How Long Should Hair Be For a Brazilian Wax?

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Brazilian wax has gained popularity over the years. It offers a simple way for you to get rid of hair from your private parts without causing any long-term damage (except maybe a bit of embarrassment). 

In this article, we’ll answer the question “How Long Should Hair Be For a Brazilian Wax?”. We’ll explain how to prepare for your next Brazilian wax session and give you tips to help care for your skin afterward.

By the end, you’ll have enough information to optimize your skin before and after the waxing appointment fully. That way, you’ll leave the waxing office with clean and beautiful skin. Your Brazilian wax will be worth it, trust us! 


How Long Should Hair Be For a Brazilian Wax?

Brazilian Wax

Pubic hair grows thicker and coarser than on other areas in your body. This will make waxing easier because it offers more of a grip of wax, but it’s important to know the recommended hair length before you start waxing. 

How Long Should Hair Be For a Brazilian Wax?

If your pubic hair is ¼” or longer, you can trim it with a razor before an appointment. This is pretty much true of all waxing… aim for about 1/4″ length.

The last thing you’ll need to do is cut your too hair short which leads to a painful waxing experience, ingrown hairs, redness, waxing bumps, etc. 

Type of Wax To Use

Throughout your waxing session, the wax specialist will go over the types of wax you can use. We suggest using hard wax as it is less invasive and removes hair faster. 

However, if you have large areas of hair, then soft wax is the right solution. While it is more painful, it is better suited if you need the hair removed quickly. 

How Much Hair is Needed to Wax Effectively?

If it is your first time waxing, it can be difficult to let your hair grow up to “¼” inches before your next appointment, especially if you’re on a regular shaving or epilating schedule.

Remember that waxing has less stubble and lasts longer than shaving, but you really want to make sure you have enough hair for the wax to get a good grip.

And over time, your hair will grow back slower and with thinner hairs

Types of Waxing

There are two types of waxing: soft wax and hard wax. The wax is applied to your skin via a spatula with soft wax. Fabric strips are smothered through the wax and are removed quickly. 

Hard wax uses hot wax and is directly applied to your skin. The wax will cool down and harden on your skin. The wax corner is lifted up and until the wax is now pulled off the skin. 

Hard wax helps you open up pores before the adhesive strips are removed, making it a good choice for sensitive areas. Thus, hot wax benefits soft wax in most scenarios. 

Benefits Of Brazilian Waxing

Brazilian Waxing Patterns

Fewer Ingrown Hairs

Shaving can be disastrous for people with ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs look unsightly and painful. At the worst, your skin will become infected and lead to scarring. 

A professional waxologist will use waxing strips to remove the ingrown hairs. This includes a fast removal process where your skin is held tight. 

If you’re prone to have ingrown hairs, speak to your technician beforehand. Two days after waxing, you should take time to moisturize and exfoliate. 

Less Itching

Many people find themselves itching excessively after shaving. Once the hair regrows on the body, the itching continues. 

However, you won’t experience the same hassle through Brazilian wax. With waxing, you’ll experience a slight prickle and a quick sting, but you’ll be itch-free after the waxing procedure. You do not have to look for shaving products that will make the itching worse or irritate your skin. 

Prevents Shaving Rashes

Shaving rashes are skin inflammation that’s caused by irritation. If you’ve shaven previously, one of the main advantages of waxing is that you’ll never have to experience shaving pain again.

You’ll expose your skin to friction through shaving, which only intensifies the skin inflammation. You can avoid this headache by giving your skin a month to recover through waxing. 

Better Regrowth

When waxing, you’ll experience better regrowth results than shaving. You’re cutting off the hair through shaving, resulting in a blunt cut. Usually, hairs are not blunt, which is why your hair will appear stubbly after shaving. 

Using Brazilian Wax, the hair is ripped out from the root. It reappears with a tapered end when the hair grows back and regenerates. The end result is finer, not stubbly, meaning that your skin will not have the hairy appearance as it would if you were shaving. 

