There Are RULES to Leg Waxing??!

Leg Waxing

Clearly, she followed the rules.

Did you know that? There are serious and not to be broken rules to leg waxing. I know. I was shocked too.

So, I’ve recently decided to start waxing my legs instead of shaving them. I’m sick of razors and hassle and having to shave every other day. It’s not fun. Leg waxing is the obvious alternative because it last longer and is way cheaper than laser hair removal. But it’s apparently more complicated. You see, I thought you could just go and get your legs waxed. No fuss, just some hot wax tearing all the hairs out of your legs causing you to make faces you would make if being tortured all for the sake of looking “pretty”. Nope. That’s not how it’s done. There are rules. Rules people! Do ¬†you think waxers live in a willy-nilly world of chaos and anarchy? They don’t. They live in a strict world of rigidness.

Rule 1: Hair must be 1/4 of an inch to be waxed. It sounds like a little but that’s actually a fairly long leg hair to someone like me who has been shaving her legs every other day since she was 10. Your supposed to grow out your leg hair for like, 2 weeks, so it can get that long. It just seems like hot wax should be able to pull out shorter hairs than that, but who am I to argue with science?

Rule 2: Never get waxed a week before or a week after your menstrual cycle. Really? My period effects this too!?? Is there nothing I can do without having to wonder about what week it is? Apparently skin is really sensitive during these weeks, but I have to say that’s not something I’ve ever noticed before. This only leaves 2 weeks you can get your legs waxed. There is a lot more planning than expected going into this.

Rule 3: Exfoliate your legs 3 days prior to waxing and then again 3 days after waxing to avoid ingrown hairs. Never exfoliate right after waxing. Again, there is just so much planning that goes into this. But I’m also really afraid of what would happen if I didn’t follow this rule. Like, what if I did exfoliate right after waxing? Would all the skin on my leg peel off? Gross. And scary.

Rule 4: Tip your waxer. Of course. I forgot that as a woman I have to pay dearly to have every part of my body tortured in order to feel like a real woman. Why do I buy into this again? Oh yeah, hairy legs are gross.

Did you know there were that many rules to leg waxing? Why don’t they teach you this in school? My education was severely lacking. And even if they didn’t teach me this in school, why didn’t Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte prepare me for this? My razor is looking less and less like a hassle right now and more like a good friend who you don’t really like that much but who is always there when you need them no questions asked. My razor would probably bail me out of jail if I needed it. Waxing would just let me rot in a cell until it was the right week of the month.

42 thoughts on “There Are RULES to Leg Waxing??!

  1. Errr i just waxed my legs while on my period and then got a pedicure and they exfoliated my legs right after…..its been 2 days and i havent died yet from any skin peeling or such. O.o

  2. Can you wax your legs if you still have your ‘winter coat’ on? I haven’t shaved my legs all winter and they look like man legs very very hairy my leg hairs are about an inch some might be longer idk but they are really long. How painful will it be if they are longer than 1/4 of an inch? I’ve never tried waxing but i want to because i really hate shaving

    • Yep! The first time my legs were waxed, I had full-length “man hairs”, and it felt fine! I’ve had my eyebrows waxed before, and by comparison, this was less painful- in fact, my legs didn’t hurt at all. The wax wasn’t too hot, cloth strips were pressed down nicely and hair came off without any pain. It might have been that I went to a nice salon, though.

      I was getting my legs and armpits waxed for my brother’s wedding, and I got my legs waxed at one salon, and then went to a second pedicure-place to get my armpits done, since they were charging $12 for armpits, while the salon where I did my legs charged $23 for armpits, and… argh, horrifying. My legs weren’t painful- my armpits were terrible *during* and *after*. It hurt. My armpits remained feeling sticky and sore. My armpits were very red the entire night- the night of the wedding. And aghhh- it really was horrific. They ripped out hairs that brought with them *STREAMS* (thick streams) of RED blood- like big, thick streams of blood, streaming down my arms- AND they cut open a skin tag. I was like, “What is that?” and the person working there was like “Nomo” “Nomo” “Nomo”… “A nomo?” I realized after the fact that she was saying “No more.” in a Chinese accent… :/ :( … How rude. She didn’t want me talking. Ugh. So… yeah. Oh, and then I asked for a cream or ointment to be put on my armpits because they HURT, and she directed her coworker, who was handling cash and other clients, to give me the cream, and the coworker squirted it on her unwashed, uncovered fingers and came at my armpits, so I said no thank you and left. (I’m so glad I did that- dirty manicure-place fingers on an armpit with hairs removed and STILL-BLEEDING WOUNDS- it was a nightmare!) Eek.

      But my eyebrows and legs? Wonderful. I recommend getting a good pro.

  3. Your menstrual cycle has a HUGE effect on waxing with some people. Me in particular. I can’t wax my lip or eyes within a week of my period or I would get major bumps and hot itchy!!! SO I just waxed me legs at the salon where I work and my legs are FULL of skin colored bumps and they itch like CRAZY! Well…..guess what? I got my “friend” today. Im early so I didn’t even realize it. Its sooooo not worth getting waxed during that time.

