How Long Should You Grow Out Leg Hair Before Waxing?

by Jaimie Zinski ; Updated September 28, 2017

Waxing is the most effective, albeit the most painful, hair removal treatment that can be performed in the comfort of your own home. The effects of waxing can last for weeks, and there are procedures that can be followed to ensure your waxing experience is more beneficial.

Hair Length

For waxing to be effective, hair must be at least 1/8 inch long, but an ideal length would be 1/4 inch. The longer the hair, the more likely it has all grown to approximately the same length, so it can all be removed without any stray patches of hair being left behind.

General Waxing Tips

Take a bath or a shower right before you wax your legs. This will help open the pores, which makes hair more easily removed. Avoid hot water for at least 24 hours after waxing. This will reopen the pores, which could lead to the introduction of bacteria. It is also very uncomfortable to wash newly waxed legs because the skin is so raw. Avoid the sun and tanning beds for at least 24 hours after waxing as well.

Pre- and Post-Waxing Procedures

Clean the area that is going to be waxed with tea tree oil before applying the wax. This will help eliminate any bacteria and avoid infection. Apply a soothing treatment post-waxing that contains aloe vera or lavender. Both ingredients will help soothe the skin sensitivity that occurs after waxing.

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About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.