No Shaving Cuts

There are times when you’ll accidentally nick your ankle or leg when shaving via razor. When shaving, you’ll need to have lather to have a clean result. However, the razor and your hands are slippery in this process, making it difficult to remove your hair easily. 

That said, Brazilian waxing can occasionally result in some minor blood spotting. Don’t be surprised if this occurs. Typically it will go away quickly.

Skin Exfoliation

Waxing removes the outer layer of your skin; this means that your skin will be brighter and smoother. Remember, this is not exfoliation. 

In fact, we suggest that you exfoliate your skin 2-3 days before your Brazilian wax session. Doing so will allow the skin to be prepared for the following procedure. 

However, avoid exfoliating a day before the appointment because it will make your skin too sensitive. Forty-eight hours after the appointment, you can re-wax the skin. During this time, your pores will close, and the redness will subside. 

Less Regrowth Time In Between Appointments

There is a reason why your hair grows slower when waxing; your hair is being pulled from the root. Because of this, your skin will remain smooth from the time the hair is removed until a newer hair shaft reaches the surface.

On average, this process takes 3-4 weeks before heading for another waxing appointment.

On the other hand, the razor only removes the hair from the surface when you shave. Because of this, your waxologist will advise you to avoid using razors if you wax frequently.

The rhythm of your hair removal will be disrupted if you’re cutting the hair from the surface.   

How Long Should You Wait For The Next Brazilian Wax?

So you’ve had your Brazilian wax session. But how long should you wait for the next one? Depending on how long your hair is, the longer it will take for your hair to regrow. 

On average, your hair will grow back 3-6 weeks before scheduling another appointment. If you have thick hair, it will grow back faster.

If you’ve decided to leave a small strip of hair on your body, this means that you’ll have to wait until all of your hair is long. 

After spending your time waxing regularly, you’ll have a general idea of what works best for your hair. It’s better to have long hair than short hair – so your waxologist can trim it easier. 

Some people will say that your hair will grow back thinner after consistent waxing sessions. You’ll have to wait 5-6 weeks before your next session if this occurs to you.

To prevent ingrown hair and promote smooth hair growth, try using lightweight moisturizers and ingrown hair oils to prevent clogged pores. 

How to Prepare for a Brazilian Wax?

Examine Your Skin

Clear skin is the first requirement for waxing. So make sure to check your skin to see if there are any signs of cuts, broken skin, or inflammation. This means your skin is too sensitive for wax, and you’ll need to give it time to recover.

Ordinary moles and beauty masks are not an issue during the waxing process. Make sure to point it out to your waxologist, so they know what areas to protect during the waxing session. 

Give Your Hair Time To Grow

To get optimal waxing results, you’ll have to grow your hair so the wax can encase it and remove it from the roots. If you don’t have hair within the ¼” mark, it can make the process more difficult.

As a rule of thumb, give your hair at least 3-4 weeks to grow out before scheduling a wax appointment. 

Moisturize Your Skin

A week before your Brazilian wax appointment, make sure your skin is moisturized every day. When moisturized, your skin responds better to the wax.

However, you should avoid moisturizing a day before your appointment. 


On the day before your Brazilian wax appointment, get a product that exfoliates your skin. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, which makes your skin more susceptible to waxing. You can use a washcloth and a gentle exfoliating scrub to prepare for the wax session. 

You don’t have to apply major pressure when doing so – just a light buff is needed to improve your skin. 

Schedule the Appointment

Before scheduling your first wax appointment, speak to your doctor about what medications can interfere with your waxing results. For instance, using medication like Retin-A will make your skin more susceptible to damage when waxing. If you’re taking any medications that impact skin or hair, you may want to speak to your doctor.

Also, speak to your wax specialist about any allergies. Doing so will help avoid negative skin reactions and keep it in good condition after waxing. 


To conclude, your hair has to be ¼” or taller for Brazilian wax treatment. This gives the wax specialist enough hair to remove and prevent any additional discomfort.

If you want the best wax results, always speak to them beforehand to ensure you get the best wax care possible. 

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).