Is there a halachic issue of wax strips for hair on Shabbat? These are sticky wax strips typically placed on arms and legs which when detached pull off some of the hair

I know there is a prohibition of sewing, but that doesn’t apply to human skin. This also isn’t medical treatment. Beyond this are there any halachic concerns?

  • Unrelated to Shabbat, but if I remember correctly there's an issue of Lo Yilbash in shaving/ stripping hair (besides for head/facial hair) for men
    – Lo ani
    Commented Nov 12, 2023 at 12:02

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Stripping hair is forbidden on Shabbat because of the melacha of gozez. Doing so with a tool explicitly meant to strip hair is a Biblical prohibition.

From chabad.org

Shearing, the av melachah of gozez, is forbidden on Shabbat, and involves cutting or uprooting hair, nails, or anything else that grows from a person, animal, or bird.

The Biblical prohibition of gozez is only transgressed if one uses an instrument meant for that purpose, like a pair of scissors or a nail clipper. [...]

See also here.


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