Shaving or Waxing? Which is Better? We’ve Compared Them
Posted by Claire Cavanagh, 16th April 2021
Hair removal should be effortless
Whether you’re tidying up your bikini line or de-fuzzing your legs, you shouldn’t have to spend hours (or loads of money) on achieving super-smooth skin. If you’re looking for the best hair removal method, we’ve got the low down on whether you should be shaving or waxing.
Whether you’re removing all unnecessary hair or just shaving the bits on show, we all want super-smooth results from our shaving or waxing routine.
Waxing removes your hair from the follicle. For that reason, your results will last longer. But remember, you’ll likely experience tenderness for a few days after a wax. Plus, hair needs to be a certain length for waxing to work, so you’ll have to leave your hair to grow between waxes.
Shaving, on the other hand, cuts your hair at the skin’s surface. You’ll notice regrowth more quickly but won’t have to deal with any soreness or pain afterwards. Plus, you can shave every few days - or even every day - if you want to.
Our winner: it’s kind of up to you (but we prefer shaving, obviously).
Which is Best?
For your purse
We get it. Staying on top of your grooming routine can be expensive. If you’re looking for silky-smooth skin without denting your bank balance, shaving is your best bet. Heading to the salon for professional waxing can add up, especially if you’re tackling multiple areas. Plus, at-home wax kits are often single-use and don’t always give the best results. Our top tip? Invest in a reusable handle and replace the blades when you need to. Our razor subscription option is economical while making sure you’ve always got fresh blades on hand.
Our winner: shaving
For your skin
First off, it’s worth saying that everyone’s skin is different. You know your skin best, so always pick the right hair removal method that works for you.
Is shaving better than waxing for your skin? No matter what you do to prepare before a wax, it’s going to hurt. After all, the process involves ripping out your hair from the follicle. Waxing may not be suited to those with very sensitive skin or those who can’t tolerate pain.
Shaving, on the other hand, is pretty much pain-free. With the right prep and sharp blades, you’re unlikely to experience ingrown hairs or nicks either. Our winner: shaving (but it might be worth trying out gentle wax strips on your face).
For your face
Should you shave or wax facial hair? Really, it’s up to you. Contrary to popular opinion, shaving your face won’t make your hair grow back thicker or darker. But it might cause irritation if you don’t use a new blade and face-friendly products.
Instead, you could use dedicated facial wax strips. These are designed to be used on this delicate area and small enough to target specific areas (like your brows or upper lip). Pick no-heat wax strips if you’re doing it at home; you don’t want to mess about with hot wax near your eyes or mouth.
Our winner: waxing
Who’s got time to spend ages on hair removal? Not us. Whether you’re thinking about shaving or waxing, the process should be effortless.
Shaving is definitely the most convenient hair removal method. It’s as simple as hopping in the shower when you want to de-fuzz. Our razor subscription service makes it even easier because you get premium blades delivered direct to your door.
While waxing might last longer, you’ve still got to deal with that awkward growing-out phase. It often takes around 30 minutes to get a professional wax as well, whereas we spend around 10 minutes shaving in the shower. Plus, you’ve got to factor in time travelling to and from your wax appointment.
Our winner: shaving
For the environment
Is shaving or waxing better for the environment? While single-use razors are definitely not environmentally friendly, waxing isn’t that great either. Many of the wax strips used in salons are made from paper or plastic, which often can’t be recycled after use. Plus, synthetic wax is made from a type of plastic too. Our solution? A razor recycling system that really works. Simply save up your razors, post them back to us, and we’ll separate them ready for recycling. Our reusable razor handles are made from metal, and all our shaving product tubes are made from recycled plastic, which can be recycled again!
Our winner: shaving (but choose a sustainable option)