SUMMER LEGS: SHOULD YOU WAX OR SHAVE?

On average, women shave their legs about twelve times per month. That’s a lot of extra shower time every week – especially because (let’s face it) shaving is no one’s favorite beauty routine. Even when you use just the right razor, with just the right shaving cream to match, you still sometimes end up with razor burn or even nicks and cuts (those 99 cent razors get dull more quickly than you realize!).

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Waxing your legs might seem like a chore as well, but think about it this way: it’s a chore that someone else will do for you – bonus! Also, when you wax instead of shave, you’re really only worrying about leg hair once or twice a month (instead of twelve times!). So, cutting down on the amount of shaving you do is a definite plus, but are there any other benefits to waxing instead of shaving?

 

Our estheticians, Taylor and Tiffany, say yes. Because waxing removes hair from the root, you are going to end up with a much smoother look and feel than you can achieve with shaving. Also, the more you wax, the less painful waxing becomes. It may sting a little the first time, but waxing actually shrinks the hair follicle, decreasing your discomfort over time, as long as you are exclusively waxing. Are we saying you can’t shave between waxes? Ideally, yes. To remove with wax, the hair has to be about ¼ inch long, about the length of a grain of rice. This is about a week to two weeks of growth, depending on how fast your hair grows. We admit that this is one of the drawbacks to exclusively waxing as your method of hair removal – feeling a little hairy during the summer months is no fun, even if you have a scheduled wax on the horizon. It’s important to know, though, that when you continue to wax instead of shave, your hair will grow back softer and finer over time, making the need for hair removal less and less frequent.

If you do decide to wax, there are a few things you can do to make the process a little less prickly. About twenty-four hours before your appointment, exfoliate your legs with a loofah-type sponge and a gentle exfoliator (such as a homemade sugar or salt scrub). Also, the day of your appointment be sure that there is no lotion or oil residue on your legs. Immediately after your wax, tea tree oil is a gentle, anti-bacterial remedy for redness or bumps. It’s also a good idea to exfoliate your legs two or three times between waxes, to keep the skin healthy and rejuvenated.

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All together, your leg waxing appointment will only take thirty-five to forty minutes (just once a month!), and you’ll walk out of the salon with smooth, soft legs that you can’t wait to show off!

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