If you are a girl keen on having hairless smooth skin, then this dilemma might have hit at least once in your life. What is better, safer and healthier? Waxing or Shaving?
Just like any comparison in the world, both waxing and shaving each has its advantages. However, these advantages seem confusing in the light of our busy scheduled life. Waxing lasts longer but shaving is less expensive. Waxing leaves smoother skin but removes the skin from the roots. In this chaos and confusion, we are here to tell you which is a better and safer option to remove your hair.
Before delving into the intricacies of the procedure and its consequences, let us see what waxing and shaving is.
Waxing is the process of removal of hair from its roots. And since the hair is plucked from the root itself, waxing is more effective and hair regrowth will take longer than the other procedures. In this process, some mild hot wax is spread into your skin in the direction of the hair growth. A strip of cloth is placed over it and quickly ripped off which takes the hair along with it. This procedure is also known as strip waxing and is the most commonly adopted waxing technique.
In shaving, only the exposed part of the hair is removed, leaving the roots intact. A razor is gently moved around your skin which is foamed with shaving cream. The razor blade cuts the hair at the skin level. This means that the hair grows back easily as it is only cut off at the skin level. Shaving is painless, but make sure that you don’t cut your skin with the sharp razor.
Waxing and shaving are most commonly adopted hair removal procedures, unlike creams, electrolysis, and epilator. However, in our analysis we have found that waxing seems to be a convenient, easier and safer process than the other methods of hair removal. Read along to find why waxing is a better option than shaving.
This is the most obvious advantage of choosing to wax over shaving. Removing hair from the roots (as in the case of waxing) implies that hair will take a longer time to grow back compared to other methods of hair removal. Waxing increases the gap between your salon visits, or shaving process thereby saving you time and money.
If you are not careful, your razor can cut your skin while you are shaving. Unlike other wounds, the wound marks from shaving stay for a long time, especially if you have a sensitive skin. Without proper care, these wounds can also get infected leading to further complications. In the case of waxing, there is no risk of wounds or injuries.
In waxing, you don’t have to worry about rashes and dark marks in your skin. This is in contrary to shaving where frequent use of razors will lead to skin getting darkened and also the emergence of itchy rashes in your skin. Shaving can be detrimental for people with sensitive skin.
Permanent hair removal is not possible by any means. However regular and frequent waxing can make your hair grow slower and less thick. This is because continuous waxing weakens the hair and its strength to grow back is reduced considerably.
If you have shaved your skin you will understand this better. Hair starts growing back within a day if you shave your hair off. This will make your skin coarse and rough, as the growing hair is thick and sharp at the edges. Thankfully, with waxing, this problem is routed out because in waxing the hair is pulled from its roots itself. So when the hair grows back, it is the new hair that is coming up and not the same hair strand, as is the case with waxing. This new hair will be finer and softer.
As opposed to shaving that takes a lot of time in soaking your hair in foam and shaving it with precision, waxing is virtually quicker and hassle free. In fact, waxing uses no chemical at all! By applying wax you are only pulling the hair off with force and friction, which involves no chemical cosmetics.
Shaving is often associated with redness, swelling, and itchy skin. If not done properly these can also become infected. However, waxing does not pose these risks as it involves no sharp objects.
Remember those tiny hairs that pop out of your skin a day after shaving? These are called stubbles. Stubbles are painful and itchy, causing irritation to skin. In order to get redemption from stubbles, you will have to shave again, leading to an endless cycle of shaving. Stubbles are formed when the shaved hair grows, which feels thicker and stronger. Waxing is stubble-free and itchiness – free for the new hair that grows after waxing is softer and finer, therefore causing no discomfort.