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The Complete Guide to Waxing Facial Hair

Waxing Facial Hair Guide

Waxing facial hair is a cornerstone of the waxing world. It can be more complicated than body waxing because of the smaller surface areas, clean lines needed, and for the fact that a bad facial wax can be written all over a client’s face.

The keys to a successful face wax lie in knowing the skin, which products to use, and how to use the best wax for facial hair. It’s also essential to master the different subcategories of facial waxing, like lip and eyebrow waxing services. 

In this article, we’ll take you through a little facial waxing training and talk about the benefits of facial waxing, the key points of a face wax for women vs. men, and deep-dive into the right facial waxing products to use at home or in the salon. We also answer some of the most-asked questions regarding giving good face.

Can you wax your face?

Woman getting a face wax

Waxing hair removal can be fantastic for facial waxing when done correctly. Waxing on the face is different from waxing the rest of the body because its skin cells are smaller, skin is thinner, and so is the layer of fat underneath. This adds challenges to full face waxing because the skin is more sensitive, oilier, and more prone to bacteria growth and dehydration. And though you can wax your face, it’s vital to protect the skin when waxing to avoid making its skin challenges worse.

LEARN MORE: How to Wax Eyebrows: The Complete Guide

Facial hair waxing cost

A full face waxing usually refers to the cheeks, lips, and side face and may include the neck and ears. A lip wax is a prominent a la carte service over cheeks and sideburns. Eyebrow waxing is an entity all its own as doing them involves a whole other skill set outside of just removing hair safely. A forehead waxing service can also be a more detailed service when used to reshape the hairline. Each service varies in cost. Here is an average spa or salon facial waxing price list.

A la Carte Facial Waxing Services

  • Full Face $20 -$50
  • Sideburns $10 - $15
  • Cheeks $10 - $15
  • Lip $8 - $15
  • Chin $10 - $15
  • Eyebrows $8 - $20
  • Neck $10 - $15
  • Nose $8 - $15
  • Forehead $10 - $15 
  • Ears $10 - $15

LEARN MORE: Waxing 101: What’s the Difference Between Soft Wax and Hard Wax?

Is it better to wax or shave facial hair?

Full face waxing can be excellent for removing unwanted facial hair. It can be superior to shaving (especially for men) because it removes hair from the root to avoid blunt, stubbly hairs from sprouting. Waxing gives a smooth finish that can last for weeks vs. shaving, which only lasts for a day or two. Waxing can create more precision when eyebrow waxing or shaping a hairline and can weaken hair growth over time.

Is it safe to wax facial hair?

Waxing can cause superficial trauma and be skin-depleting, so it’s essential to have the proper facial waxing training. To make facial waxing safer, wearing gloves and practicing the highest standards of cleanliness is the only way to go. This includes using sanitary products, proper waxing skincare, and wax, and of course, never double-dipping (even when waxing at home). 

READ: How to Reduce Waxing Pain | The Complete Guide

Can men wax their faces?

Though less common than performing a face wax for women, male face wax services are gaining popularity. Men’s facial waxing services often include eyebrow grooming and the upper cheek areas. Thicker areas of the beard are usually avoided, but waxing beards for men with thin, sparse can be par for the course.

What are some of the full face waxing benefits?

When done well, facial waxing can remove and reduce unwanted hair from the face, creating a smoother, more radiant, and brighter complexion. The results from eyebrow waxing alone can make a big difference in the overall appearance of the face and help give a makeup look more balance, symmetry, and harmony.

What are the disadvantages of waxing facial hair?

Not everyone is a candidate for facial waxing; some people can experience intense histamine reactions like hives or welts. If you haven’t had the proper training or you see an inexperienced professional, it’s not uncommon to experience skin lifting or a wax burn.

How long does facial hair have to be to wax?

Like body waxing, facial hair needs to be at least ¼ of an inch long for adequate removal. 

