Waxing vs Shaving
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Do yo prefer waxing or shaving? After several visits to my dermatologist, we finally figured out that I'm a waxer. I've gone years trying to figure out why I break out so easily and receive ingrown hairs and we finally figured it out. I'm a very hairy woman (thanks, Dad) and my hair doesn't all grow in the same direction and it's very curly so I've always had issues. Does this sound like you? Here are 3 easy steps that work for me.

  1. Exfoliate - I didn't realize how important exfoliating your body was, but you always want to remove dead skin.
  2. Waxing - I go and get the hair under my arms removed and a brazilian every 4-5 weeks. This has cut down on my ingrown hairs because I'm not just breaking the hair at the surface, but it's being removed properly. 
  3. Ingrown Hair Serum- This stuff has been a lifesaver and I can tell a difference after only using it a month. I would suggest finding a brand and giving it a try. 

Does it hurt? I always get this question and all I can say is it doesn't feel good. It's not unbearable pain, but after two or three sessions you'll be a pro. I can tell a difference not only with less ingrown hair but also skin discoloration from shaving. 

Do you wax your legs? The answer is no, I still shave my legs. I've never had any problems with the hair on my legs, it was always the sensitive areas. 

Do you shave in between visits? No, that defeats the purpose of going in for a wax. I always schedule an appointment before I leave and make sure my schedule is clear for my visit. 

Is it uncomfortable? I don't have a problem with it, but I would suggest finding someone you're comfortable with. When moving from NYC I was so sad about giving up my waxer. I loved her, she made me feel so comfortable, informed me on what I was doing right and wrong and took care of my skin. I was so sad when I told her I was moving away. Once I moved to Charlotte, N.C. someone recommended the European Wax Center. I'm so thankful for awesome Twitter friends because this place is amazing. I've found a new waxer that I'm totally comfortable with and enjoy going to every 4-5 weeks. 

If you've been shaving since FOREVER and have issues with irritation or ingrown hair I suggest you give waxing a try. I promise you will not regret it. I hope I was able to help and answer some of your wax questions. 

Are you a waxer or a shaver?

XOXO, 

Melissa Chanel