiest part of the body. I did it while standing. I found it helpful to have a chair, covered with an old towel, to prop my leg on so I could reach each part of it. Do what the video says and do the back first and then the front.
3. Unless you are amazingly coordinated you will drip sticky wax all over. Use old towels/sheets to cover your work area and under the wax melter. The paper rings included with this kit go around the round holes before the wax goes in--and they really help cut down on mess!
4. When you first take off the plastic cap from the wax container wear gloves! Before it is heated it is exceptionally sticky. I had a terrible time getting it off my hands and next time I will know better. Also, do NOT try to be frugal by removing the wax stuck to the plastic cover...really, it's not worth it.
5.As a beginner I tended to apply too much wax. Experiment a bit but I found a thin layer worked best.
6. The kit included a honey wax and a pink creme wax. The creme wax is specially designed for African Americans and Latinos or anyplace there is dark curly hair. I am Italian-American (dark skin, dark hair). Both waxes worked equally well but I found the honey wax much, much easier to work with. If it's your first time, I would stick with the honey wax unless you are in one of the ethnic groups the creme wax is designed for. Even in that case you might still want to try both waxes and see which one you like.
5. You heat the wax on HOT setting. The instructions do not say how hot to put the setting while using it. I found that the "Ready" setting worked great for me.