Raise your hand if watching 40-Year-Old Virgin made you permanently terrified of wa. Who could forget Steve Carrell's screams?! So why, you have to wonder, would a person actually want to even attempt a DIY wax?
Well, because home wa kits are way cheaper than hiring someone else to do it. And also because they've also come a long way since those smelly, scary wax strips your mom used.
If you prefer to go hair-free, you can now choose between strips and heated wax or even sugar wa for your needs. Many of the new products are also packed with good-for-you ingredients like argan and coconut oils to help stave off post-wax , too.
Plus, the hair is removed from the root rather that cut off at the surface like shaving, so the results last much longer than your razor. So while the pain level is more than shaving, you won't need to wax as often — leaving more time in your life for the things that really matter (Netflix, your family). So ditch your razor and try one of these DIY wa kits. There's something here for every budget.
Under $10: Nair Hair Remover Wax Ready-Strips for Face & Bikini
These Nair wax strips are about as easy as home hair removal gets. Just peel apart, apply, and pull off. No heating up is required, which makes them great for a last-minute beach day or stashing away in your suitcase on longer trips, too.
Under $10: Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit for Body
These wax strips from Sally Hansen are infused with coconut and marula oils for a more nourishing, less irritating wa experience. They’re large enough to cover a good amount of ground, like armpits and legs, and can leave you hair-free for up to eight weeks.
Under $10: Parissa Natural Hair Removal Strip Free Hot Wax for Face, Brow, & Bikini
This wax kit from Parissa — recommended for short, stubborn hair that large strips can sometimes miss — includes wax, a metal pan, and three applicators. Just heat up, apply, and peel off against the direction your hair grows to get rid of that fuzz.
Under $15: Nad’s Natural Hair Removal Gel Kit
This gel from Nad’s is made with all-natural hair removal ingredients, like molasses, sugar, and honey. As if it couldn't get any more eco, the kit also includes cotton strips that can be washed and reused.
Under $20: Veet Botanic Inspirations Warm Sugar Wax Sensitive Formula
If your sensitive skin always turns red after wa, try this option from Veet. The sugar wax kit contains argan oil to help moisturize and soothe skin post-wax. Die-hard home waxers love this, with many reviewers calling this formula the gentlest and cleanest they’ve ever used.
Under $25: Bliss Poetic Wa Microwaveable Wa Kit
This kit from Bliss lets you experience a spa wa treatment right in your bathroom. Just heat up the wax in your microwave, and apply with one of the small or large spatulas (depending on size of the target area). There are no physical strips — just peel off when you’re done.
Under $35: Lifestance Wax Warmer Hair Removal Kit
This is the best-selling home wa kit on Amazon, and for good reason. The kit uses hard wax, which is supposed to grip just your hair, not your skin. That means smooth skin, with a little less pain than other kinds of wa. Reviewers say it's super easy to use at home, too.
Splurge: GiGi Mini Pro Wa Kit
Last but not least, this wa kit from Gigi contains everything you need to create your own mini wa studio, including a warmer, crème wax, specialty prep, calming lotions, spatulas, and cloths. Def do a test-patch of the wax — it’s a bit sticky! — before applying to larger areas.