This is perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions but there is no one short answer. Wax swiftly pulls the hair from the root. Shaving is more like a trimming process, it includes only removing hair from the skin’s surface. Salons usually use bean wax in Pakistan for smooth and safe waxing process.
Most asked question is it better to shave or wax your face? A simple comparison between waxing and shaving might help you in getting close to the answer.
|Point of comparison||Waxing||Shaving|
|Tools needed||soft or hard wax and cloth of paper strips||razors|
|Process||Uses wax and strips to remove hair from the root||Uses razors to remove hair|
|Ideal for||anywhere||Larger areas|
|Potential side effects||Irritation, ingrown hairs, pain, redness, rashes, allergic reaction, scarring, and infection||Itching, nicks or cuts, razor burn, and ingrown hair|
|Results||Last for 3-4 weeks||Lasts for 3-7 days|
|Skin type||Most skin types||All, including sensitive skin|
Process of waxing:
There are two kinds of waxing, soft and hard. Strip wax is also known as soft wax, is a thin wax which is used to remove hair from the face and body. The main benefit of soft wax is that it attaches to the skin as well as the hair. It is great for removing finer and softer hair and facial hair and can cover a wider area of skin.
Hard wax is a thicker consistency wax. It has been specifically designed to be used without strips and attaches to the hair only and not the skin. It is a better wastage system than soft wax as you can limit the amount you melt before waxing.
Process of shaving:
There are many types of razors, safety razors, straight edges, and electric shavers. Straight-edged razors used to be the most famous and looked like an exposed blade. Safety razors are disposable and you might find them in a grocery store. Electric shavers are more expensive but can provide a closer shave.
Each type of razor uses the same process, where the razor scrapes the top edge of the skin to get rid of hair. You can use shaving cream or gel along with the razor.
Which areas is it ideal for?
It usually depends on preference but some women find that shaving is much easier to do daily for the face since it doesn’t take that much time.
Others prefer the long-term effects of waxing but the process of waxing takes more time than shaving.
Pros and cons of shaving:
There are some advantages and disadvantages of shaving your face as a woman.
Pros: Shaving your face removes hair, debris, excess oil, and dead skin cells. This can brighten the look of skin and also helps makeup go on smoothly. If you’ll feel more confident and better about your appearance by shaving, then it makes sense for you to do so.
Cons: If you are shaving to remove terminal hair, you may need to shave frequently to keep it in check. Shaving terminal hair can cause ingrown hair. You can get nicks and cuts that may bleed and sting. If you have dry skin, shaving may dry it out more and feel uncomfortable. Moisturizing right after might help with this con.
Better results and longer lasting:
Is waxing face bad for you? That is not the case, the results between shaving and waxing are similar, waxing lasts around 3 or 4 weeks because the hair is removed at the root. Hair grows much faster with shaving, within 3 days to a week and this is because shaving only removes the top layer of the hair.
To sum it up:
It is better if you consult your dermatologist to know about your skin and hair type. You can try experimenting with both waxing and shaving it won’t harm you.