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Shaving versus waxing has been one of the longest running arguments in the world of beauty care. People swear by their preferred method of hair removal based on their personal preference. Each method has their own benefits and drawbacks. Waxing is no different, but here are 5 reasons you should wax instead of shave.

1.You can’t cut yourself by waxing

While some may have perfected shaving without getting nicks or cuts, shaving always comes with the risk of accidentally cutting yourself. While some cuts are relatively minor from little ones around the knees or along the length of the shin, others can be in difficult or painfully sensitive areas like under the arms and in the groin area. Because these are moisture rich areas, regardless of how clean we are, having cuts in these areas could lead to infections. The potential to cut or nick yourself increases the longer you use the same blade. To change blades every time we shave can become expensive, especially with better quality razors.

Waxing, however, means no more painful cuts. While there is some pain you’ll experience, especially when first starting out, the pain will lessen over time as you continue your waxing regimen. There usually is slight irritation and redness for the first day, but will disappear usually within 24 hours and you can typically enjoy your smooth and flawless legs for over 3 weeks!

2.Waxing lasts longer than shaving

Many people shave at least every few days. Since the hair is pulled out by the root when waxing, it takes much longer for the hair to grow back. So, even if you like to shave daily, waxing can give you up to two weeks of bare skin. Additionally, shaving on a daily basis can make your skin irritated, but waxing over time can lead to permanent hair removal for some. Even if you never get to the point of permanent hair loss, you can expect to wax significantly less often the longer you stick with it.

3.Hair grows back thinner

When shaving, the hair can appear thicker over time due to the blunt ends of the hair shaft. Waxing has the opposite effect. Over time, waxing causes hair to come back thinner and lighter as the hair root is typically damaged in the process of waxing. If you continue waxing, you will eventually have barely noticeable hair in areas that have been waxed.

There, however, is a minor disadvantage to waxing. When waxing, you need to wait until your hair is at least ¼ inch long so that the wax can grab the hair and pull it out properly. It usually requires waiting a week or two to acquire slight hair growth.

4.Waxing is more efficient than shaving

Overall, waxing is more efficient than shaving. Shaving can be awkward and difficult when trying to get rid of hair in particular places. By getting waxed by a professional, you don’t have to worry about get all those hard to reach areas.

5.Ingrown hairs are less likely with waxing

Shaving cuts the hair off at skin level or just below it. Because the end of the hair is blunt, it can become trapped under the skin causing the hair to grow sideways or in circles. From there, the hair becomes ingrown and can form a painful infection. These can happen particularly in tightly confined areas like in the bikini line or behind the knee. Waxing, on the other hand, removes the whole hair down to the root. The new hair is thinner and tapered, making it less likely to get trapped under the top layer of the skin.

If you haven’t tried waxing, but think you might benefit, try Waxing the City in Franklin at 3046 Columbia Ave. Their waxing professionals, called Cereologists, are extensively trained. Make an appointment today at their Franklin location by calling 615-721-2000 or for more information check out WaxingtheCity.com.

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