Waxing Vs Shaving Pubic Area

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Question: Should I stop shaving pubic area and start waxing?

Here's a common question I often get from readers: I’ve been shaving my pubic area, but it only lasts a day or so. How long will the hair be gone if I switch to waxing?

Answer: Since you are only taking hair even with the skin with shaving, it comes back above the surface very quickly as you have noticed. Waxing, however, removes the entire hair from the follicle and then needs to regrow for you to notice it above the skin again.

Since you are looking for longer lasting results, waxing is the better method. Exactly how long the hair stays away will vary, and there are also some other things to consider before making the switch.
 

Waxing Lasts Longer than Shaving Pubic Area

Hair grows in cycles: growing, resting and shedding. When you first start waxing, it will last about two weeks. But if you continue to wax every two to four weeks and get the hair that was growing underneath the skin at your previous wax(es), it can be gone for up to six weeks. Of course, dark thick hair is always more noticeable when it grows in, as opposed to light, fine hair.

However even with repeated and frequent waxing, six weeks of hair-free skin isn't the case for everyone, or in every area (read more). Waxing an area frequently over time can also damage the hair follicle, and cause it to come in lighter and finer or stop growing hair altogether.

Can I Do This at Home?

You can wax your bikini area at home if you are just taking the hair outside your bikini line. Keep in mind by waxing your own bikini carefully following instructions is a must for the longest lasting results. You could end up breaking hairs above or below the surface, and they will "grow" back much quicker than if the entire hair from the follicle was removed.

Breaking hair creates a sharp tip and can often spur on ingrown hair.

If you basically want most or all of your genital hair removed, that's close to a Brazilian wax or other specialty bikini wax, and you should have that done professionally. There are many bikini waxing styles, from a little to a lot off. Then again, you don't need to be locked into any name. You can customize the hair so it's removed and left exactly where you want.

The Cost of Speed

Also remember that waxing is not as fast as shaving. The razor can take only minutes to work. Waxing is a longer process with setting up the supplies and products, not to mention that actual applying and removing the hair and cleaning up. If you go to a salon or spa a skilled tech can do a bikini wax fairly quickly, but you'll have to set aside time for getting ready and driving back and forth to the appointment.

The Pain Factor

Shaving is generally pain-free with the right tools and technique because you're not uplifting any hair. You're simply cutting it and that doesn't hurt in itself. The side effects of shaving can be somewhat painful, especially in the bikini zone. Razor rash or burn, redness, irritation, nicks ingrown hair and pimples are some.

Waxing, however, can be uncomfortable, especially in the private zone. This, of course, depends on your personal threshold, the thickness of the hair and the person who is performing the service.

Also See: What to Apply for a Nearly Painless Wax

How Much is That?

Shaving supplies can definitely add up, especially if you break the razor out often. Waxing at home can also be costly, especially the initial investment of quality products to do it correctly. This includes wax, strips, applicators, powder, and pre and post wax cleanser.

Also See: Best At Home Bikini Wax Kits

If you decide to go to a salon or spa, the exact cost will vary. This depends on where you live, the type of facility it is, the kind of bikini wax you get, if your state adds tax and how much gratuity you decide to leave.