It’s likely that you’ve been using razors your whole life, and this may have seemed like the best option for you at the time. Shaving is quick and painless, but there are some disadvantages that this method offers as well. It is wise to explore other options of hair removal if you find that shaving is not working for you. In this context, we suggest waxing as a suitable alternative to shaving.
Whilst waxing may take slightly longer, the fact you’ll have to go through the hair removal process much less frequently. Besides, you don’t have to do it yourself – just walk into a salon and have the beauty technician do it for you. Since the hair grows back much slower, it means that you spend less time on this technique in the long run. Here are a few practical reasons that make waxing a better option than shaving.
1. Waxed hairs grow back softer (than shaved ones)
This is because waxed hairs are removed from the root, rather than just cut away by a blade. Shaved hair grows back with hard, ridged edges. These edges give a sharp, scratchy texture after just a short time of growth (like when your male partner scratches his stubble that makes a raspy noise!). Waxing results in the hair growing back softer, so your skin feels smoother for longer.
2. Ingrown hairs
This is something that can happen with any form of hair removal, but it is especially common with shaving. The sharp ends of the hair tunnel into the skin instead of growing out of it, which results in an ‘in-growth’. This in-growth is seen as dark dots under the skin, and at worst, can manifest itself as shaving rash, leaving angry red and bumpy patches of skin.
3. Waxed hairs grow back finer over time
There is an old wives’ tale that waxing can make hair grow back thicker, which is simply not true. If it was true, we might see a lot more men in salons getting the tops of their heads waxed! This myth could have resulted from the fact that since waxing pulls out very short hair as well, a few cycles of epilation result in all of the hair reduced to the same length and hence, growing together. This is a good thing, as it enables you to guarantee you’ll get them back uniformly every time! The fact is that with epilation, the act of pulling out these hairs from the root can weaken it, meaning that hairs grow back finer over time.
The method of hair removal best for you is always that which suits your lifestyle and skin the most. Everyone’s body reacts slightly differently to different treatments, so try out different measures before you settle on the best one. Weigh up the pros and cons, see how your skin reacts to it, and take a look at the Veet product area to get a better idea of what options are out there. Beautifully smooth skin is now within easy reach.