The most effective and long-lasting technique in removal of unwanted hair, waxing, despite its many advantages, has various disadvantages to its credit. Read to know the pros and cons of waxing.

Pros And Cons Of Waxing For Hair Removal

Just the word waxing makes you go ‘ouch’. Though waxing is the best and most long-lasting way for achieving smooth and hair-free skin, it is, in fact, the most painful method as well. There are several methods for removing hair permanently and temporarily. While expensive permanent methods include electrolysis, laser and photoepilation, the less expensive temporary ways comprise of shaving, mechanical epilators, depilatories, tweezing and waxing. While shaving is tedious, creams smell horrible and can irritate skin, and waxing can be intimidating for many. Nonetheless, waxing offers a clean and clear skin for a longer duration as compared to the other alternatives. It can be easily carried out on any area of the body including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. The following entails the numerous advantages and disadvantages of waxing for hair removal.
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Waxing Advantages
  • Waxing is the fastest and most inexpensive method for getting rid of unwanted hair.
  • Waxing leaves the skin smooth and hair-free for as many as 4 to 6 weeks.
  • With frequent application of wax, the hair gets softer, finer and sparser as opposed to shaving that promotes thicker hair re-growth.
  • Also, the hair follicle can be damaged, thereby stopping the growth of hair. Hence, you will be left with soft and silky skin.
  • When used appropriately, waxing does not cause any irritation, redness or itchiness.
  • With waxing kits and supplies in hand, you can carry out the waxing procedure conveniently at home.
  • Large areas of unwanted hair can be targeted at one time giving immediate positive results.
Waxing Disadvantages
  • The main disadvantage of waxing is that it can be very painful for people having sensitive skin.
  • For undergoing waxing, one must have at least ¼ inch of hair else the hair can easily break off above or below the surface.
  • Though waxing postpones the full growth for up to 6 weeks, small eruptions of hair emerge in as little as 2 weeks. While the duration is longer than that of shaving, but the pretty pennies that you have paid for the service overlooks this advantage.
  • Those who are diabetic, taking birth control pills, in their pregnancy stage, consuming a lot of caffeine or alcohol or smoking, waxing should be undergone after consultation from the doctor, as the procedure can cause your skin to get extremely red, burnt or even scabby.
  • When waxing for the first time, one can find the procedure to be messy, slow and difficult. As a result, one can end up with broken hair above or below the surface, instead of removing the hair follicle from the root.
  • Once you have waxed a particular area and hair does not come off, trying the procedure again on the same area can lead to skin irritation or even bleeding. In case large patches of such hair are left, you have to opt for tweezing or shaving to get rid of the hair.

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