The 12 Best At-Home Waxing Kits for Smooth-as-Silk Skin

Get ready to rip.

woman with waxed legs and arms
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When it comes to the big, wide world of hair removal, personal preference reigns supreme. So, while some may decide to get laser hair removal and others might choose to leave their armpits and bikini area au naturel, you may find that one of the best home waxing kits suits you—and your lifestyle—best. It’s pretty inexpensive; hair stays away for around three to four weeks; and it gradually reduces hair growth over time. 

Seeing a professional is always going to be the safest bet, as you're quite literally ripping hot wax off of your skin. That said, there are a handful of well-reviewed home waxing kits that give silky smooth, razor bump-less skin when executed properly. Just make sure you read the instructions *very* carefully before going gung-ho with an at-home option. “Using poor wax technique or poor ingredients can hurt your skin or make it more sensitive and prone to ingrown hairs,” explains European Wax Center’s field training manager Deidra Green

To get the best outcome humanly possible, there are a handful of prep and aftercare tips and tricks that will make your results that much better. The first step? Make sure your hair is long enough. It should be about a quarter of an inch long (aka the length of a sprinkle) before considering a wax. Next up? Exfoliate. “Exfoliation is key to your skincare routine, especially for a smooth wax,” explains Green. “Use a film-free exfoliant 24 to 48 hours before your wax.” 

Once your skin has reached post-wax bliss, aftercare comes to the forefront. “When showering after a wax, make sure to use lukewarm or cooler water—hot showers can dehydrate the skin,” Green advises. She also notes that you should avoid any harsh soaps and steer clear of hot tubs, lakes, and saunas. To soothe any lingering redness or irritation and calm down inflammation, she suggests reaching for body lotions and serums packed with ingredients like tea tree oil, aloe vera, chamomile, green tea, and glycerin. Her must-haves? The EWC Treat Ingrown Hair Serum, along with the EWC Slow Wash, Polish, and Lotion.  

So, while you go ahead and grow out your hair, please scroll below to figure out which of the best home wax kits sounds right for you. From strip-less options ideal for the sensitive skin around the bikini line to professional-level kits that will get all your leg hair in one go, these at-home wax kits are the closest you’ll get to a professional. 

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.