Shaving, Waxing or Threading – Which one is Best for Unwanted Hair remove
Why do women remove body hair? For most women, it is a combination of societal pressure, trying to fit into the mainstream or because we have been taught that it is unhygienic and unacceptable. It is true that our skin feels softer and silkier when it is hair free.
There are many ways of removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, bikini area, under arms or any other area you feel needs to be hair free. Some of the more popular ways of hair removal include: shaving vs epilation, waxing, threading, sugaring and tweezing.
Shaving is a quick and painless process, for the most part, but does need to be repeated more often as the hair is only cut off at the level of the skin, which quickly regrows into stubble.
When shaving, or using a bikini trimmer it is always a good idea to soak your legs in water for a few minutes to soften up the hair, after which you should use shaving foam or shaving gel to get a good lather on the skin which will allow for a smoother shave. The razor should be clean and should glide smoothly over your skin. Shave in the opposite direction of hair growth to achieve a smoother shave. A good moisturizing cream should be applied after you have dried off.
Easiest way to shave the bikini area
The easiest way to shave the bikini area is to concentrate your focus on the hair that is closest to the leg and shave that only. Just trim any of the hair that is thicker on the rest of the bikini area. Some women do prefer to shave it all off though. Ensure that a good razor and shaving gel is used and that proper aftercare is done as this area is very prone to rashes after shaving.
Waxing is another method that is often used, as it does not have to be repeated as often as shaving and often the hair grows back softer and lighter after waxing. Although there are many home DIY waxing kits, most women still prefer to have it done at the salon in order to make sure that all those hard to reach spots are left smooth and hair free.
Threading is done by entwining a thin cotton thread into the hair that needs to be removed. When the thread is twisted, the strands of hair in the cotton loop are loosened up and pulled out by the root.
Threading is very hygienic and relatively simple to do but works better for smaller areas of hair. Similar to waxing, when hair is removed by threading it is often slower to grow back and is silkier and lighter on regrowth.
Threading is also the preferred method by people who have very sensitive skin as no chemicals are used and the hair removal is fairly gentle in comparison. Threading can also be used for any hair length and does not need a certain length of hair to be effective as what you would need for a wax.
For the bikini area, bikini threading can be very effective. You can thread the cotton in a specific pattern to remove only the hair you want to and it is relatively painless compared to most other hair removal types.
This does take a lot longer than other hair removal types though and the more hair there is, the more threading would need to be done, as opposed to a once-off removal with wax or a quick shave. It does, however, not affect the skin like most other methods, so no redness, soreness or bumpy skin will be evidenced afterwards.
There are many other methods of hair removal such as sugaring and tweezing as well. Tweezing involves removing only a few hairs or a single hair at a time, and while no chemicals are used, it can be quite painful and is very time consuming.
Sugaring works very similar to waxing in that a mixture is applied to your skin, a piece of material is put over the area and once the sugar crystallizes, this is yanked off, removing the hair with it. It is, however. A little easier to remove the excess sugar than to remove wax from your skin.
There are also hair removal creams that quickly and effectively remove hair. While this is a simple method, it makes use of many harsh chemicals that can cause chemical burns on the skin.
The creams normally smell quite bad as well and more often than not, there is some rash and bumps on the skin after removing hair this way. It also only removes the surface hair, so hair grows back quickly and stubble is noticeable within a day or two depending on how fast your hair grows.
Is threading or waxing better?
When it comes down to a choice between threading and waxing, the decision about which method to use is a personal one. The choice can depend on the area you want the hair removed from, how much you want to remove, how fast you want it done and even your pain.
Threading is cheaper if done at home, but more expensive at a salon. Some women would also prefer that not too much time is spent removing the hair and so would look at a quicker option like waxing.
Waxing is a bit more aggressive and a bit more expensive than threading, but it can also be done in a much shorter space of time. So the decision really is a personal one. You decide what you prefer and whether or not you want to do it yourself, or have it done at a salon. You decide your budget and the amount of time you have for personal grooming.
Your skin sensitivity can also play a role in this decision, as some skins respond badly to the methods used when waxing, in these cases, threading would be a better choice. Luckily, we have many choices today, as opposed to using shells to tweeze out individual hairs as was done in ancient times. So choose your method and enjoy the smoothness!