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Waxing Vs Shaving - Should I Wax or Shave my Legs? - NO BULL****

Should I Wax or Shave My Legs?

  • By - Honey Skin
  • 05 August, 2020

To wax? Or to shave? - The battle of hair removal that many women face. There are pros and cons to each method. The best hair removal method out of the two is dependent upon the lifestyle and personal preference of each individual.

Regardless of which method is better, hair removal is no fun for anyone. We all hate the process, but love the results!

In this article, we’ll be going over the pros and cons of each hair removal method, and which one provides the best results.

Waxing

Waxing removes unwanted hair from its follicle, or as some people call it “the root”. It can be done at home, or in a spa performed by a licensed professional.

There are different types of wax. The most common are hard and soft wax. Hard wax is removed without a strip whereas soft wax is removed with a strip. Soft wax adheres to the skin and hair whereas hard wax is more gentle and only adheres to the hair.

Pros

  1. Hair grows back slower and weaker: Since the hair is being removed from the follicle, the hair takes longer to regrow. Waxes can last between four to six weeks, depending on the individual’s growth cycle and thickness. Continuous waxing can result in the hair growing in finer and weaker over time.
  1. Stubble free: You wouldn’t have to worry about stubble like you would with shaving. Waxing removes the hair completely whereas shaving only removes hair from the top layer.
  1. Smoother skin: Waxing also removes dead skin cells which results in your skin feeling incredibly smooth! Honeyskin’s at-home IPL laser hair removal device has this same effect and unlike waxing, can even treat acne. The IPL is definitely worth checking out if you struggle with body acne and are looking for a smooth finish without enduring pain throughout the process.

Cons

  1. It’s painful: In reality, removing hair from the root will never be a pleasant experience. The pain level tends to decrease after continuous sessions and is something most people can endure for the benefits that waxing provides.

    They weren’t lying when they said “beauty hurts”!
  1. Requires regrowth: The hair needs to be at least ¼ of an inch for waxing. Waiting for the hair to be long enough to effectively wax can be inconvenient. If you’re someone that likes to be completely smooth and hairless all day every day in specific areas, you’ll hate the regrowth period and may be tempted to shave.

    But don’t do it, put the razor away! If you shave in between waxes, all of the hard work and progress you’ve made from continuous waxing will be reversed. You’ll have to start over to get your growth cycle slower and hair growing in finer again.
  1. Can cause irritation and infection: Since the hair is being removed from its root, the follicles will be open and your skin will be more susceptible to infections. To avoid this, make sure your skin is clean and your tools are sanitized. Drying the skin is also important to ensure there’s no moist environment for bacteria to thrive.

    Some individuals may also experience skin irritation after a fresh wax. It could be the type of wax used that’s irritating the skin, or maybe you’re a beginner and the skin is simply adjusting to this process.

Shaving

I’m pretty sure every adult has shaved at least once in their life. We all know how annoying a shaving routine can be. It’s so annoying to the point where we’ll skip it whenever we can. But just like any other hair removal method, it has its pros and cons.

Pros

  1. Shaving is quick: If you shave daily, there isn’t much hair to work with and can take only 5 or 10 minutes. This is very convenient for most people and is usually done in the shower.
  1. It’s affordable: Razors and shaving cream are very inexpensive. If you don’t have shaving cream, many alternatives can be used such as aloe Vera, conditioner, and coconut oil, to name a few.
  1. It’s super easy: Shaving is the first hair removal method most of us learn because it’s the easiest for all ages. To make it even easier, you only need a couple of things to do it, a razor and shaving cream.
  1. There’s no pain: Unlike waxing, hair isn’t being removed from the follicle, therefore, you shouldn’t experience any pain. Those who have a low pain tolerance may love this option!

Cons

  1. It leaves ingrown hairs: Ingrown hairs are inevitable if you choose to shave. This is because the razor can alter the hair's growth direction which traps the hair under the skin. Exfoliating before shaving can help reduce the number of ingrown hairs, but you won’t be able to avoid it entirely with shaving. To get the smoothest finish and results, you’ll need to use another method like the IPL laser hair removal device, as mentioned above.
  1. Hair grows back quickly: The root of the hair is a few layers deeper than the skin’s surface. Shaving does not remove hair from the root. With shaving, hair is technically only being trimmed. This is why you’ll often see stubble the day after shaving and your hair will grow back quickly.
  1. Can easily irritate skin: Continuous shaving can cause irritation and bumps, especially in sensitive areas. If your razor isn’t being sanitized and switched out frequently, you’ll be more likely to experience irritation. To prevent irritation and infections, shaving gently, keeping a clean razor, and using an aftercare product that has antibacterial properties is crucial.
  1. Accidental cuts - If the blade is too sharp or you’re shaving too fast, you can end up accidentally cutting yourself. Although shaving is quick and easy, you’ll want to make sure you’re not rushing the process. Shaving slowly and gently can help prevent accidents.

Which one sounds like the best option for you?

Now that we’ve gone over the pros and cons of both methods, you can decide which option best fits your needs and lifestyle. If you’re not interested in either method, we at Honeyskin offer the at-home IPL laser hair removal device that works similarly to traditional laser hair removal treatments for a fraction of the price. This new high-quality innovative piece of technology is designed by the world’s top dermatologists and delivers amazing results.

You’ll no longer have to worry about shaving or waxing and the complications of each method. The IPL is painless, easy, and removes hair from the root for a long-lasting smooth finish. You can learn more about the IPL or purchase the device here on our website.

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