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Why is it Better to Wax Than to Shave?

If you have hair where you’d rather be hairless, you’re not alone! Most people remove hair from at least one part of their body, and many remove hair from multiple spots. The only question is: how do you remove your hair? Shaving has long been a go-to hair removal method, but it’s not always the best option. These days, more and more people are opting to wax instead of shaving. Why? Well, waxing has several big advantages over shaving.

Reduced Skin Irritation

You’ve probably had razor burn or at least some minor, shaving-related irritation from time to time. Especially if you have a rougher skin texture, shaving can cause nicks and redness. Waxing, by comparison, is less irritating to the skin. You won’t have to worry as much about ingrown hairs, and razor burn will be a thing of the past. People often say their skin feels smoother after waxing than after shaving.

Less Work and Less Time

Keeping up with shaving can be quite a bother. If you want your skin to stay smooth, you really have to shave at least every two days, if not daily. That’s a big time commitment, especially if you shave in the morning before heading off to work. Waxing, by comparison, is a lot less work. Instead of waxing your own skin, you can have your skin waxed at a medspa, which means you get to sit back, relax, and let your practitioner do the hard part.

Waxing is also easy to work around a busy schedule. Many clients at Balance MedSpa schedule their waxing appointments on their lunch break. By comparison, you probably wouldn’t go home on lunch to shave.

Longer-Lasting Results

Your hair is constantly growing, which means your skin doesn’t stay truly hairless for very long, at all, after you shave. Some people start to notice stubble within a few hours, and most notice minor stubble within a day. It’s hard to apply makeup over stubble. And stubble can be pretty obvious on your legs or other body parts, especially if you have darker hair.

Instead of just cutting the hair, waxing removes each hair from the root. This means the results of waxing last a lot longer than those of shaving. The longevity of the results varies somewhat depending on the part of the body and on your own, personal genetics. In most cases, however, you can expect to have smooth, hairless skin for about 3 – 4 weeks after a waxing appointment. Shaving rarely even lasts 3 – 4 days!

Better Precision

There are probably some parts of your body that you don’t shave because you can’t do so with much precision. For example, most people do not shave between their eyebrows, even if they have unwanted hair there. Areas like these are far easier to wax. Your practitioner can apply the wax to very precise, small areas to remove specific hairs without touching others. This is why waxing is highly preferred over shaving for facial hair, the bikini line, underarms, and more.


Shaving may sound like an affordable hair removal method, but have you looked closely at the price of razors? While today’s razor blades are gentler and more effective than ever before, they have also become quite costly. Then, you have the cost of shaving cream and soothing, aftershave products to consider. Waxing may not be cheaper than shaving, especially if you opt for professional waxing services. However, the costs associated with waxing and shaving are more similar than people often think. And if you’re spending that much, you might as well spend it on the better hair-removal method: waxing.

When you choose waxing, you don’t have to worry about keeping razors and other shaving supplies in-stock, either. Think of all the ways you can use your extra bathroom cabinet space! Plus, if you have kids at home, it’s smart not to have razors sitting around.

Less Itching

Your skin probably feels soft and lovely just after you shave. But before long, you start feeling itchy as the hair begins growing back. Plus, if someone else rubs against your skin, they may feel itchy and irritated. When you wax, you don’t get that unbearable itchiness due to hair re-growth. Your partner won’t be bothered by stubble, either.

If you’ve been shaving for years but are ready to make a change, consider scheduling a consultation with Balance MedSpa. Our friendly, knowledgeable practitioners can discuss the advantages of waxing with you in more detail. We’re able to wax almost any body part, from underarms to upper lips.


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