How to Wax Arm Hair

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How to Wax Arm Hair
Tips on how to wax arm hair (white tank top image by Leticia Wilson from

Excessive hair growth on the arms can often cause a degree of embarrassment for women and men. Aside from shaving or utilising another method, waxing provides an effective means of hair removal. While shaving may cause unsightly stubble and ingrown hairs, waxing is more likely to yield smooth skin and an overall softer regrowth of hair. Although the variables involved with the waxing process depend on the type of wax you decide to use, you can follow these tips to properly wax arm hair.

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Things you need

  • Waxing kit
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Aloe

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  1. 1

    Purchase a waxing kit. If you want to wax your own arm hair, a waxing kit provides the least expensive option for doing so. Waxing kits are available at drugstores and beauty supply stores around the world.

  2. 2

    Read the instructions on the box. Depending on the type of kit you buy, the instructions will differ. It is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the specific instructions for any waxing kit.

  3. 3

    Clean the arms and pat dry with a towel. Wax adheres the best to skin that is clean and dry. Avoid trying to wax skin that feels sweaty or oily.

  4. 4

    Apply the product per packaging instructions. After the wax sets, remove it in small patches. Work your way up the length of each arm until you have removed the desired amount of hair. Afterward, apply a soothing gel like aloe to the skin.

  5. 5

    Schedule an appointment with an aesthetician. If you do not feel comfortable waxing your arms at home, leave it to a professional. Although it may be a bit more pricey, you can have an aesthetician remove the hair from your arms and avoid the stress of doing it yourself.

Tips and warnings

  • Exfoliating your arms 48 hours before waxing minimises the risk of ingrown hairs.
  • Avoid waxing if you are on Retin-A or Accutane, which make the skin extra sensitive.

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