Can you self tan with hairy legs?

This is such a good question, and it makes sense as to why it is one of the most popular questions women have when it comes to self tanning or even spray tanning. Can you self tan or spray tan with hairy legs? The answer is yes!

I know it seems like the hair may get in the way, but it doesn’t. This is also why I only tell people to remove unwanted hair before any fake tan application. Even for men, only remove unwanted hair. You do not need to start shaving your entire body to have a good sunless tan application. However, there are some hair removal rules you need to know.

Shaving

If you are shaving, you need to shave 24 hours before any fake tan application. If for whatever reason you cannot do that, finish with cold water after shaving to close your pores. Have you ever had brown spots get stuck in your pores? This is from shaving or exfoliating right before a fake tan. Don’t do this. You can shave while having a fake tan on, just wait 24 hours after your self tan or spray tan application.

Waxing

The same goes for waxing, you must wax 24 hours before a sunless tan. If you don’t the wax residue can pick up the fake tan solution and leave you with a dark brown spot exactly where the wax was. This is not cute, please follow this rule. Do not wax while having any kind of fake tan on, it will remove the faux tan from that area, wait until you want your tan to come off or it is coming off.

Sugaring

This is a popular way to remove hair, I personally don’t use this method but I know women love it. Sugaring actually exfoliates your skin, by removing the first layer of dead skin which is perfect before sunless tanning. I still recommend doing this 24 hours before fake tanning, as you want your pores to be closed. Do not sugar while having any kind of fake tan on, it will remove the faux tan from that area, wait until you want your tan to come off or it is coming off.

Threading

If you thread to remove hair you can only do it before a fake tan application as well, and the same rule of 24 hours before to make sure your pores are closed. Do not thread while having any kind of fake tan on, it will remove the fake tan from that area, wait until you want your tan to come off.

Laser hair removal

This is my personal favorite, this literally stops your hair from growing anymore. I also have really pale skin and dark hair, so when I would shave you could still see the hair. Laser hair removal was the only thing that stopped this, I mean I wouldn’t even want to wear a bikini before lasering my bikini line for this reason. Highly recommend it! The only tricky thing about laser hair removal and fake tanning is that you have to have the fake tan completely off before you can get another laser hair treatment or it won’t work. So time your spray tan sessions or self tanning to your laser hair removal treatments and exfoliate with the SR exfoliating mitt really well before going in.

I hope this helps in your self tanning or spray tan journey. The biggest takeaways from this is that you do any hair removal 24 hours before a fake tan application and the only way to remove hair while you have a fake tan on is by shaving 24 hours after you have applied a self tan mousse or have gotten a spray tan. 

Xoxo,
Rae

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