How Long You Can Expect Your Wax to Last

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When successful, waxing removes hair from the root and can last up to six weeks. However, skin isn't always hair-free for a full six weeks. In fact, you often see re-growth much sooner. This typically depends on several factors, like the general and average hair growth cycle, your personal hair growth cycle, breakage, and how frequently you get a wax.

How Long You Can Expect Your Wax to Last

There are three stages of hair: growing, resting, and transitional.

At any given time, approximately 80 to 90 percent of hair follicles are in the growth phase. The rest are either in the transitional phase (two to three percent) or in the resting phase (10 to 15 percent).

This means that there is probably some hair underneath the skin that's growing and hasn’t reached the surface yet. Or, it can be above the skin and not long enough to be grasped. In this scenario, waxing isn't going to be able to grasp these hairs and remove them. In the next few days or weeks to come, you will see these hairs noticeably appear, depending on their thickness and color. Even if they are the same length, dark and thick hair will start to show much sooner than light and fine hair.

How often you get waxed also helps to determine when you can expect your wax to last. If you get waxed every two to four weeks, then all hair will have had the chance to be removed from the root. You will then notice that the skin is staying hair free longer, and you'll be able to go longer between appointments.

Personal Hair Growth Cycle

Different areas of the face and body don't spend the same amount of time in the phases of growth, rest, and transition. Men and women have been found to spend different amounts of time in the growing hair phase (even in the same body area). Age, season, hormone levels, and genetics also play a big part of these personal cycles.


Ultimately, this means that your leg waxing won't necessarily last you the same amount of time as your friend's, nor will it grow back in sync with the bikini wax you got on the same day. Even if the areas you got waxed essentially have the same hair growth cycles, you'll notice or feel thick or dark hair (like in the bikini line) much more than fine and light facial hair re-growth.


The aim of waxing is to remove the entire follicle from the root. In a perfect world with ideal circumstances and fail-proof technicians, each and every hair would be successfully removed every time. However, this is not the case. When the hair is being waxed, it often breaks off above or even below the skin's surface, instead of being removed from the root. There are a lot of factors that come into play into why it breaks off, including the length of hair, the type of wax used, the quality of wax used, and skill of the technician. Although professionals can break the hair, it's much more likely that you will do so yourself if you do your own at a home session.

Thus, hair that is broken has not been removed from the follicle. You'll see hair much sooner than you thought you would when this happens.

If it broke above the skin, then the results will last comparable to shaving. If it broke below the skin, you have a couple of days before you see it. Because breakage creates a sharp edge, often ingrown hairs follow.

How Often You Wax

Someone that gets waxed (or uses any method that removes hair from the root) regularly will often cause the follicle to become damaged over time. This may also cause a reduction where it comes back finer or just stops growing altogether. If there is any reduction in hair, how soon it will happen after being repeatedly waxed will vary depending on the person, their age, genetics, and the specific area at hand.

Many people go anywhere from three to six weeks between waxing, but there isn't any true rule, as everyone's wax lasts for different lengths of time.