Waxing for hair removal

Basic facts

An ancient method, one of the few temporary methods still commonly performed professionally.

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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




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:

Waxing data


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

Background facts

Marketing terms and tactics:

Folica sells home waxing kits (not an endorsement of Folica)

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.