You have heard it all before, the good, the bad, and the ugly about waxing. Well, we are here to praise waxing as one of the best hair removal methods, because it is! Despite the fact that a stranger will have to see your body hair, and apart from the pain that inevitably comes when your hair is being pulled out from the root, waxing offers many amazing benefits. It’s definitely worth it to put up with a little rain if you want to see the rainbow and the pot of gold at the end: silky smooth skin with finer regrowth -guaranteed.
- You will have less regrowth in between appointments
There is a good reason why regrowth seems slower when you wax: the hair is pulled from the root. In this way, your skin will remain smooth for a period of time that spans from the renewal of the ripped hair follicle to the moment the hair shaft reaches the skin surface. This whole process usually lasts three to four weeks, the average time that goes by between waxing appointments. On the contrary, when you shave, the razor is only cutting the hair shaft on the skin’s surface. As you can imagine, this is the same reason why everyone will ask you to stay away from the razor if you’ve chosen to wax regularly. The rhythm of hair removal with the waxing appointments can be disrupted if you cut hair at the surface. At the end of the day, you will definitely see less regrowth once you start waxing consistently, and this is one of the best advantages you can get from it.
- Your hair will grow back progressively finer and sparser
This is because waxing tears hair off from the root, which causes the hair follicle to get weaker over time. Weak hair follicles produce finer, sparser hair. However, genetics still determines most of the characteristics of your hair, such as coarseness, color, and growth rate. Do not expect dramatic change from coarse to fine in a couple appointments. It will take some time to see a substantial change.
- Your skin will get gentle exfoliation
Waxing strips off the outermost layer of skin, which means that your skin will feel smoother and brighter, but keep in mind that waxing is not exfoliation. In fact, it is highly advisable that you exfoliate a couple of days before your waxing appointment to prepare the skin for the procedure. Do not exfoliate on the same day of the appointment since this could make your skin too sensitive. A couple of days after the appointment, you can wax again: any redness will more than likely have subsided by then, and pores will be closed. Post-waxing exfoliation is one of the ways to keep ingrown hairs at bay.
- Your skin will be less prone to inflammation
Did you know that repeated shaving leads to chronic skin inflammation? The friction from the razor —as well as the natural skin-to-skin friction in this area— give way to inflammation and discoloration. The latter happens because the skin reacts to inflammation by becoming thicker, and melanocytes (the pigment-making cells in the skin) become more active. Discoloration is more common in darker skin types, and it can sometimes be a sign of diabetes. This is a very common disadvantage of shaving that can be greatly relieved with waxing since the skin will be less exposed to repeated friction: only one appointment a month means less inflammation and even less chance of developing skin discoloration.
- You will have less annoying itching and prickliness
When hair surfaces, is when it starts itching and giving a prickly sensation. When you wax, hair will take longer to reach the surface of the skin; therefore, you will feel smooth for longer. It’s also worth mentioning that the prickly feeling of growing hair is more noticeable after shaving because the razor cuts the hair in an angle, which is the same reason why hair seems darker. You can be relieved that, once you start waxing, you’ll be less bothered by this prickly sensation.
- You will avoid the risk of nicks and cuts
There is always risk of getting cut when you’re using a razor, even more so when your hands are covered in foam and soap, and you’re in one of the least safe places in the house: the bathroom. When you start waxing, your skin overall will be less exposed to damage.