Tips for waxing facial hair at home

Facial wax warmer and pink hard wax beads

When learning how to wax your face at home, be sure that you’re not on any retinol products and that you’ve taken the proper precautions. When you do a face wax at home, use the right products for your skin type in your home facial waxing kit. We recommend the Starpil 4oz Facial Hard Wax Warmer or a Starter Warmer, which are smaller, but still have salon-grade technology. To provide the very best results, book with a professional.


How to pick the right face wax products:

Any artist is only as good as their tools. Using superior tools and the best wax for face hair removal doesn’t just help you create clean lines or provide even hair removal; they help keep you and your clients safe from injury. Everything you use, from your facial wax warmer and face hair removal wax to face wax strips and waxing spatulas, can make the difference in a successful facial waxing service. 

Pre-face wax tips.

Educate your clients on what they need to adhere to for a successful face wax service. Include this information on your website and through email or SMS upon their booking. Once the client is with you, tailor-make their pre-wax skincare routine according to their skin and hair type and concern.

Pre-wax care by skin type.

    • Use a post-wax oil before cleansing for dry or sensitive skin types.
    • Try adding pH-balancing rosewater for all skin types before oil or cleansing.
    • Apply cornstarch at the end of a pre-wax care routine on oily skin types if needed.
    • For ultra-sensitive skin, begin with Starsoft Pre-Wax Care to reduce waxing pain. 
    • For oily, acne-prone with sensitivity, start with Calendula Pre-Wax Gel to help stop redness and bacteria growth before it starts.

Which wax is best for facial hairs?

The best face wax kit contains wax that is exceptionally gentle or features ingredients that cater to specific skin needs. Any wax being used on the face needs to have a low melting point while still being able to grip shorter, finer hairs.

The best hard wax for face waxing can include:

  • Tablets or wax beads for face waxing services.

READ: How to Use Hard Wax Like a Pro

  • Wax Spatulas for Face Waxing
  • Woman getting eyebrows waxed with facial wax spatula

    Always work on an area of the face with the correct size waxing spatula. Different size widths and lengths make large and small areas easier to tackle. 

    • Angled Brow Spatulas or long flat wooden waxing spatulas can be the perfect brow-shaping duo because they ensure accuracy and provide the proper pressure to spread the right amount of wax onto such a detailed space. 
    • 4.5” wooden spatulas are a great size for smaller facial areas. You can use them to get to the outer edges of larger waxing areas. They’re also great for the nose and ear areas.

 After face wax tips

Waxing facial hair requires a post-wax routine and home care that speeds skin healing and keeps it clean, hydrated, and balanced to avoid infection and breakouts. 

  • After wax care for face waxing services.
  • Starpil Post-Wax Care Oil does double duty removing wax residual while infusing skin with replenishing properties. 
  • Post-Wax Care Lotion is a light and gentle chemical exfoliant the keeps skin clear from pore-clogging debris as the skin heals.
  • Starpil Post-Wax Intensive Care Lotion is excellent for at-home use for dehydrated skin.

    Here are some waxing facial hair tips on the wax applications of some of the most popular facial waxing services.

  • Eyebrows
  • It’s important to apply wax far enough from the brow so that wax doesn’t spread too far toward the brow hairs you want to keep. Use a smaller, angled waxing spatula for fine detailing.

  • Nose and inner ears
  • Use a 4.5inch wax applicator for these service types. Create a wax bulb the size of the nostril or outer ear canal. Center the stick. Put the entire bulb into the orifice and let wax set while doing the same to the other side. Once the wax has set, grip as close to the orifice as you can get. Remove the first stick in a fast and hard pull, then the other. 

  • Lip waxing
  • Over apply wax so that it gets into the inner corners of the mouth. If the client's skin can handle it, wax hairs in one direction first, then the other.

    Check out this face wax using Coral Wax by licensed professional, Cara Edwards:


    Facial waxing can be your most significant source of services. Because it’s provided by most of your colleagues, it's essential to stand out to your clients as a skincare expert as much as a waxing expert to set yourself apart among your peers. We believe that to do that, you should always be waxing with the specific needs of the skin in mind to improve the skin along with facial waxing. 

    What about you? What are your favorite facial waxing tips? Let us know in the comments!


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