Shaving Versus Waxing

Shaving Versus Waxing – What is the difference?

Since we launched our beauty space in 2019 we have been inundated with guests asking the difference between shaving versus waxing.

Some are super-religious to the art of the blade and have never tried waxing because someone once told them it’s painful. Our response is always the same, do you want to save time, money and have gorgeous skin?

If the answer is yes, this blog may just open you up to a new world of hair removal and dispel any rumours you may have heard.

The big shaving versus waxing debate is here.

What is waxing hair removal?

Waxing is a wonderful process that removes hair from the root by using a naturally sticky wax that adheres to body hair.
When the wax is removed it pulls out all the hair from the follicle, leaving baby-smooth soft skin.

Ouch! You may scream! That must be painful and uncomfortable.

Luckily with new scientific developments and lots of research, waxing has become a lot more painless than it used to be.

Using this process, hair will eventually grow back after about four to six weeks and any area of the body can be waxed (Although we do not recommend using wax for hair removal on beards).
Read on to understand more about shaving versus waxing.

What’s the difference between waxing and shaving?

Firstly, there are no razor burns – you know, the painful and itchy sensation you get after shaving?
Those razor burns also look very ugly, especially when they are sore and red.

Imagine how they look when you are wearing a bikini on the beach or a tank top, definitely not the thing to do when you want to raise your hands up in the air!

Yes, when you wax your bikini line or under your arms, you don’t get the dreaded razor burn.

Yay, no more razor burns, what else is so great about waxing?

So imagine the scene, it’s the middle of summer and leading the hectic lifestyle that you do, you have not had time to shave your legs – total wardrobe rethink!

Yes, waxing saves time, it doesn’t matter how busy you are, as long as you have booked your regular appointment,
you will never have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions ever again.

Soft, smooth legs all the time.
No more shaving your legs every day to avoid the obvious, stubbly growth that appears out of no-where.

Will my hair grow back thicker when I wax?

Quite the opposite, in fact, repeatedly waxing the same area of your body reduces hair growth.
The reason this happens is waxing damages the hair papilla as it is responsible for supplying nutrients to the hair to make it grow. Without the nutrients, hair cannot grow!

When you shave, re-growth is prickly and stubbly and bloody uncomfortable too. The process of shaving cuts off the hair from the skin, leaving a blunt tip.
When you wax, you remove the hair from the root, so when it grows back the new hair is soft.

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How does waxing save me time and money?

So think of all the razors you have purchased, the shaving creams and the plasters.
With waxing, you will save a fortune from not having to buy razors and shaving creams.

Not only do the razors blunt quickly, they are expensive to replace. And then there’s the plasters from all the razor nicks.

Your average wax appointment will take about 20-30 minutes, the results last much longer and your soft silkier skin will look amazing!

To add even more sugar on the cake, all of our waxing therapists have plenty of experience and knowledge so you can be guaranteed a first class service.

What wax do you use at Queen B?

All wax treatments at Queen B Luxury Nail & Beauty Lounge are performed using Perron Rigot.
An innovator when it comes to waxing with over 80 years of experience.

Perfect for intimate waxing. Perfect for waxing treatments for men and women.

Your experienced therapist will help you to relax and discuss with you every step of the treatment.
This is your time to relax and enjoy your experience.

Practically pain free, making your visit an experience rather than just a chore. Find out why waxing at Queen is so popular.

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But won’t everyone hear me scream?

Screaming and pain are often associated with waxing, when waxing is performed incorrectly, there will be a lot of discomfort, however, our therapists are highly experienced, knowledgeable and fully qualified.
We also maintain the strictest hygiene protocols too so you will be in good hands.
If this is your first wax, please do let us know so we can reassure you every step of the way.

Just in case you like to shout out obscenities, our treatment rooms have been created to be as soundproof as possible.
All 3 rooms are also very private and very luxurious too. Each room is equipped with an electronically raised bed.
These are also perfect for those of you who have difficulty climbing onto a bed and especially if you are heavily pregnant.
The beds are also heated in winter to make your experience the best it can be.

