If you’re a woman, you’ve no doubt struggled with the nuisance that is waxing your legs. If you’ve ever wondered how long your hair has to be to wax, you’ll want to take a second to read the ins and outs and make sure you’re prepared!
Whether you’re fine letting hair grow for a week before shaving again or you’re a woman who prefers to shave every couple of days for smooth skin, you’ve probably spent your fair share on shaving cream and razors.
But there’s another way to deal with leg hair that doesn’t involve messy shaving cream, nicking your skin with a razor, or running a hand over your legs every other day to make sure you don’t have stubble: waxing!
How Long Should Hair Be to Wax?
Waxing legs and other parts have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, mostly because nowadays hot wax isn’t as painful as it used to be. But how long does hair have to be to wax?
To get the best results, you’ll want to grow your hair out for at least a week and a half or as long as it takes to get hair that is a quarter of an inch long. Any shorter and the hair will be painful to remove.
For first-timers, an even better way to prep your legs is to let it grow for two weeks if you can stand it. Of course, since everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, the time it takes to get hair that is a quarter of an inch long might be shorter or longer.
When hair is longer, not only is it less painful to remove, but it’s necessary to get a clean, smooth result. Longer hair helps the wax adhere to it, thus pulling it directly from the root. When the wax can’t grab onto a hair shaft, you run the risk of not pulling out any hair at all.
Another benefit of waiting for hair to be long enough is that when you get around to waxing, each hair should be about the same length. In turn, they’ll probably all grow back at the same rate, so you can plan on regular waxings around the same time every other month.
Benefits of Waxing
The great thing about waxing is you’ll have silky smooth legs for at least four to six weeks, possibly even longer.
There are several benefits to waxing: you save money in the long run, you don’t need to worry about shaving your legs as often (especially helpful if you’re going on a trip), and you don’t get the immediate next-day stubble you might have experience with razors.
Just remember that after you’ve visited a salon for your waxing or have done it yourself one evening at home, that you immediately lotion up your legs. This will add shine and moisture to your skin after it might be irritated from waxing.
Since every woman’s skin reacts differently to waxing, you can always ask your technician to just test a patch first – or you can do this yourself. Remember, after you’ve waxed, it’s best not to shave in between appointments because it will interrupt the “process” waxing sort of creates on your legs.
How Much Does Waxing Cost?
As for how much you’ll end up paying, that can vary. At-home kits are between $10-$20 while waxing hair at a salon will vary by the area you want to wax.
Eyebrows and chin waxes will be less expensive because of the small area, but arms, legs, and the back or stomach will cost up to $25-$80 for each session.
You may ask, ‘Waxing isn’t for me. Is there any alternative to this method?’ Lucky for us women, there is more than one method to rid the legs of hair, so if waxing doesn’t work for you or you don’t get your desired results, consider other methods such as laser hair removal or simply shaving your legs.
Sure, shaving is required more often for smoothness, but it will save money in the long-run. So, if the minimum hair length for waxing is achieved, go for it. In the end, do whatever makes you feel most beautiful and comfortable!