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Waxing vs. Shaving: What Would You Choose?

Many women have this idea that if you shave, hair grows back thicker and darker. Some believe that waxing stretches your skin out and causes wrinkles on your skin. We have made a compilation of some of these widespread myths and debunked them for you.

Read on for some informative facts served your way.

MYTH #1: Waxing causes wrinkles 

Of course, the skin does get stretched while waxing, so it makes sense why you would think so. However, waxing experts usually hold the skin taut while waxing. This way, the pain and pulling of the skin is reduced. Further, waxing should only be done once a month, not on a daily basis. 

MYTH #2: Waxing from a young age guarantees fewer salon visits as an adult

This is true for some people, but not all. It all depends on your hair and skin type, and a bit on genetics. For some, it may reduce the hair growth over time. For others, it may not make any difference at all.

MYTH #3: No ingrown hair if you wax 

All hair removal methods can cause ingrown hair. Whether you wax or shave, you need to exfoliate your skin regularly – 2 to 3 times a week – to prevent ingrown hair. The key is to be gentle when you exfoliate. Leave a gap of one day after waxing before exfoliating.

MYTH #4: You should shave right before you take a shower

Shaving right before a shower is not going to do you any good. It is better to shower before you shave to ensure the hair is softened. Taking a warm water shower is best, as it loosens up the roots and makes it easier to shave.

MYTH #5: Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker and darker

This is a myth that has been around for quite some time and it is high time we face the facts. The amount of hair you have right now on your body is all you will ever have. You can’t change that by shaving.

However, it is true that hair grows back faster when you shave rather than when you wax. This is because when you wax, hair is pulled out right from the roots. The skin becomes weaker and the hair follicles take time (a couple of weeks even) to grow back after you wax. In case of shaving, only the part close to the skin is removed, leaving the root in tact and thus, it can grow back within two days.

MYTH #6: More pressure ensures a closer shave

The blades are designed and positioned in such a way so as to ensure a close shave by applying less pressure. More pressure will only cause more cuts. So avoid doing this.

We hope that this article has given you an overview about these two hair removal methods. Now that we have set the facts straight, which method would you choose? Let us know! 

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