Do You Have Any Tips for Waxing Long Hair?

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Generally, hair needs to be about ¼" long for the wax to be able to grab onto something. If it's not long enough, then you (or your waxer) may not be able to remove it, especially if you have thick hair. However, if hair grows to the other extreme and it's much too long, that's not good either.

Here's what you'll encounter if you let your body hair grow too long:

Waxing Long Hair (1/2" or more) Can Create Several Problems

  • More breakage. There's more of a chance long hair will break either below or above the skin's surface. Both of these aren't good because either the hair will grow back faster or you risk the chance of getting ingrown hair (see: Waxing and Ingrown Hair).
  • Increased pain. Many people tell me that it hurts a little bit more if long, thick hair is being removed versus the normal ¼" length (read more tips on waxing pain).
  • Missed hair. When the wax is applied it pushes hair down flat against your skin. When this happens, some of the long hair will cover some hair underneath, not allowing it to get enough wax to be removed.

Just Trim It

You can avoid some of these problems by simply taking off some length. Of course, you don't want to make it too short. The best thing to do is use hair clippers with a guard attachment that will quickly trim it to an even ¼" long before waxing. If you don't want to spend the money on a pair of clippers, pick up a Venus Bikini Trimmer (comparing prices beforehand). That way you can manually trim hair down to almost a perfect ¼" without using batteries.

If you're going to get a professional waxing job, your waxer will be able to trim the hair down for you.

Whatever you do, don't use scissors and run the risk of cutting some hair too short.

What About Waxing for the First Time?

I know many people fear getting waxed. They know that the hair is removed from the follicle and can't bear the thought of getting hair ripped out. So just how bad is it? I'm not going to lie to you.

Yes, waxing can be painful–especially if it's your first time or you're getting rid of hair where the skin is sensitive such as above the lip or on the chest. Those of you that have very thick hair or sensitive skin may find the experience more uncomfortable than the average person. The good news is, waxing removes many hairs at once, which is much better than tweezing one by one. 

Finding the Right Professional

Just because someone is licensed, doesn't mean they're skilled. You'll need to find someone experienced by asking friends and family for referrals of a great waxing technician. A good technician will be fast (so there's less pain), hold skin taut so there's less pulling, and use the right amount of wax and type of wax for your particular hair type and skin.

Waxing at Home

It can be difficult to remove hair at just the right angles and remove the wax quickly by yourself. However, if you choose to do your own hair removal, be sure to read and follow all the instructions provided. The steps in place for waxing are there for a reason. Not properly prepping your skin, applying too much wax, or removing hair the wrong way will cause you unnecessary pain, not to mention possible bruising, breakage, missed hair, and irritation.