How long does a wax last?

Results from waxing usually last up to a month while shaving must be done on a daily basis.
Hair still grows back during this time period but it grows back finer and softer compared to when shaving.
Hair has to grow back again in order for you to wax again, but the hair is less noticeable and doesn’t require you to shave it.

Can you wax eyebrows too? I’ve always plucked them

Yes, you can wax pretty much everywhere and eyebrow waxing is super popular.
It takes minutes to do and is very precise, your therapist will also pluck out a few stragglers if required.
Plucking, when done by a trained professional can be super accurate.

The only risk with constant plucking is overdoing it. Eyebrow hairs don’t always grow back.
It is crucial not to over-pluck or you may risk damaging or losing your eyebrow follicles for good.

What is threading?

Threading is very different to waxing.
It removes hair in numerous directions and because of this it can be difficult to remove hairs accurately.

Ultimately this has a negative effect on the hair follicle and the skin that surrounds it.
This can tear the follicle if hair is removed.
Sometimes the hair is not removed, it may just be broken from the surface of the skin.
Hence the pain!
Worse still, if the hair is broken at the skin, it can grow back in different directions and it will also grow back faster.
If it is fully removed, it could be like laser, permanent. Not really the look you want for your brows…Or is it?

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What Our Guests Say

Very professional and friendly

Very professional and friendly. Much appreciated to receive such a great service as a first time visitor. Thank you

Stephen Sorrell
February 10, 2023

So lovely

Gemma is the absolute best!
I have now become a loyal customer and refuse to go anywhere else because of her service.
She is so lovely and super quick when it comes to waxing.

Natalie O
May 13, 2022

I wouldn’t visit any other salon!

Fleur is quick and efficient and I don’t ever stress about having a bikini wax anymore.

I wouldn’t visit any other salon!

Jessica B
February 7, 2022


I’m very pleased with the service I get. Was my first time doing waxing and OMG Gemma is BRILLIANT!!!
Very professional, and always Gemma made your feel comfortable.
I’m looking forward for my next visit at QueenB

Dayana Estevez
January 24, 2022

Best Salon I have ever come across

Best Salon I have ever come across! I am a regular customer and the service is always outstanding.

Fleur did an absolute amazing job with my full body massage today. I feel a lot more relaxed and I genuinely could have gone to sleep during my session. She is AMAZING!

I highly recommend this salon. The team are so welcoming and treat you like stars! If you haven’t been you are most certainly missing out.

Taibah C
January 17, 2022

Painless wax

Gemma was awesome. This is the first wax I have had in almost 2 years and I have been reminded why I prefer this to shaving.
Was the most painless wax I have had and so quick as well.
I will be back! x

Lucy Reed
January 12, 2022

5 star treatment

Fleur is amazing. I’ve been getting a variety of treatment for the past year from waxes to massages.

Fleur gives you 5* treatment.

She always makes me feel comfortable and relaxed, it’s always nice to have a catch up.

I always look forward to my time at Queen B

Zara Cully
December 9, 2021

Really great wax

Really great wax! Thank you!

Louise Dickens
December 9, 2021

Service was impeccable

I wish there was a rating higher than 5 because the service I received today was impeccable.
Despite having such an intimate treatment, Fleur made me feel so comfortable and at ease.
She was very thorough and honestly gave me the best pedicure I’ve ever received. I can’t wait for my next visit.

Farhiya M
December 7, 2021

Absolutely delighted

Absolutely delighted with my first post-lockdown wax.
Fleur was very professional and put me completely at ease.
She did an immaculate job and it didn’t hurt at all.
Thank you

Holly D
June 7, 2021

Welcoming and brilliant

From the minute I walked in they were so welcoming and brilliant, put me at ease straight away and was super fast and professional from start to finish.

Great to chat to too. Thank you!!

Andii P
April 24, 2021

My new favourite place

My new favourite place. Excellent service and the team go over and above to make sure you are comfortable. A place where you can totally relax and let them do what they are good at and I always leave feeling like a queen!

