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.
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.
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!