Is Waxing Your Legs Worth the Cost?

Updated 05/14/19

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Probably the largest inch-for-inch hairy zone for anyone is their legs, it’s no wonder why we opt for leg waxing to get rid hair for weeks at a time instead of shaving. So, should you go to the salon or spa, or do the lovely task yourself at home? We broke it down for you.

The Costs

  • At Home: Do it yourself waxing kits cost between $25-$100.
  • Salon or Spa: Expect to pay $30-$55 for a half leg (ankle to knee or knee to thighs, not including bikini zone — both legs) or $45-$100 for a full leg (ankle to thighs, not including bikini zone — both legs). That’s not counting gratuity (usually 15-20% of base service price) and any tax that might be added by your state.

Preparation

  • At Home: Not only do you have to get all of the waxing supplies, but you have to heat up the wax (we recommend warm wax over cold strips) and have enough space to wax on, wax off.
  • Salon or Spa: Most aestheticians and cosmetologists are licensed to perform waxing, but that doesn’t mean they can do waxing well. If you don’t already have a preferred technician, ask friends and family who they go to for waxes, and make an appointment with the exact same person they referred you to.

Time/Effort

  • At Home: Leg waxing is not as easy as it looks, especially since the legs are a considerably large area. If you’re waxing your entire legs, you may want to enlist some help for the back of your upper thighs. If you're new to waxing, estimate at least two hours for both full legs.
  • Salon or Spa: Someone experienced can wax your both legs in about an hour. A speed waxer may be able to get through in 20-30 minutes. The only effort involved for you is making an appointment and showing up while they do the work.

Results

  • At Home: If you have never waxed before, you probably will end up breaking hairs off above or beneath the surface, and you will see the hair a lot sooner than if you removed the entire hair follicle. The tendency for missed hairs is more likely as well, but practice will help with this.
  • Salon or Spa: An experienced technician, who is well-practiced, will have your legs staying smooth for weeks.

Overall, it depends on how much money you’re willing or able to spend, and if you don’t mind doing the work at home. 

Choosing to DIY for a Special Occasion

If you're planning to do your own leg waxing for a vacation or other event, first do a practice session weeks prior to see if you're able and willing to do the waxing. If you don't practice first and mess up, calling for a last minute professional appointment might not help. Since hair needs to be at least 1/4" long, your waxing may have resulted in broken hairs. At that point, you may not qualify for a wax, and you'll have to shave.

Opting For a Professional

Book well in advance. Not only will you have a better chance of your preferred time and date, but the better technicians get booked faster. So, if you wait until the last minute, you could end up with an inconvenient time and a less experienced technician.

What Should I Expect at a Professional Leg Waxing?

Any decent salon or spa will lead you into a private room, and the technician will leave the room while you remove your pants and get under a sheet on a facial or massage bed. While the technician does your leg wax, they will try to keep your body covered as much as possible and keep you comfortable while removing the hair.

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