Should I Shave or Wax? Pros and Cons
In the world of hair removal, there are two main options: shaving or waxing. While both can achieve the desired result of silky smooth skin, they are entirely different means to the same end. For many people it is a choice based upon personal preference, but for some, one may be highly preferable.
The physical process of shaving and waxing is completely different. Waxing will pull the hair directly from the root. Shaving only removes hair from the surface of the skin leaving the root intact.
What can I expect?
Waxing is done by applying a warm mixture to the skin and hair that is removed after it drys/cools. This can be done with soft and hard wax (both can achieve similar results.) Shaving is more simple and only requires a razor and shaving cream.
What areas does it work best for?
Waxing is generally preferred for the bikini, legs and underarm areas because it leaves you less vulnerable to stubborn ingrown hairs and razor burn. Additionally, waxing will last longer on these areas. Both shaving and waxing are viable solutions to most parts of the body.
What are the benefits?
Waxing has the added benefit of exfoliation because it naturally removes the top layer of dead skin cells. Shaving can be a more affordable option. While waxing can be done at home, we recommend you see a professional for better results.
What are the side effects of waxing/shaving?
With both waxing and shaving there is always the possibility of irritation. This depends on skin sensitivity which varies for everyone. It may make sense to try both on a small patch of skin before deciding method you prefer and which causes less or no irritation. Waxing is considered more painful for most people because the hair is pulled from the root.
Who shouldn’t try waxing?
If you take the following medications it is best to stay away from waxing
- Hormone replacement
- Hormonal birth control
- Retinol cream
How often can I shave? How often can I wax?
Waxing can be done approximately every 3-4 weeks depending on how quickly your hair grows. The hair must be at least 1/2 inch to be waxed. Shaving can be done as needed (depending up0n irritation).
What does waxing cost? What does shaving cost?
Waxing tends to be the more costly option of the two. While costs will vary by market, body area, quality and company (see ours here), the results also last longer which offsets the difference somewhat. Shaving can be done for just the cost of shaving cream and a good razor.
What should I do prior to waxing or shaving?
- For waxing make sure your hair is grown out long enough
- The day before do not exfoliate, tan or dry out your skin
- Avoid drinking caffeine, alcohol and wearing lotions
- For shaving it is okay to exfoliate skin prior because it is not being pulled from the root
How can I minimize the irritation from waxing and shaving?
- Aloe vera is a good at home remedy for razor bumps caused by shaving
- Try some of these products for ingrown hairs: The 11 Best Ingrown Hair Treatments of 2021 (byrdie.com)As trained estheticians, we suggests youtry both methods and see which is more beneficial and healthy for your skin. If you have any questions we advise you to ask a professional because they will have enough knowledge to confirm if you are ready or eligible for treatment.
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