Regarding grooming, there aren’t set rules as to how you should do it. As long as you are comfortable with how you look, it is okay.
Shaving and waxing are the two most common methods of hair removal. You should, however, understand that they are vastly different in most aspects.
What is Shaving?
Shaving utilizes a razor blade to trim the hair from the skin’s surface. It’s as simple as going in the shower when you need to or on schedule. The process could take anywhere from two to ten minutes. It would depend on how much hair you remove and which body parts are involved.
In the 18th century, safety razors made for women did not catch on in the market. Since shaving was heavily associated with masculinity, women didn’t want to risk being seen purchasing a razor.
However, shaving was the cheaper and painless alternative hair removal method. Other techniques are abrasive, toxic industrial depilatory creams or x-ray hair removal. Many women in this era clandestinely used their husbands’ safety razors.
What is Waxing?
Waxing is a process where a cold or warm wax is necessary to remove the hair follicle from the root using mechanical force. First, you’ll need to grow your hair to at least a quarter of an inch. Doing this will give the wax the lever to pull the hairs from their roots. Once you’re ready to carry on with the process, it is also reasonably quick. One session could last up to 30 minutes based on the body part being worked on.
Based on records, waxing originated in Egypt between 3000 to 1150 BC. It was reported that the women were smooth and hairless during those times. Fast forward to the 80s, there was an increase in the number of women who waxed. Today, Brazilian or waxing in the intimate area is famous along with waxing for the legs, underarms, facial, and backs.
Which is the better hair removal method?
Whether which method is better, is dependent on several factors. You also need to take into account which factors you deem to prioritize. The better choice of the two processes must be based on your preference. Perhaps, waxing is too painful for some. But others are willing to put up with it instead of all the tedious shaving. Read on to help you decide what’s right for you.
Hair growth is different for every person. It depends on the area of removal. For example, hair on the bikini area and the underarm grow faster than the hairs on the arms and legs.
Hair grows in cycles. These can be growing, resting, and shedding cycles. When you shave or wax, you only remove a certain amount of hair at any given period.
On the length of effect
Because hair is removed from the follicles, the effects of waxing last longer. On average, it lasts for around four weeks before the regrowth of new hairs. You can, therefore, extend the time between appointments if you schedule a session regularly.
Shaving only cuts at the surface and makes the hair grow back within 24 hours. Although the process can be done daily or at any time you need it, it isn’t recommended as it can be too harsh on sensitive skin. Some women with lighter or thinner hair make do with another day before shaving again. Usually, a couple of days is the maximum.
On skin darkening
If you have concerns over your hair growing back thicker, darker, and heavier, it is less likely to happen with waxing. Since waxing removes the hair from the follicles, it often weakens the root in the process. If anything, repeated and regular waxing will make the hair finer and sparser. In the long run, waxing will leave your skin smoother.
Typically, the wax used is all-natural, antioxidant, emollient, and great for all skin types. The skin is conditioned with oil to protect the skin from the wax. After the process is complete, an oil or cream is applied to soothe and calm the skin. It also helps to remove any wax residue.
On the other hand, frequent and aggressive shaving and using bad-quality razors may scrape the skin harshly. This can trigger an inflammatory reaction which causes skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation. The use of shaving cream with harsh chemicals may also cause skin irritation.
On skin irritation and stubbles
In addition, many people have reported fewer skin concerns after waxing than shaving. They have decreased ingrown hairs and breakouts. There were no cuts and nicks reported, which you can quickly get from shaving. These will leave unwanted scars you must address on top of the hair that you want to remove.
Aside from pulling your hair out from the roots, waxing leaves your skin feeling smooth because you also get to wax away dry and dead skin cells. This results in stubble-free skin. Shaving, on the contrary, may result in stubbles, which leaves your skin feeling rough and abrasive.
Are there any side effects to waxing?
Similar to any beauty treatment, there is a possibility of side effects. In rare cases, people may be allergic to the wax or cream used. Breakouts may appear, but these can be treated with simple topical solutions such as a gentle hydrocortisone cream.
To avoid adverse effects, take precautions and prepare for your session. If you are using Average, Avita, Differin, Renova, or Retin-A on your face, you should wait before going in for a waxing session. Also, suppose you have taken Accutane in the last six months or have recently had laser surgery, microdermabrasion, or a chemical peel. In that case, waxing is not an option for the time being.
Make sure to go to a professional who is trained in the art of waxing. Otherwise, your skin may bruise and get irritated. After your waxing session, sun exposure, swimming, and heat for at least 24 hours are discouraged.
You are on your way to smooth and flawless skin!
If you are looking for a safe, fast, and cost-effective way to remove hair from your body, visit our Threading and Waxing Bar at Beauty Techniques. We are passionate about helping our clients feel good about themselves. Give us a call at (832) 654-4595 to book an appointment.