Both waxing and shaving are popular options for hair removal. However, many women opt for shaving because it can seem more affordable and/or convenient. Yet that is not the truth. While waxing may seem to cost more up front, if you take into account the price of a high-quality razor and blades (which you must change out after every third or fourth shave), it can quickly amount to the same cost (or even more) as a waxing treatment. Also, although it is easier to grab a razor off your bathroom shelf than to schedule an appointment for a wax, waxing actually lasts longer than that shave. Thus, you won’t be in a rush to get in a “quick shave” before your next event. Also, because hair grows back less thick after a wax, it can be easier to shave in between waxing treatments should you need to skip a service or take a break from your regular waxing schedule.
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The second thing waxing accomplishes that shaving does not is that it can help prevent ingrown hairs because it does not leave a tiny stub beneath the skin like shaving does. When someone shaves, they simply slice the hair off the top of the root, leaving behind a little nub within the skin (as shown in the picture to the left). The skin can then grow over that little nub, which is the main cause of ingrown hairs. Since waxing pulls the hair entirely out of the skin, it helps prevent this.
Waxing removes the hair at the root. It grasps onto the exposed hair and yanks it out of its follicle, as shown in the diagram to the right. Pulling the hair entirely out of the skin accomplishes two things that shaving cannot. First, it actually causes the hair to grow back thinner. By removing the entire piece of hair and clearing out the hair follicle, you reduce blood flow to that area. This then reduces the stimulation that causes hair growth, which makes new hair less dense and coarse. Shaving does not accomplish this. In fact, it does the opposite. The slicing motion of the razor blade stimulates the hair follicle, which causes more blood to flow to that area, and causes new hair to grow back faster and thicker than before.
Waxing and shaving deliver similar results on the surface. However, when you look at how each method accomplishes said results, waxing and shaving actually vastly differ. Choosing between the two is entirely your decision, but my goal is to make you more aware of each method’s procedures so that you can go with the option that will best achieve the results you are after.
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This is especially true when your waxer practices proper waxing technique and appropriately treats the skin after the waxing treatment, which is why it is so important to go with an experienced and trusted waxing technician. I want you to be sure, that you are in the hands of someone who takes pride in their practice and who will give you the utmost care and attention. If you would like to know more about the results that I deliver, you can read reviews from my clients here.
Of course, if you choose to get a wax, you do not have to continue to wax for the remainder of your hair-removing days. This is a common myth, and a reason why many people are hesitant to choose waxing. You are never tied to a waxing treatment. If you find yourself in a situation where you are headed to a “pool party” with no time for a wax service. You can absolutely shave for quick results to get you through and feeling comfortable at your event. Just make sure upon your return appointment that you will have the required quarter of an inch (1/4) hair growth.
If you’re needing to take a break from your waxing services, for any reason for a longer period of time say few months to a year. You absolutely can shave instead. When you return to your waxing services, I would recommend going back over “Prepping for your first Brazilian or Bikini Wax article”. To re-familiarize yourself with the tips and recommendations for the best waxing service upon your return appointment.
*Although my recommendations are always going to be focused towards what works best for your skin. Which is a continued waxing schedule, that promotes less pain, slower growth, and easier maintenance overall.
You do have waxing options, and waxing privileges, you can take advantage of, if need be.
After your waxing appointment, feel free to ask me for tips on how to shave properly to avoid ingrown hairs, coarse hair regrowth, or “razor rash.”
Another reason women may be hesitant to choose waxing is that they fear the pain. However, in the hands of a gentle, experienced waxing technician, waxing is rarely as painful as people expect it to be. Also, there are several steps that you can take to properly prepare for your wax, which we go over in this article.