Waxing is a beauty practice that has been around for centuries after originating in Egypt, likely dating back as early as 3000 BC. Since then, it’s been adopted by a wide range of cultures and has become a popular way to keep various areas of the body free of hair.
It’s not an entirely painless process of hair removal, however, which leads many people to ask themselves the all-important question: How long was waxing last? Is it worth it?
Two to six weeks is the broad guideline given by most beauticians, but it’s tricky to pin down.
The answer to this question can never be exact due to variables such as your hair’s growth, which area of the body you’re waxing, and how accurately the wax was applied to the areas, but we’ll provide you with a few good estimates that hint at how long you’ll be hairless for.
How Long Does Face Waxing Last?
Whilst the majority of magazines boast beautifully hairless models, made to look like angels among the glossy pages, most people are not blessed with a naturally hair-free face.
Face waxing is a popular treatment for people who wish to remove their face fuzz for a smoother, softer look, but it’s definitely an area that can bring a tear to your eye if waxed.
The treatments will typically involve a beautician who will heat the wax and spread it across the intended area using a spatula. Next, a piece of fabric is placed on top. Then they pull.
The hair is thus ripped from its follicles, following the direction that is opposite to your hair’s growth, removing the hairs and their roots with them. This is what causes more time to pass before the regrowth starts, unlike shaving where the root remains and can grow back faster.
A face wax treatment will typically last for around two to six weeks, during which time you’ll notice the hairs that reappear are thinner and less coarse or wiry. If you continue to have wax treatments, eventually you will be able to go the full six weeks before needing to rebook.
How Long Does Pubic Waxing Last?
Pubic waxing is another commonly requested hair-removal treatment, with hundreds of bikini waxes and other pubic waxing being booked in advance of the coming summer months.
The length of time that the results of pubic waxing are predicted to last for is shorter than the guideline for face waxing, and it is only estimated as lasting for up to three to four weeks.
As tempting as it might be to book in for your next appointment earlier than the advisable three to four weeks, you can actually end up with results that last for less time by doing so.
This is because it’s recommended that you allow your hair to reach a length of ¼ inch before waxing, and attempting to remove the hair when it’s shorter than this can cause patchiness.
Aftercare is also especially important when you’ve recently had a wax treatment near the pubic area, as the skin here is more prone to developing ingrown hairs. Aloe vera gel can be used to soothe redness, bumpiness, and itching down there but try not to scratch the area.
You should also avoid having sex for 24 to 48 hours after waxing, so try to control yourself!
How Long Does Leg Waxing Last?
If you’ve tried one form of waxing before, it was probably leg waxing. Am I right?
From scenes in movies where clueless teens are seen applying home waxing kits (with varying degrees of success, depending on what film you’re watching) to adverts on TV, leg waxing is a widely known and accepted method of hair removal.
Whether you go for a half or full leg wax, you can expect the results to last you for up to a solid four to six weeks. This is perfect for the summer months when you can’t be bothered to reach for your usual razer practically every day as you take your morning shower.
However, your legs are one of the areas where your hair type will have the most impact on the results of your wax. People with thick, dark hair, for example, tend to experience faster regrowth compared to those who have blonde hair, therefore their wax won’t last as long.
I guess blondes really do have more fun…
How Often Should You Wax?
Another thing to keep in mind is how often you go for a wax treatment. Most beauticians will offer to book your back in when you go to pay at the end of your wax, which can be a useful way to make sure you’ve left an appropriate amount of time between appointments.
Frequent waxing also leads to less regrowth, meaning you can leave a longer period of time between appointments without the hair growing back too quickly before your next session.
Therefore, if you see a wax treatment advertised as having results that last for up to 6 weeks, but this is the first time you’re considering waxing, you should expect your hair to grow back within the shortest time frame given for this treatment instead of the longest.
The estimated timeline of your wax treatment doesn’t mean that you have to rebook your appointment every time you reach the end of this time, however, and there are plenty of people who only indulge in these types of beauty treatments when it’s for a special occasion.
Waxing can be a great alternative to shaving if you’re looking for something that will last for longer between grooming sessions, but there are a few other things to consider. For one thing, waxing is painful! If you have a low pain threshold already, you might want to rethink it.
Waxing may be a convenient and long-lasting method of hair removal but it’s often also a more expensive method than conventional shaving, and the appointment can last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour depending on your selected treatment(s).
With that said, waxing is more affordable than its other alternatives; such as laser treatment or threading.
If you’ve reached the end of this article and you’ve decided that waxing is the way forward for you, there are a few things you should be aware of as you may need to prepare for your appointment. You will, however, have any required action explained to you by a beautician.
To summarize, try to adhere to the following guidelines prior to turning up for your wax:
- Moisturize the area the day or night before your appointment.
- Exfoliate the skin you’ll be waxing to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.
- Try to avoid booking a wax if the area has a number of open wounds or cuts.
- Ensure the area and your skin is clean without any product residue remaining.
- Allow your hair to have grown out to the recommended length for waxing – on the other hand, you may need to trim it slightly if the hair is too long.
Follow these tips and any advice that your beautician gives you regarding the aftercare post-wax treatment and you’ll reap the rewards for weeks to come.
From nails to skin and hair to makeup and even waxing and eye care, Steph loves it all. A firm believer in personal expression and style she’s rarely ready on time herself but loves helping others look their best.