While hair removal might not be a top priority for every woman, for the ones that love having silky smooth skin, there is one big decision that has to be made – How should you do it? There are so many hair removal methods out there to choose from, like threading, laser removal, and, of course, the two most popular, waxing and shaving. If you’ve been shaving your entire life, then the thought of changing to something else, especially something that involves ripping out your hair follicles, might be a difficult one. There are a lot of questions to be asked before you make the switch, so, hopefully, the pros and cons below will answer some of them.
Pro – It Lasts Longer
Yes, it’s true, waxing does last a whole lot longer than shaving does. When you shave, depending on your hair growth, you can start to feel stubbly within a couple of days. This, of course, isn’t convenient if it’s summer or you’re going on holiday, and you want to have your legs out, as you’ll have to shave everywhere again in a few days. Waxing, on the other hand, usually lasts a few weeks at least.
Con – It Hurts
As I’ve already said, when you wax you are ripping out your hair follicles, which, unfortunately, is going to hurt a fair amount. Some areas also hurt a lot more than others do (I think you know where I’m talking about). Of course, you can hurt yourself while shaving too, but if you’re careful, you usually can avoid this, which isn’t possible with waxing. However, there is a sort of happy ending to this story; The more times that you wax, the more you’ll get used to it, and the less painful it will feel.
Pro – It Saves Time
Shaving takes so much time that it’s a wonder that we all haven’t given up by now. There are so many places that you have to remember, and so many weird positions that you have to get into to reach all of these places, and when you get out of the shower, you almost always have left a patch of hair somewhere. This takes up a lot of time, not to mention water, which could be better spent elsewhere.
Con – It’s Awkward
Depending on where you’re having waxed (once again, you know where I’m talking about), going for a wax can be incredibly awkward. Your esthetician will do all that she can to make you feel relaxed and comfortable, but, at the end of the day, you are showing your you-know-what to a complete stranger, and that can make even the boldest of ladies feel a little uncomfortable.
Pro – You Can Do It Yourself
If the point above makes you blush a little too much, then you’re in luck; You can wax yourself at home. Of course, it is important to make sure that you have all of the proper equipment, such as Lycon wax, wax strips, a heater, and body lotion, and that you actually know what you’re doing. If you don’t, you are only ever going to hurt yourself, so it might be more sensible to put up with a little bit of awkwardness.
Con – You Could React
Unfortunately, it’s not just the waxing itself that you have to worry; It’s also the aftermath. It is common for the wax used to irritate the skin, especially if your skin is particularly sensitive. Waxing usually results in some redness and bumps for a few hours after the wax has ended, but if this lasts any longer than this, then your skin might be irritated. In this case, you would have to go and seek medical advice.
Pro – It’s Easier
As I mentioned earlier on, when it comes to shaving, there is a lot of effort that has to be put into ensuring a silky smooth body. You have to remember to get everywhere, and then have to practically become a contortionist to make sure that you do. Of course, the same can be said for waxing at home, but when it comes to going to a salon for a wax, you don’t have to put in much effort at all. You will be asked to move and lie certain ways, but all of the real work is done by your esthetician.
Waxing, whether it’s at home or in a salon, has its pros and cons like every other hair removal method, so make sure to think them all through before deciding whether or not waxing is for you.