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Waxing legs

17 September, 2007

Question:

Hi,

I normally wax my legs every four weeks, and usually make sure to do so a few days before mikvah. Recently, however, I became niddah unexpectedly, and iy"h mikvah night will be only about 3 weeks since my last appointment. By that time, there will definitely be some hairs on my legs. I wouldnt say they don't bother me at all I would rather not have them there however, normally I would just wait another week (or sometimes more) before going in for a wax, and would not attempt to remove them in the interim. Am I required to get a wax done before mikvah night, or can I wait until a week or so afterward when my next waxing would ordinarily be scheduled?

Also, if I do a waxing too early, then it does not remove all the hair, and more hair will likely grow in as soon as a day or after the waxing. If I do have to wax, do I also have to try to remove those new hairs before mikvah night?

Thank you.


Answer:

If it is your custom to wax regularly before mikveh use, it is preferable to do so.  However, since you would have waited a week or more under normal circumstances, there is no requirement to push up your appointment.  Body hair in this case is not considered a barrier for mikveh immersion.

Shana Tova!


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