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Waxing At Home for Beginners: Hair Length, Regrowth, & Correct Methods

Written by: Merilin Notton



Time to read 6 min

Waxing at home is a real game-changer. You save yourself money over the long run, and you don't need to block out time in your week to get to salon appointments every month or so. But knowing how to wax properly at home isn't just the key to achieving the best results but also protecting your delicate skin.

One of the most important parts of waxing is knowing how long your hair needs to be in order for the wax to do its job. After all, you don't want to waste your time and effort if your hair is too short and the wax won't grip it properly.

There needs to be enough for the wax to grip but not so much that it becomes too painful or difficult to remove. So, what is the ideal hair length?

How Long Does Hair Need to Be to Wax It?

Generally, the ideal hair length for waxing is between ¼-½ of an inch . This length ensures there's enough hair for the wax to grip onto so that when you pull away the wax strip , it takes the hair with it from the root.

If you try to wax hair that's too short, you'll probably end up with a patchy waxing job, or you won't remove any of the hair at all. You'll also find it to be pretty painful, as you'll essentially just be pulling on your skin rather than removing the hair.

On the flip side, waxing long hair can also be problematic. If your hair is too long, the wax may not be able to grip onto it as well, making it difficult to remove. Additionally, longer hair means a higher chance of hair breakage rather than removal from the root. So, rather than pulling the hairs out, you may just end up breaking them off at the surface of your skin, which means you'll have to wait for it to regrow and try again.

Does This Apply to All Body Hair?

In short, yes, the 1/4 to 1/2 inch length goes for all areas of your body – arm hair, leg hair, bikini area, the lot.

You may find if you have coarser hair that waxing when your hair is closer to the 1/2-inch mark is better and more effective. Coarse hair is tougher, and so will require a stronger grip from the wax to be able to remove it. Waiting for the strands to grow a bit longer could make all the difference.

However, if you have finer hair, you may be able to wax at the 1/4-inch length without any issues. It's all about experimenting and finding what works best for you and your hair type.

The Best Method for Home Waxing

It's not just waxing the correct length of hair that'll determine the results, but the method you use, too. If you don't wax correctly, then you may find yourself with patchy wax or sometimes even broken skin if you've been a little too rough.

Advanced Professional Stripless Waxing

Stripless wax is one of the most popular home waxing methods since it doesn't require the use of paper wax strips. Instead, you apply the wax to prepped skin, let it harden, and pull it off in one piece.

Not all stripless waxes are made equal, though. Our Advanced Professional Stripless Wax formula is truly top-notch and effective at removing those shorter 1/4-inch hairs and longer hair. Unlike many other formulas, our Advanced Professional range is more flexible, so it won't break or snap as you're pulling – you can remove the wax in one clean go.

You can also pull the wax in all directions, which is especially good for waxing in intimate areas. Just remember to pull away from the direction of hair growth to avoid any discomfort.

Our waxes come in 3 options – Jasmine, Eucalyptus, and Wild Rose – each infused with natural essential oils that provide a soothing effect on the skin. As you wax, the oils will help to calm and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth and soft.

All-inclusive Strip Off Wax Kit

Our Strip Off Wax Kit features all 3 of these incredible stripless waxes bundled up with our Pre and Post Wax Oil , a pack of 200 Disposable Waxing Spatulas, and our clever Digital Wax Heater.

This is the ultimate home waxing kit for achieving salon-quality results from home.

With our easy-to-use Digital Wax Heater, you can quickly heat up your wax to the perfect temperature and easily maintain it throughout your entire waxing session. The ActiMelt Technology will heat the wax up to the correct temperature to ensure it's consistently smooth and automatically reduces the temperature so it's safe to apply to your skin.

Then, you just need to apply the wax to your skin using the wooden spatulaapplying it toward hair growth. Wait for the wax to harden, then pull against the hair growth.

How Long Before My Hair Grows Back After Waxing?

The rate at which your hair will grow back will largely be down to your hair growth cycle; some of us have quicker growing hair than others, so you'll notice the hair returning sooner.

On average, though, waxing results will last up to 4 weeks. After waxing a couple of times, you may notice the length of time between hair growth increases, so you can go longer between waxing sessions.

Is it Better to Wax or Shave?

Waxing or shaving really does come down to personal preference, but waxing will give you much longer-lasting results.

Where waxing removes the hair straight from the roots, shaving simply cuts the hair, which will grow back quickly. If you have a fast hair growth cycle, you might even find yourself needing to shave every day or every other day.

Personally, we're team waxing.

Final Thoughts: Achieve Smooth & Hair-Free Skin At Home

Whether you prefer to be hair-free all year round or from time to time, waxing correctly will leave you with smooth skin at home with long-lasting results.

Our range of at-home waxing essentials includes everything you need to get started on your journey to silky smooth skin – from our clever Professional Advanced Stripless Wax formula to our innovative Digital Wax Heater.

And if you're after more info on waxing at home, head on over to our Waxing How To page for video tutorials and in-depth step-by-steps.


Can you still wax hair if it's short?

You shouldn't wax stubble or very short hair – the hair should be at least 1/4-inch so that the wax has something substantial to grip onto and effectively pull the hair from the root.

Is 2 weeks of hair growth enough for waxing?

This really depends on your hair growth cycle, as 2 weeks for some people may be sufficient for waxing, whereas others may need more time for the hair to grow out. Instead of measuring the time between waxes, look at the length of your hair. If the strands are between 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch, you'll be good to go.

What hair is too long to wax?

We wouldn't recommend waxing hair that's longer than 1/2-inch as the wax may not be able to effectively grip onto the hair. It's also more likely to snap the hairs rather than pull them from the root, leading to an ineffective and painful waxing experience.

Does your hair stop growing after waxing?

Contrary to popular belief, waxing doesn't prevent hair from completely growing back. You may notice the hair becomes thinner over time and takes longer to grow back, but waxing won't permanently stop hair growth.

Merilin Notton

Merilin Notton

As the Head of Brand at Mylee, Merilin is a seasoned beauty industry professional with a strong passion for nail art. 

With a background as a licensed beautician and a track record of shaping and elevating beauty brands, Merilin is dedicated to empowering individuals to express themselves through nail art, making them a driving force behind Mylee's success in the beauty industry.


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