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Waxing Vs Shaving

Hair removal has been around for millennia and just like fashion, the trends change.

When it comes to hair removal there is one question that I always get asked, “What’s the benefit of waxing?” The short answer is that the hair takes longer to grow back. People have tried all combinations possible for regular hair removal, from how we remove our hairs and how much hair we remove to how you decorate the area after the hair has been removed… anyone remember a certain ‘vagazzling’ trend?

Hair removal and waxing in particular date back the Ancient Egyptians who invested a lot of time into the practice of regular hair removal. Women of ancient Egypt removed all of their body hair, including that on their heads with tweezers made from seashells, pumice stones or early beeswax and sugar based waxes. In Roman times lack of body hair was a sign of class, if you where hair free it was believed that you where wealthy and civilized. In the middle ages the trend was to remove all facial hair including the eyebrows and to extend the hairline to show off maximum forehead.

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WAXING V/S SHAVING

WAXING

SHAVING

How the hair is removed

Waxing pulls the hair out of the root

Shaving cut’s the hair at the skin’s surface

Hair Regrowth Turnaround

Because the hair is pulled out from the root, the hair follicle has to start it’s hair growth cycle again, this usually takes 3 to 4 weeks.

Because the hair is cut, regrowth is considerably shorter turnaround time of about 1 week to 10 days.

Hair Regrowth Type

Waxing regularly over an extended period of time causes the hair to grow back thinner and finer because the hair is pulled from the root.

With shaving, many assume that hair grows back thicker, this is not the case. When the hair is cut, it remains the same thickness, so when it grows back it feels and looks thicker, regrowth can also feel itchy and prickly.

Degree Of Pain

No surprises here – waxing can be uncomfortable, but it is never as bad as you think it will be and over time this can subside.

Shaving is usually painless but you do run the risk of cutting yourself.

Lasting Effects

With waxing, hair growth over time tends to reduce and the density of the hair also reduces, so you can expect your hair to get a lot finer the more you wax.

As mentioned earlier, since shaving removes hair from the surface of the skin and leaves the root unaltered, hair growth over time pretty much remains the same.

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Thank goodness we live in a time where we are free to do what we want with our body hair! We are no longer pressured into removing certain or all hairs on our body, we are no longer ridiculed for having bushy eye-brows or hairy underarms, it is now our choice if we what to be hair free or not.

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Monica Sun

Facials & Skincare

National & Internationally Qualified Beauty Therapist: National Dip. Beauty Therapy ’12. CEDISCO Dip. ‘12 NZARBT.

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