For most people, the largest inch-for-inch hairy zone is their legs, so it’s no wonder why we opt for leg waxing, which can keep your legs smooth for longer, as opposed to shaving. With that being said, it's important to consider how you'll conduct the waxing: should you go to the salon or spa, or do the lovely task yourself in the comfort of your own home? We broke down the experience for you so you can make the most informed decision possible. Happy waxing!
- 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.
- 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 trusted person they referred you to.
- 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, and do some research on proper technique beforehand.
- Salon or Spa: Someone experienced can wax both your 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.
- 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 perfect your technique.
- 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 make a mistake, calling for a last minute professional appointment might not be able to fix it. 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.
To help minimize pain, try applying a topical numbing product (like GG Anesthetic Numbing Spray, $12) to your legs before waxing.
What Should I Expect at a Professional Leg Waxing?
A salon or spa will lead you into a private room, and you'll get undressed and on top of the waxing table. While it may be a professional conducting the waxing, it doesn't mean the process won't be a bit uncomfortable at times. Be sure to communicate with your technician about your comfort levels and preparing you before they remove the wax strip. If you're pleased with the results and want to return to the same technician, be sure to book in advance!