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How long should I let hair grow before waxing?

Updated April 17, 2017

To successfully remove hair by waxing there needs to be some growth for the wax to adhere to. Sue Ismiel, inventor of Nad's Natural Hair Removal recommends waxing hair when it is between 3 to 5 centimetres, or about 1 to 2 inches, long.

Less Than One Centimeter

A common complaint about waxing is that the longer the hair, the more painful the process. The optimum length for waxing is about a quarter-inch, according to Teens Health.

Bottom Line

Hair that is too long will be very painful to wax while hair that is too short will not adhere to the wax, so what is the optimum length? The Boston-based waxing specialists at Spa Newbury recommend growing your hair to 1/4- to 1/2-inch and no longer than 3/4 inch for a bikini wax.

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An accredited makeup artist, Stacey Richardson has written for various fashion, beauty and lifestyle publications since 2007. Her work has appeared both in print and online for a variety of international companies. Richardson has a Bachelor of Design, honors, with a major in fashion communications, and a TEFL diploma, specializing in business communications.