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If and how and when you choose to groom your pubic hair is completely your call. But if you’ve realized that bikini hair removal is your jam, you likely may also be on board the bikini wax train. The results are notably longer lasting than what you’d get with shaving, not to mention that waxing also largely minimizes the risk of razor burn.
For some, having a complete stranger (read: professional waxer) do the hard work is no big thing. But there’s no way around it—a bikini wax is never going to be comfortable or pleasant, and for many people, that added ‘now a stranger is involved’ factor can only make things more awkward. Enter at-home waxes. Sure, there’s a little bit of a learning curve and a certain skill set involved, but once you get the hang of it, going the DIY route is an easy, affordable alternative. The caveat: Be sure to seek out a wax specially made for this sensitive area and read (and follow) the directions carefully, since not all waxes are created equal.
Similarly, Rhea Souhleris Grous, the founder of La Suite Skincare and an aesthetics specialist with more than two decades experience, admits it's difficult on your own at first. "Having waxed both clients and myself, I have to acknowledge that inflicting pain on oneself can be difficult. It also presents a challenge in finding the right angle on intimate parts of your body, " she laments. Grous advises, "It is important to pull the wax strip against hair growth, making it quite difficult to reach tough areas. I would recommend at-home waxing mainly for people with minimal hair in small, easy-to-reach areas. Also, people with very curly or thick hair should avoid waxing themselves, to prevent ingrowns, because the follicle can break during the pulling process (especially if you pause)."
That said, it can be done—and if you put in the time and practice, it'll pay off. Especially with the right at-home products. No matter whether you’re looking to completely bare it all or just want to clean up your bikini line, these top waxes for hair removal will help you get the job done.
Best Overall: GiGi Brazilian Waxing Kit
This convenient kit offers everything you need, from start to finish. First, let’s talk about the wax. It’s a hard wax, which is especially choice for your bikini area; ideal for coarser hairs, it wraps around each one, making it easier to remove. It does make the process a bit longer since you’ll need the wax to melt thoroughly before you can do anything. Happily, the warmer included here is professional-grade and does so in less than 30 minutes. You also get 30 different applicator sticks in three different sizes, a prep oil to use pre-wax, and a skin cooling and calming post-wax gel.
Best Strips: Nair Wax Ready Strips
We’ve all been there: You’re about to head out to the beach when suddenly you spot one or two (or seven) errant hairs sticking out of your bikini. That’s where these strips come up big time. You don’t have to heat or warm them up at all, it’s a straightforward ‘peel-and-stick’ situation. You get 40 of the strips in a pack, which take off even super short hairs, along with post-wax wipes to quickly and easily clean up any residue.
Best Value: Flamingo Face Wax Kit
This unique wax blend is the first of its kind in the US, a soft wax that doesn’t require any heating or warming, or extra sticks or spatulas to apply it. It’s built into these strips (which have a wavy edge that makes gripping super easy), in a kit that also includes a post-wax cloth and calming serum. FYI, while they’re intended for face, the brand says you can also use these (instead of their body strips) to address the delicate skin around your bikini line.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Completely Bare Ready, Set, Wax Hypoallergenic Wax Strips
Waxing can be a recipe for stressed skin, particularly if you’re prone to irritation to begin with. Happily, these strips are hypoallergenic and free of both fragrance and artificial color, two common culprits that can irritate sensitive skin. They’re also meant to be warmed up in your hands, so there’s no need to worry about them getting too hot and the heat irritating your skin. While they’re great for the bikini, as the name suggests you can use them on your face and body, too; the box comes with different size strips for this very reason.
Best Drugstore: Veet Ready to Use Sensitive Formula Wax Strip Kit
Quick and easy, these also have the benefit of working well on areas other than your bikini line, think legs, arms, even face. Credit a wax that acts like a liquid, effectively coating hairs of any and all lengths, and is infused with vitamin E and almond oil to leave skin feeling extra silky soft. We love them for quickie touch-ups.
Best Microwavable: Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit
Generally speaking, microwaving a hard wax to melt it isn’t the best method, since it can result in uneven temperature…and trust us, you don’t want to burn yourself with overly hot wax. But let’s be real: Popping something into the microwave is always the easiest way to go. That’s why we appreciate that this wax contains paraffin wax, so it melts down quickly and smoothly at a much lower temperature. Plus, it’s also infused with nourishing chamomile oil to minimize the risk of irritation. The vibrant blue hue is both pretty and makes it very easy to see exactly where you’ve applied the wax and where you need to remove it.
Best for Minimalists: Parissa Hot Wax Strip-Free Kit
The hard wax in this formula is made with gentle-on-skin beeswax and chamomile. And if you don’t have a ton of space or dislike clutter, you’ll appreciate that rather than coming with a full-on warmer, it comes with a small metal pan you simply heat up on the stovetop. There are also no strips needed; simply pull off the wax once it’s cooled. Bonus points for the included azulene oil as well, a double-duty oil that protects the skin when used before waxing, and helps soothe inflammation afterward.
Best Natural: Nad’s Hair Removal Gel Kit
This gel wax relies on natural ingredients such as sugar, honey, and date extract to remove hair. Not only is that gentle on skin, but it also means if you goof up and get it where it doesn’t need to be, you can quickly and easily wipe it away. Also nice: The strips are made of 100% cotton and can even be washed and reused, making this a great pick for those looking to cut down on their beauty trash.
Best Luxury: Wakse Hard Wax Beads
Who says a bikini wax can’t turn into an indulgent self-care moment? These beads come in gold, rose gold, and liquid mercury variants, each of which are infused with different calming essential oils. Plus, how pretty are they? All you have to do is melt them in the microwave, apply the wax, and then peel off the stripless formula.