A Guide for When to Wax Your Body Parts, If You're Into That Kind of Thing

Updated 05/17/17
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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Waxing is an interesting topic to broach, as so much of the body hair discussion remains veiled with taboo. The choice of if, when, and where we wax is ours—free from judgment and restrictions. Or at least, it should be. Nonetheless, just like everything else, there are trends that pop up and become the norm. A study published in JAMA Dermatology surveyed 3300 women between the ages of 18 and 65 and found 84% of those surveyed had groomed their pubic hair and 16% had not. (More than 20% of those who had, had partners who preferred it.)

Despite how much I'd love to let my body hair grow the way it was meant to (because, feminism), I feel better when I wax. And that's okay, as it's a personal choice. What's just as okay? Not removing your hair at all or doing any type of grooming in between. Still, it's important to have all the facts, no matter what you choose. As such, we developed simple, easy guidelines for how often you should wax each body part if you're into that kind of thing. Keep scrolling for your new grooming schedule.

Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis


"Facial hair, such as brow, lip, and chin hair, grows in much quicker than hair on the rest of your body," says Melanie Coba, European Wax Center's brand ambassador. "Since facial hair tends to grow quickly and is more visible, we recommend waxing on a more frequent basis to minimize regrowth."

For your face, I recommend using strip wax with a paraffin base, so it's easy on sensitive skin," says Nikki Babian, the lead specialist at Spruce & Bond Scarsdale. "It shouldn't be the typical sticky wax that can grip and pull the skin. I like to use strip wax on those baby hairs around the mouth to get all the peach fuzz off."


"It's best to wax your underarms every two weeks, as it's obvious when there's regrowth," Coba says. "You'll get the best results if you stay on a consistent schedule, as your skin will remain smooth and pretty fuss-free."

"I always recommend using hard wax on the underarms since that's a very sensitive area," warns Babian. Do some research on the type of wax they use at the place you've chosen to go before making an appointment. It can make all the difference.

Make sure to prep beforehand and read nine things no one ever tells you about waxing.

Bikini Area

"We use a proprietary blend we call comfort wax, which is beeswax and other high-quality ingredients," says Coba. "In the short and long term, waxing will allow for hair growth to become softer and more sparse. Most of our clients are surprised at how quickly their hair changes when they stick to a schedule, and the results only get better and better the longer you do it. For a bikini wax, those who frequent the beach benefit from waxing their bikini line every two weeks. But, for a full bikini or Brazilian bikini service, you're recommended to come in every three to four weeks.

This allows the proper amount of time for regrowth."

Babian notes you should request hard wax on your bikini as well, because it's super sensitive. 

Now, here are four little-known hair-removal methods that don't involve waxing.

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