As far as aesthetic treatments go, face waxing is one that can seem a bit intimidating at first. Some people swear it’s the most effective way to remove stubborn hair from the root and keep it gone longer, but others complain about pain, redness and irritation.
In this blog post, we’ll go over the pros and cons of face waxing, while sorting facts from myths about this hair removal procedure. As with most beauty treatments, whether face waxing is a good option for you will depend on your lifestyle, personal preferences and, of course, your skin type.
First, let’s look at the advantages of waxing over other kinds of hair removal techniques and explore the scenarios in which it may be a good option for you.
Face waxing lasts longer than shaving since it pulls hair from the root instead of just cutting it at the surface of the skin. The speed at which facial hair grows varies from person to person, but you can expect your facial wax to leave your skin smooth for several weeks.
When waxing is not performed properly, breakage can occur. That means that instead of pulling the hair out by the root, it breaks off at surface level, causing it to grow back quickly (as if you’d shaved instead of waxed). Breakage tends to happen when the waxer lacks experience, either because they’re waxing at home or going to a novice aesthetician.
Another waxing perk: the more you use this method, the longer each wax will last. The process of reducing hair growth takes time, but if it’s something you seek and you’re willing to be patient and stick to only waxing for a while, you will eventually be able to schedule your sessions less frequently.
Removing hair on your face isn’t the same as, for example, getting rid of underarm or leg hair; it requires precision. Just imagine trying to shape your eyebrows with a standard razor or a depilatory cream—you’d be playing with fire.
Professional face waxing is performed with fine strips and a steady hand, so you can rest assured that you won’t end up with a patch of eyebrow missing. Along with waxing, threading—a method that pulls up individual hairs from the root—is another option that scores well on the precision scale.
The truth is, all hair removal methods carry some risk of causing ingrown hairs. And they can happen to anyone, although they’re more likely to be a problem for people with thick, curly hair or on areas of the body where hair is more coarse, like the bikini line.
This is where face waxing for men comes in, since many curly-haired men struggle with ingrown beard hairs after shaving. While waxing does not eliminate all risk, it is effective in reducing those pesky irritated spots, since it pulls hair out at the root instead of cutting it.
Like we mentioned before, not every aesthetic treatment is for everyone. Consider the following downsides to face waxing before deciding whether to proceed with it or pick another method.
Some people hear “waxing” and immediately think of the infamous scene from The 40-Year-Old Virgin. As funny as it is, we think it’s a bit exaggerated. Still, it’s no lie that waxing involves a bit of pain—when you simultaneously pull multiple hairs from their roots, you’re going to feel something. Pretty much all of our clients find that the sting is totally manageable, especially since it only lasts a second. As always, every person’s skin and pain tolerance is different, so there’s no universal rule to guide first-timers in knowing what to expect. But we do have one piece of good news to report: regular customers say that they feel less pain after several sessions.
Temporary redness or irritation is normal, and it shouldn’t necessarily deter you from facial waxing. But if you have sensitive or pale skin, or if you’ve never tried waxing and you’re not sure how your skin will react, we do recommend booking an appointment at a time when you can let yourself recover afterwards (maybe not right before a wedding or big night out).
Hair removal is associated with folliculitis, a common infection of the hair follicles that’s generally caused by bacteria. It’s usually treated with a basic self-care routine and clears up within a few days, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly. To reduce your risk, we recommend always getting your face waxed by a professional who upholds the highest standards of hygiene.
Still wondering if face waxing is the right facial hair removal option for you? Feel free to contact us for a consultation if you have any questions about waxing or want to learn about other methods such as laser hair removal.
We’re here to help and give you a balanced look at the pros and cons of each technique, while always taking into account your lifestyle, budget, and skin type.