How long should pubic hair be for waxing?

One of the most frequently asked questions before getting a Brazilian or bikini wax is how long should my pubic hair be for waxing? This is a valid and important question as the hair being too short means that the wax won’t have any hair to stick to. If the hair is too long, the waxing may not be effective and the strips may tug on the hair, causing pain.

Whether this is your first time preparing to get waxed, or if you are a bikini or Brazilian waxing regular, this guide will help you get you pubic hair to the perfect length for your upcoming wax appointment.

How Long Should My Pubic Hair Be for Waxing?

Ideally, your pubic hair should be 1/4″-1/2″ for your waxing. If you are new to Brazilian or bikini waxes, your pubic hair will be thicker. In this case, you will likely want your hair to be a big longer, closer to the 1/2″ end of the spectrum. As you progress through your waxing appointments, your hair will likely grow in thinner, allowing you to have it waxed at a shorter length (1/4″).

The perfect hair length for waxing is going to depend on a variety of factors including: your body, the waxing products being used, the service requested, and your hair removal experience.

Can Pubic Hair Be Too Long to Wax?

In short, yes, pubic hair can be too long to wax. If your pubic hair is too long, the waxing process may be ineffective or painful. When the wax is placed on the pubic hair, the hair is flattened, causing the wax to stick to multiple places on each hair. When the wax is pulled off, this can cause tugging on the hair, potentially irritating the skin, and creating unnecessary additional pain for the client.

Some salons will trim your hair for you if it is too long. However, your best bet is to trim it yourself prior to your appointment. There are a few ways to accomplish this. One solution is that you can shave it yourself when you are ~2-4 weeks away from your appointment (depending on how fast your hair grows). This will allow your hair to grow out to the sufficient hair length for waxing (1/4″-1/2″) prior to your waxing appointment.

BrazilianWaxGuide.com’s Recommended Trimmers

If you are interested in trimming your hair yourself, we have a couple recommended pubic hair trimmers:

Brori Electric Razor for Women

$29.98

The Brori Electric Razor for Women is a great, all-around trimmer for getting that perfect hair length for a Brazilian wax. One of the favorite products that we've reviewed, it is clearly designed with women in mind. This sleek trimmer can be used on your arms, legs, back, armpits and, of course, your intimate bikini line area.

The Brori razor is safe for both wet and dry use, so you can use it in the shower and it has a built-in LED light so you don't miss any of those nooks and crannies.

Philips Norelco OneBlade Face + Body hybrid electric trimmer and shaver

$109.99

If you are looking for the ultimate hair-trimming package, the Philips Norelco OneBlade's is for you. This trimmer is a hair cutting powerhouse, able to cut through even the thickest of beards, so it will have no trouble trimming your pubic hair prior to your waxing appointment.

The package features an impressive battery life and a variety of adjustable attachments that allow you to get the perfect desired length. Plus, if you are looking for a Manzilian wax, the design and packaging may appeal to men as well as women.

Remington WPG4050 Smooth & Silky Body & Bikini 5 Piece Groomer Kit

$26.99 $41.99

This is a great all-around waxing kit, especially if you are looking for a cheaper option. The additional attachments that come with the 5-piece kit allow you to adjust the length at which you want to cut your hair. Also, if you need a quick touch up prior to your next appointment, this kit should allow you to get that perfect length.

The package also comes with a handy travel bag, so you can take the kit with you on the go.

Can I Get a Brazilian Wax if My Hair is Long?

Yes, it is better that your hair is too long rather than too short as it can always be trimmed if necessary. However, your best bet is always to consult with your waxing salon prior to your appointment. They are there to make the waxing process a pleasant experience for you, so ask them how long your hair should be, if you should trim it or if they can help you with that, etc.

Do I Need to Trim Before Brazilian Wax?

While you can absolutely trim prior to your Brazilian or bikini wax, you may want to consult with your salon. Many (most) salons can help you with the trimming process. If might be worthwhile to contact the salon and let them know that you would like to request a trim with your appointment as this may require additional time.

How Long Does It Take Hair to Grow Back?

Typically, it will take around four weeks of post wax pubic hair growth for your hair to be long enough to wax. This time allows for your hair to grow back to a good length for waxing, while also giving your skin and hair follicles time to rest and recover. However, the time it takes for hair to grow back to waxing length depends on a variety of different factors. If it is your first time getting a Brazilian wax, the post wax growth time may be shorter, sometimes by up to weeks, than someone who regularly waxes.

Hopefully, this post provided you with everything you need to know and answered all of your questions about how long your public hairs should be for your Brazilian wax or Bikini wax appointment. If you have any other waxing-related questions, feel free to get in touch!

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