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Waxing in the Winter: Everything You Need to Know

Waxing in the Winter

It’s no secret that a lot of clients tend to skip their regular waxing schedule or not go into the salon as much during the winter months. After all, we’re all wearing long pants and clothing, right? Wrong! Waxing during the winter is integral to keeping up your hair growth cycle and keeping your skin healthy. 

Table of Contents

  • Why Bother Waxing in the Winter?
  • How to Start a Waxing Routine in Winter
  • How Winter Waxing Helps Hair Growth Cycles 
  • What is the Best Fest Time to Wax?
  • Which Wax is Best in Winter?
  • Final Thoughts
  • Waxing in winter brings huge benefits for those who wax regularly throughout the year, and especially for those who are just starting out on their waxing journey. Keep reading for all of our top tips to wax in winter…the right way.

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    Person with hairy legs wearing cozy socks in the winter

    Why Bother Waxing In The Winter?

    Just because our wardrobe has changed to bundling up doesn't mean that the hair has magically stopped growing on our bodies.

    There are lots of times and opportunities for you to show off your skin despite the clothing layers we often put on in winter. Additionally, continuing on your regular waxing schedule will keep your hair growth cycle consistent. 

    If you’re thinking of taking a break from waxing during the winter months, consider the following if you might put down the wax. 

    • Winter months often call for lots of parties which coincidentally are often in warm homes. 

    Wearing shorter dresses might cause you to feel a little insecure if you have more hair on your legs than you’re used to. Though it’s never wrong to have some hair on your legs, keeping up with your usual routine might make you a little more comfortable. 

    • All because it’s snowy or cold outside doesn’t mean it’s time to give up the bikinis. There’s never a bad time to jump in the hot tub! If you want to jump in with confidence, waxing might also be a must for a nice tropical getaway during the snowy season.
    • Keeping your facial hair in check during the winter should be the same as in the summer months. No one wants an out-of-control mustache, regardless of the season! 

    Now that you're convinced to keep up your essential waxing routine, what about those curious about just getting into waxing during these colder months? Is it the right time of year to do so? Let’s investigate when to start a waxing routine so you’re always looking your best. 

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    How to Start A Waxing Routine in Winter 

    If you're new to waxing and looking for a way to ease into the process, winter is a great time to start your routine. After all, the first few months of your waxing regimen can be a little awkward or uncomfortable as you’re getting into the swing of things. 

    In the beginning, waxing can be a little more painful and give some discomfort. But...after those initial few appointments (remember, your waxing services can be spread anywhere from 4-6 weeks), you'll be hooked!

    Initially, your body may react to waxing in different ways. Sometimes after you first begin waxing, your body can get a bit inflamed or irritated in your freshly-waxed areas, leaving you with redness, bumps, or pimples.

    Allowing your body time to adjust and heal up will ensure much more flawless results as you continue on your waxing journey. The more often you wax, your body will learn how to respond better and better. Additionally, keeping to your routine and practicing the right pre and post-wax care will also ensure that your body will adapt and your results will become increasingly flawless over time. 

    In the winter months, you show your skin off a lot less. If you use this opportunity to go through the transitional beginning phases of waxing and take on whatever slight reactions wax may bring when no one can see, it’ll be easier for you to start your process and show off your amazing, consistent results once things start warming up again.

    The more you continue to wax regularly, the better your body will respond, and you'll find yourself with more pristine results.

    How Winter Waxing Helps Hair Growth Cycles

    Waxing in the winter can also help keep your hair growth cycles consistent with one another.

    There are four phases of hair growth: anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen.

    Hair Cycles Chart


    During the anagen phase of the hair cycle, hair is actively growing. This is when you want to wax! Believe it or not, this portion of the growth cycle can last anywhere from two to even six years. Getting through the transitional changes of waxing during the winter will ensure great results when summer comes around.

    The other three phases are not quite as crucial to waxing. However, it is helpful to know some basics about hair growth so you can better understand why waxing is still incredibly important.

    The catagen phase lasts for just 10-14 days, and the telogen phase lasts 50-100 days before the cycle resets again, with the anagen phase starting over.

    Hair has the potential to grow for years before it even reaches that last exogenous phase.

    When you first begin waxing, you might notice that your results don’t always last as long as you’d expect. This is because each hair follicle can be in a different phase in these hair growth cycles.

    Waxing in regular intervals will allow you to remove each hair while it is in the anagen growth phase so eventually all of your hair will be on a similar, consistent hair growth pattern. Hence the more often you wax, the more flawless and long-lasting results you will get! 

    Waxing in the winter months gives you this grace period to get your hair all on the same cycle, so your results look their best for the summer months.

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    What Is The Best Time To Wax?

    The best time to wax regularly is every 4-6 weeks continuously throughout the year - even in winter! Starting for the first time during the colder months is also ideal.

    If you're new to waxing, you may find yourself not as comfortable with a particular salon and find that the wax they use has an adverse effect on your skin. If you’ve had this experience, don't give up on all waxes quite yet! There is a wax out there made just for you, but it may take a few tries to find it. Remember, just as not all salons and estheticians are made the same, it’s the same case with waxes!

    Starting in the winter months will give you plenty of time to get settled and used to the salon and esthetician you choose, and to find which wax is best for your skin.

    Speaking of wax, which wax is best for those winter months?

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    Which Wax Is Best In Winter?

    There are a multitude of options offered by Starpil to meet all the needs of our clients, newbies, or regulars. That being said, we recommend choosing one of our bestselling Stripless Hard Wax formulas for winter services. Many of these formulas not only provide amazing results on any body waxing service but also contain specialty ingredients to nourish even the driest or most sensitive winter skin.

    Our Coral Wax is a top choice for the winter months because of its detoxifying properties, huge skin benefits for those experiencing patchiness during the winter months, and of course, it's fantastic ability to pull hair.


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