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To Wax or Not to Wax

Many people wonder about the benefits of waxing over shaving. Obviously shaving can be more convenient. But is also time consuming and does not last as long as waxing. Even shaving your legs can become a chore. So if you want a longer lasting result, waxing is the way to go.


(Livestrong article 261641)

Effectiveness Waxing and shaving are both temporary hair removal methods, but waxing wins for longer-lasting effects. The effects of shaving may last only a single day or up to three days, depending on the hairs’ thickness and quickness of growth. Women often add shaving their legs to part of their daily shower routines. By contrast, the effects of waxing can last from three to nine weeks. Cost Shaving beats waxing when it comes to cost. Shaving creams and gels can cost under $3, with disposable razors costing about the same, though fancier models will cost more. Home leg waxing kits start around $14, as of time of publication -- but only for a single waxing application; the razor and cream give you many shaves. A full leg waxing appointment at a spa can start at $75 or more, depending on the spa -- and the tip. Speed If you need smooth legs fast, shaving is your best choice. It usually takes only a few minutes to wet, lather, shave and rinse your legs. Waxing takes a lot more time, since you have to melt the wax, apply it, wait for it to harden and then pull it off your legs. You might need to factor in extra time if you spill the waxing kit and have a big mess to clean -- or your spa appointment is running behind schedule.

Regrowth Shaving can be done on any hair length, while waxing needs hair to be 1/4 to 1/2 inch long so the wax can fully adhere to the strands. This means you’ll be stuck with hairy legs for the waiting period between waxings until the new hair is long enough for the next session. On the plus side, repeated waxing eventually makes hair follicles weaker -- fewer hairs grow in over an area that is constantly waxed.

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