Waxing or shaving: pros & cons

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In this post, you will learn what waxing is, how waxing is done, and its pros and cons over shaving and the use of depilatory creams.

Sugar wax, strips, coconut oil, & talcum powder; materials used by Vivian, an esthetician with Viv's in-Houz Spa, a mobile waxing service in Nairobi

What is waxing?

Waxing is definitely one of the most interesting and easiest methods for removing unwanted hair. It is fast and hygienic. During the procedure, soft warm wax is applied thinly to the body hair. 

A collage showing sugar wax application on the eyebrows and sticking of the waxing strip in anticipation of hair removal - Viv's in-Houz spa, Nairobi

A paper strip is then applied and pressed firmly adhering to the wax, and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth. This removes the hair from the follicle.

Almost any area of the body can be waxed including eyebrows, face, legs, arms, abdomen, back, and the pubic area.

Other common methods of hair removal

Shaving creams use strong chemical ingredients to weaken the hair structure to the extent that they can be wiped away. Shaving trims the hair with a razor or electric shavers.

In this video, you will see how it is done. I am using sugar paste to wax the underarms but the process is very similar for all body parts.

Comparing waxing with shaving or cream

Other common methods for removing unwanted hair are shaving and the use of creams.

WaxingShaving/Cream
Hair removed from the follicle along with dead skin resulting in smoother skin (+)Hair is removed from the surface and grows back in a few days (-)
Weaker, thinner, and softer hair regrowth (+)Thicker hair regrowth (-)
Less ingrown hair (+)More chance of ingrown hair (-)
Expensive (-)Cheaper (+)
Painful (at first) (-)Less to no pain (+)
No irritation, no cuts (+)More irritation, and itchiness (-)
Suitable for all body parts (+)Creams cannot be used near the eyes, nose, or ear (-)
No odour (+)Creams have a strong unpleasant odour (-)
Vivian Nyaga, wellness and beauty therapist, Viv's in-Houz Spa, a mobile spa in Nairobi

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Last Updated on August 6, 2022