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Hair Growth Cycles, and why you should care!

By: Adele B.


Did you know that all the hair on your body has a three stage growth cycle? How crazy is that! And we rely on this growth cycle to get the best results with waxing.


The three stages of the hair growth cycle are:

  1. Anagen: This is the active growth phase, during which the hair follicle produces a new hair shaft. The anagen phase for body hair typically lasts between 4 to 6 weeks, although it can vary depending on the individual.

  2. Catagen: This is a transitional phase that lasts for around two to three weeks. During the catagen phase, the hair follicle begins to shrink, and the hair stops growing.

  3. Telogen: This is the resting phase, during which the hair follicle remains dormant for around two to four months. At the end of the telogen phase, the hair falls out, and the cycle begins again with a new anagen phase.

It's worth noting that the hair growth cycle for body hair can vary depending on various factors, such as age, genetics, hormones, and overall health. Additionally, not all body hair follows the same growth cycle, and some hairs may be in a different stage of the cycle at any given time.


The frequency of waxing depends on various factors, such as your hair growth rate, the area being waxed, and your personal preference. However, the general guideline for most people is to wax every 4-6 weeks. Here's why:

  1. Hair growth cycle: As mentioned earlier, the hair growth cycle consists of three stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is the active growth phase, during which the hair follicle produces a new hair shaft. The length of the anagen phase varies depending on various factors, such as age, genetics, and hormones. On average, the anagen phase for body hair lasts around 4-6 weeks. By waxing every 4 weeks, you can remove the hair at the optimal time when it is fully grown and the most visible.

  2. Maintenance: Regular waxing can help to weaken the hair follicles over time, which can lead to slower hair growth and finer hair regrowth. By waxing every 4 weeks, you can maintain your smooth skin and prevent the hair from becoming too long or difficult to remove.

  3. Skin health: Waxing can cause some temporary irritation and redness, especially for those with sensitive skin. By waiting at least 4 weeks between waxing appointments, you can give your skin enough time to recover and minimize the risk of irritation or inflammation.



Overall, waxing every 4 weeks is a good guideline for most people, but it's important to listen to your body and adjust the frequency as needed. If you notice that your hair is growing faster or slower than usual, you may want to adjust your waxing schedule accordingly.






Why are we so stringent on our 4-6 week waxing schedule?

That's because It is possible that irregular waxing may cause more discomfort than regular waxing. This is because when you wait longer between waxing sessions, the hair can grow longer and thicker, making it more difficult to remove. We've had tons of clients who came past the 4 week mark who have made the comment that it hurt just as bad as their first wax. (The pain still won't kill you) but why make yourself endure pain if you don't have to?


When the hair is longer, it can also become tangled or matted, which can increase the likelihood of discomfort or pain during the waxing process. Additionally, waiting longer between waxing sessions can cause the hair to become more deeply rooted in the hair follicle, making it harder to remove.


On the other hand, regular waxing can help to weaken the hair follicles over time, which can lead to slower hair growth and finer hair regrowth.

By waxing every 4-6 weeks, you can

remove the hair at the optimal time when it is fully grown and the most visible, making it

easier to remove with less discomfort.


The level of pain or discomfort during waxing can vary depending on various factors, such as the sensitivity of your skin, the area being waxed, and your pain tolerance. However, maintaining a regular waxing schedule can help to minimize discomfort and make the process more manageable over time.









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