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Do You Have Any Tips for Waxing Long Hair?

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Question: Do You Have Any Tips for Waxing Long Hair?
Answer: Generally, hair needs to be about ¼" long for the wax to be able to grab onto. If it's not long enough then the hair may not be able to get removed, especially if it's thick. But hair to the other extreme, with too much length, isn't good either.

Waxing Long Hair (1/2" or more) Can Create Other 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 you'll see the hair faster and you have more of a chance of getting ingrown hair (see: Waxing and Ingrown Hair).
  • Increased pain. Many people say that it hurts a little bit more if their long, thick hair is removed versus the normal ¼" (read more tips on waxing pain).
  • Missed hair. When the wax is applied it pushes hair down flat against the skin. Long hair will cover some hair underneath, not allowing it to get enough wax on these hairs so they can get removed.

Just Trim It

You can avoid some of these problems above 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 and 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 (compare prices) that manual trims hair down to almost a perfect ¼" without using batteries.

If you're going to get a professional wax, they should trim the hair down for you at your appointment. Don't use scissors, you risk cutting some hair too short.

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