Diane Dunkley
April 23, 2021

COVID Friendly and safe back wax

I had a very professional, quick and COVID Friendly and safe back wax. Very professional and good at her job. Hygiene was thorough, area and salon was clean. Waiting at door, washed hands on entry, social distancing Maintained – will be back next month for testament. Highly recommended staff and facility.

Darren Morgan
July 26, 2020

Great Service!

Great Service!

Was dreading my first wax after 3 months of lockdown. It was great!
Very thorough and huge attention to detail. Will be booking my next appointment soon!
Thank you Queen B

Priya Patel
July 20, 2020

The BEST nail and beauty lounge

Couldn’t recommend Queen B enough!!
I’ve been going to Queen B for nearly 2 years, I book in every two weeks for my gel hands religiously. The level of treatment and care is always amazing, it’s never short of perfect in my whole experience.
All the staff are so friendly, they’re great at giving you perfect gels and all the products they use are premium quality.
I’ve also had a lash lift and tint, waxing, Murad facials and pedicures. Again, all services have been amazing!
5* beauty and nail salon!

Chloe Lister
April 20, 2020

Hollywood Wax

I had a Hollywood wax I’m very happy with the result.

Friendly, professional and thorough and put me at ease.

Mandy Bailey
March 9, 2020

The best wax I have had

Really lovely place, and honestly the best wax I think I have had!

Would definitely recommend Queen B

Jenna Vicente
February 10, 2020

My best wax yet

Probably my best wax yet. The therapist did an amazing and thorough job.
She made sure I was happy and satisfied throughout and I’m very very pleased with the result.
Thank you so much! 🙂


Bola Owolabi
January 3, 2020

Best Waxing London

Amazing service! My first time with this beauty salon and its by far my favourite. Unbelievable, would definitely recommend!!

Demi Bennett
June 17, 2019

Best Waxing

Best waxing I have ever had in 20 years.

First visit to this salon, wax was lovely and light and relatively pain free and everything soft and smooth afterwards.

Can’t recommend waxing at Queen B enough!


Clare Wilson
June 11, 2019

So Friendly And Professional

Queen B staff are so friendly and professional I have just had my first waxing session,
I will recommend to my friends and family.
The therapist was truly skilled in her profession and she really makes you feel special and pampered.
I have moved to Coulsdon from North London and was very worried that I would not find the same service, but I have now.

Selver Ali Osman
June 1, 2019

Queen B is the best salon in Croydon

Queen B is the best salon in Croydon. Recently renovated for their beautiful new beauty rooms.
I have to say this wax is the best wax I’ve ever come across, quick, completely pain free.
I was so shocked at how much it didn’t hurt! I was so scared to get waxed due to previous experiences.

I’ve gone from shaving to waxing but I am never shaving again, thank you Queen B for the ultimate relaxation and I always come out feeling great

Very relaxing. Very professional Nails: always top standard! Their Pedicures are the ultimate relax too..

100% always given, thank you for your service and excellent staff! I love QUEEN B

Yumi J
May 31, 2019

This wax was pain free

The therapist was an amazing waxer. This wax was pain free.
Her technique is fabulous and the brand of wax used is a high quality product.
The environment is relaxing, chilled and meticulously clean.

Marisa Morrison
May 14, 2019

Pain free wax

They are excellent at doing nails and also funny to talk with. The wax that was used on my eyebrows was the most pain free wax I have ever experienced!

Rebecca Noble
May 14, 2019

Best Nail Salon In London

I won’t go anywhere else to get my nails done since discovering Queen B.
They don’t use electric files which damage your nails, instead they really care about looking after your natural nails which a lot of nail shops don’t do!
Everyone is friendly and it’s such a relaxing and fun atmosphere.

Rebecca Noble
April 20, 2019

Excellent detoxifying massage

Excellent detoxifying massage- I feel so good. The bikini wax was a pleasant experience and professionally done to my satisfaction.
Lots of care and attention went in to find the perfect nail polish and then I was treated like a queen for my manicure and pedicure. Thanks Queen B


Ruth Eccleston
April 20, 2019

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