While it depends on many factors, results from waxing can last up to 6 weeks. You’ll probably start to see new hair growth around 3 to 4 weeks.
How long waxing lasts depends on many things and may vary from person to person.
Does it depend on the type of wax used? Not necessarily. Both hard and soft waxes should last around the same length of time.
However, hard waxes can be more accurate at removing smaller hairs.
Hard wax, which is applied directly to the skin and removed without the assistance of strips, adheres to hairs as small as ⅙ of an inch.
This means that if you haven’t grown your hair out as long as necessary, or if your hair growth isn’t even, the wax will likely remove the smaller hairs in addition to the longer hairs.
Soft waxes, which require cloth strips for removal, exfoliate the top layer of the skin in addition to removing hair. This could mean that the smallest hairs don’t get removed.
This certainly could impact the length between waxes.
If you go to a professional, they’re trained in waxing and likely perform waxes multiple times per day. This means they could be more accurate with their waxing.
If you DIY your wax and you haven’t done it many times before, you could be prone to more breakage.
Breakage happens when the wax doesn’t pull out the entire hair at the root, and instead it breaks it off at surface level. This means that the hair will grow back faster.
Definitely. Hair grows at different rates and in different textures all over the body.
You’ve probably noticed that the hair on your legs is less coarse than the hair on your eyebrows or underarms.
Because of this, you might notice that your hair on your waxed legs will grow at a different rate than hair on your waxed eyebrows.
Waxing isn’t the only form of hair removal to consider. Other forms can provide short-term or longer-term results.
Shaving removes the hair at the surface level of the skin.
This method lasts anywhere from a couple of days to a week depending on how fast your hair grows.
However, some people find this method more suitable because it’s cheaper, easier to buy the materials for, and less painful than other forms of hair removal.
Sugaring will likely last the same length as waxing — up to 6 weeks, with new hair growth around 3 to 4 weeks.
A lot of people draw similarities between sugaring and waxing, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the less painful version of waxing.
The paste — a combination of sugar, lemon, and water — is more suited for sensitive skin.
However, sugaring is less prone to hair breakage than waxing, so there’s a chance that sugaring could last slightly longer when done correctly.
Known for removing hair from the face and brows, threading pulls the hairs at the root.
Full regrowth of hair can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on where you thread and how thick your hair is.
Epilating, like waxing, removes hair from the root. It utilizes a device called an epilator that plucks hair as it glides across the skin.
You should expect similar results to waxing: around 3 to 4 weeks before regrowth occurs.
Unlike waxing, though, epilators tend to pick up the finer, shorter hairs that can be neglected with wax.
There are three steps in the cycle of hair growth.
- Anagen phase. This first step is when the hair cells divide and hair sprouts and grows. About
90 percent of the hairon a human body is in this growth phase.
- Catagen phase. In this very short period of transition, the hair separates from the base and the blood supply is cut off.
- Telogen phase. During this final resting phase, hair is pushed out of the skin and falls out.
Once hair is removed or falls out, the growth cycle begins again.
Hormones, diet, and your DNA can affect your personal hair growth cycle.
A good hormone balance means stronger, healthier hair. So if you have an imbalance of hormones, this could negatively impact the rate and texture that your hair grows.
As well, your genetic makeup can make your hair growth look different from your friend’s hair growth.
It’s also believed that a consistent waxing routine can make hair grow back thinner and slower. So, the more you stick to waxing, the longer lasting and less painful it will be.
There certainly is.
Dry or rough skin can make hair more prone to breakage, so remember to exfoliate and moisturize between waxing appointments.
Preventing ingrown hairs and bumps can also help keep your waxing in pristine condition. You can do so by moisturizing the area and applying ingrown hair oil.
Waxing technicians recommend waiting 6 weeks before your next wax.
Resist the urge to shave, pluck, or poke at hairs until your waxing appointment to ensure smooth, even results.
Waxing should last anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, depending on your personal hair growth, the location of your wax, and the accuracy of the application.
If you’re not sure waxing is for you, there are many other forms of hair removal that will last anywhere from days to weeks and even more long-term.
The most important part of hair removal is finding a solution that feels right for you and fits your needs.
Jen is a wellness contributor at Healthline. She writes and edits for various lifestyle and beauty publications, with bylines at Refinery29, Byrdie, MyDomaine, and bareMinerals. When not typing away, you can find Jen practicing yoga, diffusing essential oils, watching Food Network or guzzling a cup of coffee. You can follow her NYC adventures on Twitter and Instagram.