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The 10 Best At-Home Waxing Kits of 2022

Byrdie / Chloe Jeong

When it comes to the wonderful world of hair removal, any and every type of technique inevitably comes with its own set of pros and cons. Shaving is quick and ​easy but needs to be done often. Laser hair removal is permanent but costly. Depilatories are effective but can be messy and smelly. And then there’s waxing.

There’s no denying that waxing is an extremely effective way to remove unwanted hair; by yanking the hair out at the root, the results last much longer than shaving. (Oh, and for many people, the more regularly you wax, the finer your hair becomes and the longer it takes to grow back.) Plus, it can be done all over the body, from your brows to your bikini line. The overall cons? Salon waxing can get pricey, while at-home options can be complicated, messy, and often painful. But not these options, which offer all of those pros without the cons.

A few top tips that can help make your DIY waxing process all the more effective: One, prep the skin, first. “Exfoliate with a scrub or loofah glove to remove all the dead, flaky skin from the surface,” suggests Danielle Hogues, licensed esthetician and MyHare product consultant. “Doing this allows the wax to better reach and grab the hairs you’re trying to remove and creates a dry, oil-free area, which ultimately makes waxing more effective,” she explains. Make sure that any hair you’re waxing is at about the length of a grain of rice and remember to always pull the wax or strips against the direction of the hair growth, Hogues adds.

Meet the Expert

Danielle Hogues is an independent Los Angeles-based licensed esthetician with 15 years of experience. Outside of seeing her clients, Danielle also serves as a product consultant for MyHare, an expert-backed waxing and body care brand.

Ready to take matters into your own hands? Below are the best at-home waxing kits.

Best Overall: Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit

Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit

Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Great for removing short, coarse hair

  • Low-temp won't burn skin

  • Includes a pre- and post-waxing oil

What We Don't Like
  • May have to reheat frequently

Bring the spa home with you with this complete kit that contains everything you need to get super smooth, all over your body. First, there’s the wax, the same formula found at Bliss spas. The low-temp, no-strip needed wax coats the entire hair follicle, making it ideal for removing short or coarse hairs.

It also comes with a pre-and post-waxing oil, packed with soothing chamomile flower oil and moisturizing apricot oil. Since there are no strips needed, all you have to do is heat up the wax in the microwave until it’s about the same consistency as thick honey, then apply it.

Number of Pieces: 6 | Includes: Wax, sticks, post-waxing oil | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Drugstore: Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit

Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit

Courtesy of Ulta 

What We Like
  • Works on face and body

  • Comes with pre-cut strips

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • May not work well on thick hair

The number one best-selling wax brand in the US offers plenty of at-home options, but this particular kit earns big points for several reasons. One, the formula works equally well on the face and body, making it a one-stop-shop for targeting all your hair removal needs. Two, it comes with pre-waxed, pre-cut strips for fast and easy waxing. Last but not least, it's a great bargain. Check, check, and check.

Number of Pieces: 34 | Includes: Wax strips | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Sensitive Skin: Completely Bare Bare More Ouch Less Waxing Kit

Completely Bare Completely Bare Wax Kit
What We Like
  • Reduces inflammation and bumps

  • Ideal for travel

  • Won't burn skin

What We Don't Like
  • May have to reheat frequently

The worst part about wax strips is when they end up irritating your skin afterward, so ditch them all together with this innovative strip-less wax technology. The formula actually claims to reduce inflammation and bumps. It comes with five applicators, two towelettes, gloves, and salon-quality strip-less wax. Not only is this easy (and ideal for travel), but there’s also no risk of making the wax accidentally too hot and irritating or burning your skin.

Number of Pieces: 9 | Includes: Wax, sticks, gloves, cleansing towelettes | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Legs: Veet Ready-to-Use Wax Strips & Wipes

veet wax strip kit

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • Hydrating and nourishing

  • Includes wipes to clean off excess wax

What We Don't Like
  • Cannot be used on face

Key Ingredients

Shea butter is a plant lipid that comes from African shea tree nuts and is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It's used to help moisturize, nourish, and soothe the skin.

These strips have a unique gel wax technology that acts more like a liquid upon application, making them ideal for coating—and removing—hair of all different lengths, even stubble. It’s so effective that 95% of hair is removed after the first application, so you don’t have to keep waxing the same spot over and over.

The formula has also been dermatologist-tested and contains hydrating shea butter, along with almond oil and vitamin E. Plus, the kit comes with finishing wipes to help remove any residue post-waxing.

Number of Pieces: 40 | Includes: 40 wax strips | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Bikini Line: Nair Wax Bikini Pro Kit

Nair Hair Remover Wax Bikini Pro Kit

Courtesy of iHerb

What We Like
  • Great for removing coarse hair

  • Gentle enough for sensitive areas

  • Long lasting results

What We Don't Like
  • May have to reheat frequently

We should start by saying that attempting a DIY Brazilian is probably not the best idea, but for cleaning up your bikini line, at-home wax is a great option. This kit, in particular, works incredibly well. Just heat the resin wax—meant to stick just to hair, not skin—in the microwave and apply with the included spatula. The bonus of waxing this area: A much lower likelihood of bumps and ingrown hairs.

Number of Pieces: 2 | Includes: Wax, 2 applicator spatulas | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Face: Nad's Hair Removal Facial Wax Strips

Nads Natural Facial Wax Strips
What We Like
  • Fragrance-free

  • Won't burn skin

  • Flexible strips

What We Don't Like
  • May not work well for thick hair

The formula of this wax is ideal for the delicate skin on your face; fragrance-free and made with natural beeswax. These are also strips that you simply heat in between your hands, so there’s no risk of burning your face.

