Beauty Lifestyle

Pros and Cons of Waxing

We’re going to change things up today with a different kind of post…A few months ago I went for my first Brazilian wax and it was the buzz amongst my social circle. People were throwing questions at me a hundred miles an hour. Everyone wanted to know if it hurt, if it was awkward, did I have a weird rash, was it worth it? Well, I’ve complied the answers to all those questions into a little pros and cons list for the people of the internets.

Spoiler alert, I have since gone back for several more Brazilians, as well as full leg waxes.


  • It lasts a lot longer than shaving.
    Most estheticians recommended waiting 4-5 weeks between wax appointments. My hair usually doesn’t even start to grow back until three weeks after my wax.
  • It saves you so much shower time.
    Shaving is a time consuming tasks and quite frankly, a pain in the ass. Going for a wax every 4-5 weeks will save you so much shower time you’ll probably see a decrease in your water bill.
  • It prevents ingrown hairs.
    The main reason I decided to get my legs waxed was because I’m very prone to ingrown hairs from shaving. No matter how much exfoliating I did, shaving would always leave me with ingrown hair, however after my first leg wax they were no more.
  • Waxing can get to all those “hard to reach areas”.
    Ahem, between the cheeks.


  • It hurts.
    Every time someone asks me if a Brazilian or leg wax hurts, I wonder if they are honestly expecting me to say no. Obviously it is going to hurt; you are ripping hair off one of the most sensitive areas of the body.
  • It’s awkward.
    Though your esthetician will try her best to make you feel comfortable, there is still no getting passed the fact that you are spread eagle in front of a stranger.
  • There is a possibility you may have a reaction.
    Those with sensitive skin should especially be more aware, as the wax can irritate the skin. It’s common to have some redness/bumps immediately after your wax, but it shouldn’t last longer than a few hours. If it does, the wax may have caused an irritation to your skin and it’s best to seek medical advice.
  • It can be costly.
    A Brazilian wax can cost anywhere from $30-60, and more for hard wax.

Some more waxing tips…

  • Exfoliate before you go! This will especially help ensure there are no ingrown hairs after your wax.
  • Do not go within one week of your time of month. You’re much more sensitive and have a lower pain tolerance during this time; your wax will hurt a lot more!
  • Don’t shave in between wax appointments. This can cause your next wax to be more painful and it’ll reduce the silky smooth feeling you should have after.
  • If you’re really worried about the pain ask our esthetician to use hard wax. It is usually a little bit more expensive, but it has been known to cause less pain.
  • Make sure you have 2-3 weeks of hair growth before your first appointment. If your hair isn’t long enough, it will be a lot harder to get the hair off. Some salons will even refuse to wax you if the hair is not long enough!
  • Don’t just go anywhere. Take this seriously as someone is going to be putting hot wax near a sensitive area of your body. I researched different salons for at least a month before I went.

Over to you, do you have any waxing tips? Or even better, funny/awkward waxing stories?

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