Waxing is a procedure that, when done correctly, can leave your face smooth and free of hair for weeks. The Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology notes that while waxing is convenient and effective, it can also leave you open to infection on the delicate skin of your face. Take precautions by choosing a licensed cosmetologist to wax your face and adhering to any guidelines given about facial products and makeup. With the right care, you'll easily see the benefits of waxing your facial hair compared to other methods.
When you shave your face, the facial hair is cut off at the surface of the skin, leaving it blunt-edged. When it begins to grow back, it grows in the form of stubble. While a five o'clock shadow is fine for most men, it is unsightly on a woman. Waxing removes the entire hair shaft, meaning it grows back naturally and without the stubbly look that shaving can cause.
As the entire hair is removed from your face, you are guaranteed much longer-lasting smooth skin, notes MyHairWorks.com. The root of the hair is removed completely, meaning that it needs to reform from the root before appearing on your face again. Most wax jobs, depending on how fast your hair grows, can last up to two weeks. Shaving your face or using a depilatory only lasts up to five days.
With waxing your face, you -- or your salon technician -- have complete control over which parts of your face are waxed and which stay untouched. For instance, if your salon technician is working around your eyebrow, you can be sure that only the area that has wax on it will be removed, leaving you with perfectly shaped brows. Waxing gives you greater precision over shaving, since the hair is only removed when it has wax on it. This is ideal for the small places on your face that need waxing and shaping.
The more you wax, the less hair you'll grow, notes OnlineSurgery.com. Waxing ultimately damages the hair follicle. After having it done repeatedly on your face, the follicle will stop producing hair and you'll become hair free. Of course, the reduction and essential cease of hair growth can take years to occur, but unlike shaving, you'll start to see less hair each time you wax. This is especially helpful when you're embarrassed about the hair on your face.
When compared to hair-removal options like laser hair removal, waxing is a fairly inexpensive option with long-lasting results. If you do the job yourself, you can save even more.
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.