And it’s not just the wax that’s noteworthy here—the strips themselves are, too. Super flexible with a contour weave technology, they’re made to adhere perfectly to all those curves and hard-to-reach spots around your face—no matter whether you’re waxing your upper lip, chin, or face—so that you get the best and smoothest result possible.

Number of Pieces: 24 | Includes: 12 strips, 4 post-wax calming oil wipes | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Brows: Parissa Eyebrow Wax Strip

Parissa Brow Shaper Mini Wax Strips

Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Great for removing short hair

  • Includes azulene oil to soften skin

  • Easy removal

What We Don't Like
  • May not work well for thick hair

Shaping your own brows can be a difficult and daunting task to begin with, and even more so when your chosen removal MO is waxing. Enter these 16 perfectly-sized strips infused with a pine resin-based wax, ideal for removing even the tiniest hairs and cleaning up your brows, so you score perfect arches every time. Bonus points for the included azulene oil, too, which helps soften skin. 

Number of Pieces: 32 | Includes: 16 double-sided strips, calming oil | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best Professional: Gigi Mini Pro Waxing Kit

gigi waxing kit

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Don't need to frequently reheat wax

  • Travel-friendly

  • Gentle enough for sensitive areas

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

You can basically set up a waxing salon at home with this kit full of all the essentials. Complete with crème wax, calming lotions, spatulas, and cloth, you'll have everything you need for a safe and easy process. Reviewers have mentioned that this wax is sticky, so be sure to try a small area of your skin first before.

Number of Pieces: 110 | Includes: Wax, calming lotion, cooling gel, spatulas, cloth, wax warmer | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No

Best for Thick Hair: VidaSleek Hair Removal Wax Kit

VidaSleek Hair Removal Wax Kit
What We Like
  • Good unisex formula

  • Very minimal and clean ingredient list

  • Cleansing towelettes included

What We Don't Like
  • For body use only

For those whose hair is especially coarse or thick, this hard wax option is an excellent choice. The extra-strength formula is ideal for removing even the most stubborn of hairs (think on legs or bikini line), though still boasts a totally natural ingredient list, consisting only of gum resin, pine resin, and avocado oil. Plus, since it does work so well on thicker hair, it’s great for guys, too.

Number of Pieces: 6 | Includes: Wax, sticks, strips, cleansing towelettes | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No 

Best Wax Beans: Wakse Hard Wax Beans

Wakse Cosmic Candy Hard Wax Beans
What We Like
  • No strips needed

  • Helps moderate usage

  • Easily melts in microwave

What We Don't Like
  • No melting container

Wax beans offer the unique advantage of being super customizable based on how much wax you need. Only want to do a tiny spot or quick touch-up? Simply melt as many beans as you need without having to melt the entire pot of wax. These are some of our favorites; the colorful beads could easily be mistaken for candy, even more so given their cotton candy scent. The stripless formula is infused with aloe and chamomile and melts beautifully in the microwave (though FYI, you do need to purchase a separate melting pot).

Number of Pieces: 2 | Includes: Wax beans, reusable spatula | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: No 

Final Verdict

DIY waxing doesn’t have to be scary, especially if you’re using a good at-home kit. The Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Removal Kit (view at Ulta) is our favorite, a low-temp, strip-free option that’s the same as what is found at the brand’s professional spas. If you have super sensitive skin, you’ll appreciate that the Completely Bare Bare More Ouch Less Waxing Kit (view at Walmart) boasts a wax formula that reduces inflammation. The Veet Ready-to-Use Wax Strips & Wipes (view at Walmart) are our favorite for legs; the Nair Wax Bikini Pro Kit (view at Myotcstore) is our pick for bikini waxing.

What to Look for in an At-Home Waxing Kit

Cream-Based Waxes

According to Hogues, sugar- or honey-based waxes are much tackier, and as such, adhere to the skin more strongly which can translate to more discomfort. Cream-based options are gentler on the skin but equally as effective at grabbing and removing hairs, she says.

Strips for a Smaller Area

Particularly if you’re a newbie, Hogues advises starting your DIY waxing adventure by waxing smaller areas first. “Try your upper lip before you shape your brows. Or start with your bikini line before you move onto a full Brazillian,” she says. This gives you time to practice and familiarize yourself with the product, how you react, and creates less room for error, she explains.

  • How do you use an at-home waxing kit?

    Follow the package instructions as methods vary a bit, but in general, you’ll start by applying a cornstarch-based baby powder to the area, which you’ll want to have exfoliated a couple of days beforehand. Then, apply a thin layer of wax to a small section, holding the stick at a 90-degree angle and going in the direction of hair growth. Before it can cool, firmly press a strip onto the wax and smooth it in the direction of growth, then quickly peel it in the opposite direction once it’s time to remove it, staying as close to the skin as possible. Apply pressure if the area stings, then use a lotion containing salicylic acid to prevent ingrown hairs. Use a body oil to gently remove any excess wax.

  • Are at-home waxing kits safe?

    At-home waxing kits are safe, but you’ll want to make sure to use them correctly. Cream wax is better for more delicate skin, and it’s not advised to do any waxing in general if you're taking Accutane or using retinol products. Be careful to follow instructions—making sure your wax is at the correct temperature and that you’re using the right amount is crucial to a minimally irritating result.

  • Is there a way to lessen the pain of waxing at home?

    Making sure your wax is the correct temperature and amount goes a long way in reducing the pain of DIY waxing, but anyone with sensitive skin may also want to use a numbing cream or spray.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. While she’s all about waxing, she doesn’t love to take the DIY route, so she relied on expert input, lots of product reviews, and input from family and friends when writing this article.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any at-home waxing kits from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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