A Step-by-Step Guide to Waxing Facial Hair

20 minutes gets the job done

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Facial hair waxing is fairly quick, gets even the fine hairs, and can last weeks at a time if it's performed the right way. Waxing your facial hair at home can be a great money saver, but before you take the warm gooey stuff near your face, we’ll tell you all you need to get longer lasting results.

Cream wax heated up in a wax pot is wonderful for many skin types. It's great for delicate facial skin because it's moisturizing and gentle, and it’s also easier to work with than honey waxes because of its less sticky consistency.

While the cold wax strips seem like less work, they don’t grab onto the hair as well as heated wax. It's easiest to do this if you buy a waxing kit, particularly if this is your first rodeo on this project. It takes about 20 minutes to wax your facial hair.

What You Need

  • Wax warmer
  • Cream wax or best wax for your facial hair and skin type
  • Pre-wax cleanser
  • Baby powder
  • Muslin or pellon strips
  • Wooden applicators
  • Wax remover or oil for the skin
  • After- wax lotion or aloe based gel
  • Tweezers

Get Ready

Before you even think about doing a facial wax, check to see if the hair on your face is long enough. It should be at least 1/4 inch long. If it's not, waxing could cause ingrown hairs. If your hair length checks out, pin or pull back your hair and wash your hands. Then wash your face thoroughly to get rid of any makeup or dirt. Pat dry and then apply a pre-wax cleanser. When your face is prepared, dust baby powder on the area you want to wax.


Start Waxing

Heat the wax in a wax warmer so it is warm but not too hot. It should look like peanut butter or honey. If it looks like oil, the wax is too hot. If that's the case, let it sit awhile until it has the consistency of honey.

Apply the wax evenly in the direction of hair growth using an applicator or wooden stick at a 45-degree angle to the hair in somewhat small sections.

You want enough wax to thoroughly cover hair but not so much that it becomes too thick to remove.

Apply a waxing strip in the direction of hair growth. Leave a bit of the strip at the end not attached to the hair, like a tab, which will be used to pull the strip off. Press your hand against the strip to smooth it out in the direction of hair growth a couple of times so the wax attaches to the hair and has slightly cooled.

Grasp the tab, hold your skin taut with one hand, and remove strip in the opposite direction of hair growth in one quick pull. If a little bit of wax with hair remains, put the strip back on your hair and pull off again in the same way.

Work in sections across your face until all the hair you don't want is gone. Don’t apply wax over the same area twice because it could burn or severely irritate your skin. When you're finished waxing, use tweezers to remove any stray hairs missed by the wax.

Finish Up

Use wax remover or natural oil to take off any remaining wax residue and then put on an after-wax lotion or an aloe-based lotion or gel to soothe your skin.


Do your waxing in front of a mirror. Practice using the wax on a small place on your body like your arm to get the feel of it and to make sure the wax is the right temperature.

Use a numbing cream or spray before you start waxing if you are wary of the pain waxing can cause. If you have sensitive skin, this is especially helpful.


Do not wax your face if you are taking Accutane or if you are using anti-aging products on your face that contain retinol.