Waxing Vs. Shaving Bikini Line

Applying hot wax
Image Source/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Waxing versus shaving the bikini line. Cleaning up this area is a must to look your best in your swimsuit. But just how are you going to get rid of that hair? We cover two of the most popular temporary methods, the good and bad to cutting it off, or ripping it out.
 

Contraindications

  • Waxing: Having certain medical conditions using specific products or taking some medications can conflict with waxing and leave skin red or scabby. You also have to be careful if you have allergies as there are different ingredients used to cleanse the skin, in the wax itself and applied post hair removal to soothe and remove remaining product.
     
  • Shaving: Many people have sensitivities or allergies to some ingredients, like fragrances and preservatives found in many shaving gels and creams. These reactions can make skin red, irritated, inflamed or itchy.

Speed

  • Waxing: This of course depends on how much hair is being removed and if a shape, like a landing strip, triangle, square or rectangle needs to be waxed in placed. If you make an appointment exactly how long it takes depends on the speed of the tech, but it shouldn't be more than an hour.

    If you do it yourself, you should really only remove the hair outside your bikini line and that should also take about an hour or so depending on how much practice you've had.
     
  • Shaving: It’s very quick, but doing some easy prep work can make the process smoother. Trim hair down first if it’s too long so there's less pulling on skin and you don’t dull your blade more than necessary. Also let the water and steam soften for about five to seven minutes in your bath or shower so skin and hair becomes more pliable allowing for a better shave.

    Price

    • Waxing: You can get a waxing kit from $25 - $100 that can last for a couple to many hair removal sessions depending on how much hair you remove each time and the size of the kit. For a professional service it can cost anywhere from $19 - $75 for a regular bikini wax, upwards of $100 for a Brazilian, not counting gratuity and any state tax.
       
    • Shaving: Shaving your bikini line doesn't necessarily have to cost a lot but can depending on how often you shave, the price of your products and how many you use. 

    Pain

    • Waxing: It is pulling out the hair from the follicle, no to mention this is a sensitive zone especially as you take hair off that's farther in. The amount of pain depends on your personal threshold, the tech, the application and removal technique and type of wax used.
       
    • Shaving: It should be painless, but you don't want to be careful and avoid getting any nicks and cuts in this zone.

    Level of Difficulty

    • Waxing: It’s easy to make an appointment and let a pro do the work. Waxing your own bikini line can be tricky getting the technique down, and can be difficult to make the lines even and straight on both sides.
       
    • Shaving: Very easy.

    At Home Supplies

    • Waxing: You need to get wax, a heater, strips, applicators, powder or oil and wax remover. Read more about what each items does in: Body Waxing Supplies.
       
    • Shaving: You only need water, a good shaving cream or gel, and a high quality razor.

    Bikini Line Hair Removal Results

    • Waxing: Can last up to six weeks if the entire hair follicle is removed from the root and hair isn't broken above or beneath the surface. There's no "shadow" that's often left behind with those that have dark thick hair because there is no hair underneath the skin. Bruising, bumps and ingrown hairs may results from waxing.
       
    • Shaving: Hair may show back up that same day by a shadow, or at best, a couple days later above the skin. Razor burn, bumps and ingrown hairs are always a possibility.