• Shelby F.

To Shave, or to Wax...

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

[By Guest Blogger Shelby Fitchett]



As summer quickly approaches, so do the challenges that come with warmer weather. One of the most common concerns can be maintaining self-care and making sure that you're always ready to feel comfortable and confident, whether that’s at the beach, pool, or at home.


More specifically, it can be intimidating to consider what it may take to be “bikini ready.” First and foremost, it’s important to understand what exactly that means for you. Our bodies are perfect and beautiful at any stage, whether that includes body hair or not! However, if you’re wondering what a wax entails or if shaving is the better option for you, then this may be exactly what you’re looking for.


When it comes to caring for your body, making the right decision for you is an important one. Deciding between shaving or waxing can be hard, so let’s break down the main differences between both of them, so you don’t have to!



Shaving


In terms of comfortability, shaving probably seems like the clear winner. But, looking closer, we can see that it has quite a few drawbacks as well.


The most obvious concern with shaving can be razor burn and ingrown hairs; And because shaving only lasts a few days at the most, this is a repetitive problem that can hurt your skin and make it harder to care for later on.


Shaving can be more affordable. But it’s important to note that if you’re looking at a higher quality razor to avoid ingrown hairs or burns, along with shaving lotion for sensitive skin, the price difference between shaving and waxing may be less than you'd think!


With hair removal, shaving can take longer because you never want to rush it. Because of this, the overall process can take a while depending on the hair length, the razor you use, and your comfort level. With needing to shave multiple times per week, the minutes add up.


All things considered, there can be several benefits to shaving depending on your own comfort and experience level. It's something you can do in the comfort of your own home, it's generally pain-free, and it can sometimes be the more affordable option. But with all the nicks, bumps, and time needed to invest into it, it's no wonder so many are turning to waxing these days as an alternative to smooth skin.



Waxing


As waxing goes, it can be scary for someone new to the scene. However, if you can find the right technician, you're likely to have a better time.


Compared to shaving, waxing is a process that takes about 30 minutes, and lasts for 4 to 6 weeks before needing to be touched up. While it may take a bit longer per appointment, the time saved between each appointment more than makes up for the dozens of times you'd shave within a 4-6 week period.


Hair removal through waxing can definitely be more painful compared to shaving. However, there are many different precautions you can take to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible (pun intended!). This can be as simple as taking ibuprofen before your appointment, making sure you exfoliate regularly, and getting the right lotions for your skin afterwards.


Perhaps the biggest difference between shaving and waxing is the elimination of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and stubble. Because the hair is removed from the root, it isn't cut off by shaving and leaving behind flat, blunt hair. The hair grows back softer and finer every time, and leaves the skin free of bumps and rashes in between waxing services.


While waxing can seem more expensive upfront, and can sometimes be a little painful, the benefits are hard to look away from. Weeks of hair-free skin, no bumps or burns, no stubble, and a lot of time saved make this choice pretty tempting.



In a nutshell


Whether you choose to shave or wax this summer is up to you. Part of the benefit of waxing can be taking that stress away from you, and giving you the confidence to rock your body however you want to!


We’d love to help you decide if waxing is right for you! Currently, we are located in Ballantyne just outside of Charlotte. For questions, or to book an appointment, visit us online at www.browhauscharlotte.com

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