The 7 Best At-Home Waxing Kits of 2024

Get ready to rip.

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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 or use a hair removal cream 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. 

When we're talking about waxing the hair anywhere on the body, there are a few important tips to keep in mind. First of all, you need to decide if waxing might not be the best option for you. If you're looking for a long-lasting solution, go ahead and keep scrolling—waxing might be your best bet. But, waxing any area can leave you feeling red for a few days (which is totally normal!), so I recommend checking out Marie Claire's definitive guide to the best facial hair removal devices if that's your priority, as well as our guides to the best razors as well as the best epilators.

Seeing a professional is always going to be the safest bet when it comes to waxing, as you're quite literally ripping wax off of your skin. Also, it's often best to avoid performing bikini waxes on yourself at home—that is one area that should definitely be left to the professionals. When you're ready to book your appointment, make sure to check out our guide on how to make bikini waxes less painful.

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. If you're even the tiniest bit unsure about waxing anywhere on your body at home, book an appointment with a professional who can do it for you every single time. "Many of the products or at home kits for waxing could potentially harm the skin by being too rough for sensitive areas, be difficult to regulate the temperature of which could lead to burns, you also risk the chance of breaking hairs which could lead to hairs becoming ingrown, not to mention at home waxing can be incredibly painful," says Nicole Sandoval, the Senior Director of Learning & Development and Field Training at European Wax Center. "It is best to leave waxing to licensed professionals who specialize in waxing and use a high-quality wax," she says. 

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. 

How to Wax at Home

Waxing at home is generally safe—if you do it correctly. While we recommend against using any wax product that requires you to heat up your own wax at home, wax strips are a great way to achieve your desired hairless effect. Ahead, Maria Desmarais Co-Founder + Co-CEO of Athena Club breaks down how to use wax strips at home. 

  1. Read The Directions: No matter which wax strips you use, make sure that you read the directions carefully. 
  2. Prep the Skin: Desmarais always recommends doing a strip test “and waiting 24 hours to just make sure you don’t experience any irritation before waxing a larger area.” After doing the strip test, make sure that the area is clean and dry. “There shouldn’t be any product, sweat, or moisture between your skin and the wax strip,” she says. For reference, Desmarais recommends that hair be between 2 - 5mm—roughly the length of a grain of rice—for a wax strip to be the most effective. 
  3. Apply the Strips: Make sure to apply your wax strips in the same direction as your hair naturally grows and make sure it lays smoothly across the skin.  
  4. Pull The Strip: Hold your skin taut with your non-dominant hand as your dominant hand to pull the strip in “the opposite direction of hair growth,” says Desmarais. For the cleanest and longest-lasting results, pull the hair quickly—and keep the strip as close to the root as you can. “If you pull too slowly, wax will remain on the skin and the hair won’t come off,” Desmarais warns.  
  5. Take Care of The Skin Afterwards: Make sure to use soothing creams—look for ingredients like aloe—or oils to hydrate your skin and keep irritation at bay. “Some redness is absolutely normal, and may last for a few hours, so don’t be worried,” says Desmarais ”If you are experiencing any discomfort, you can apply a cold compress to the area.” Avoid products like deodorants or “alcohol-based products on waxed areas,” she notes. Also, stay out of the sun for up to a day after you finish—the skin is extra sensitive during that time. 

Pre-Care Tips

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. Sandoval also recommends skipping coffee and alcohol before your visit. "Caffeine leads to more skin sensitivity and also can up the pain during a wax. It’s best to be well hydrated so the skin allows for the hair to be removed easily," she says. And if you're thinking of exfoliating before your wax, make sure to do one that's film-free (meaning that it will wash off completely without  leaving it coated in oils. Sandoval recommends exfoliating between "24-48 hours before your wax," and recommends using the European Wax Center EWC Treat Face & Body Exfoliating Gel

Aftercare Tips

Once your skin has reached post-wax bliss, aftercare comes to the forefront. Taking too hot of a shower, for one, can irritate your freshly-waxed skin. "When showering after a wax, make sure to use warm water. Hot showers can dehydrate skin," Sandoval says. Also, stay away from body washes and other products that contain lots of oils or tend to leave behind a film on the skin, as this can also lead to clogged pores and irritation. Finally, Sandoval notes that you should not  book a trip to the spa too closely after you get waxed. "As far as other water you should always avoid hot tubs, lakes, and even saunas right after your wax," she says. 

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 SlowTM Hair Minimizing Lotion. 

Meet The Waxing Experts

Nicole Sandoval
Nicole Sandoval

Nicole Sandoval has over 18 years of beauty and franchise experience, 14 of which have been spent with European Wax Center. As Senior Director of Learning & Development and Field Training, she leads the development and implementation of world-class, innovative programs and continued education that strengthen the skills and knowledge of the entire franchise. Fueled by her passion for people, she challenges her team to think out-of-the-box to drive change that supports growth and profitability.

Maria Desmarais
Maria Desmarais

Maria Desmarais is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Athena Club. Prior to co-founding the company in 2018, she worked for management and strategy consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, where she served as a Business Analyst. After spending two years in the corporate world, she left to follow her dream of transforming the personal care industry and created Athena Club, the first modern CPG company which offers consumers a way to get better quality self-care essentials more conveniently.

Maria earned her B.A in Political Science from Columbia University. Since launching Athena Club, she has received a number of accolades including being named a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient in retail and ecommerce (2019). 

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,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.