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Pros and Cons of Waxing

Last summer I started regularly going for Brazilian waxes and then full leg waxes too. At the time I didn’t realize what a hot topic it was, but now as summer rolls around, I have people running to me with questions like I am some sort of Brazillian waxing encyclopedia. People have been throwing questions at me a hundred miles an hour. Everyone wants to know if it hurts, if it was awkward, did I have a weird rash, was it worth it? Well, I’ve compiled the answers to all those questions into a little pros and cons list for the people of the internets. 


  • 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 task 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.
Emily is a third year student at the University of Guelph studying Environmental Governance and Geographical Information Systems. She is the President and Campus Correspondent of Guelph's Her Campus chapter, which she founded in 2016. She is also an active member of the Environmental Governance Society and a journalist for the Guelph Gryphons. She spends so much time in the ocean she's half mermaid! She loves to scuba dive and surf, and hopes to one day use her degree to create ocean and marine life protection policies. If she's not in the water, she's in the gym. She has a passion for fitness and also plays competitive hockey. Her biggest passion is travel; she's been to over a dozen different countries and even founded her own travel blog where she documents her adventures around the globe. Emily always has a thirst for adventure and never says no to new experiences. Whether its hiking the edge of a mountain or swimming with sharks, she's always ready to tackle adventure head on! Follow Emily around the world: www.airplanesandavocados.com Follow her journey on Instagram: @airplanesandavocados