  4. I have been waxing for the last 4 months and I much rather prefer it to shaving, however it seems like my legs are not that smooth, even after waxing. How long does it usually take to be smooth after waxing for an extended period of time?

    • Hi-My legs never feel completely smooth after waxing either! I’ve had my legs done twice professionally and each time my legs feel like they need to be shaved! The gal that does them said it is because my hair grows in so many different directions. Lucky me. I am going to try waxing my own legs, it can’t hurt and will be less costly. Like you, I would like to know the answer!

      • When you shave, your hair grows back in different directions, so that is why it may hurt a little more. Once you begin waxing more often, your hair growth will become more uniform and it will be easier. You shouldn’t wax and shave at the same time because it’ll be really bad for your skin. As for smoothness, try rubbing almond oil on afterwards.

  5. That’s all a pile of poo, apart from the first rule. I’ve been getting waxed since I was 11 that’s now 6 years. As for the 4th rule it is appreciated, just like tipping your hair dresser or the waitress. But Luckily my mam owns a hair and beauty salon so I’ve never had to pay for a hair cut, wax, facial, manicure or anything :D

    • Tipping your waitress or hairdresser is not “appreciated”. It’s expected. Same as tipping a waxer, a tattoo artist, or your maid if you stay in a hotel. All of these things are common courtesy, not “appreciated”.

  6. This is fascination!
    (meant to type ‘fascinating’ but now I kind of like the effect so I’ll leave it)

    Having always been an at-home-waxer I didn’t know any of the rules except rule 1 but I love rule 4 – now I know I have to tip myself so I can treat myself to something nice afterwards :)

    Thanks for being funny and getting the waxing issues out there!

  7. Have you looked into the ‘rules’ for getting a Brazillian. Its like everything in my life revolves around that 15 minute torture session. How did this happen??

  8. Rule 2: Never get waxed a week before or a week after your menstrual cycle.
    Is that a real rule? I never had heard it before.
    Anyways I’m lucky not to have hair on my legs so I have no need to wax or shave. Yay me!

  9. Damned I’m not a patient person, I can’t even go to the rule #1 ! Wait such a long time… Maybe I should wait and never mind for my boyfriend… I guess I will have to wear a long leg’s pyjama at night then…!!
    Well that’s even true that having waxed legs is smoother than razed ones. :)

  10. Here’s the deal … I’ve been waxing since I was 12 and never shaved … Rules are awesome, in theory, but who the hell has that much time to worry about leg hair???

    (I should warn you that I am a waxing fan :)

    What you shoul know is:
    1) Use some nice hydroating lotion after you was. It’ll help your skin and prevent ingrowing hair. This you should do every time, but it only takes a minute …

    2) Don’t worry so much about your period. It really doesn’t matter if you make sure to lotion you legs afterwards … But where I’m from we don’t wax DURING our period because it last less time… it’s hormones or something…

    3) It’s true that hair has to be a bit long, but it also last longer than shaving. And in time, less hair grows because the folicule weaken, which is actually the exact oposite from what happens when you shave.

    4) Exfoliating is awesome … legs are smooth and you just want to touch them all the time :) If you exfoliate right after, chances are that you’ll irritate the skin, but no peeling off, I think :S

    Hope this helps you!!! Go waxing!!!!!!

  11. Hilarious AND informative! Have I asked you to marry me yet? Cause I’m really thinking about it.

    I’ve also considered waxing my legs at home. Don’t worry– if I do it, I’ll videotape it :) I tend to keep stylists entertained when I’m getting my brows waxed, so I’m guessing my legs will be exponentially more entertaining. I’ve got the “let your hair grow for about 2 weeks” thing down. Hell, I’ve gone a lot longer than that without shaving them! Unfortunately, I’m thinking it’s the wrong week of the month to do it. Grrr.

    At least with waxing my legs, I don’t have to make sure that I get the right shape.

  12. That’s the awful part of being a woman. I knew all this stuff but because of my sister and my mom (but more of my sister because my mom was blesses by being “hairless”….lucky her. And damn the genetics.
    Still….
    (btw the rule about your period is only if you get sensitive…if not, you can go anyway)

  13. ” what if I did exfoliate right after waxing? Would all the skin on my leg peel off? ”
    – yes. yes it would. Take it from a gal who has been there and done that.

    I used to wax, but that inteval of hair growth really plays a damper on your social life. Even in the dead of winter I had a tough time with that, not just for the obvious reasons (feeling like a hairy mamoth and less than attractive) but also because it is uncomfortable. I don’t know how men walk around with hair legs all pulling and tugging in pants and stuff. OUCH. not a fan.

    Me and my over priced venus are best friends now since we went through our break in 2001. stonger than ever dude.

    though, if I were to do something like Survivor, I can’t imagine not waxing prior to the show. Seeing the girls this season groom eachothers arm pitts with scissors has scared my brain.

    • I know, right? Those scissors looked rusty.

      I just can’t past how long my leg hair has to be in order to be waxed. I’m not sure if I’m going to go through with this or not…

  14. Wow. Who knew? Since my cycle has never been reliably regular, I guess Rule #2 means I need to stick to razors or chemical hair removers. (Which, incidentally, also come with a pile of rules. And leave me terrified that I will accidentally end up bald.)

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