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    Body Waxing vs. Shaving

    Those looking for the best hair removal service usually arrive to these top two options: shaving and hair waxing. Below we have attempted to objectively evaluate both treatments. Read on to see both sides of the issue and determine the optimum service for you.

    The pain factor

    While shaving is relatively pain free, if you are new to hair waxing, you will probably experience some stinging at first. The good news is that the more often you wax, the less it hurts. However, shaving, too, can yield unsightly and painful razor bumps, which brings us to the next point…

    Bonus Expert’s Tip: To help make your first (or any subsequent) hair waxing treatment painless, take a painkiller such as Tylenol or Advil one hour before the service. This advice is especially helpful for new waxers and for the bikini wax treatment.

    Safety

    Even the best razors sometimes leave our legs rough, red, irritated, and burning, or worse- infected. Hair waxing, on the other hand, is a clean and sanitary procedure with a smaller risk of infection and irritation. In addition, body, bikini and brazilian waxes are usually made from natural ingredients that avoid harmful chemicals found in shaving creams and topical hair removal creams (also known as depilatories).

    Versatility of the service

    While you may be shaving your armpits and legs without a second thought, there are some unique places where shaving is not recommended (such as arms, and for men, stomach, chest, and back). Hair waxing, in contrast, can be performed virtually anywhere including full arms, full legs, armpits, lip and chin (for women), bikini (some salons in New York even offer Brazilian waxing to get rid of all the hair), and even eyebrows! For some people, creating that perfect arch opens up the eyes and makes a dramatic difference in physical appearance.

    Results

    When you shave, you merely cut off the tip of the hair so that it can easily resurface within a few days. And even right after shaving, the hair below the skin or its blue shadow (the follicle) is still visible. As mentioned above, shaving can also irritate and cut the skin resulting in bleeding and bruises. Full Body waxing, in contrast, removes the hair entirely with its root, leaving behind a smooth, younger-looking skin. With multiple waxes the follicle weakens, so that overtime you can expect to see your hair less coarse, less dense, and less frequent. (Please note that this only applies to body waxing, not facial waxing treatments.) You can expect minimal bleeding from body waxing if the hair sits in too tightly, but it usually lasts no more than a few seconds after the hair is yanked out and does not leave any marks behind.

    Dollars & Minutes

    Hair waxing yields best results when done by a professional esthetician, which obviously costs more than a razor and some shaving cream. In busy salons, you may also have to book your appointment in advance and commute there and back.

    Yet the time that you spend during the appointment is more than made up for by the results. The skin will stay completely hair-free for 2-3 weeks, so that you won’t have to worry about the hair and can cut back on your morning routine. Saving time is important for busy workers, especially if that means an extra 5 (or maybe even 10!) minutes of precious sleep in the morning.

    In conclusion, whether it is hair shaving or hair waxing or any other service you choose, the important thing is to feel more confident and great about yourself. So grab a towel and a pair of sunglasses, and enjoy your summer to the fullest!

    Why Wax?

    In the warm months of July and August, everyone is taking full advantage of the sunshine and water sprinkles. Yet bikini season forces us to reveal not only our abs (or beer bellies) but also our skin. Everyone agrees that clear, silky smooth skin is healthy and attractive. Exposing your skin, however, also means fighting unsightly body hair. Today, body waxing is recognized as one of the best and easiest hair removal practices. Read on to find out why…

    The Benefits of Body Waxing

    • Immediate results. As soon as the body waxing is done, you will have a beautiful, hair-free skin. The process is simple, quick, and efficient leaving you ready for everything the summer has to offer.
    • Long term results. If done regularly, full body waxing destroys the hair follicle, over time significantly minimizing all aspects of hair growth. The hair that grows back comes up thinner and less frequently.
    • Exfoliation. You probably exfoliate your face on a weekly basis, but did you know that hair waxing has the same effect on your skin? For those out of the loop: exfoliation means removal of the top skin level which contains dead cells. Cosmetologists recommend exfoliating once to two times per week to attain a smoother, brighter skin as well as to get easier cream penetration.
    • Time commitment. After your trip to the salon, you won’t have to touch the waxed area for 2-3 weeks! Hair waxing is a more permanent form of hair removal that will keep your skin smooth and silky soft for almost a month. In addition, a waxing treatment spares you the trouble of dedicating daily 10 minutes to shaving.
    • Beautiful skin. Unlike other depilatory methods, hair waxing leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch. It also reduces the embarrassment and irritation from the stubble since the hair takes a longer time to resurface.

    Who, What, When & Where – Aesthetic Medical Network waxing?

    Anyone can get the hair waxing service, regardless of age and gender. Girls as young as 12 can have an esthetician clean up their eyebrows while women in their 80s may enjoy a body waxing treatment coupled with a relaxing facial. Aesthetic Medical Network waxing has recently been growing among the male clientele as well. It is not unusual for men to head to the salon for depilation services; in fact, they make up 20-40% of the client base in some salons.

    What can be waxed? Virtually anything that has hair! Aesthetic Medical Network waxing services for women include full and half arms, full and half legs, bikini & Brazilian waxing, armpits, chin, lip, and others. Waxing services for men include chest and back waxing. Both genders frequent salons for eyebrow waxes to improve their appearance as well as to look well-kept and professional.

    Summertime is usually a busy time for cosmetologists. However, many people get hair removal services during the winter, especially for the eyebrow wax. Special occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, or even new boyfriends also send customers to get their waxing done. In addition, many people opt for the service before leaving on vacation, both in the summer and winter.

    Don’t let unwanted hair keep you from heading to the beach! For a list of Aesthetic Medical Network’s waxing services, click here.