Waxing for hair removal

Basic facts
  • An ancient method, one of the few temporary methods still commonly performed professionally.
  • Select this link for specifics on Sugaring.


  • Hot wax is applied to the skin, and a strip of cloth or paper is pressed into the preparation. The strip is then quickly pulled away, taking hairs with it.


  • Can be done at home
  • Fast
  • Inexpensive


  • Hairs can break off at or below surface
  • Can be messy
  • Consistency is difficult to get correct
  • One must be careful to avoid infecting skin

Clinical data:


  • $25-$75 for home use kits; $20-$200 for professional waxing (based on areas treated)
Background facts

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Historical overview:

  • This method has been around for thousands of years, but in modern times, waxing has become more popular than sugaring.

Government regulation:

  • Many states require a cosmetologist or aesthetician’s license to do hair removal like waxing.